I think it's really important for children to learn to swim and feel confident in the water from an early age, Riley is a bit hit and miss with water, sometimes he loves it and other times he won't go any where near it so I had to come up with ways to make it more fun and also to ensure that we don't have the same problems with Summer.
Here are my top tips for making swimming fun.
No.1 - Bath Time
The best way to start your children off with a positive attitude towards water is to have lots of fun splashing in the bath while they're still babies. Get in the bath with your baby and whilst holding them allow them to float with their ears submerged to get them used to the water, if they don't like it sit them back up and try again another time. Bath toys are a great idea and can then be taken in to the pool to make the transition much smoother. Riley had a Zoggy Soaker which are foam balls shaped like different characters like fish and crabs etc. This was perfect for playing with in the bath and also for taking to the pool.
No.2 - The Pool
Make sure the pool you choose is nice and warm and try to go during off peak times to make the whole experience less stressful for you and your little one. Don't stay in the pool too long at first as your child is likely to get cold and probably quite tired, gradually build up the length of time you're actually in the pool for. To help your child stay a bit warmer and to feel safer in the pool you can get them to wear a floatsuit, Zoggs do some great childrens float suits that are quick and easy to adjust whilst on and have sewn in, heavy duty air bladders to keep them afloat in the water.
No.3 - Make Up Fun Games
As your child gets older and more confident in the water you can come up with fun games to play which will teach them new skills at the same time, for example using things like Zoggs Dive Sticks in shallow water at first will get them used to putting their face under water whilst they're retrieving the sticks, then move on to deeper water to encourage them to swim under water but remember children should always be supervised at all times whilst in the pool.
I hope these tips help you to have more fun in the pool with your children, let me know if you have any good tips for me.