My children have gone from pool-resistant to excited swimmers since they began at Goldfish Swim School in the fall. Even though they enjoy their lessons, I wouldn't say they are ready for the Olympic trials. We could use some work. With the sunny pool season finally in sight, maybe your children would benefit from some swim lesson homework, too,
I asked the Goldfish team what we could do at home, and several team members gave me some great ideas.
- Read this post about Windmill arms, leg kicks, and breath control. Those are three skills you can practice without any water at all! And you can even get in on the cardio practice with your kids.
- In the bath tub, you can carry over many skills from swim class:
Here she goes...
Bubbles! (and foot out because the Elsa band aid can't get wet. You know).
Underwater Conditioning: In class, we use a little duck cup that is filled with water. We say "Rhys, ready, go!" as I pour water starting at his shoulders and eventually over his head to prepare him for dipping underwater. Big celebrations follow the splash over the head!
Kicking Legs and Pulling Arms This is one of the first routines we practice in class. For babies, we pull their arms for them, getting them to completely cup their hands and move the water. It is fun for them to reach out and pull for special bath toys, too. When kicking, you want a straight leg with a slightly bent knee.
There are some fun and easy ways to support your swimmer at home! Have fun and be safe...