Children should become used to the shallow end of the pool first.
Once your child is comfortable with bubbles and kicking, they can learn a new set of valuable skills in the shallow end. Try teaching them to:
- Submerge their head in the water — building up holding their breath from five to 10 seconds.
- Go from a standing to swimming position without assistance — using their floating skills in between.
- Glide — by pushing off the wall in a "Superman" position and then kicking to the other side of the pool.
- Use coordinated kicking and stroking movements — by holding them at first to show them how to alternate arms and legs, and then after, gliding and by themselves.