Have a Happy, fun, safe time swimming in August - keep practicing your skills!

 

Side glide

 Equipment: N/A 

 

To do a side glide, you are going to want to have your child raise one of their arms up and then lay on their side in the water. When they are laying down, you will want to assist them while they are doing flutter kick. 

 

Rhythmic breathing practice

Equipment: N/A

 

To practice rhythmic breathing, you can tell a bob story. When telling the story, you want to say bob as many times as possible and that it makes sense. Whenever you say bob, have your child go under the water and come back up again.

Simon Says 

Equipment: N/A 

 

When playing Simon Says, your child can practice their front and back floats, front, back and side glides, rollover glides and flutter kick. 

 

I had a Tiny Turtle

Equipment: N/A

 

You and your child can sing the song, I had a Tiny Turtle. The song goes like this, I had a tiny turtle. His name was tiny Tim. I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim. He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap and when I turned around, he was doing… here you can say back float, front float or sinking like a boat. 

 

Follow the leader

Equipment: N/A

 

Choose someone to be the leader. The leader can show how to do a front or back float, front back or side glide, a rollover glide or flutter kick.

Submerge head

Equipment: N/A

GOAL: Getting comfortable in the water

 

Have your child dunk their head beneath the water, and if they are unwilling to do so, encourage them to dunk the top of their head, and then either ears. They can “listen to the fish” this way. Then ask them to blow bubbles through their nose and mouth. 


Motorboat, kicking exercises

Equipment: Ledge to sit on, if not available, use a pool noodle or flutterboard to lay on tummy or back

GOAL: Strengthen kicks

 

Have your child sit on a ledge (if applicable), and get ready for a game of MOTORBOAT! The rules of motorboat are as follows: 

There are 3 commands to know. 

  1. Motorboat, motorboat go so FAST- Child does a fast, powerful flutter kick from the hips (not the knees!)

  2. Motorboat, motorboat, go so SLOW- Child does a slow flutter kick (again, make sure it comes from the hips)

  3. Motorboat, motorboat, STOP- Child stops kicking and waits for the next command.

 

See how fast they can respond to a command, or how fast they can kick. You can also place a floatie in front of their feet and tell them to see how far their kicks can make it go across the water. 

 

Rhythmic breathing exercises

Equipment: N/A

GOAL: Reinforce breathing techniques and timing

 

Have your child practice blowing bubbles (or blowing to the fish). They should try doing sets of 2-3 seconds with the face in, and then once all the air has been pushed out to take their head out and inhale. You can repeat this as many times as desired, but try to aim for above 3. 

Pizza Bakery

Equipment: N/A

GOAL: Improve front, back floats, and arm strength

 

Have your child use their imagination to create something they want to mix together. Some ides include:

  • A chef in a pizzeria

  • A baker in a donut shop

  • A painter mixing paint colours

  • Ice cream barista in an ice cream shop

Get creative! Have your child decide the ingredients and mix them together one by one, making big arm circles in the water and pulling it around them with their “scoops” (fingers held tightly together, hand should be slightly cupped). Next, you can “bake” your creation. Have your child lay on their tummy in a (supported optional) front float for 5 seconds. Next, have them roll over into a back float for 5 seconds. 

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Front float

 

Equipment: Not needed

Details: Have your kid put their face in the water and tell them to blow bubbles. That way they are comfortable with putting their face in, for the front float. Next have them lift their feet off of the bottom of the pool and try to lay on their stomach. To help them get a visual, tell them to do the superman. Tell them to take a deep breath and lay on their stomach, put their face in the water and let the breath out to blow bubbles. If they are having a hard time starting to float, hold their hips up until they are able to float themselves. They should try to do the float with their arms above their heads, if they are not able to do that, they can have their arms out like a starfish. Try to float for 5 seconds, have a 3 second breather and then do your front float again.



 

Back float

 

Equipment: Not needed

 

Details: Remember what we did for the front float with lifting your legs off of the bottom of the pool? You are going to do that again but instead of trying to lay on your stomach, you want to try to lay on your back. Just like your front float you want to try to bring your arms above your head. Take a deep breath and lay on your back, bring your arms above your head like a rocketship, lay on your back then let the breath out. If they are having a hard time floating, hold their hips up until they are able to float themselves. Try to do your back float for 5 seconds, have a 3 second break and then try to do your back float again. 


 

Flutter kick

 

Equipment: Flutter board

 

Details: Hold on to the flutter board and lift your legs off of the ground. To do a flutter kick, you want to try to kick from the hips, not the knees. So you want your legs straight, move them up and down. Remember to try to keep your legs straight and kick from your hips.  



 

Front glide and back glide

 

Equipment: Not needed 

 

Details: For your front glide, you want to do your front float and flutter kick together. Bring your arms up like a rocket ship, take a deep breath and lay on your stomach with your face in the water. Keeping your arms up like a rocket ship, you want to blow your bubbles and do your flutter kick. Remembering to keep your legs straight and to kick from the hips. To do a back glide, you want to do your back float and flutter kick together. Bring your arms up like a rocket ship, lay down on your back and do your flutter kick, keeping your legs straight. 



Rollover glide

 

Equipment: Not needed

 

Details: For level 1, you will have to help your kid do the rollover glide. Have them start by doing their front glide, hold their hips and help them to rollover into their back glide while they are doing their front glide. For level 2, you do not have to help them. Have them start doing their front glide. If they are having trouble rolling over, tell them while they are doing their front glide, lean more to one side to start to roll. They have to keep kicking because it will help them to rollover. 

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