Demonstrate getting in.
Sit on the side, and slide in.
The child sits on the side of the pool and the parent gets in the water.
Keep a hold on the child while doing so.
The child sits on the sides with feet in the water.
The parent stands in front of them. Holding their feet. Move feet like kicking while singing the song:
“Motorboat, motorboat, go so slow,
Motorboat, motorboat, go so fast,
Motorboat, motorboat, step on the gas!!!!”
At each line, move the feet kicking faster.
Supported Front Floats
Hold the child by the chest or hips.
Encourage swimmer to reach for the parent’s shoulders, or instructor.
Keep the body in the water as much as possible allowing their weight to be supported by motion and the water as much as can be.
Throw a Toy and Get it
Have the child or a parent throw a toy into the water.
The parent does their cueing, “1, 2, 3, Go!” and then pulls the child into their arms in the water, and into a front float.
Do a front float to the toy and get it
Return to the wall, and repeat.
Supported Back Float / Glide
Have the swimmer rest on the parent’s shoulder. Lean into their neck and arm.
If ADVANCED hold the back of the head.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Song
“Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.
When this blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.
Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
He could not see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.