Water Competency: How to Be the Best Swimmer You Can Be

Water Competency: How to Be the Best Swimmer You Can Be

It is never too early, or too late to learn to enjoy the water. While this means something different
to everyone, all CAN learn to enjoy the water.

A fear of water or swimming, referred to as aqua-phobia, is very common. If you are afraid of
swimming, there is something you can do to overcome your fear. Whatever your specific fear is
with regard to swimming, get started by paying attention to your thoughts about the activity,
then move on to reducing your anxiety in the water. Before long, you can develop the
confidence you need to literally take the plunge.

This sequence of critical water safety skills, also known as “water competency,” is the ability to
be able to do the following steps. Of course, these steps only come after you are able to get
into the water, get your face wet and allow the water to hold you.

Water Competency: Step or jump into the water over your head. Return to the surface and
float or tread water for one minute. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit. Swim 25 yards
to the exit. Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

Know you're not alone.  Whether you are a child, teen, or adult, you should not feel embarrassed
about your fear of swimming. Aqua-phobia is a very real and debilitating concern, but many
people go on to overcome this phobia and become proficient swimmers.

Knowing how to swim (and equally important, knowing how to prevent panic in the water) are
unquestionably life-saving skills, while most swim lessons begin with “get in the pool” those afraid
of that first step will avoid lessons entirely. Those who enter the pool afraid are often prone to
panic at some point in their learning and never go back. Studies show that most children of non-
swimmers don’t get enough practice to become competent swimmers themselves, perpetuating
the cycle. How can we help the millions of fearful swimmers learn to enjoy the water safely, by
addressing the fear first!

Anyone who enters the pool feeling overwhelmed by fear of embarrassment, failing or being out
of control, or who goes into flight/fight mode, will have a terribly hard time listening and
learning over their pounding heart and racing thoughts. Swim With Gale understands the
aspects on how fear and anxiety affect students physically and emotionally, and how to de-
escalate the fear and regain control. Giving students, adults and /or children, the confidence
that “If you try, you can do it”.

Gaining Control. Starting the lesson outside the pool and establishing trust. Very
often anxious students are told “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” yet they are afraid. Taking the
student’s concerns seriously before entering the water makes one feel safer and able to learn.

Demystifying the water ~ explaining the properties of buoyancy, what happens when we’re in it,
what happens when our eyes are open in the water with no goggles, and what happens when the
water goes into our ears or nose, or washes overhead etc.

Remember the Buoyancy Factor.  Feeling weightless in water is often a contributor to why some
people fear swimming. The feeling of being in water is so different than being on the ground.
This happen because gravity behaves in reverse in water. This weightless feeling, commonly
known as buoyancy, helps you naturally float in water. Once you recognize that if you relax
your limbs, you will automatically rise to the surface, you can move past fears of “sinking”.

Practicing relaxation techniques like breathing and visualization outside the water first so they
become easily accessible if needed in the pool.

Going slow and accepting that it may be an emotional process, keeping the goal clear:
competence in the deep end. While many believe fear of water is simply too hard to overcome,
that isn’t true! If you try, you can do it!

Take professional swimming lessons. Working with a skilled swim coach is the most effective way
to not only learn how to swim, but also feel more confident in the water. A coach will be aware
of your biggest concerns and take you slowly through the process until you build up the
confidence and skills necessary to swim.
Helping adults/teens/children overcome a lifelong fear of the water requires as much attention
to comfort and confidence-building as it does to skills development.
Learning to cope with fear and maintaining ease in the water is what prevents drowning.

Swimming is a lifelong skill that should be enjoyed by all.
You can overcome your fear of water!

How Early Can a Child Learn To Swim?

Swim Lessons With Gale

How Early Can a Child Learn To Swim?

Premier Swimming Lessons for Babies 3 Months And Up

At Swim With Gale, we believe it is never too early to begin learning water safety skills, as well as basic swim skills, keeping one as safe in the water as possible.   We offer swim lessons for babies as young as three months old, they must be able to hold their own head up. If the smiles on the faces of our littlest swimmers are any indication, it means that they are thoroughly enjoying the experience.  We can assure you that your children will love the sense of adventure and excitement that comes with floating, splashing around and exploring the water. Also, for you as a parent, watching your baby discover the joys and fun of water is surely going to be an  experience worth cherishing.

Baby Swimming Lessons, Oak Park, Ca

When you enroll your babies in our swim lessons, we first start by teaching them how to be comfortable in a “pool” as opposed to the bath, which is much smaller.  The comfort of being in a larger body of water will allow them to become comfortable on the steps and then in the swimming pool. Tears and screams will soon turn into smiles and laughter as they discover how much fun being in the water can be.  In our swim classes, your babies will enjoy a friendly and engaging lesson with our experienced instructors. 

Enroll Your Little One for Our Baby Swim Classes in Oak Park, Ca

Our baby swim lessons are designed to build a foundation of safety and swimming skills, preparing them for the next level of swimming.  The lessons include basic kicking and pulling movements as well as teaching the babies basic safety skills like floating, changing directions as well as blowing bubbles.  We will also teach them how to get in and out of the water.

Why Swim With Gale?

At Swim With Gale, we know all about creating the perfect swimming lessons for your little munchkins.  All our lessons are designed to be both educational and fun. Years of offering swim lessons for babies have also helped us understand that the most important aspect of learning to swim is water safety.  Our instructors make sure that they teach the basic water safety skills so that your babies are safer in and around water. For more information, call us today at (818) 889-0865 or reach us by email at info@swimwithgale.com.

3 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR TODDLER SAFE WHILE AT THE POOL

3 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR TODDLER SAFE WHILE AT THE POOL.

According to the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury and death worldwide, and the highest rates are among children. Overall, drowning death rates in the United States have declined in the last decade. However, drowning is still the leading cause of injury resulting in death among children aged 1-4 years (May 2, 2016).

For those who do not swim, a popular summer pastime like playing near the pool/lake/ocean can be dangerous, if safety measures are not in place. As parents, you must be careful when your kids are around water, even if it is the pool in your backyard. The good news is that there are many ways to ensure water safety for children. Let us look at some of them:

1. DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE IN OR AROUND THE WATER

Never leave your toddler/child in or around the pool alone, even for a few seconds! Children are at risk of drowning even in less than six centimeters of water. Children are top heavy, their heads are heavier then their bodies which could cause them to fall into the water had first. This along with curiosity puts children/kids at a higher risk of drowning when you least expect it. Children should never be left unattended, especially when the water is shallow. If there are no swimming adults available, children should not be given access to the pool. One way to do so is to set up a barrier, as recommended by the CDC.

2. SIGN THEM UP FOR SWIMMING LESSONS

Enrolling your kids for swimming lessons is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of water-related accidents. There are special lessons for children as young as three months. These specialty classes, are taught by qualified instructors. The instructors will not just teach them how to swim but also how to keep them safe, as well as help make your kids more comfortable and confident in the water.

3. FLOTATION DEVICES

“Water Wings” gives one a false sense of security and do not ensure water safety. This is because air-filled or foam flotation devices and are not equipped to prevent drowning. It is best to invest your time and money in swim lessons for all who do not swim. Just as you would teach your children to do life’s basics skills, so should you teach your children to swim and be able to hold their own in the water.

Swimming or playing around in the water can be an exciting and fun experience for infants/toddlers/children and adults. Get in touch with us if you are looking for swimming classes for infants/toddlers/children/adults in Oak Park, CA.