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It’s one of the first and most basic skills necessary for learning to swim, but can be embarrassing if you do not know how to safely get in and out of a swimming pool (where there are no steps or ladders available). Watch our videos for a simple demonstration of getting in and out of the pool without using steps.
The swimming pool is a unique environment. Children can get over-excited and act dangerously, or they can be afraid of an activity and refuse to do as they are told, which can be frustrating for parents who are keen for their kids to progress. It is easy to make threats or tell children off for “bad behaviour”, but here we offer some alternative approaches to help make swimming a more positive experience.
With lockdowns coming and going all over the world, it’s important to keep children in a routine and keeping up with their regular learning. For many children, coming back to an activity such as swimming after a break can feel daunting as old fears creep back. Forgetting skills or getting physically out of condition can all lead to swimmers regressing and it’s hard to stay motivated when you feel like it’s one step forward and two steps back.
Here are some useful ideas for keeping swimming going even when you can’t get to the pool:
The 2020 Summer of lockdown saw many parents taking the opportunity to teach their children how to ride a bike. In fact, most bike shops had completely sold out of stock during this time! Even though swimming pools were closed, it turns out that a strategy used in swim teaching made all the difference to a little girl on two-wheels…