5 yr old afriad of swimming

United States
May 13, 2007 1:55pm CST
How can I get my daughter to swim? She clutches us so tightly! How can I help her get over her fear?
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@Madona1 (2099)
• Gibraltar
14 May 07
My daughter started learning swimming when she was five. At the beginning, she was frightening with the water as well. But what we did was carrying on taking her to the beach; making sure she wore the arm bands and leaving her playing with her friends.(We just kept an eye on her all the time). Gradually she got used to the water and set her feet into the water herself. Meanwhile, I suggest it will be a good idea to buy a rubber ring for your daughter to experience the floating and get use to the water to gain confident.
• Australia
14 May 07
Hello mytwo daughter Did your daughter ever drown? Maybe you can company her, and bring her to the pool more often. And give her a life jacket or something that can make her feel more safely Just be patient and don't push her to hard it will make here more afraid. Good luck mom
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
14 May 07
To be honest, i'd recommend you not do it yourself - i found that little ones always have fun learning to swim if they are doing it in a small group of other kids around the same age. They will learn to swim, have fun with all the helping tools, i'm sure parents are able to help in the lessons & they will get training from a proper swimming instructor. I'm pretty sure my sister was the same but she learnt to swim in a small class with proper instructors - maybe you could give it a shot. They might have lessons over the summer so check out your local pools & swimming centres & see what they do - then you could enroll her & she'll learn confidence while being taught to swim properly! Good luck but it wont last forever, once kids realise how much fun they can have in the water with other kids, they enjoy being in the water after a little bit!
13 May 07
Lots of short visits when the pool is not very busy. Make sure she has an easy bouancy aid (arm bands or vest float). Make sure she does not get splashed if you can at all help it. Make it fun. Does she have a floating toy she likes? Let her cling to you safely. Don't let her think you are pushing her away. When she sees you are all having fun she will gradually relax and you can get her further away from you on her own. Do you have a fun pool near you or when you are on holiday so that she can enjoy the shallows? Five is quite young so she will get the hang of it. Best of luck.
• United States
13 May 07
My little sister used to be afraid of swimming, whenever she did swim she always wore a life jacket though, then my parents signed her up for swimming lessons and she was fine after a couple weeks of that.
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15 May 07
maybe you could go with her at first just go paddling and play games in the water in the shallow end or so she can stand up to her knees if its in the sea. just dont go out of depth or try to make her swim then once she gets used to the water she might want to try practising swimming if she sees other kids doing it aswell and playing games.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
15 May 07
Where are you taking her? If she is afraid- I’d start with a kiddie pool in the yard. One that she can sit in her suit and play- splash around and have fun. How about joining a swimming class.. Where you get in with her and swim- She might enjoy that- Don’t give up and don’t push her to hard. She will like it in her own time. My daughter wasn’t big into swimming when she was younger either- Now I can’t keep her out of the pool. So time and showing her how much fun it is might do the trick!