Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility

How to Organize Swim Classes?

Regular swimming activities contribute to harmonious physical development. You should start from an early age, gradually accustoming your child to the state of being in the water. YMCA swim lessons has created optimal conditions for teaching swimming, experienced professional instructors work. An important point in this is the correct technique, as well as safety while the child is in the water.

When to start learning to swim?

Being in water and under water are natural physiological skills of a person, which he possesses from the moment of birth. Therefore, the sooner you start teaching your child to swim, the more relaxed and successful the process will be.

Physiologists recommend teaching a baby to be in an aquatic environment already 3-4 weeks after birth. So you can preserve and increase the natural ability of the newborn to stay on the water, as well as instinctively hold his breath for a short time.

It is necessary to start training under the guidance of an experienced coach who can prepare the baby and parents for the learning process. The instructors will introduce you to the technique of teaching swimming, after which you will be able to continue your lessons on your own, even at home. When your baby gets used to regular water procedures, you can develop the skills of staying in the water with individual baby swimming lessons.

From the age of 3, you can move on to a more conscious teaching of this sport. In the preparatory groups, under the guidance of an experienced methodologist, children master the correct swimming technique, learn to correctly hold their breath. The main thing, at this age, is to conduct classes in a playful way, so that preschoolers are interested in the learning process, and there is an interest in the result.

The age category from 5 to 13 years old suggests more conscious engagement in this sport. In a children’s swimming school, the child will master the basic swimming styles, get stronger physically, develop skills and ability to stay on the water, dive, hold his breath.

What types of swimming are faster and easier to teach a child

If your child lacks hydrophobia, the immune and cardiovascular systems are in order, you can begin to teach him how to move in the aquatic environment. For this, there are a variety of techniques, beginners should choose the simplest one.

Doggy paddle – so your child will feel independence in the water, learn to control the movements and better feel the body. When stroking with your arms, slightly bent legs should work up and down, while not forgetting to breathe rhythmically.

After the dogdy paddle is mastered, you can proceed to the study of breaststroke. This is the most popular style among beginners, based on synchronized limb movement. At the same time, the hands “cut” the water, straightening and moving from front to back, and the legs push horizontally.

The chest roll (or freestyle) is accessible and understandable. For beginners, it will be easy to stay on the water surface on your chest, making alternate swings with your hands, and whipping the water with your legs like “scissors”. This technique is easily mastered by a child, allowing him to swim tens of meters without feeling very tired.

An important point in learning to swim is mastering the correct breathing technique. If the child is physically developed and enjoys swimming, doing it regularly from scratch, you can achieve positive results in a few weeks.

How long can you spend in the pool?

In order for your workout to be beneficial, you need to arrange your stay in the pool correctly. The lesson should not be reduced only to finding the child in the water, it is necessary to start with a warm-up. Its purpose is to warm up the body by adapting it to the water temperature. For the little ones, dipping, rinsing are suitable. With older children, you can do light exercises by gradually entering the water. This stage takes 15% of the time.

The main part (80% of being in the pool) aims to teach the kid the skills of swimming and diving, in a playful way to teach the basic swimming styles. The remaining 5% of the time should be finished with calm play. Leaving the pool should be deliberate and expected. The recommended duration of a lesson is from 30 to 45 minutes.

What to take with you to the pool?

The list of required items may vary, but in general it is not very different. It is imperative to prepare in advance for a trip to the pool. For example, take a medical certificate from a pediatrician and take tests (if these documents are not required in the pool, its sanitary condition is in doubt, and it is better not to go there). In addition, put in your bag the following items:

  • swimsuit (closed – for a girl, swimming trunks – for a boy);
  • a bathing cap (protects ears and hair from water treated with disinfectants);
  • swimming goggles – indispensable for diving;
  • rubber shoes and a bathrobe, so that there is something to get to the pool from the changing room;
  • towel, soap – for taking a shower before and after visiting the pool;
  • sports insurance to help cover treatment costs in the event of a training injury.