Aren’t humans amazing? Born to walk on the land, we’re also - when guided - perfectly capable in the water. People have been swimming since before civilisation began, and the techniques haven’t evolved a huge amount in that time. What we have done is refine them, to get our children comfortable and safe in the water much quicker.
Mini Mantas has broken down what it takes to learn to swim into three easy stages of development. Let’s take a look at them here.
Stage 1: Familiarity
This initial phase is all about getting comfortable. You don’t run before you can walk, so why should you swim before you can paddle?
Stage 1 nurtures confidence and a love of the water through exploration. Much of our early development comes through play and a curiosity of the world around us. Whether that’s exploring the rooms of your own home, rummaging in the garden, or playing in the swimming pool. It’s an important process, and certainly not one that can be rushed.
Mani’s natural buoyancy provides security and comfort. It allows the child to focus on one thing at a time and gives plenty of room for the parent to be hands-on. Having a textured, secure floating device is the best way to encourage children to be at ease in the water before moving onto phase 2.
Stage 2: Independence
Stage 2 only comes about when the child is confident and happy in the water. The time this takes can be different from person to person, but it should become pretty clear when they’re ready.
Once they are familiar with the water and the pool environment, it’s time for the parent to take a step back. Phase 2 is all about independence. That doesn’t mean total unaided swimming, however, because Mani can remain as a secure platform for both front and back swimming even when the parents are watching from the side. Supporting the head out of the water reduces fear and builds strength.
Above all, it gives children the confidence to explore the pool to their heart’s content. Under the parent’s watchful eye, Mani helps nurture independence. A distance that may have previously seemed too great is now easily manageable.
Here, we’re a big step towards complete independent swimming. But there is always room for improvement…
Stage 3: Techniques & Play
Playing in the water is the best way to improve a child’s swimming techniques and confidence. It’s a case of putting into practice everything they have learned so far, and then working on those skills in a fun and relaxed environment.
There are plenty of ways Mani can be used in the water. It supports all the key foundations of front and back swimming strokes, and gives the child something to play with. It encourages creativity through games, while promoting safety at the same time.
Mani is an unbeatable way to guide your children through the three key stages of learning to swim. Build confidence, reduce fear and become closer as a family by remembering: familiarity; independence; techniques & play. With a little bit of encouragement and support, your child will be jumping in at the deep end in no time.