Did you know that you can practice survival swimming skills during bath time?
The four survival swimming skills we often recommend swimmers practice at home are blowing bubbles, floating on their tummies and backs, kicking their feet, and scooping their arms. Regardless of whether or not your little one has had formal swim lessons, you can still introduce these skills and practice with them at home.
Below you will find the four survival swimming skills, why it's an essential skill, and some tips for practicing them during bath time!
SKILL 1: Blowing Bubbles
Blowing bubbles helps young children develop breath control in the water. This begins to teach them how to hold their breath underwater and when to come back up to take a breath. Swim Instructors often introduce bubbles as "talking to the fishies," "blowing out birthday candles," or even "making the water dance."
Steps to blowing bubbles in the bath:
Skill 2: Floating
Floating helps swimmers understand the effects of buoyancy in the water and they learn to keep their head above the water. The begins to teach them about their body positioning in the water. Swim Instructors will teach children how to float on their front just like a superhero and then float on their backs just like taking a nap!
Steps to practice floating in the bath:
Skill 3: Kicking
Kicking, or leg movements, helps swimmers move from one place to another in the water and keep their head above water. Swim Instructors start by teaching swimmers the flutter kick, the kick used in the front crawl, while swimmers sit on the edge of the pool. This helps them get used to the motion of kicking before kicking across the pool.
Steps to practice kicking in the bath:
While practicing kicking, it's important to remind your swimmer to point thier toes and keep their kicks right at the top (or surface) of the water and make tiny splash.
Disclaimer: With all that splashing, you might be a little soggy after practicing this skill! A good tip is partially closing the shower curtain, but make sure you always see and get to your little one, should they need help!
Skill 4: Scooping
Scooping, or arm movements, help swimmers move in a specific direction. Swim instructors start off by having swimmers learn to alternate their arms in forwarding circles. Most often swimmers keep their elbows bent close to them when they are first starting off. It's helpful to work with your swimmer on extending their arm like they are reaching for something.
Steps to practice scooping in the bath:
It can sometimes be hard to find the time to get to the pool and practice swimming skills with your little one. If you have a bathtub at home and are looking for something to do, consider practicing these survival swimming skills at home with your little one. Blowing bubbles, floating, kicking, and scooping are all survival swimming skills that all of our babies must know!
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