Hi, I’m Samantha with Sharks and Minnows
Swim School and I’m going to give you a couple of tips on how to get your child in
the right body position in the water. What we’re going to do is have Brianna glide
to the steps. The first thing we’re going to do is called a teddy bear, so we want to
make sure that she’s comfortable in the gliding position. It’s just with her head
down and her feet up. So what you’re going to do is take your child on your knee and
you’re going to take their cheeks in your hand and put your arm out. What we’re going
to do is place her cheek next to my cheek and glide together to the steps. Are you ready?
You want to give the cue which is 1, 2, 3 and then push off and get your body in a nice
gliding position. 1, 2, 3, very good! This ensures that they feel safe while gliding
to the steps. Let’s try it again. Once they do feel comfortable in that position you want
give them a little bit of independence. So what we’re going to do now is actually called
a shark bully. You’re going to place your arm underneath her arm and reach around and
hold the opposite leg. This way when we release her she’s in the proper body position already.
Are you ready to go the steps? 1, 2, 3, you want to bring the back leg up and then slowly
release as she makes her way to the steps. Perfect! Let’s try one more thing. Now that
they’ve been in the proper body position you want to give them a chance to put themselves
into that position. So what we’re going to do is have her do a superman glide. You
know how superman flies? Okay, let’s put our arms out and our head down and we’re
going to glide right to the steps, no kicking. Okay, arms out, are you ready? 1, 2, 3, perfect!