SIP 041: Underwater First

Make an effort to go underwater with participants on every Level 1 activity.

 

Level 1 and Parent Tot.

 

Our primary focus is going underwater.

 

When you can go underwater then you can do everything.

 

The only thing you can do without going underwater is supported activities (being physically held up at surface) and backstroke.

 

One must learn how to go underwater. They should learn how to react when submerging, how to hold breath, blow bubbles, and not to panic when not able to breathe underwater.

 

We do that by repeatedly giving opportunities to go underwater to the participant. We build into almost every activity some chance to put the face in.

 

Examples:

 

  • Bobs
  • Rings
  • Superman through hula hoop
  • Supported Front glides
  • Kicking
  • Arm circles
  • Bake a Cake
  • Jumps
  • Monkey walks

 

Level 1 testable skills:

  • Go underwater completely on own
  • Supported front glide with face in water
  • Supported back glide with ears in water

 

Do you have some interesting ways to encourage beginners to go underwater?

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