Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Swimming Lesson Plans:-Infant (6-12 month)

My Swimming Lesson Plans For Infant 6-12 Month

In my swimming lesson plans I start teaching children at 6 months.

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I know that this is controversial in some quarters but even if you don't believe any of the information about drown proofing babies there are some benefits that are not disputed.
  • The very time spent together with parent and child in the water is a great bonding exercise

  • There is little doubt that children who are started early in the water get are, largely, less concerned about being in the water and putting the head under the water

  • Children who start early and are taught properly have a healthy respect for the water
None of these things are in dispute.

I Don't Believe in Drown Proofing

Personally I don't believe in Drown proofing. I have neither read or by experience seen any evidence that there is such a thing. Children must be closely supervised near water. End of Story!!!!

Here is what I believe swimming Lessons teach toddlers:

I do, believe in teaching a Toddler to respect water.

I do, believe that teaching a Toddler to hold the breathe under water might give an adult long enough time to stop the child from drowning should they enter the water by accident.

I do, believe that a Toddler can learn to have some movement in the water that might allow them to be able to turn and grab an object that may just hold them long enough for someone else to save them.

I do, believe that a Toddler can be taught to paddle to something and grab hold of it and learn to climb up on it to safety.

I do, believe that over time a child can be taught to float and move in the water at a much younger age than most people would expect.

Image of a young girl holding a young boy whilst he floats on his back something I teach in my swmming lesson plans
Teaching How To Float On Your Back
I also know that you can achieve these things with a minimum of stress on a child.

Some Things I Think Are Nonsense

Some things I think are nonsense, at least until I see some evidence to change my mind.
  1. Teaching a baby younger than 6 month to float:-
    It can be done I've seen it, but I have found no information about, that even suggests that the baby will do it should they accidentally fall in the water. They can be taught to hold there breathe, in fact they usually do this naturally at this age but as for remembering to roll over and float I've seem nothing. Beside they don't retain the ability . As soon as they get to the stage of wanting to wriggle they loose it.

  2. Forcing a child under water will always make a child less afraid of being under water:-
    If a child is never allowed to learn to put their own head under water, or at least talked into putting their own head underwater, forcing it will usually only make it worse. At some point in a child's learning you may have to press home the need to put the head under water but you must have their child's trust first to do it and that doesn't come quickly. Even for a parent.

Things that NEVER should be taught

Never teach a child to jump in the water after an object especially one they have thrown. "What you teach a child in play is what they will do when you are not looking".

What you should teach a child and what can they be expected to learn?

Lesson Plan Age: 6 - 12 months :-
The above link will take you to a page were, once you have enter you best email address and first name you will be directed to the download page to get your lesson plan. I had to do it this way because the blog will not allow me to do tables. I think you will agree that this is one of the better ways to do a lesson plan. I mean in terms of appearance.

Parents or cares may not be interested in the entire plan but you can glean from it a number of ideas that will help you work out one more personally suited for you.


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