Underwater Breathing Techniques:
Once your child is able to swim a few feet with the Front Crawl/Freestyle stroke combining both their arms and legs and on their own, you are ready to begin introducing them to Beginner Underwater Breathing. Present this as a ‘secret key’ to helping them swim further; swimming with your face in the water is easier and conserves energy. However, some children are just not comfortable with having their face in the water; for those children this technique may come more slowly. Do not give-up on your child if that is the case, with encouragement and consistent practice they can build up the confidence they need! It is important that your child continues to practice blowing bubbles and splashing water in their face.
‘Very Basic’ Underwater Breathing (This is great for toddlers and young children with a little fear of going underwater or do not like water in their ears; this is easy to teach and practice but is not the ‘correct’ technique nor the final goal for breathing.)
1. Introduce the basic head motion by having them sit on the side of the pool and having them
- place their chin on their chest and hold their breath
- raise their head up breathe out and in
- lower their head to their chest and hold their breath again (repeat)
- It is important to remind your child that water in their eyes is okay and that you don’t need to rub them.
- It is helpful to encourage children to ‘blow their nose’ while their face is in the water, preventing water from coming up their nose