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Children’s Swimming

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5 top tips for encouraging independent play

 

When nervous children begin swimming, they often cling to an adult. Playing independently is a good sign of water confidence.

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building-water-confidence-with-slides-fountains-and-floats

 

Playing under fountains or sprinklers, going down slides and playing with big pool toys are all useful water confidence activities.

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what to do if your child doesn't enjoy swimming lessons

 

Swimming should be fun, but sometimes problems need addressing. Here are some common reasons why your child is not enjoying swimming lessons and what you can do about it.

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5 tips for building water confidence in the bath

 

Bath time is a great opportunity to get your child used to water on the body, over the head, in the ears and over the face.

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how to hold a child in the swimming pool

There are many different ways to hold your child in the water, some more suitable than others depending on the skill you are trying to practise and the confidence level of your child.

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swimming lesson options

Should you book lessons or can you teach your own child to swim?

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Tip of the Day Tidy Toys

This parent hack is perfect for keeping your toys tidy at the pool…

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how to blow bubbles in the swimming pool

Blowing bubbles isn’t just fun for kids. It’s how you breathe when you’re in the swimming pool. It can be an unusual sensation for many people and may not be as simple as it looks at first.

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how to safely get in and out of a swimming pool

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.

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how to put on a swimming hat

A simple video showing you how to easily put on a swimming hat.  

wearing goggles in swimming lessons

Each swim school and teacher has their own opinion on whether or not young children should wear goggles in the early stages of swimming lessons. In this article, we explain the reasons behind each approach and options to help you optimise your child’s learning.

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how to use a float

Rectangular swimming floats are versatile training aids…not just for little kids!

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positive behaviour management

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.

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how to use a noodle

A noodle (sometimes called a woggle) is a long, sausage-shaped foam float and is a really versatile piece of swimming kit. Discover how to use one here…

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5 bad habits of poolside parents

According to swimming teachers, these are some of the most annoying bad habits of parents on poolside. How many are you guilty of and how can you turn it around?

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how to keep swimming lessons going in lockdown

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:

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what kind of learner are you

We all have different preferences for how we learn best and there are four established styles. Read more about each style and discover how you can optimise your swimming lessons:

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counting strokes to improve your distance

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…

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covid 19 swimming safely after lockdown

Whilst some people will be desperate to get back in the pool, others may be apprehensive about returning. To make things clear for you, here is the official guidance from Swim England along with our suggestions for making the changes as easy as possible.

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teaching kids to blow bubbles at home

You don’t have to be in the pool to improve your swimming. Being comfortable breathing in water is one of the most important skills to acquire. Here are our top 5 tips for teaching kids how to blow bubbles at home.

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Getting your goggles to fit right makes a big difference between an enjoyable swim and a frustrating or painful swim. Here we discuss the different types of goggles and how to fit a pair of swimming goggles properly.

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learn the lingo! Swimming words explained

Know your stuff with this glossary of swimming-related words:

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