children swimming tips



    This Christmas, Zoggs is donating 500 pairs of goggles to children with disabilities. We are supporting the national swimming charity Level Water who arrange 20,000 one-to-one swimming lessons each year for children with disabilities. As some children around the country return to

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  2. The Magic of the Zoggs Water Wing Vest
    The Magic of the Zoggs Water Wing Vest

    The Magic of the Zoggs Water Wing Vest

    We love the Water Wing vest so what better way to show this than to find out what others think...

    Since using the Zoggs Water Wing Vest in lessons, it has produced incredible results in the confidence and technique of students. I wanted to share a few stories that stand out in using the product as at first I was cautious putting it on my students and I wasn’t sure how well it would work. While at first it looked as though it would work similarly to arm bands and limit arm movement and inhibit good body position, I found it was completely different to my first impression. Here are just some of the inspirational stories from my students after using the Water Wing Vest:

    Two kids jumping into the pool wearing their water wing vest

    From tears to no fears!

    I have been teaching a girl for around a year and a half. Starting in my preschool class, she has never been able to swim by herself. She has developed her confidence in putting her face in the water, and kicking with aids. Every time the topic of independent swimming was approached she refused. Trying to coax her usually resulted in her breathing in a lot of water and a lot of tears as she was way too tense… After tentatively trying the jacket, she is now able to relax in the water to the point where she didn’t need any help when she had the jacket on with her face in the water. In the lesson this week she was able to swim independently without the jacket; her trust in the water has completely changed – both her mum and I were grinning ear to ear!

    "Both her mum and I were grinning ear to ear!"

    Confidence in numbers!

    We have a school that swims with us around five, 30 minute lessons per year for each group (due to funding). I had mixed Year 1 & 2 group (age 5-7), with 10 children in the group. Using the Water Wing Vests for 10 minutes for just 2 of these sessions, even the most nervous children were able to swim completely without any aids and put their face in the water (Some had never put their face in the water even while standing), and could swim completely unaided for a short distance when the jacket was removed.

    It also benefited the more confident children by teaching them that even with their arms in the air (for front crawl), the water is always helping you to float if you relax. After attempting this stroke with the jacket, in the next lesson they were able to do 5m of front crawl independently. From not being able to swim any distance at the start of the classes, this was incredible! Going forwards, year on year they will be able to build on this foundation of trusting the wat

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  3. Parents' Guide: Taking your child swimming this weekend?
    Parents' Guide: Taking your child swimming this weekend?

    Parents' Guide: Taking your child swimming this weekend?

    It's commonly known that children learn to swim as much from their parents at the weekend, as in their weekly lessons. Although the benefits are evident it can sometimes seem like an uphill struggle at times to take the kids swimming at the weekend, you get them to the pool

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  4. 5 Essential Swim Safety Tips for Children
    5 Essential Swim Safety Tips for Children

    5 Essential Swim Safety Tips for Children

    Even if you have been to the beach or pool many times with your little ones, it is still really important to be aware of basic swim safety precautions that will help you to minimise the risks.

    As parents, we are responsible for showing our children how to be safe around water. Doing this requires a fine balance between teaching them to respect the potential dangers, without making them nervous of the water.

    In this blog post, we will explain some essential swim safety Baby Swimweartips that will help children learn to understand how to behave in and around water this summer. It is not all about stressing the hazards, but moreover a matter of teaching kids to be confident and remain aware of potential risks so that they can stay safe whilst they enjoy swimming.

    Here are five really simple points to remember that will keep your whole family safe this summer;

    1. Educate and Connect
    For many children, the water is an unknown. Even a child who regularly swims at their local pool can be unnerved by the experience of being in the sea. That’s why it is important to speak to your children about the water and what you do as an adult to stay safe and enjoy your time while swimming.

    It is worthwhile doing this regularly at home, not just on your way to the pool or beach. That way, respecting the water is something that becomes nature to your little ones.

    2. Fun
    When you are around water as a family, try to engage with your children 30-060through the games that they are playing.  If it’s an underwater game, keep a watchful eye on what they are doing. If it is next to the pool or on the shore, be part of it, whether that is watching, playing or keeping score.

    By supervising, you can easily making sure your children stay safe at

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  5. Learn to Swim: Swimming Advice for Parents
    Learn to Swim: Swimming Advice for Parents

    Learn to Swim: Swimming Advice for Parents

    If you want to introduce your baby to water or help your child learn to swim and become a confident little swimmer or want to learn to swim yourself... welcome to Zoggs Learn to swim.

    Zoggs want all those learning to swim to enjoy the freedom, fun and exhilaration of the water with unconditional trust in their Zoggs goggles, equipment and swimwear.


    What age should my child start swimming?
    We feel parents should introduce children to swimming as early as possible to promote water confidence, fun and well being. There are no strict ages as to when your child should actually start to swim, though we wouldn't recommend introducing a baby to swimming or the pool environment before they have had their first set of injections. It can be a daunting experience for babies (and mothers/fathers too!) the first time they are in a swimming pool, the first time they smell chlorine, and the first time they will see Mummy in a swim suit! The earlier children can learn that the water is a fun environment, the sooner they can enjoy the swimming experience. We also advise parents not to leave it too long, as learning later in life can sometimes be a harder development process.

    Does my child need swimming goggles?
    Swimming goggles are an essential piece of equipment for any child who is learning to swim or who just wants to have fun in the water. When children are learning to swim, it is important that they are as comfortable and relaxed as possible, being able to see clearly underwater will not only give children confidence as they learn, but will allow them to stay in the water longer. For a child that is fearful of the water, not being able to see clearly underwater can compound the problem. Wearing goggles for the first time can be a strange sensation for young children, we often advise parents to give goggles to their children in the bath or shower to get used to the feeling.

    They have never swum before, do they need armbands?
    The use of a floatation device is extremely important and supportive for children swimming for the first time, no matter their age. This is in addition to support from an adult. However, we also recommend a floatation device, whether it be Float bands, Roll ups, a Zoodle or a Floatsuit. The most important thing to remember is that the adult must hold onto the child or child’s hands at all times as the child learns to swim. Only once the child gains confidence in the water should the adult either deflate the floatation device or allow the child to swim with less support or even unaided (and only for short periods in the first instance).

    What else do they need?
    If you are swimming with your baby for the first time, you’ll need waterproof nappies, a towel, and a swim suit for yourself! You may also consider some little squirts, or super soakers to keep your baby occupied whilst you get ready or in the pool. Depending on your confidence and the baby’s ability we recommend the trainer seat as the best product for first timers! If the changing room and the pool environment is cold, we have the Baby wrap to keep you child warm before during and after swimming. Don’t forget a bag for wet swimsuits and towels!

    Is there anything I can practice at home with my child?
    There are plenty of things you can practice at home, and the best place for most of these is in the bath! Encourage your child to blow toys across the surface of the water, and then with their chin under the water to blow bubbles under the water even blowing bubbles through a straw can help! It sometimes a good idea to try goggles on for the first time in the bat

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