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Preparing Your Kids for Summer Swimming Lessons

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Summer swimming lessons are not just for social interaction. Swimming is a life skill that everyone should learn, so teaching kids to swim is very important. But how do we prepare them? Here are some tips.

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Swimming is such a fun part of any family vacation. Wouldn’t it be nice if your kids know how to swim? Here, Shane is enjoying the pool at Belmont Hotel Boracay.

Summer swimming lessons for kids in Bacolod 

We want our kids to continue learning even when it’s summer time. And one of the fun ways to learn is to learn a new skill, such as swimming.

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Dindin receiving instructions from her swimming teacher.

Many of us parents want our kids to learn to swim. After all, it is one of the basic life skills — whether for traveling, for athletics, for professional requirements, or for survival.

For homeschooling families like us, these are additional lessons that we are willing to spend on. While kids in regular schools usually have swimming as part of the curriculum, we have to outsource ours.

And this coming summer is just the perfect time to send our kids to swim class. The is no school and no lessons to think of. Plus, the kids can use what they have learned from the swimming coach during family outings. This includes water safety.

So how do we prepare our kids for summer swimming lessons?

Overall Good Health

In order for our kids to thoroughly enjoy their summer swimming lessons, they need to be in optimum health. And so we give them vitamin and mineral supplements to increase their immunity. We also feed them well so that they will have energy. Additionally, try to get them to rest before and after their lessons.

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Kicking–the most basic thing that we need to know in swimming.

Psychological Preparation

There are some kids who are scared of the water. It will take a lot of reassurance about learning to swim. They might also need some videos that can show them the benefits of swimming and how enjoyable the water is when they know how to swim. Summer swimming lessons should be fun, not traumatic.

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Achi Shawna is not a pro-swimmer but she can already handle herself confidently in the pool. She can already enjoy swimming by herself, pictured here at Belmont Hotel Boracay.

Swimming Fashion

Honestly, I like taking photos of Dindin–whether in the pool or not. So I like seeing her in different swimsuits. I got her pink goggles and I am still going to look for a matching pink swimming cap for her. It’s her favorite color, after all.

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Achi Shawna can even swim like a mermaid, even without training. Here she is during our stay at Savoy Hotel Boracay.

I also think that her swimming fashion will encourage her to learn to swim, especially that she is not very confident in the water.

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Becoming mermaids in Boracay. This included swimming in a mermaid costume for Achi Shawna.

WATCH: Mermaids in Boracay

Check out the kids mermaid swimming in Boracay! We bought them cheap mermaid swimsuits from Shopee and these were enough for this whole lot of different swimming fun!

Probiotics For Tummy Health

And to top it all, I prepare her digestive health by giving her Protexin Protect. It is a probiotic supplement that comes in powder form. It boasts of seven strains of good bacteria that protects the tummy and strengthens the immune system.

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Shane still cannot swim by herself. She enjoys staying on a lifesaver. This photo was taken at swimming pool of Seda Capitol Central.

On the first day that Dindin was going to start her swimming lessons, I gave her a sachet of Protexin in the morning. It was mixed with her milk.

Protexin is tasteless and odorless so giving it to kids should not be a problem. Just mix it with something that they can finish in one sitting, like milk, soup, or juice.

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Protexin Protect for Dindin’s tummy for her summer swimming lessons

Protexin will protect your child’s tummy in case she swallows some pool water that might be infected with God knows what. hehe I intend to give Protexin again two weeks into the swimming lessons. If your child has an obviously weak tummy, giving Protexin every other day is fine.

However, if your child has never had probiotics before, you may want to give it for a longer period. You can start giving it three days before the swimming lessons will start so that the good bacteria can grow.

Bacolod Swimming Lessons

Note: Dindin had her swimming lessons at We Swim, 17th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. She studied there several years ago, at least for the basics of swimming and water safety.

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It’s in the same place where our kids go to ballet school — the Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance. They have a swimming pool and a dance studio in the same property.

How about you? How do you prepare your kid for swimming lessons?

Hotels with Swimming Pools

Meanwhile, here are the family-friendly hotels we have stayed in that have swimming pools. Our kids really enjoy swimming that it’s such a bummer if the hotel doesn’t have a pool.


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5 thoughts on “Preparing Your Kids for Summer Swimming Lessons

  1. My dad is an excellent swimmer and I am not, unfortunately. I can swim, but not as good as him. 🙂 Which is why when he taught swimming lessons during the summer, I took the opportunity to enroll my 2 older kids. And the result satisfied me! My eldest daughter is no longer afraid to jump in the pool by herself, and my son can now do freestyle and breast stroke better. 🙂
    Although I still watch over them like a hawk during outings and such, it still relieves me that they can manage by themselves and knows what to do in case of cramps and such. 🙂

    1. Oh wow! That is a nice perk. Swimming lessons are expensive so it’s good that your father was able to teach your kids.

      I agree with watching our kids like a hawk. I am the same! hahaha They are kids, after all, and their decision making skills are not fully honed yet.

  2. my son loves all forms of water BUT he loves the swimming pool more. I did a quick check and most kids with Autism loves water.

    So happy to see the preparations the girls have done for their swimming lessons and they are really having fun with their swimming class. I do hope I can find a swimming class for kids with special needs here in Cebu.

  3. I’m glad your kids like their swimming lessons. This reminded me of my first swimming lesson waaayyy back when I was in Grade School. It was a free lesson, sponsored by my mom’s kumare. I was unprepared so my first pool experience was a disaster, and traumatic. I was so afraid of drowning, I refused to go underwater despite anyone’s cajoling that I had to learn the first lesson: hold your breath and go under. Only the threat of being left in the water made me obey. I was the last one out. Shivering and cold. Everyone was happy, except me. Hehe. But now, I’m ok with swimming and pools; just no diving lol

    1. hahaha I have this kind of fear in the water, too. I can barely swim but know how to float. But if there’s anything, I would panic. That is why I want the kids to learn to swim–it’s a survival skill!

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