Category Archives: on land
You’ve ponied up the big bucks to give your kids swimming lessons. They have to learn—it’s unsafe not to. You want them to learn—it’s summer, and the whole family could be having fun at the pool. Somehow, the lessons just … Continue reading
How you prepare for a swimming lesson can be the difference between pleasure and pain in the pool. What you and your kids wear is an important part of that preparation. What am I talking about? Isn’t it pretty much … Continue reading
Your kids don’t need to learn to turn their heads to breathe to be safe in the water, but if they want to do a true crawl or to swim as fast as possible, they’ll want to. Here’s how to … Continue reading
People tend to think of floating as basic, but it takes a lot of practice. Even for adults, floating without moving is tough. Floating is about getting a feel for buoyancy and your body. For kids, who are less buoyant, it can be one of the hardest things to master. Here’s how to teach your kids to float on their backs.
When your kids have learned how to glide in streamline position, you can start to teach them the idea of rolling in the water to make their swimming stronger. This land exercise is the precursor to a lifetime of rolling in the water.
When fish swim, they’re graceful. They’re balanced. They’re slippery. They move efficiently, with each motion propelling them through the water. A well designed boat slices through the water, creating as little resistance and drag as possible. What does this have to do with teaching kids to swim?
When your kids can put their heads under the water and kick, they’re ready to learn the streamline or torpedo position. This position will help your kids learn to keep their bodies in a position that minimizes the amount of drag their bodies create and helps them to move through the water with less resistance. Teaching your kids to glide through the pool in this position will give them their first taste of what it really feels like to be able to swim. Here’s how to teach your kids to swim in the torpedo or streamline position.
When you’re teaching your kids to kick, you can take advantage of time outside the swimming pool to work on this skill.
We’re not talking soap bubbles. Nope, we’re talking swimming bubbles. You’ve practiced the fundamentals of blowing bubbles on land. Now it’s time to use what they’ve learned and expand on it in a swimming lesson.
You won’t see a 200-meter bubble-blowing event in the next Olympics. Nonetheless, learning to blow bubbles is an important swimming skill. It’s a stepping stone to learning breath control, which your child will use whenever he’s swimming for the rest of his life. What’s so important about blowing bubbles, and how can you teach your kids to do it?