PIGGY POINTERS Page 1 - Never swim in thunderstorms or threatening weather. Children prefer warm, sunny weather when swimming outside. Page 2 - Des- ignate an adult to constantly supervise children in all water activities. Page 3 - Young children enjoy swimming in warm water. Page 4 - Blowing bubbles is the first step in learning breath control. Young children learn from copying, so, mom or dad should go first. Gog- gles are recommended for all underwater skills. Page 5 - Have your child hold your hands or side of pool. He needs security. A child likes to be in con- trol of putting his own head under water. Do not dunk or force your child. Encourage gently. Page 6 - Have your child go under water and wave to you. Mom and dad should go under too. Put a toy on the second or third step. Let your child go under and retrieve. Gradually work until he can go to the bottom. Page 7- Have your child inhale, go under and exhale. Repeat. Start with three bobs and work up to ten. Bob- bing can be done holding on to side of pool or with a partner. This exercise will help teach proper breathing when swimming. Page 8- Front Float-Have your child hold his breath, put face in the water (look at toy on the bottom) and lift feet off bottom of the pool. Support at first, release gradually. Back Float- Support your child and have him lie back in the water looking up at the sky. Be sure ears are in the water. Release gradually. Page 9- Front Glide-Have your child put arms out in front of him, and put face in the water (looking down at bot- tom of pool for balance.) Have your child push off the steps or wall and glide. No kicking yet! Back Glide -Child holds onto the side of pool, tip head back looking up. Push backwards from the wall, arms by sides and just relax and glide. Help your child by supporting his head and pulling child backwards in the water. Page 10- Have your child start with a front glide, add kicking, and then pull with arms. Always walk backwards in front of your child as he swims to you. It is very reassuring for him. Page 11- As your child swims, remind him to breathe. You can help by supporting under the chin or chest with one hand, just enough to bring his head out of the water. Be sure he gets a good breath, then release. This is the most important step to independent swimming. Page 12- Always follow a jump into the pool with a turn back and grab the side. Practice every time you take your child swimming and hopefully, if your child ever falls into a pool he will remember this safety rule. Children should ask permission to jump. Be sure your child jumps out away from the wall. Discourage children from doing flips or tricks from the side. Page 13- The more a child practices the better he becomes at swimming. Remember to demonstrate and praise even the smallest accomplishment. Only practice 10-15 minutes per day, then play, play, play. Happy Swimming!
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