Goldfish

Goldfish

This time of year, my friends and family are always seeking out expert advice on how to become a better swimmer. Each week this summer, I will post a practice regimen to take your aspiring fishies from Goldfish all the way to Shark:

Week One: For Goldfish

  1. Swimmers should begin by practicing their flutter kicks while sitting on the wall or the steps. Remind them to point their toes and keep their knees straight.
  2. Swimmers can slide in and complete ten bobs. Remind swimmers to blow bubbles out of their mouths (like blowing out candles on a birthday cake) and out of their noses (try humming under water.)
  3. Swimmers should place noodles under their arms and practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
  4. Next, swimmers should begin “pawing” the water with their arms while they practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
  5. Swimmers should makes spoons (not forks) out of their hands and practice scooping the water with their arms while they practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
  6. Put the noodles up on the wall. Hold swimmers’ hands, pumping their arms while they kick their legs
  7. Swimmers can practice doggy paddle for the length of the shallow end under close supervision
  8. Swimmers should place noodles behind their backs and under their arms (like an armchair) and practice flutter kicking on their backs.
  9. Swimmers should hold onto the wall with one hand, and push off with both feet into streamline position on their fronts.
  10. Swimmers should hold onto the wall with both hands, and push off with both feet into streamline position on their backs.
  11. Swimmers will practice jumping into the water and submerging their heads completely. Encourage swimmers not to wipe water from their eyes.
  12. Practice back floating (wetting hair completely) and front floating. Inhale a breath and spread arms and legs out like a starfish. While floating on your back, tip your chin up to the sky.

*Remember never to practice alone! Swim safely!

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