Five Signs Your Child Is Ready to Swim Without Flotation Devices

Baby Swimming Lessons

Investing in Baby Swimming Lessons

Figuring out when your child is ready to swim without a flotation device can help you to promote the greatest safety for your little ones in the water. Investing in baby swimming lessons is a great way to provide added protection for your children in or near swimming pools, creeks, ponds and other bodies of water. Here are five key signs that your child is ready to swim without flotation devices.

Entering or Exiting the Pool Independently

In nearly all cases, if your child can enter or exit the swimming pool without assistance, he or she is probably ready to swim without the use of flotation devices. This is a key sign that your child feels comfortable in the water and is ready to take the next step toward water safety. It is important to make sure that your child follows proper pool etiquette and requests permission before entering the water in unfamiliar areas.

Dipping Their Face in the Water

Most teachers require that children be willing to dip their faces in the water before beginning baby swimming lessons. This initial step is intended to eliminate fear of the water and to provide children with added confidence when learning how to swim.

Moving Their Arms and Legs Together in the Water

Swimming effectively requires the coordinated use of both arms and legs to propel children across the water. If your child has already mastered kicking his or her feet while moving arms in the correct way, it may be time to take off the flotation devices and test the waters for unaided swimming.

Floating on Their Own

Floating in the water can be a lifesaving skill for younger children who may end up in deep water accidentally. When your child is capable of floating in the water without support, flotation devices are probably no longer necessary.

Transitioning Between Floating and Treading Water

The ability to move easily between a floating position and a vertical position is another milestone in your child’s ability to swim. If your little one has already mastered this skill, it is certainly time to consider whether flotation devices are still necessary for your child.

Baby Swimming Lessons from Baby Otter Swim School

An investment in baby swimming lessons from Baby Otter Swim School will pay off in increased confidence for your children and added peace of mind for you and your family. We use the Turn-Kick-Reach® method, which allows children to act to save themselves if they fall into water. Give our team a call today at 1-888-794-6543 to request more information or to schedule a teaching trip with our instructors. We look forward to the chance to serve you.