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5 Books to Read Before Your First Swim Lesson

August 09, 2019

When my child was three, we missed a swim lesson. When we arrived for the makeup session, she seemed confused and disappointed. When I asked why she seemed upset, she said, “You said there would be makeup at this lesson. There’s no lip gloss or glitter eyes anywhere!” I learned that day how important it is to set expectations for activities. 

Introducing swim lessons to children

Kids aren’t always familiar with experiences we can describe in a few words. “You have your first swim lesson tomorrow,” is fairly straightforward to adults. Adults know that kids will likely go off with an instructor while mom or dad watches from the bleachers. 

Prepare your child before starting swim lessons

One of the best ways to introduce your child to swimming is by reading books about familiar characters learning to swim. Stories about swim lessons help parents discuss topics like whether the pool is inside, how to wear swim goggles, and where parents sit.   

Learning to swim can cause children anxiety

For a child, the first experience of weightlessness, holding their breath, and the cold water can be a lot to overcome. Read a selection of children's books that have their favorite characters conquering water.

Peppa Pig takes swim lessons and goes swimming Peppa Goes Swimming

In this story, Peppa Pig goes to the pool with her parents and younger brother, George. Their mother and father provide plenty of encouragement for getting in the pool. Later Peppa Pig swims with her friend and discovers how much fun it is to play with a friend at the pool.

During the story, children learn about visiting a swimming pool and wearing armbands. Blow-up armbands are toys and should not be used without constant, close supervision. The book gives parents a chance to talk about water safety and the difference between toys and approved flotation devices.

Froggy wears goggles and fins and overcomes a fear of water when he learns to swimFroggy Learns to Swim

Froggy is relatable to children who struggle to overcome their fear. With encouragement, practice, and a few good tunes, Froggy becomes a great swimmer.  

Sometimes learning to swim causes anxiety. This story about how Froggy overcomes his fear of the water and masters swimming is a fun way to ease nervous children into swimming lessons.

Nate loves sharks so much he wants to be one but needs to learn to swim. Shark Nate-o

Nate loves to read, learn, and talk about sharks. Sometimes he pretends he’s a shark, too! His big brother challenges him by pointing out that Nate can’t swim.

Nate starts swim lessons and learns to blow bubbles, use a kickboard, and swim just like a shark. He gets a chance to race against his brother at the end of the story. Non-fiction fans will enjoy the list of shark facts in the back.

Maisy takes swimming lessons to learn to swim at the poolMaisy Learns to Swim

Like a lot of children, Maisy doesn’t know what to expect from her first swimming lesson, so she’s a bit nervous.

The book walks through the experience of a swim lesson, including changing into a suit and meeting the teacher. The swim instructor teaches Maisy to blow bubbles, float, and kick. Maisy’s friends Eddie and Tallulah come along and they all enjoy swimming lessons in the story.  

Jabari knows how to swim but is nervous about the diving boardJabari Jumps

After finishing swim lessons and passing a swim test, Jabari is ready to jump off the diving board. It looks easy enough while watching the other kids. But when it comes to his turn, he realizes it’s harder than he thought.

His father is patient and encouraging while helping Jabari gain the confidence necessary to jump. This sweet story helps kids overcome fear and celebrate success. 

Conclusion 

Books are a good way to introduce children to the concept of swimming lessons and help them understand what to expect. Choose a variety of books to address any emotions your child might have before learning to swim. The pictures and vocabulary used will help introduce important topics so you can share your own stories about swimming.

 




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Size Guide

Not sure which size to order?

Measure your head circumference!

Place soft measuring tape around your child’s head about 1/2-inch above the ear, across the mid-forehead where a hat would sit. Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly, and write down the measurement of where the tape meets. If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, use a piece of string and measure as directed. Then, lay the string on a ruler or yardstick to determine measurement.

Head Circumference

Recommended Goggles

15-18 inches Frogglez Youth (3-6)
16-22 inches Frogglez Youth (3-10)
19-22 inches Frogglez Adult (10+)

 

In between sizes?

Frogglez universal strap adapts to almost any swim gogglesFrogglez Goggles easily adjust to fit most kids. Kids can tighten or loosen without taking them off using the Velcro straps. Use the optional black silicone rings included with every pair of Frogglez to adjust even more.

Make Frogglez smaller: Remove the silicone rings for smaller children and thread the Velcro right through the goggles.

Make Frogglez bigger: Adding an extension ring is easy! Double up the rings to extend the strap length for bigger kids.  

 

Still having trouble with the fit?

Frogglez Goggles use a soft silicone to create a leakproof seal. The gentle pressure of the seal is designed to withstand cannonballs, dives, and splashes. That said, eyes and noses are different sizes and shapes, which can affect the way goggles fit.

There isn’t one perfect goggle, only the one that best fits your face. If you find that the eyepieces don’t fit, don’t fret. Frogglez universal strap attaches to most goggles on the market.  The black silicone rings included with each pair of Frogglez makes attachment to other goggles simple.

 

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