Sea – azure blue water, unfolding waves, and the white soft sand, is a way of living one of its own. I have been a sea enthusiast since childhood, and I believe to have inherited the love for the ocean from my father. He has been a swimmer for quite a long time, and considers the deep blue ocean his calming therapy.
He always encouraged us, to go into the water, play with the waves and learn to live within them, becoming fearless of the larger than life tides. My husband, oh, loves sea too! If my paa called me a mermaid, that makes my man “a merman!” 😝
We both knew that we wanted our Athena to share the same love for the clear blue waters of the ocean, so, we took our first Island Vacation this January. We have been taking her to swimming pool since she was just 4 months old. But as to say the sky is the limit, and the pools are but the miniatures of a grand sea, we knew the time was here to finally introduce her to the sea!
Oh, let me tell you, it was an adventure on its own. With a kid as young as Athena, we had our ideas of preparation before we headed for her first little swim in the sea waters. And to make it easier for you, we’ll be sharing those prep ideas with you too!
Firstly, to introduce your kids to the sea, you need to be prepared, mentally and physically, and should be well-equipped too. Following are the tips and a few essentials that should be kept in mind:
- Swim suits (cute and glamorous)
- Life Jacket
- Arm Floaters
- Beach shoes
So, all set? Now comes the fun and tricky part. When we took Athena for the first time and stepped on the shore, she was excited beyond words. But as soon as the wave touched her skin, she hugged me tight and would not let go, no matter what! We were not sure whether it was the right kind of response or not, but she was not totally liking it. Hmm, so should we just go out? Well, yes, take it slow, one wave at a time.
Few are my personal tips which helped me to go through the whole process.
- Take it slow, understanding your baby’s response.
- Once they get settled in your lap in the water, try to loosen them up.
- Encourage them to take short swims, back and forth. If daddy is there too, nothing’s better!
- Show them fish and corals.
- Show them your own likeness for the sea, for if its good for parents, the child will copy that too!
- Understand your baby’s body language, and take them out of the water as soon as their actions indicate exhaustion.
It took two days before Athena was comfortable playing on the shore, building castles with her Baba, and taking little tours to the sea (well-equipped and highly supervised, of-course). But we made our way through to the sea, one wave at a time. It was fun and exhausting at the same time, but seeing her splashing the water and giggling at her baba, her smiles when she came back from her little swims, building little piles of sand homes and then kicking them with a “thaa!”. Believe me, it was worth more than a million!
Swimming is an art, but sea is where your swim bond seeps in, right into your soul. The sea expansion is just a tiny gesture of letting your kids know how vast the world’s sphere is. An experience beyond all things worldly, it will be a healthy one for your child too, just as for our Athena.. 😊
Note: Always take your kids under supervision. Read through the guides and rules. Know your sea depth. Familiarize yourself with first aid techniques. Always be prepared and focused.