5 Ways to Build a Confident Swimmer

By Shannon Gurnee
In Product Review
June 20, 2017
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This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central
and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Living here on the California Central Coast, my family has become very aware of water safety. Whether it’s at the beach, in a lake or at the pool, having confident swimmers can make both kids and parents feel more at ease and safe. As a mother, I will say that it took a lot of patience and practice to teach my children how to swim. Every child learns in different ways and different paces, but it is possible. Check out these 5 Ways to Build a Confident Swimmer.

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1 – Set rules and guidelines. Whenever we take our kids, nieces, or their friends, we always set rules and guidelines before they get in the water. These could include, but are not limited to not running around the pool, staying in the shallow end or not rough housing in the water. 

2 – Get in the water a lot! One of the big things about building a confident swimmer is teaching them to be safe and feel comfortable in the water. The more they are in the water, the more comfortable and confident they will become.

3 – Sign your child up for swimming lessons. Each of our kids were signed up for swim lessons when possible. Some had more swimming lessons than others, but as parents, we were involved in helping to teach them to swim and build their confidence as swimmers.

4 – Don’t leave your child alone in the pool. One of the biggest things is DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD ALONE IN THE POOL. It only takes a few seconds for your child to drown and none of us as parents want that to happen. Always make sure your children are supervised when it comes to water safety.

5 – Use water safety products. When you have a child who doesn’t know how to swim yet and isn’t confident in the water yet, you’ll want to use water safety products from SwimWays. We recently received the SwimWays Power Swimr and I think it’s a great water safety product!

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SwimWays is a leader in helping children learn to swim and promoting water safety as evidenced by the 6th Annual National Learn to Swim Day that took place on May 20th, 2017. With SwimWays, you’ll find different levels of products that are based on the child’s swimming abilities – Levels 1-3.

Swim Step 1

Swim Step 1 focuses on Water Introduction. With the Swim Step One products. your baby is introduced to the water comfortably and securely in a SwimWays baby float.

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Swim Step 2

Swim Step 2 focuses on Water Exploration. With the Swim Step Two products, your child is provided the support that he or she needs to feel more confident as they explore the water in a Step 2 Swim Sweater or Swim Vest. This is the perfect support they need while learning to balance and paddle – important when it comes to pre-swimming skills.

The SwimWays Swim Sweater helps kids explore the water with confidence. 50 years ago, the stable, circular torso design was introduced and rides the child’s chest for extra stability. There are two pre-swimming positions – upward and forward stroke. Sun sleeves add extra UV protection.

The SwimWays Swim Vest is made with sturdy foam inserts that provide balanced flotation. It has a front zipper with safety closure making it easy to go on and off. It provides UPF 50+ sun protection.

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Swim Step 3

Swim Step 3 focuses on Swim Training. With the Swim Step Three products, your child is almost ready to swim on his or her own. SwimWays graduated swim training vests are like training wheels for the water! You simply add or remove the flotation pads to adjust the level of support your child needs. This graduated support gives parents a swim training system with all the tools kids will need to feel empowered and confident in the water.

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The SwimWays Power Swimr gives confidence to swimmers and is essentially like training wheels for the pool. It includes adjustable cords and a support strap for a snug fit. It includes 9 removable floats that allow the Power Swimr to adjust to your child’s swimming ability. This form of graduated floatation advances swimming ability at the child’s own pace.

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I love the SwimWays products and how they help our children to become more confident in swimming by advancing to different steps in the water. When Ashlynne was little, she was introduced to the water with the SwimWays Baby Spring Float, which helped her get used to the water. Not only did she have fun in it, but she also became more confident and comfortable when in the pool. We then moved on to the SwimWays Swim Vest, followed by advancing to the SwimWays Power Swimr.

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We definitely noticed an improvement in swimming once we incorporated the SwimWays Swim Step 3 into Ashlynne’s swim routine. We highly recommend SwimWays products to anyone who wants to help their child feel safe, confident and comfortable in the water.

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You can find SwimWays products at Toys R Us in the store or online. Be sure to check out the Swim Steps Video and follow SwimWays on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more products and promotions.

Have you ever used SwimWays products with your children?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

44 Responses to “5 Ways to Build a Confident Swimmer”

  1. […] This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Living here on the California Central Coast, my family has become very aware of water safety. Whether it’s at the beach, in a lake or at the pool, having confident […] Click Here For Original Source Of The Article […]

  2. Edye says:

    Practice does make perfect! Great tips 🙂

  3. Great tips! I’m in Florida too so I’m always trying to make my kids feel more comfortable in the water.

    It was great meeting you at BlogHer. We didn’t get to chat, but I”m glad I got your card so we could connect more!

  4. Catherine Sargent says:

    These are all great tips. I am in central Florida and we spend a lot of time at the beach and pool. We starting teaching our son to swim at 9 months. I never tried SwimWay products.

  5. These are all great tips. It’s so important for kids to be able to swim and swim well.

  6. Bill Sweeney says:

    I love that swim vest! It’s so much better for teaching the kids than water wings. Those things are so awkward.

  7. I love these tips! I think getting kids into the water early and often is key to creating kids that are comfortable with the water.

  8. robin rue says:

    It was so weird -not one, but BOTH of my boys just jumped in one day and swam away. I was blown away.

  9. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I think the best advice is to never leave a child unattended even if they have swim vests on. My grandchildren love the water. Although they are not strong swimmers yet, they will be taking swim lessons this summer. I think that swim vest is good to have. I will get one for each of my grandkids and keep an eye on them while they enjoy the pool.

  10. Sarah Bailey says:

    I have always been a huge fan of swimming, though my parents were never keen, it is most definitely important to try and make sure kids are confident in the water.

  11. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    This is a great list of rules! My parents own a pool so my kids are VERY familiar with these rules. WE enroll them in swimming lessons every summer and use Swimways when they aren’t strong swimmers! What I love about swimways is that they are non restrictive and allow kids to practice their swimming!

  12. Jeanette says:

    We had our kiddo in swimming lessons at a young age and now he LOVES to swim and I am not sweating it out.

  13. Paula Schuck says:

    My kids have done swimming lessons for many years. We started them as babies. It is smart advice here. Never leave them alone or let them out of your sight. Also products like SwimWays are great to help them get used to swimming. I could use some of these for my niece and nephews though for sure.

  14. Claudia Krusch says:

    I would have loved the SwimWays Swim Sweater when my Son was younger. It is so important to teach kids how to swim. I will have to share this with my friends with little ones.

  15. Joely Smith says:

    That is so awesome they have such great pool and swim safety products for kids these days! When mine were little we did not have things like this! I wish we did!

  16. Adaleta says:

    I think it is great to teach kids water safety and make them feel confident and safe around water

  17. Jaime says:

    The pool we go to most frequently has SwimWays products and we do use them sometimes with my son (my daughter is too young.) My son is still a fairly weak swimmer, but I’m hoping this summer changes that!

  18. Jeni says:

    Awesome list of rules. In addition to not leaving your children alone, I would also add never turn your back when kids are near the water. I love the vests versus the traditional float wings, because they allow a child to feel independent.

  19. Pam says:

    We have a SwimWays float for my granddaughter. She loves being in the water.

  20. Eloise says:

    these are great tips (all of them!) My kids have gone to swimming lessons and have been exposed to the water quite a bit… it’s very important how to teach children not to panic but stay relaxed in the water and to FLOAT! my kids and I reside in MN (the land of 10,000 lakes) it’s a must to teach them young!

  21. I think swimwear like this goes a long way towards promoting confidence in the swimming pool. If they feel like they are not going to sink, then they are more confident to swim.

  22. ricci says:

    Getting kids comfortable in water early is so important!! These are all good tips on building a confident swimmer and I will be sure and pass this along to my Mommy friends!!

  23. Swimming (like many things) is so mental. If you believe you can do it, then it will be done.

  24. Dogvills says:

    Getting them in the water a lot helps them become comfortable in the water. These are great tips.

  25. Maureen says:

    These are great ways to build a confident summer for sure. SwimWays are such a great brand, we have used them for years. They help so much especially during those toddler years!

  26. I think it is good to get the kids in the water early in their life.
    Also, you are right – there is nothing quite like getting them early swimming lessons and putting the time into the pool work!

  27. Brianne says:

    This looks like a great swim floatie! I have to look into this for my daughter!

  28. Awesome tips! It’s great to teach kids to swim while they are young.

  29. Jeanine says:

    Where we live we rarely go swimming. It’s really awful actually, but we are moving next month and the city we are moving to has some great beaches. Building confident swimmers are a must!

  30. Amanda Love says:

    It’s good to make sure that your child feels safe in the water. These are very good tips for parents. It’s important that we set an example by swimming with them as well.

  31. Wendy Polisi says:

    Swim Ways is just an awesome company. Getting the little ones to be confident in their ability in the water is such a daunting task, but worth it.

  32. uprunforlife says:

    We have been trying to teach my youngest how to swim this summer. There are two pools in our neighborhood and my son loves it. He is getting brave but I think I would feel more comfortable with him wearing a puddlejumper or something like it.

  33. Natalie says:

    Growing up, I was far from a confident swimmer. I am so glad my parents pushed me and enrolled me in swimming lessons!

  34. Rosey says:

    That’s a great product! My granddaughter has just learned to swim without the floaties. She’s four so we are extra extra careful with her in the water always. Rules are def. issued every trip, and getting in the water often is a good one to do too!.

  35. Mimi Green says:

    I put my son in swim lessons so I can be sure he is comfortable in the pool; I wish my mothe day done that for me as kid.

  36. Sarah L says:

    I think it’s very important for all kids to be comfortable in the water and learn to swim. My mom was an instructor and my sister and I were swimming almost before we could walk.

  37. Our Family World says:

    All my children are water babies. They all look forward to the summer so they can spend hours in the pool. I like the Swimways swim vest. I will recommend this to my cousin who has a three year old daughter.

  38. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is awesome information for parents about the 5 Ways to Build a Confident Swimmer. I will have to share this information for my sister and nieces for their little ones. It is so important not to leave the kids alone in the pool and to set guidelines and rules with the kids. Thanks for sharing the information.

  39. Tracey says:

    These are such great tips for parents. Swimming is a great skill for kids to have and these are some awesome ways to safely help your kids get more confident in the water.

  40. E H says:

    Love Swimways products that you have found – they will be perfect for our toddler who is just learning the swimming techniques! I remember when we were teaching our older children how to swim, and I think it is so much easier now with this swim gear!

  41. I would have loved that with my daughter when she was younger. She would have felt more comfortable in the water. I know she loves water. But I know she has been reticent about it as well.

  42. Betsy Barnes says:

    I do not believe I have used any SwimWays products. It was so long ago. We had our son in swim lessons very young, so important.

  43. Wildish Jess says:

    Oh wow, I didn’t know SwimWays made swim vests. My toddler won’t sit in a float so we wanted to get one of these.

  44. Mary Edwards says:

    Living in Florida, we must have confident swimmers. We have a pool and most of our kids friends do too! Very important to swim STRONG with pools and oceans everywhere

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