Sometimes it can be tough to get kids to commit to taking swim lessons. But whether your child is already enrolled in a swim class or feels too intimidated to be part of a group setting, you can still make it fun for your children to learn how to be safe in the water and develop their skills.
1. Treasure Trove
Find some items that can sink to the floor of the pool and let them rest on the bottom. Have your child dive in and grab the items, bringing them up to the surface. You can time them on their ability to retrieve everything and see if they can beat their time on each subsequent attempt.
You may even incentivize the activity more by throwing coins into the water and your child can keep whatever they scoop up.
2. Roaring Currents
This is a game that helps children understand how to swim with or against a current in the water. But you will need many people to play this game so you can get the water moving with enough strength and energy. So it might even be a good idea to play with members of Senior Swim Richmond.
The way the game is played is that everyone forms a circle in the pool and they all start moving in one direction, the movement will start to trigger a whirlpool. The faster the circle turns, the faster the whirlpool gets. Once it’s going pretty fast, the circle moves the opposite direction.
3. Swim Between the Legs
Stand in the water up to your waist or chest with your legs open. Have your kids swim underneath you, in between the legs without touching either one. This is a great game for helping to develop directional control under the water. Make it more challenging by adding more sets of legs in a row.
4. Talking to the Water
To play this game, children submerge themselves under the water completely and start to blow bubbles as they rise back up to the surface. Once they breach the water, the child can put their ear to the water to hear what’s happening underneath.
The purpose of this game is to demystify the water and help children feel more comfortable about having all of their body under it while developing their breathing control skills.
5. Horizontal Swimming
This game is ideal for teaching children how to swim in a horizontal position. You begin at one end of the pool and hold the child under the arms. They should be facing you as you start stepping back from the end you’re in currently.
You should start to pick up some level of speed as you move and, in doing so, allow the child to be floating forward. Next, start spinning in circles while your child begins to kick. Keep doing this until the child feels comfortable with the actions and sensation that should closely emulate the normal position of swimming horizontally. Just be careful not to tire the child out or keep them in this position longer than they wish. That can be detrimental to your intent.