At this age children are now learning the concept of swimming and breathing, this makes them capable of independent water play under strict adult supervision.
Children of this age thrive on repetition and routine in the swimming lesson. Because their concentration span is limited, learn to swim activities need to be made fun and rewarding to maintain the child’s interest. During this stage children will begin to form friendships and even remember their friend’s names. Parents can encourage this interaction by practicing swimming skills with friends. Swim teachers can use swimming games and races to help motivate and engage children as they learn to swim.
The most important learn to swim objectives for this age group are to, improve the propulsive drive given from the arms and legs and teach the concept of independent swimming and breathing. By developing these swimming skills children can become quite independent in the water and capable of playing under strict adult supervision.
Learning to swim should be a positive experience for both parent and child.
There are a number of skills that you need to understand and learn how to teach important elements of the learn to swim process, even if you are a parent.
Here are 8 important skills that you need to learn to help your child;
- Introduction to the water,
- Keeping the child feeling safe at all times,
- Predefined Goals we want to achieve,
- Importance of revision,
- Improve paddling,
- Learning to Breathe with paddling,
- Back floating,
- Deep dives
Now take a look at this short video to give you an overview of what you need to Know!
Well done, that is the first step to being better prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills to assist your little one through to becoming a confident and happy little swimmer.