Teaching Kids To Swim ~ Lesson Two

Teaching Kids To Swim ~ Lesson Two

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Parenting Help Parenting Help Tips   Parenting Help Parenting Help Tips   Start with a review of yesterday’s Teaching Kids To Swim Lesson One.

Remember to keep it fun and stress-free.

In this lesson we will be teaching kids to float.   Asking a child to put his face in a pool filled with bugs, leaves and various debris is bound to lead to problems.  Pool covers and pool vacuums can help keep the water clean and clear.  The more inviting the pool, the more relaxed your child will be about floating peacefully on the water.

If your child needs additional encouragement, try having another child with you that is not afraid of the water.  Kids like to copy other kids.

Lesson Two:  Floating

Objective:  Teach kids to float


1. Demonstrate cork float, after children have seen real corks float.

2.  Have children do a cork float with one hand on the railing, while you support them under the armpit.

3.  Have children do a cork float away from the railing, using both arms to hold knees under their chest, while you support them by holding them under the armpits.

4.  Play Beware the Dogfish.

5.  Demonstrate a face-down float. Big breath, arms extended, face in water, legs to the surface, float five seconds, bring knees to chest, and stand.

6. Take each child individually: Facing the child, you hold his hands and have him do a face-down float. You call the signals.

7.  Demonstrate a float, holding on to the railing with both hands; then, releasing the railing, float a few seconds, then stand by pulling knees to the chest, feet straight down. Children’s turn.

8.  Demonstrate an airplane float holding on to the railing or gutter with one hand, the other arm extended toward the length of the pool. Encourage release of the railing while child has face down and legs extended.

9.  (If you have steps.) Float away from the steps. Reach for the steps. Again, demonstrator first, children follow.

Lesson Three coming up tomorrow:

Author: ParentingMaven

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