Well, we’ve come to the end of our series. If you’ve been following along for the past four days, your child should know how to be prepared to swim, hold their breath under water, float and kick. Although we’re saying goodbye to this series, today will be the day your child can say they actually swim! This calls for a little celebration, don’t you think?
No? Just stay with me and read the rest of this lesson. It’s short, sweet and to the point!
Your little one has been doing so well! You’re probably seeing them already taking on new challenges and pushing themselves to go further. With all the accomplishments they’ve had up till now, their confidence level in the water has soared - even for your anxious child!
You can now work on putting everything together in a cohesive stroke - The Doggie Paddle!
Before your child attempts this last step, make sure they know how to do the other steps. If they can perform all skills without needing aid, they are doing great!
The last step is adding a paddling motion with their hands. To do this, your child can just stretch their arms out in the water (palms down) and push the water back towards their body. After a few tries at this, your child will begin to realize that they can move forward using their hands as well as their feet!
Now, that we know how your arms work, we can put everything together. They should start out taking a deep breath and floating with their face in the water. Then have them add the kicks they’ve been mastering. Lastly, have them stretch out with their arms and paddle the water beneath them. They’ll be moving from one side of the pool to the other and having fun knowing they’ve accomplished a great feat - they know how to swim!
For more clarification on teaching the Doggie Paddle, watch this video:
There you have it! Your child can swim the Doggie Paddle! There, see? I knew that would put a smile on your face!
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