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Enjoy Swimming in the Warm This Winter

Enjoy Swimming in the Warm This Winter
28 October 2014 2072 Views No comments

Just because it is winter, that doesn't mean that your family has to miss out on all the fun and exercise that swimming has to offer. Even though it is too cold out to head to the beach for many people, you can still have a lot of fun swimming at your local indoor pool.

Whether you go regularly or are looking for something different to do this winter, swimming is a great way to get the family having fun together – not to mention get everyone exercising rather than sitting inside away from the cold and wet.

Indoor pools tend to be open all year round, offering the perfect opportunity for you and your little ones. They are also a great choice if you have young swimmers or children who are learning the ropes when it comes to being in the water.

As much as swimming in indoor pools is fun, there are also things that you should remember. There are different safety aspects to consider compared to being at the beach, and it is important that you get these across to your children to avoid accidents.

Wet floors

One of the biggest differences is the floors. When at the beach, you'll be walking on sand or stones, and will therefore have a lot better traction. This means that your children can run around with wet feet without having to worry about slipping over.

However, at an indoor pool the floor will likely be tiled. This means that the smallest amount of water can make it incredibly slippery. You should therefore make sure that your little ones know that they shouldn't run in the changing rooms or in the pool area.

Jumping in

Most beaches don't offer opportunities for children to jump into the water, which means that your little ones are likely to get excited about having an edge they can cannonball off. This can be lots of fun – so long as the pool allows it – but can mean they end up out of their depth, which can make children panic if they aren't strong swimmers.

Make sure they know that they are only allowed to jump in if you are also in the pool with them. You should also set places for them to jump from so the water isn't so shallow they hurt themselves, but also not so deep that they panic.

If they aren't allowed to jump in as per the swimming pool's rules, make sure they know this and get told off if they do it anyway, as this will discourage them from breaking the rules and getting hurt.

Feeling safe

Just because you are in an indoor pool, that doesn't mean that your children will definitely feel safe in the water. If they are nervous of the water when on the beach, this is unlikely to change.

You should make sure that they feel as safe and calm as possible in the water in order to help them enjoy the experience and develop their swimming skills. This means staying close to them so that they know you can help them if they need it, and being encouraging when they are in the water.

Rewarding even small achievements with praise can go a long way to boosting their confidence and making them happier when it comes to swimming.

You could also provide added support in the form of a buoyancy aid, as these will boost your child's natural buoyancy and make them feel more at home in the water.

Getting out

Of course, it isn't just getting in the water that should take into account when heading to an indoor pool this winter. Getting out at this time of year also has its issues.

While the water and pool area will be nice and warm, outside it could be freezing cold, raining or snowing, which means that your little one will feel the chill as they leave the pool, especially if they are still wet.

With this in mind, it is important to ensure that they are as dry as possible and wrapped up warm before heading home. While it may not be possible to get them totally dry – especially if the pool doesn't provide a hair dryer – you can get them dried off as much as possible and cover up any areas that could get a chill.

Something like Konfidence's Poncho Towels can keep them warm when getting out of the water and help you to get a headstart on drying them off.

You also want to have hats, gloves and coats at the ready to cover them up as much as possible when leaving the building, even if you are just walking across the car park to your car. Doing this can help them to avoid catching colds, which could discourage them from going back to the pool this winter.