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The Water Safety Code is a great introduction to ways to keep yourself safe in and around the water. It consists of four simple rules to remember each time you venture near the water; Be prepared, watch out for yourself and others, be aware of the dangers and know your limits.
Teaching your swimmers about pool depths and where they can safely swim is a great way to help build their confidence in the water. Encourage your children to investigate the different pool depths they may experience both at school and in their local community. Have them measure pool depths on the walls so they can stand against them and see where the water level will reach. This will be an excellent maths activity for the classroom too!
Have you tried doing a stationary scull to assist a static float? Or experimenting with different shapes? This photo shows a star shape and the group then tried rotating one way then the other, while maintaining a streamlined position as an extra challenge. This practice helps to understand the importance of sculling – tilt the hand to push the water in one direction and the body moves in the opposite direction (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction).
Swimming in clothes can be a valuable lesson for all swimmers to take part in. Start on land with two big buckets of water - one filled with clothes and the other filled with togs. Get the kids to feel the weight of the clothes and the togs by pulling them from the water. Which ones are heavier? Discuss how this transfers to the pool/river/beach etc. Encourage your children to always swim in correct swimwear.