Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Learn How To Swim 101 - Confidence - Water Discovery

Don't assume your children are confident in the water even if they have floaties (water wings) on.

Confidence is always very important in new swimmers.

But I have noticed over the years that it is common for inexperienced swimming instructors and parents to assume that because a child will jump into the water to them, that they are confident and can't understand why the child goes into a panic when they let them go in the water. "After all" is the comment, "they have floties on".

It's a very poor assumption and is always untrue if they are afraid of you letting them go.

Here is a simple test: if a new swimmer with floties (water wings) on,  grabs at you even when appearing to willingly jump into the pool, they are not confident.

You need to Test their confidence by asking them to jump feet first into the water and not reach for you.

If they happily do this then you can talk to them about letting them go in the water. Tell them what you are going to do first. Then let them go quickly and grab just as quickly. If there is no panic you can the extend the time you let go a bit at a time.

If they panic or refuse to jump in the water feet first without grabbing for you they are not ready to be let go.

Simple

Enjoy
Richard

1 comment:

  1. Hi there, my name is Toni, and I stumbled on this site whilst looking for fresh ideas for my swimming classes. I found some great information, and would love to be able to swap ideas with you. email me back if you get the chance. hope to hear from you soon
    Toni Scott

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