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Skill 1 – Breath Control

The skill of controlling one’s breath may seem obvious, yet it is amazing how many children are not taught this vital safety skill. Ingesting or breathing water into the lungs accelerates the drowning process and makes it more difficult for a child to swim to safety. This is why children should never ever be instructed to blow bubbles before they are old enough to learn ‘Freestyle breathing’. Blowing bubbles removes the air from the lungs making the child want to inhale, not good if the mouth is in the water.
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Skill 2 – Streamlined Float

Floating is a skill often neglected by teachers and parents eager to see children swimming from point A to point B in the pool. However your young swimmer will be far better off if they have mastered the skill of floating. The ability to float shows that a child is relaxed in the water and ready for more complex skills. Nervous or anxious kids will always move when placed in the water because subconsciously they are not comfortable. Relaxed muscles also use less oxygen. So if your child falls into water accidentally, they are a better chance of getting to safety if they are relaxed.
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Skill 3 – Back-floating

Floating on the back is a skill some children find easy, but many find difficult. It is a must for all kids to learn as this is the primary safety position when a swimmer cannot reach the side of the pool or safety. Back floating is also the first step towards learning Backstroke. Just like all uSwim skills, there are gradual steps that allow you to take even a nervous child and over time get them comfortable on their back.
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Skill 4 – Dog Paddling

If your child can control their breath and is comfortable floating on the front and back, then we can begin to teach them how to move around in the pool. The first stroke or technique used to get around is ‘Dog paddle’, named because the action resembles how dogs swim in the water. The arms make a paddling motion while the legs perform a flutter kick, otherwise known as Freestyle kick.
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Skill 5 – Back-kicking

It is necessary to perform the skill of Back kicking before a child attempts to do any Backstroke arms. Back-kicking uses different muscles than Freestyle kicking, incorporating the core or ‘abdominal’ muscles not only to move the legs, but also to stabilize the body and keep the head fairly still. When starting it is really important to kick softly and do small kicks with the feet. As the swimmer gets better the kicks can increase in speed and power.
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Skill 6 – Safety Awareness

It is important that children practice a wide range of activities that differ from the regular routine of lessons. Kids are all individuals and what some find easy, others find hard. But just as important as swimming well is being able to identify what is dangerous and what is safer. For example, we have seen lots of kids who can swim Freestyle yet are unable to climb out of a pool. Parents need to challenge and educate children about how to be safe and back this up with practicing a variety of safety skills.
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