is sport which primarily relaxes and can also provide
an all round body workout. In swimming your child
learns the technique of breathing in water and moving
across it with agility and speed, thus toning the
upper arms, torso and leg muscles. But the first
step is to learn swimming which should be done at
an early age.
DO YOU NEED ?
You need to concentrate on 3 areas before swimming.
Equipment, Players and Location.
To swim you basically need a good pair of swimming
trunks. For boys they should be like briefs and
need to be comfortable but not too loose since they
should not provide any obstacle to water flow. For
a girl the swimming suits come in one piece and
two pieces and should follow the same fit as that
Your kids may also need a pair of goggles to keep
the water out of
their eyes. Chlorine in the pool tends to irritate
the eyes and make them red. Goggles are the perfect
way to circumvent that problem and your child will
also be able to see clearly in the water while swimming.
When your child is learning how to swim a pair of
floats would come
in handy. They are basically cork based or inflated
tubes that go around the arm or the waist and help
keep the body afloat. They help to build your child's
confidence and after a while they won't need them
as a crutch.
Finally a swimming cap would also help your child
in the pool. It keeps the hair out of the eyes and
is specially helpful for girls.
The above prices are indicative prices and
may vary according to the quality / brand
There is no minimum or maximum number of players
because a race can be between even 2 friends. The
objective of swimming is to ascertain who makes
the most number of laps in a particular amount of
time or who races the fastest.
For swimming you will also need to find a pool.
You should make sure that the pool is clean and
is chlorinated to kill germs. At the same time you
should ensure that it is not over chlorinated. Because
too much chlorine in a pool could be more harmful
to your child and is not worth the risk. When your
child is starting to learn swimming, a medium sized
pool will do just fine. As he develops his strokes
you can find a larger or an Olympic sized pool for
him to swim in.
LET'S SWIM !
main effort for your child is to learn swimming.
It is not always easy for every child. Some pick
it up very fast while others take a while. The trick
is to make them comfortable. The more they panic,
the more difficulty will they face. Start them off
in the shallow and teach them how to free float
and basic kicking techniques. Once they get more
comfortable you can show them the breast stroke.
It is the easiest and the most relaxing.
There are 4 main swimming styles: Breaststroke,
Forward Crawl, Butterfly and Backstroke. The forward
crawl is the most efficient for water locomotion
while butterfly is the most complex as regards body
movements. The backstroke is as relaxing as the
breaststroke if not more.