Once your child can successfully float and hold their breath, more advanced skills can be taught.
Now that your child can keep their head above water if necessary or hold their breath and avoid inhaling or swallowing water when gliding and kicking, they have the capacity to learn more skills. Older children can hold their breath longer, so you can teach them to:
- Swim underwater — by swimming to the bottom and then kicking (across the pool).
- Retrieve items at the bottom of the pool.
- Jump into the deep end from the edge and resurface.
- Use swimming strokes (more on that below).