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News: Introduction to Water Skills- Level 1

Date Published Author
6/14/2020 12:00:00 AM  Pam Hogan 

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Parent Guide for Teaching their Children (1of 5)

The first step in teaching your child to swim is helping them to love water.  Give your children time to play and learn to enjoy their bath time at a young age.  At a young age turn their small pool into a fun learning space that will make them see water can be fun and not scary, even if they have a level of fear they will learn to relax with the distraction of play things and toys in their pool.  

     If you can avoid your child developing a fear of the water at a young age teaching your child to swim will be easier, but it is not uncommon for young children to have a fear of water when learning how to swim. 

"Raffy Learns To Swim"- Video (American Red Cross)

LEARN-TO-SWIM- LEVEL 1:  Introduction to Water Skills:  The purpose is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

Learning objectives:

1.  Enter and exist the water safely using a ladder, steps or side of the pool
2.  Encourage your child to submerge, mouth, nose and eyes
3.  Encourage your child to exhale underwater (blow bubble) through mouth and nose, for 3 seconds.
4.   Teach your child to open eyes underwater, pick up a submerged object held at arms length (2 times).

Again, the most important thing, is for your child not to fear the water and to be comfortable being in the water.  Have "fun" with your child, make learning FUN!

5.   Teach your child to float with support.  Your child should be face down, face can be to the side or in water, you support by holding arms and support child for 5 seconds each time.
6.   While floating  face down, teach child to regain into standing position.
7.   Teach your child to float with support on back for 5 seconds at a time and the again regain into standing position with support.
8.    While supporting your child, encourage them to roll from a face down float to a back float as much as they are comfortable.

  Be sure to compliment and encourage your child.  Remember every child with become comfortable and confident at different times and at different rates.


9.    Explore hand and arm movements.  Play games "swim like fish" while teaching
10.  While supporting your child, allow the child to swim on front using any combination of arm and leg actions for 5 feet
11.  While supporting your child, allow the child to swim on back using any combination of arm and leg action for 5 feet.

12.  Discuss water safety rules with your child, such as never go into water allow or without Mom or Dad.  
13.  Show your child what a life jacket is and how to put one on.
14.  Remind your child how to get help if they need it. Call 911.  Get Mom or Dad. etc...

When your child is comfortable with all of these skills they are ready for American Red Cross Level 2.  Every child is different and learns at different rates.  Please be patient with your child.  Life is a journey not a race.