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Water confidence 

Getting your child to put their face in can be a grind. However, the more fun you make it, the easier it can be. 

Grab a few toys and hide them, then put one toy underwater, get your child to have a look at which one is under the water. Alternatively, get them all in a line and get them to tell you what order the toys are in left to right. 

Some children prefer counting, a really easy one is putting your hand under water and getting them to tell you how many fingers you’re holding up. 

The more fun you make the activity, the more likely the child will forget how scary it can seem to go underwater for the first time.

Head position 

Are your legs sinking when swimming? Try to position the head lower in the water.

Ideally, we want the body to be as close to the water surface as possible. Positioning the head too high whilst swimming causes our body’s central buoyancy to shift, resulting in sinking of the lower body.

 

The rough guide is to keep the waterline near your natural hairline whilst looking down and slightly forward. Not everyone is the same so if you find your feet are still sinking even though your hairline is close to the water, try lowering the head further still.   

Blowing bubbles 

Why you should blow bubbles

1. Promotes rhythmical breathing allowing a constant supply of oxygen to the muscles preventing fatigue

2. Reduces breathing phase of the stroke improving efficiency. Longer breathing phase=longer swim time and increased rate of fatigue onset

3. Holding your breath increases buoyancy In the torso, causing the legs to sink. This results in inefficient stroke and fatigue