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
- 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.
- 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.)
- Swimmers should place noodles under their arms and practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
- Next, swimmers should begin “pawing” the water with their arms while they practice flutter kicking on their fronts.
- 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.
- Put the noodles up on the wall. Hold swimmers’ hands, pumping their arms while they kick their legs
- Swimmers can practice doggy paddle for the length of the shallow end under close supervision
- Swimmers should place noodles behind their backs and under their arms (like an armchair) and practice flutter kicking on their backs.
- Swimmers should hold onto the wall with one hand, and push off with both feet into streamline position on their fronts.
- Swimmers should hold onto the wall with both hands, and push off with both feet into streamline position on their backs.
- Swimmers will practice jumping into the water and submerging their heads completely. Encourage swimmers not to wipe water from their eyes.
- 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!