Summer break, swimming lessons for children

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 8:20am

With school out, kids are spending their days at the pool, cooling off, that's why now is the perfect time to make sure kids know how to swim, and if they don't, it's important for parents to be a part of the learning process.

"It's summer time and swimming lessons are at full steam ahead right now.", Bill Coon, Executive Director of the YMCA in El Paso, says YMCA branches across the nation teach thousands of kids how to swim every year.

He offered some suggestions for parents who are considering swimming lessons for their kids:

  • Make sure the instructors are trained and have some kind of certification.
  • Make sure lifeguards are always on duty.
  • Be sure to meet the instructors in advance to make sure they are child friendly.
  • Communicate with the instructor.

That open line of communication helps the parents understand where the child is and maybe they can come in when it's open swim and help work on some of those skills. I like to know what they're teaching them to make sure they're learning the skills that I think is important for them to know.", Sheila Micklus says she sticks around for each of her two kids lessons, to keep an eye on their progress.

Angelica Oberson says her 5 year-old son took swimming lessons last year, but after seeing him in the water, she brought him back this year, "I don't think he's ready and that's why we're going to continue with the swimming lessons."

Coon says kids learn to swim at their own pace, but whether they're beginners or advanced swimmers, he says children should always be supervised by an adult when they're near water.

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