It’s normal to feel uneasy about enrolling your infant in swim classes. However, there are many benefits of baby swimming and tips to help ease the process.
Learning to swim takes time and patience. Many parents are eager to know how long it will take for their children to become proficient in the water. While the answer to that question varies from child to child, what we do know is that the more you practice, the quicker the results. Even if you don’t have a pool, practicing outside of your scheduled lessons is the key to retaining knowledge and increasing your skills. For our youngest swimmers, practicing in the bathtub and on land can help reinforce what they are learning with their instructor.
“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.”
- Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion
Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life)”.
Have a child that can’t read enough about weird creatures in the ocean? Want a sweet read to encourage your nervous child before he or she begins swim lessons? We’ve rounded up the top five books that SafeSplash swimmers in Los Angeles and Orange County California are recommending this summer.
On the return to “desk -life” from the “deck-life” after a week in Irvine, CA, watching US Swimming Nationals, I reflected on five life-long and valued lessons that swimming has imparted to me.