Recently I have had lots of people ask me “What do we do in winter?”
“Do you do lessons somewhere else?”
As much as I would absolutely love to continue lessons in the winter I feel as though it would just be too cold swimming in the hail, rain and thunder!
That does not mean that swimming needs to stop for you and your children.
In the winter I take my kids down to the local swimming pools once a week. It is free in Auckland for under 16 year olds and is only $4.90 for a supervising adult. If you travel out south it is totally free for everyone! So there are no excuses.
If you can make time once a week to take your children to swimming lessons you can make time to take them to the public pools.
“But I don’t know how to teach them to swim” you say.
You don’t need to know how to teach your children. You will be surprised at how much they will learn by just playing at the pools.
1. Take your children to the pools once a week.
2. Have competitions to see how well they can do.
3. Use their older siblings to encourage them to practice.
4. Don’t push learning too much, let them play and just try to get in a tiny bit of swimming when they are ready.
5. Use bribery! I tell my kids that they have to do some swimming to get sushi for lunch. Seems to be the only way I can get them to show me some swimming.
6. Practice at home. If your children are doing arm strokes or breathing get them practicing on the table with their heads down and manipulating their heads and arms.
7. Make it fun, change it into a game where your kids have to swim to their sinkers across the other side of the pool doing their arm strokes and breathing.
You could always take your child to different swimming lessons during the winter but I feel as though you can keep up the progress they have made by just getting to your local pools once or twice a week.
You will be amazed at how well they can do and retain what they have learnt at lessons with play.
If you can get to the pools this winter then your children will retain what they have learnt or even progress a wee bit and your instructor can continue come term 4 lessons.
It is so important to keep the swimming up. If you don’t go to the pools in winter you may end up with your children digressing and your instructor may have to go backwards before going forwards when going back to lessons.
My advice is to continue with lessons else where or go to the public swimming pools once or twice a week during the winter to ensure that your children don’t lose what they have learnt this summer.
Keep up the good work and get your kids into the water!
If you are interested in learning to swim with Turtle Swim School please contact Helene at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 098263366