Kids love water. It’s rare that they may develop a fear of water, but this can happen if they are accidentally exposed to an unfriendly situation. In order to overcome your children’s eventual adversity to getting into water, here are some ideas:

How to encourage kids to swim

By following these 5 simple tips give your kids confidence in water and help them to start swimming easily.

1. Start early in the kid’s infancy – advises the National Institute of Health

Place the infant on its back in a baby bath with warm water, about 2 to 3 inches. In the water, they instantly learn to kick, which develops their leg muscles. This is just the commencement 🙂 Babies love water, and as they grow they can advance to independent swimming.
It is important for the kids to use some type of floating device in the beginning. Later on they can learn to swim on their own.

2. Bring them to a beach with shallow water

How to encourage kids to swim - Kids on the edge of water on the beach

  1. Sitting by the water, kids will notice how fun it is to kick the small waves going back and forth on their legs.
  2. They will like to play in the sand and create. Get involved and teach them how to build a castle. As the building starts to take shape, ask them bring some more water. They will be happy to help.
  3. Start searching for nice shells or stones to make a “collection”. After that, leave them “apparently” alone. They will start to find more beautiful treasures and will run to show them to you. Encourage them to go and find more.
  4. Little by little encourage them to enter the water and make splashes. Enter in the water yourself and show them how enjoyable it is – play with them and make them splash more

3. Continue with a cute floating device

Mother encouraging kid to swim

It is important that at first, kids use some type of floating device

  • Water toys and a safe and enjoyable environment can play a big roll in helping them to be confident
  • Funny swimming accessories offer beginners full flotation support, and will make them love this environment without fear.

4. Bring them to a pool

  • Play with them just like these parents I photographed in one of my summer vacations didLittle girl playing in the swimming pool

5. Make everything fun and pleasant

Check this great article I found on how teach your kids to swim

5 fun and easy games that teach your kids how to swim

  • Adequate swimming equipment like a swimming vest, a pair of funny arm bands, or a pair of goggles – which will prevent the water getting into their eyes, will help them to continue.


If you know how to encourage kids to swim, they will not develop the fear for water and will be able to eventually join a swimming lessons program to develop their already achieved skills.

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