I believe it is most important before starting to teach children in this age group or even formulating a lesson plan for this age group that we study carefully and understand the physical linguistic and cognitive characteristics of these children.
Swimming teachers will notice social and emotional changes in the child as they begin to play realistic games and become interested in interacting with other children. The child will show a strong desire to play independently in shallow water. This water play is important to teach children their boundaries in the water and must always be done under strict adult supervision.
One of the most important lessons teachers can learn is how to properly structure the class utilising the correct skills and being able to communicate effectively with the parents by maintaining a position of strength in the water.
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.
Here are 5 important skills that you need to learn to help your teaching;
- Class expectations and effective teaching
- Planning and maximum practice
- Improving propulsive movements
- Importance of building skills
- Tips on communication
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.