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Overcoming Your Fear of Water Could Help Your Child

Overcoming Your Fear of Water Could Help Your Child
21 August 2014 2423 Views No comments

For many people heading away with their family this summer, it will be an experience to look forward to, but also one filled with nerves.

Although the fear of flying is the first thing that springs to mind when holiday worries are brought up, a substantial amount of people will not feel fear until they dip their toes in the deep end of the swimming pool.

The fear of water is definitely not something that is restricted to children, as tens of thousands of adults regularly have to deal with the fact that they hate to step foot into anything deeper than a bath.

The problem for mums and dads who suffer from this problem is that they can pass on the fear to their little ones, which not only leads to another lifelong fear but can ruin a beach holiday due to the family's reticence to splash around in the pool or the sea.

However, there are ways to overcome your fear of water and slowly learn to enjoy the activity, which can then help you to show your children that there is, in fact, nothing to worry about.

Set some goals

Begin by setting small goals depending on your skill level – if you are a novice, this could mean simply exhaling under water five times in a row. By making small targets and increasing them incrementally, you can gradually increase your skills.

Use the right equipment

For many, the key fear associated with being underwater is being unable to see their surroundings, but goggles can solve this issue. To make sure that you are comfortable with your new pair of goggles, try on as many pairs as possible and look for thick padding (for a soft fit) and thick straps (that will not tangle hair). When it comes to upper body wear, the Konfidence Adult Jacket can provide you with the reassurance you need.

Become comfortable in water

Although many people with a fear of water tend to avoid setting foot in a pool or the ocean, you can begin by carrying out breathing exercises using a bucket of water, placing your head inside it and learning to breathe like swimmers do, first by dipping your head in and out and then by trying to create bubbles.

Start in the shallow end

If you feel ready to get in the water, start with simple activities in the shallow end to create a safe environment and give you more security. One task is to retrieve DiveStiks from the bottom of the pool. Having a swimming instructor teach you can help you to learn with proper form, while the likes of floats, glides and kicking techniques can serve as the foundation for using a stroke.

Be more adventurous

Before you attempt lengths, see if you can tread water comfortably for at least three minutes without gasping for air. This should be done in a warm, fairly shallow pool where you will be comfortable. When you are at the point where you are ready to begin learning a swimming stroke, pick one that you find easy and comfortable – the breaststroke is the easiest and requires less effort, plus it can be done in shallow water at first.

Set new goals

Once you are acquainted with the water, set some more advanced goals for yourself, such as learning new strokes, swimming continuously for longer or even heading into the sea. Not only will you be in a position to swim confidently, but your children will see that you are unafraid and know that there is nothing to be scared of when jumping in the pool or sea.