Summer Ready Program

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Children will learn to swim by swimming. The more often you can allow them to practice their swimming skills the quicker their progression will be. Understanding that 30 minutes a week is great (it is better than nothing) however the more time the children have to practice the quicker they will gain the skills and make the connections in the brain to make the movements required to swim.

Aquatots Summer Ready program encourages parents and children to book into our public hour session and practice swimming. These sessions are free of charge for swim school families and are a great way to boost your child’s swimming time each week.

Always remember to encourage never force your child, if they are not keen on practicing a certain skill at that time move on. Make practice fun and engaging by using games, equipment and songs. Allow them to play, children learn so quickly through play and exploration it is AMAZING

If you are attending the pool during the public sessions below are a few activities you can practice with your child.

Jelly Fish 

  1. Twisting in the water-Can be done towards parent, wall or ledge usually turning to toys work really well
  2. Propulsion-Encourage your little one to kick and or paddle. Reward any attempt to move through the water. Can be done moving around on equipment if they want
  3. Rolling-swimming and rolling onto the back
  4. Back floating-Support your baby under the arm pits gently lay back and count to 3. This activity is best done in short turns with 3 as the finish point of the drill every time  

Sea Horse 1/Dolphin1

  1. Breath holding under water-play games ducking under, children will attempt more if you show first
  2. Rocket glide-Arms in rocket position (squeeze the ears) lean forward, hold breath, eyes in and push from island/step/wall
  3. Back glide-Head back, arms by side, belly up and back glide. Only let go when you feel the weight come off your hands. Keep your hands near and in view of your child to avoid them panicking

Sea Horse 2/Dolphin 2

  1. Kick technique-Correct kick technique by gently holding your child’s knees and encourage a long floppy leg kick (kick should come from the hip)
  2. Rocket kick-Rocket arm position (squeeze the ears), lean forward, push and start a kick. Try to encourage your child to continue to squeeze their ears with their biceps the whole time
  3. Back kick-Arms by side, long floppy leg kick. Encourage the knees to stay underwater
  4. Rolling-Eyes looking down before pushing off, start a strong kick while blowing bubbles, turn head so that the eyes are looking up and the body stays long, continue kick on back and breath in

Sea Horse 3/Dolphin 3

  1. Strong pull-Work on strong swimming hands underwater. Pull should stretch as far as they can in front and pull through the to leg always in opposites. 
  2. Arms up and over on front-Touch the thigh with the hand, reach up an over and pull through. Arms should be opposite all of the time and stay on their own sides of the body. Head in a neutral position (encourage bubbles)
  3. Backstroke-Arms should work in opposites led by the shoulder. Brush the thigh and brush the bicep on the ear every stroke

Sea Horse 4/Mini & Dolphin 4

  1. Side breathing-Encourage your child to blow bubbles with head in neutral position, one arm in front one down by side, roll head/body to side with arm down to breath in (strong effective kick)
  2. Penguin arms-Arms by side on back, with strong hands reach up above head (underwater) and pull down to side, arms working together. No kicking to gain a strong feel for the water
  3. Freestyle-breathing to the side every fourth stroke (keeping head low and ensure bubbles are blown out underwater)
  4. Backstroke-Shoulder leads arms, arms work in opposite with a fast kick. Encourage a long reach

Mini & Sharks 1

  1. Distance for Freestyle & Backstroke
  2. Scooping arms-Stretch in front count to 2, scoop around but ensure arms do not go behind the shoulders (must stay in front of the chest)
  3. Frog kick-Feet need to be flexed when attempting a frog kick. Once the child can flex their feet the movement is up, out and back to start. Count to 2 once legs are back together
  4. Timing-Glide in a rocket position for 2, arms start to pull, head comes up for breath, kick comes in when arms are close to chest, head should be back down before the arms are out stretched again. Once back into rocket glide count to 2 (order-arms, breath, kick, glide)

Mini & Sharks 2

  1. Distance for Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke
  2. Dolphin kick-Encourage the kick to come from the hips
  3. Arms-Press down with strong hands, flick out behind up and out and around to the start. Thumbs should point to the ground when arms are out of the water, squeeze the shoulder blades together. Stretch out as far as they can in front
  4. Timing-Dolphin kick as arms start to press down, head up to breath as arms push past half way, 2nddolphin kick as arms approach the hips, head up to breath as arms press past half way and out of the water, head must be back under before arms enter the water again


If you have any questions about what your child should be practicing, tips and tricks on how to practice or drills to try or even a better explanation or demonstration of any of the above please feel free to email or ask any of our wonderful team leaders, they are always more than happy to help