The highlight of my summer as a child (and now, as a grown-up!) was/is spending as much time as possible in and around the water. As an adult, I became a Water Safety Instructor with the American Red Cross and learned how to teach children of all ages how to swim. Providing children with swim lessons is vital in order to promote a safe and comfortable relationship with the water.
As parents and caregivers, there are many simple things that we can do with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and bigger kids to get them comfortable in and around the water. Similar to the play-based learning philosophy at The International Preschools, these tips and ideas will allow children to learn and be comfortable in the water while having fun at the same time!