How We Incorporate Exercise, Fun, & Community into Our Swim LessonsSeptember 05, 2023
Incorporating fun, games, and exercise is essential when teaching children how to swim. They make learning engaging while helping kids develop the confidence required when acquiring critical swimming skills.
Play particularly hones your child’s fine and gross motor skills and coordination. That’s because the activities need kids to utilize their muscles and bones, ultimately developing their coordination, strength, and balance.
When looking for a swimming school, choose one that values fun, not just swimming lessons. You could inquire if the school incorporates one or more of the following exercises, fun, and community lessons.
Talking to the Fish
The first step in teaching a child to swim is to control their breathing. It helps them avoid swallowing water accidentally when swimming. When performing this exercise, we encourage kids to blow bubbles when submerged in water.
Our trainer will probably tell them to pretend to blow birthday candles in water. As your child’s confidence develops, we allow them to swim underwater and catch or talk to the fish. We’ll then ask them the number of fish they saw and allow them to throw the fish back in the water with a splash.
Ice Cream Scooping
This exercise comes in handy when teaching kids to use their arms when swimming. We ask them to pretend to choose their favorite ice cream and scoop it, except they will do it in water. The idea is to help your child practice making large scoops of ice cream in water while swimming. They also learn to keep their fingers together so the water doesn’t seep through their hands.
Red Light, Green Light
The exercise helps kids learn how to kick their legs when swimming. We also use it as a warm-up exercise before diving into the pool. We’ll ask them to sit at the pool’s shallow end with their feet in the water.
Then, when we say the green light, the child will kick as hard as possible. A red light indicates stop kicking, while a yellow light means kick slowly. We also use the exercise to define boundaries between the instructor and child and improve your child’s listening skills. If training a younger child, we encourage the parent to hold the child in their arms and walk back and forth, enabling them to kick.
The last step is to teach a child how to float on their back and front. We use the starfish pose to teach kids how to do it. This means holding a starfish pose on the back, maintaining a flat posture in water with arms and legs wide apart, and helping them understand how it is in water when floating.
For the backflip, we use the pancake pose and song. We’ll ask them to pretend pancakes, lie on their backs, and flip over. A pancake song helps the kids understand when to flip over their bellies.
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