How to Improve Swimming Skills for Kids

How to Improve Swimming Skills for Kids
All parents wants their children to swim well enough to swim confidently and safely. Even after children have attended swimming lessons, there are simple things you can have them do to improve their swimming skills. Certain games and exercises will keep your children's swimming skills up to par and help you to feel safer about having them in the water.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Kick board Dive toys Goggles
  • Kick board
  • Dive toys
  • Goggles
Step 1
Play "Shark, oh shark, what time is it?" The child playing "shark" stands at one end of the pool. The other children line up on the opposite end of the pool. The group of children call out, "Shark, oh shark, what time is it?" The shark then shouts out a time: "Four o'clock!" The children then swim four strokes toward the shark. This process repeats until the shark answers the question with the word, "Lunchtime!" Then the shark swims after the other children until one of them is caught. The catch becomes the new shark.
Step 2
Encourage children to swim laps with a kick board to improve kicking skills. When they don't have to worry about staying afloat, they're better able to concentrate on their kicking. To make this drill more appealing, make a race out of it. When it becomes a race, they automatically make their kicks smaller and faster, which is the goal.
Step 3
Use dive toys to improve underwater swimming. Diving toys come in many shapes and sizes. Choose something your children like. Toss a handful of diving toys into the deep end and see which child can collect the most. Have your children wear goggles for this game to avoid getting too much chlorine in their eyes.
Step 4
Practice floating. To improve balance and body position, have your children practice floating without moving their arms or legs. First, have them try the "dead man's float." To do this float, they should float on their stomachs with their faces in the water. They should hollow out their stomachs to remain floating. Next, have them float on their backs. They will get used to the feel of it if you put a hand under the small of their backs to remind them to arch them in order to stay afloat.
Step 5
Practice swimming underwater. Have your children line up against one edge of the pool. Encourage them to swim underwater as far out into the water as possible. This helps them learn to hold their breath longer and to improve strength in their arms and legs. See if they can swim a little farther each time and remember the record for the next visit to the pool.

Tips & Warnings

Make swimming practice fun instead of a chore.
Make swimming practice fun instead of a chore.

Article Written By Rachel Terry

Rachel Terry has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University. She has been a freelance writer since 1998, authoring literary study guides, as well as articles and essays.

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