Learning to swim is a lot of fun. But it also requires a lot of practice, perseverance and patience.
Luckily, you can help develop good habits in your child while they’re away from the pool. In fact, your child is more likely to improve faster, and become water confident quicker, when they also practice their skills at home.
Here are some great swimming skills you can practice in the comfort of your own home. This will ensure your little one keep swimming top of mind – and gives you the most value for your lessons while they’re in the water.
1. Wetting Their Face
Let your child experience getting their face wet. You can start be gently dabbing their face with a wet cloth, then progressing to running water. Once they’re comfortable with it around their eyes and mouth, they can move onto putting their face under the water. A bath or sink is perfect for this.
2. Dipping Their Ears
Have them dip their ears into the water one at a time. This will get them used to the technique required for good swimming.
3. Blowing Bubbles
Give them practice at blowing bubbles. Get them into the bath or with a bowl of water and make those bubbles! Let them see how big they can make them. You can also try blowing soap bubbles to, which you can cheaply pick up from most supermakets.
4. Holding Their Breath
Let them practice holding their breath. This will get them used to having their head under water for a long time. Make sure they stay safe and comfortable, it’s not a competition.
5. Stretching Their Body
Have them stretch out their body. The best swimmers know how to stretch their body right out, to cover as much distance as they can with each stroke. It also helps keep the muscles strong. This stretching can including basic aerobic exercises. It may even be as simple as getting them to stretch while lying on their back. Try it while looking at the stars or clouds.
6. Making The Water Fun
Introduce bath time toys. This will help make the water welcoming for your little. Rubber duckies and boats are lots of fun. Try some beakers, cups or jugs too, so they can pour the water and get used to splashing.
7. Grow Their Climbing Skills
Practice climbing in and out. Use a small practice pool (like a clam shell or blow up) to get them used to climbing in and out of the pool. Don't have one? No problem. A bed is a nice climbing substitute, as is a sandpit.
8. Learn Jumping In
Jumping into the water can remove the stress and anxiety of climbing into the pool. It's also a lot more fun. Try off a low ledge onto the ground if water is not available.
9. Practice Their Technique
Give the techniques a whirl. You child can practice their Backstroke and Front Crawl standing up, while spinning those windmill arms. Lying down, like on a chair or the ground, they can practice their Breaststroke too.
10. Work On Kicks
Don't forget to kick. Lay them on their tummy and get them to practice their kicks. Try it without bending at the knees for the best skills.
These are just a few handy hints to get you started. The most important thing is to keep your child encouraged and enthusiastic about learning to swim. See you at the pool!< Back to Blog