How water games can help build your child’s swimming skills
More than 50 children drown every year in Australia, making it one of the largest causes of accidental death among kids. You, as a parent or carer, can help reduce these statistics by simply arming yourself with the right knowledge and skills.
It’s also important to remember that teaching children about pool safety doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom – it can be fun. Especially when it comes to water games which are a great way to combine education and playtime.
- For parents or carers, playing water games allows you to stipulate various rules and regulations without becoming the ‘bad guy’.
- For the kids, water games are an enjoyable learning environment that can be shared with friends and family.
There are loads of water games to choose from and each has its own focus, including:
- Water familiarisation
- Pool education
- Fitness and stamina
Many of these water games help educate kids about water safety, improve their skills in the water and, in turn, may help prevent drowning.
Water games can help children to develop a healthy respect for water and also understand its dangers. The earlier you can get children comfortable in the water the better, and water games are one way to make this process easier for you and the child.
Water familiarisation is a crucial stage in learning to swim and is a fun bonding experience. Introducing children to swimming at an early age increases their aquatic skills and water confidence. While most local pools and swimming schools offer water familiarisation classes for children aged six months and older, there are also many water games that introduce young children to swimming and can be played at home or outside of swimming lessons.
If your kids are a bit older, and already confident in the water, there are also a number of water games targeted at more advanced swimmers. These games increase fitness, improve your child’s swimming ability, and help build their strength. For example, many games involve treading water for lengthy periods of time – something that helps build swimming stamina.
Similarly, water games that involve a lot of hopping in and out of the pool can also help build strength while teaching children about safe entry and exit procedures. These types of water games are a great way to promote an active lifestyle and teach water-safety techniques – and you won’t even need to twist their arms!
Water games do need to be supervised at all times but that doesn’t mean the fun element is taken away. Why not join in too? The main thing is that water games provide lots of fun opportunities to teach children water safety tips – that, one day, may help prevent them from drowning.
That’s why UNCLE TOBYS SWIM KIDS has been working with the Royal Life Saving Society to put together some great water games that can be enjoyed by all the family.
We’ve also created SWIM KIDS’ list of top tips for hosting a pool party. If you follow these, your pool parties are bound to be both safe and fun.
And if you want to know all the little things you should be doing to supervise children whenever they’re playing water games, this article will make sure you know the basics of water safety no matter where you are.
Take a read of our great water games articles, join in the fun, and let us know which games your kids like to play by leaving a comment on our Facebook page.
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