How To teach A Swim Lessons?
If you’re anything like me, it might be difficult to teach a young child to swim. I have discovered a few things that have benefited me throughout the course of my two years of experience, though.
1. Establish a schedule.
It’s simple to make mistakes when you plan several lessons in one day. It can be perplexing because some individuals arrange theirs weeks in advance while others do it the day before. Add the time and date of your class on your phone or paper calendar as soon as you are certain of them. I had a hard time learning that. (I’ve scheduled two lessons at once more frequently than I should have. Fortunately, those impacted were adaptable and understanding. Some people won’t be.) Knowing what you have to do each day when you wake up by checking your calendar is reassuring.
2. Make them brief
For myself, I never conduct adult swimming lessons for longer than a half-hour. Even for just 30 minutes, some kids can be challenging to amuse, and a distracted kid won’t be able to pick things up as quickly or readily.
3. Alternate Topics
The kids may become bored with drills and kicks and become uncooperative. One of their favorite behaviors is to submerge themselves for 1.5 seconds after you begin speaking, then surface, pretend they heard everything you said, and carry out your instructions. This can be quite annoying. Until time runs out, alternate between kick, swimming with a noodle, diving sticks, etc. The youngest children frequently become bored. They will pay closer attention and learn what you want them to if you keep them on their toes.
4. Kicking is crucial
The only thing I really say is, “Let’s do some kick,” I believe. The issue I notice most about the young children is that their legs sag as they attempt to tread (or swim freestyle). They must be able to maintain body balance. Learning to swim requires keeping one’s legs as straight as possible and kicking with a kickboard (or holding onto the gutter). They will soon be able to maintain their buoyancy with some practice.
5. Be unique
I make an effort to begin my lessons with an experiment. What are you interested in learning? Can you swim independently in the five feet? Do you enjoy diving in? Make sure to ask both the child and the parents what they hope to gain from the classes. Families with many children occasionally attempt to schedule them at the same time, but I’ve seen that doing so can be distracting and ineffective. Working with a younger and older sibling at the same time might be advantageous in some circumstances, such as when dealing with siblings who want to mimic one other. Due to the fact that every child is unique, you must determine what works for them.
6. Make it into a game.
The children that enjoy a challenge are the most enjoyable to work with. If their feet touch the ground, they must restart your challenge of swimming from the wall to the ladder. Have them try again once they’ve done it, but go a little further this time. It’s crucial to proceed gently, which can be challenging given how effortless swimming comes to us. Bringing my hula hoop into the pool, setting it up perpendicular to the bottom, and letting the kid swim through it is my favorite thing to do. Additionally, colorful, eye-catching diving sticks can be quite beneficial. Ask them to choose a color, then have them go get it from the pool’s bottom. Take small steps, getting progressively deeper. They won’t even be aware of how far they have gone by the time they are in the deep end.
7. Take it easy
Most likely, the young person you are working with is beginning to use a floatie. Yes, they are excellent for safety and comfort, but learning to swim is about pushing yourself. Gently suggest that they try utilizing something else, explaining that doing so will also help them float. Give them floating aids that are progressively lighter and lighter until they are swimming with a noodle, and ultimately nothing at all.
8. Words are crucial
Having been a swimmer for ten years, it is simple to use words like “fly,” “back,” “breast,” and “free,” which, though natural to us, sound odd to others. Look for various angles to describe things. I now refer the butterfly kick as “dolphin kick” or “mermaid kick,” and I advise them to adopt a dolphin’s mentality (glue their legs together like a tail.) Kids are more likely to understand the breaststroke kick when they describe the actions aloud as they kick (up, out, together), in my experience. Connect a word to each action.
9. Help them feel secure.
Fear is one of the most annoying emotions. The majority of kids find water to be frightening. It can be challenging to move past the stage of fear. I suppose being a lifeguard helps. When I’m dressed in my red Guard bathing suit, the kids seem to feel more secure. The child is more likely to comply if you promise to stay by their side. Give them a hold of you. When necessary, they’ll reach out and grab your hand. Remind them frequently that you are with them, that they will be safe, and that you have been swimming for a long time or are a lifeguard. When it comes to teaching kids how to brave the terrifying deep end, trust is everything.