How to Teach Kids to Swim : Proper Body Position for Children Learning to Swim


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!

100 thoughts on “How to Teach Kids to Swim : Proper Body Position for Children Learning to Swim”

  1. it´s not embarrassing at the age of 25 and still dont know how to swim.that means that you want to learn how to swim and making that true when others want to swim too but they dont know and their asses are sit instead of making the dream of swimming true

  2. iimm 14 and i still dont know how to swim. I was thinking about teaching my 14month old nephew wat this lady is saying. first starting with floating

  3. im 11 n i forgot how to swim lol bc im in new jersey n there is not a lot of pools around lol thats y sometimes i go to d.r dominican r lol but im tryin to learn like they told me to do lol

  4. I'm teaching my son who is 5 next week to swim, I didn't learn till I was 10 and was really embarrassed being put into lessons with little kids, so embarrassed in fact that I first swam just after my first lesson!!! These videos are great and very useful, I'm sure he will be swimming in no time as he loves it and has tons of confidence in the water 🙂

  5. I am also beginning to learn to swim which is not bad… but my instructor makes us do a lot of pool-ups before we enter the water 🙂

  6. GRACIAS A DIOS, APRENDI A NADAR A LOS 4 ANHOS DE EDAD…..MI HIJO YO LE ENSENHE A SUS 3 ANHOS, A MI HIJA A SUS 4 ANHOS, ENSENHE A UN AMIGUITO DE LA FAMILIA DE 7 ANHOS, Y ESTOY TRATANDO DE ANIMAR A APRENDER A NADAR A UN COMPANHERO DE TRABAJO [25 ANHOS}, ESCRIBI ESTO, PORQUE ME SIENTO CONTENTO DE ESTE SI SE PUEDE DECIR DON QUE DIOS ME DA!!!NO ES VANIDAD, ES FELICIDAD!!!! BENDICIONES!!! besos!

  7. 15 years old I love going to swimming pools, but not knowing how to swim sucks real bad, I have to hold myself for the pipe around the pool so I don't drawn myself, or go to the kids pool which is 1,70m deep it sucks being around with 7 year olds who can swim.

  8. @shigalbigal lol, i learned at 15. you should probably go do that. most kids learn young, so the sooner the better. better = less embracing

  9. @shigalbigal ino how u feel im 13 and love going to swimming pools even though i can't swim, ana the seven year olds who can swim were staring at me like WTF! so embarassing!

  10. @lolibud101 Yep, exactly… some dudes shorter than my d*ck swimming around and looking me like I'm an alien, it sucksss!

  11. @lolibud101 oh and also all the people I know say that if u just lay and don't move u can't sink and I'm like wtf?
    when I try that shit I sink like a bag full of bricks!

  12. seeing the little girl learning the swimming technique seemed easy- till you tried it yourself! as soon as my body "floats and glides", suddenly a fear overwhelmed me and i began to struggle and acted as if i am drowning…(god knows why i did that!! its so embarrassing to think about it!!)

  13. Question: Would you introduce this to a child after teaching them basic stroke stuff (kicking, arms) or before? I'm starteing to give swim lessons this summer

  14. My dad got frustrated after me refusing to go in the water to sink for about the 20th time. o. o Then he started pulling my leg and had me pumping my legs in front of his face. 😀

  15. @popxrocksxrock Same here. I'm 14, never swam a day in my life and everytime I jump into the water I get this strange feeling and I start to take water in. I would sink and water would start rushing in and I would get dizzy. (6'1, 200lbs)

  16. @Shigalbigal I swim to represent my school… Try keeping yourself flat. Calm yourself if you're scared of water, knowing that you can't really drown in a public pool. DO NOT swim vertically, keep your body straight and flat. To float on your back stretch out your arms and legs but keep your legs and head at an equal height, and don't bend forward. Your head, butt and legs should be the same height in the water. Hope this helps, msg me if it doesn't, I'll be sure to reply 🙂

  17. I'm 14 years old,and i don't know how to swim,people tell me to relax but i just can't cuz i think i'ma drown and i don't like the feel when water gets to your nose and ears,i just don't like the feeling of it.

  18. @x6King6x Ik how u feel….. Im 11 and were doing swimming at school -.- im the only one in my group who cant swim…. o.o ive had a big fear of swimming since i was 6…… I HATE getting water up my nose and i just can't get my legs straight enough!! But i swam 4 meters today… :/

  19. @x6King6x Listen! (Im 9 years old, if you were wondering)
    If a baby could do it, you could definetly do it! I watched alot of expertvillage swimming videos, ALOT, and I feel confident enough, and trust them. My mother said"IM NOT AFRAID" and she jumped in. Just inhale, not trying to be like everybody else and not puff your cheeks. Its okay. Believe me. words in a grey backround might not mean anything to you, but watch enough of their videos, practice a little and you'll feel confident enough.

  20. @MySkyisClear idk they're just making us. we dont have a choice unless we have some kind of medical condition and we arent aloud to swim

  21. This isnt just teaching, this is teaching to swim with form,,,but confidence and an understanding of water is essential, i was in bangkock trying to get to phuket when the big wave hit, i try to teach survival to kids now, and breaststoke is the most efficiant for me,i can swimm further than i can walk, about the same speed

  22. I'm going to try this today with my kids, the instructor was really good and had a clarity of expression, I will post an update

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