After the class is over and your athlete is a swimmer use the following drills to naturally bring out the swimming skills.
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1. Two minutes of warm up drills to the side or between two (2) adults. One hand under the armpit, one on the tush for the push.
2. Two minutes of drop drills. Depending on age and skill this can be reduced and phased out and this portion of time used for the third drill below.Standing on the deck of the pool, hold the athlete facing you by the arm pits.Put the child's feet and knees into the water about 18-24 inches from the side.Instruct the child to swim to side. Count 1-2-3 and release the child.Do this again.Change your hold position so the child is no longer facing you. You should be looking at their back. Hold the child under both armpits from behind. Turn the child 90 degrees from the edge of the pool and drop the child in with only the feet touching the water. Count 1-2-3 and release them. Turn the child another 90 degrees and repeat around the clock.Sit the child on the edge of the pool - feet in the water. Tell them to swim back to the safe side and then push them in. When they grab the side teach them how to climb out or crab walk to the steps and get out. In conjunction with the drop drills:Make sure the new swimmer can drop off the step and then turn around and swim back to the step. To do this have the child stand on a step in the water facing the steps. Lift the child up and drop the new swimmer off the edge of the step into water over their head. They should look down and kick back to the step. Then have them stand on a step face out towards the pool and you lift them up and drop them off the edge of the step into water over their head, they should turn around and swim back to the step. Drop them pretty much straight up and down.
3.) Three to five minutes of stroke development.Put the child on a step.Walk back a distance they can swim.Tell them to swim to you.You should be down in the water with only your chin above the water as the child pushes off the step.Make sure the child pushes off quietly, no splashing.Your hands are stretched out and down 18-24 inches in the water.As the child swims to you, bring your hand into your body so the child swims all the way to you, when the child can almost touch you, reach out and pick the child up under the arm pits.Increase the distance 18-24 inches after each successful swim.Depending on age introduce the strokes by demonstrating what you want and then ask the child to copy you.Keep the swims short when developing new swim skills.Keep it to 10 minutes.
No floatation devices at all.A child will naturally progress with their swim skills using these drills.
Teaching Strokes in new Swimmers.
PRACTICE teaching another competent swimming ADULT before training your child.
TEACH BREAST STROKE first, then at age 6 teach freestyle.
Parents teach your child or bring them back to John, avoid traditional swim classes.
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