Starter Olympians: First teach kids how to have fun in the water

Real Estate Broker/Owner with (808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000 CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

Beginning swimming lessons for kids should be all about fun not form.

Most important, if your kids are going to be around swimming pools, rivers, creeks or the ocean, you absolutely must get them to feel comfortable in the water. And that means having fun at it!

Remember the lessons they tried to give kids and it was all about FORM? No, no, make it all about fun and the rest will come.

I was lucky enough to watch these kids being tossed into the air - "cannonballing", they called it - and jumping off the side of the pool, all with the instructors encouragement. The kids loved it!!

They were also in the water, mostly their heads under water, diving for stuff. It was all a big game and it was FUN. The result? After only a few short lessons, these little kids were all over the pool, and mostly under water.

From there? Who knows, maybe the Olympics someday?

Swimming Lessons that are fun

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Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900
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Yes kids must know how to doggy paddle and float so they can always have a good time swimming.
Aug 02, 2012 11:54 PM #1
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Michelle: And the earlier the better. When my daughter was only 9 months old, I took her for swimming lessons. There was never any fear, and she swims like a fish. She is now passing that on to her kids, my grandkids.

Aug 03, 2012 12:01 AM #2
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

it depends. Some kids just don't like water.

Mine do( yes, since we live close to the ocean it helped:) My girl is fearless, my son is more careful( older kids are usually more thoughtful and careful:). I never say them No or be careful( even I shrink inside sometimes!) So, they ski, swim, jump, race, etc.

That picture is great! Kid does have a bliss:)

Aug 03, 2012 12:48 AM #3
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Awesome photo Hella.

I would rather by the tosser than the tossee! That would be fun!  :)

Aug 03, 2012 12:58 AM #4
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Inna: All kids are different, that's why I advocate starting them really early. And they need to be classes with good, young, fun instructors, otherwise the fear of water of the parents can get to the kids.

Tom: You could tell the instructors had a lot of fun at it. My grandson, yep, total bliss.

Aug 03, 2012 01:27 AM #5
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

This is very true. We installed an inground pool last year and while we have had "formal lessons" at the YMCA, what really got my kids swimming was my husband being in the pool shooting them into the water from his shoulders! Almost instantly they were learning to swim underwater and even attempting to stay above water.

Aug 03, 2012 05:43 AM #6
Andrew Capelli
Fidelity National Title - Troy, MI

Hella: Great post with important information.  Even in places like Phoenix, drowning is a major cause of death among children because of swimming pools.  Pools actually cause more deaths/injuries for children each year in the U.S. than handguns.  Since we're not, as a society, going to ban pools anytime soon, we should make sure our kids know how to swim!  Thanks for sharing!

Aug 03, 2012 11:23 AM #7
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
Shannon: I'm so glad your kids caught onto the fun of being in the water. Andrew: how sad is that statistic and many could have been avoided. Even if you don't have a pool, kids will get into situations in other locations. Don't take the chance.
Aug 03, 2012 11:57 AM #8
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Hella, this makes me want to go swimming! Great photo and what a fun way to learn to swim. Will check it out for our grandson next year.


Aug 03, 2012 07:40 PM #9
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Frank and Sharon: I highly recommend this form of teaching kids to be comfortable in the water. They have to PLAY and have FUN with it first. How many people do we know who say "I'm not comfortable putting my face in the water?"

Aug 04, 2012 12:14 AM #10
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