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Jun 20

Learn How To Swim Basics for Kids

Learn How To Swim Basics for Kids (courtesy of youtube.com/NorthTexasSwimming)

Hi! My name is Robert Bina, and I’ve been a swimming lesson instructor for more than 20 years. We have divided our lesson into 5 parts:

Submerging,
Floating,
Kicking,
Arm Movement
and Breathing.

Our lessons are done in waist-deep water. Our swimmers are between 3 ½ and 9. And they have just about reached the achievable, physical limit for their various ages. So, don’t push a swimmer. It’s better if they work at their own pace. Just be patient, and don’t move to the next lesson until you have mastered the preceding skills.

OK, now, for some safety tips.

#1 – NEVER go swimming alone! Remember, it’s always better to swim with friends.

#2 – NEVER, NEVER dive or go headfirst into the shallow end of a pool! The reasons for that are obvious. You don’t want to dive in and hit your head on the bottom and hurt yourself.

#3 – NEVER, NEVER, NEVER go into the water for someone who needs help. First, yell for help, then look for a ring buoy or something else that floats to give the person needing that, and finally, go for help. Never go in the water yourself. Go get an adult. Never go into the water to help someone yourself. Get your mom or dad or a grown-up to come and help you.

Are y’all ready to go swimming?

When a parent doesn’t know at what level their child is swimming, I usually ask 2 things:

#1 – Can their child put their face in the water? And,

#2 – When they put their face in the water, can they hold their breath for 5 seconds?

If these 2 things – face in the water and holding of their breath for 5 seconds can be accomplished, then there is no reason the student can’t learn the basic requirements for a good swimming foundation. Here’s how we begin to build this foundation.

Submerging is relatively easy. Before submerging the face, the swimmer should always say, “One, Two, Three”. This purges the lungs and gets the swimmer ready for a full, fresh breath.

Now, just grab the wall with both hands, keeping the arms outstretched. Just say, “1, 2, 3”, take a big breath, and then put your face down into the water, between your arms. Your face should not be deeper in the water than your ears. Do this several times. Then ask your mom or dad to count to 5. Don’t resurface until the magic number 5 is called out. Once you accomplish this several times, try reaching the magic number 10!

Now, try it without holding the wall. Put your hands on your legs, say, “1, 2, 3”, inhale and put your face in the water. Once you can do this, you’re ready to recover toys from the pool bottom.

There are a lot of submersible toys, and here are just a few. Just as long as it sinks, and is not hard to grab or too heavy, you should have a lot of fun! This exercise helps in several ways:

#1 – It reinforces taking a breath and holding it.

#2 – Usually, this is the first time a swimmer experiences loss of contact with the bottom.

#3 – At this point, you will be able to see who is submerging with their eyes open and who isn’t. Encourage the swimmer to open their eyes, but don’t make this an issue which keeps you from moving ahead. During this exercise, the swimmer begins to experience buoyancy. Just imagine trying to fly for the first time. Sometimes they float so well, they can’t get down to reach a toy. Tell them you are going to help them, after saying ,“1, 2, 3”, inhaling and readying themselves, gently push them between the shoulder blades just enough for them to get down and grab the toy.

Well, I hope our lessons have helped you feel more comfortable in the water, as well as improve on your swimming skills. Remember – Practice, Practice, Practice! You won’t get any better if you don’t practice. Just go to the pool, and the rest will come naturally! Water Fun is what we want to promote! Summertime can be pretty long and hot for a young person who can’t swim. So, see you at the pool, and remember – When in Doubt, Breath Out!

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