Encouraging your children to go under the water by creeping under a hoop into a group of toys can be a fun way to get them engaged. "Who can go under the hoop and pop up into the toys? Who can grab a blue ball and then creep back under the hoop to escape?" It is also a great way to teach your swimmers about spatial awareness and how they have to move their bodies to fit under the hoop without touching it.
Small children don’t always instinctively know how to blow bubbles. We can end up with lots of coughing and spluttering if we try to teach pre-schoolers to blow bubbles in water if they have not already mastered the skills of blowing out on cue. Playing with bubbles in the sink and blowing bubbles through the ring are great ways to encourage pre-schoolers to blow as opposed to suck. Dishwashing liquid and water make for hours of fun. Blowing bubbles can be an inside game over the sink. Language like big and small, soft and hard, fat checks, skinny checks can also be used.
Humming – This will help prevent water from going up your nose as you submerge! Simply close your mouth, start humming and slowly sink beneath the water. Bubbles will come out of your nose! Great fun for the children to try. They are always surprised when they do this for the first time. If bubbles are coming down your nose, water cannot go up so it’s a great little tool for beginners who are scared of water going up their noses.
Encourage eyes open under water with or without goggles - swim teacher can paint each finger and toe nail a different bright colour and ask the child to go under the water and touch the relevant finger or toe of a colour. That way, the swim teacher knows he/she is opening their eyes!
Use magnetic letters as sinking toys, if they don't sink as fast as you like - stick some blutack on them. You can use colours, have team relays, spell words – there are so many options whilst learning activities such as submersion and breathe control. They are also a great bit of equipment to use on a forehead in back work.