Ask any kid to share their favorite part of summertime in the Ozarks, and you’ll likely hear the same answer again and again: swimming in one of the area’s dozens of pools and swimming holes. From chilly creeks to boisterous neighborhood pools, southwest Missouri offers plenty of ways to dive in and cool off. However, it’s important to keep water safety in mind—especially if your little ones aren’t the most confident paddlers. It’s no coincidence that the beginning of summer coincides with Water Safety Month. No matter how confident your child is in the water, make sure they heed these water safety tips courtesy of the experts at Diventures.
It’s crucial to enroll kids in swim lessons at an early age to get them comfortable in the water. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends kids start swim lessons by age one. It can be hard to tell when kids are ready to take the plunge, but local swim spots like Diventures offer swim lessons for children as young as 6 months old throughout the year. Infant classes include a variety of fun games and take-home techniques to help you work with your budding swimmer long after class is over.
Focus On Individual Strengths
Try not to worry about how other kids your child’s age are progressing in the water. Instead, focus on your child’s comfort level and set individual swim goals from there. Spend some time poolside allowing little ones to watch other swimmers and encourage them to only enter the water once they feel fully comfortable. Help them learn and improve their skills with summer programs like Diventures’ week-long Summer Swim Sessions, a series of swimming day camps starting in June and running though August. The camps combine four swim sessions into one week, allowing for maximum schedule flexibility during busy summer months.