PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
When it comes to teaching kids to swim, repetition is everything. Our classes are designed to help give parents the tools to teach their kids.One of the questions we are often asked by parents is ‘Can I do these things when I am not here with you guys?’ And the answer is ABSOLUTELY!!
Coming to class each week should be just the beginning, We also know that parents can get very busy, so it might be the last thing on your mind. But here are some tips to help you get in that ever important practice outside of the class.
– Why not try your local heated pool and practice all the songs and holds. Going at your regular time on your weeks off is a great way to continue the routine and get in some practice.
– Taking kids in the shower? Do your Name, Ready, Go’s before putting their face under.
– Or maybe try singing ‘I Hear Thunder’ while the water is pouring on their backs.
– Going away on holiday? If there is an opportunity to get the kids in the water then do it. When you get back they will ease back in to class a lot easier for having had the practice.
– Practice safe entries and exits on the couch, it is a great skill for young kids who are just learning to climb to help them get up and down without hurting themselves.
– For the older kids ‘Giddy up Horsey’ is a fun game in and out of the water – remember to play in your lounge room and remind the kids to hold on.
– Blowing bubbles in the bath or through a straw to help encourage breath control
– Sitting on the couch and kicking legs together while saying kick kick kick – it can be a nice bit of silly play that lets kids associate the words with the action.
Perhaps you are already practicing at home? If you are we would love to hear some of the ways your practice your water skills on land!