Learn to swim

Swim, Swimming Pool, Floating Noodle

Getting in

To begin the swim lesson that you want to let the student get used to the water first. The best way to do this is to sit either the edge of the pool that is level with the water or a ledge that’s slightly submerged in the water and kick with straight legs.

Blowing bubbles

Next, the student must slide into the water and keep hold of the wall. Never teach holding ones breath. Once the student is adept at blowing bubbles have them stretch their arms and reach their toes to the floor so the head is totally submerged.

These techniques will progressively get harder by lessening how much you help the pupil.

Rocket ship

The student sits on the edge with their feet against the wall. Her arms must be raised above her head and covering her ears with one hand on top of the other. Your hands on her belly supports the student and your hands holding her hands retains the proper form. The student must be blowing bubbles, unless she wants to breath, and kicking the whole time.

Big arms

When the student has no knowledge of how to swim him round the waist with one arm and then move his arm with your other hand. Verbally instruct him to blow bubbles and kick. As the student gets better hold his waist and push him to the wall slowly increasing the distance.

Back float

The student must slide in, hold the wall, and place his feet on the wall like he were squatting. Once your hand is behind his head and on his lower back have him push off and kick. Once the student can float on his own show and help him how to do backstroke arms.

Side glide

Once more the student must slide in the water, but this time one hand holds the wall while the other is pointing in the opposite direction and her feet on the wall. Have her put her head on her outstretched arm looking up at the ceiling, then push off the wall, and flutter kick. This technique in combination with big arms generates the freestyle stroke. To get to this position when performing big arms the student must roll her entire body and head to face the ceiling. To roll back to large arms have the student push her own face to the water with the arm that’s by her side and continue doing big arms.


The final activity is jumping because most students, which are normally young children, love to jump into the water. Start by having the him leap from the side of the pool, then progress to a diving board; always feet first and straight out from the wall. For those students that can’t swim yet, stand in the water to the side of him and hold your hands at the water in front of them. Once he is in the water turn him around and swim back into the wall. This activity simulates falling into the water also instructs students not to panic and swim peacefully back to the wall.

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