Commonly asked questions…..
Here at Swimabout we try to ensure every child is treated as an individual, and this has lead us to develop our unique syllabus and teaching style to ensure that each child is given the opportunity to learn to swim with a tailored approach. However, there are also some questions which we get asked a lot about, so we hope the below is helpful to you in answering some of them!
Top tips from other parents:
• Bubble blowing competitions in the bath….
• We tried snorkelling on holiday – totally solved the problem!
• Good goggles helped us – I think it was the water going in eyes which was stopping H from getting their face properly in the water for more than a splash. We like the ones which are wraparound rather than two individual eye covers.
You can also try at home; DRY! : )
1. Blowing balloons up.
2. Blowing candles out.
3. Using a party whistle blower
In the majority of cases however it is because the pupil has still not mastered the key components to ‘move up’ to the next level, such as the horizontal/streamlined position. This involves a head down position and totally flat body, blowing bubbles and kicking all at the same time! Once your child is starting to do this then it is highly likely they are ready to move up to the next stage of their learning.
In some cases in trying to sculpt a swimmer, or for a child to have to control certain aspects of their stroke/body the exercises we are asking them to do to gain that muscle memory may seem a little tedious and more repetitive than they are used to. In other cases a younger child learning in a group environment may seem to struggle to find their place in a group, or be nervous about how well they are faring amongst their peers.
The most important thing you can do to help support your child through this is to be consistent. Consistent in taking them to lessons so the routine is the same, consistent in how you encourage them, cheer them on from the side lines.
Top Tips from other parents
• I reverted to using a reward chart, after a couple of weeks it did the trick and they went back to loving swimming!
• Oh god, this took ages, and I honestly thought about quitting, but I realised that this was such an important skill and yes, there was danger for them, but more importantly the danger was more if they couldn’t swim. In the end, we missed a lesson or two and did really dull things those days so they were bored, then reminded them that they could be having fun in the pool instead. The next week we went to the pool, made a big fuss about how great they had been (even though they spent a large amount of the time on the side clinging on for dear life!) and by the second week of going again, they gradually got more confident. Happy, smiling and looking forward to it the third time! Glad I kept it up!
Top tips from other parents:
• ‘Reward charts worked a treat for us – not only did he get a reward for going but it helped encourage J to get dressed himself also!’
• I just muddled through it for the first few weeks, and didn’t sit where he could see me, avoided all eye contact. Literally by the end of the lessons he was smiling and asking when he could go again! A couple of weeks later I can’t get to the pool fast enough!
• I sent P in with her dad after the first lesson, and it made a world of difference. A month later , I can now go with her and she’s super confident and runs on in (although I suspect Daddy might have also bribed with an ice cream afterwards!).
• I made sure I held her hand as we went into the pool area then let the teacher take her hand and she eventually persuaded her to get in calmly. I think this physical handover really helped as my kid is really nervous around strangers, but by passing the physical bond over not only did I kind of pass the responsibility but also passed the comfort over.