On Being the Best Swimming Parent Possible

On Being the Best Swimming Parent Possible

Great, you’ve enrolled your children in swimming lessons—now what comes next? Well, you’ve still got an active role to play in their development in the water. Here are a few responsibilities you have and some ways to become more involved.

Don’t Distract the Coach or Lifeguard during Practice

When the kids are in the water, all adult supervision must be undivided. If you talk to the instructor, he or she must divert his or her focus away from the kids to respond. So if you need to speak with someone about your child or for small talk, save it until after the kids dry off.

Ask about Volunteer Positions

Rather than idling on the sidelines, inquire about ways to help during the lessons. You probably shouldn’t get in the water, but there may be other ways to lend a hand. For example, grabbing equipment or getting the towels ready. If there’s a meet coming up, then the need for volunteers will increase.

Bring Your Kids to Class on Time (If Not a Little Early)

Kids are at the mercy of their parents when it comes to arrival times. Make sure your child has ample time to prepare for class by arriving a few minutes early. For other students, late arrivals are also a disruption.

Leave the Coaching to the Coaches

The instructors have the training and experience to help your kids refine their skills. As a bystander, you may observe ways to help your kid accelerate his or her learning, but try not to overstep the coach’s advice.

Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle

Swimming is an excellent fitness activity, but healthy living goes beyond exercise. You must also enforce a well-rounded diet at home. The earlier a child adopts healthy eating habits, the more likely he or she is to adhere to them throughout adolescence and adulthood.