Would you like to learn how to teach a young child (age 3 & over) to float on the back in one minute or less? Read on!
1. Drop the Back Float from the Lesson Plan when Teaching a True Beginner!
Because floating on the back requires the student to relax—beginner swimmers do not have the necessary prerequisite skills to learn the back float. It is simply a waste of time.
2. Why Is It a Waste of Time?
Beginner swimmers don’t know how to relax yet, and because of that, far too much time has to be devoted to learning to float on the back. Therefore, teachers unnecessarily waste valuable practice time teaching the back float too soon.
3. Skill Breeds Confidence. Teach the beginner swimmer skills.
Nervousness won’t prevent your beginners from learning other swimming skills in which all beginners can learn. So instead, teach breath holding, breath control, kicking on the front and back, and swimming with the face above and even in the water.
4. Confidence Breeds Relaxation.
Now that your student has developed a sound repertoire of skills, you don’t have to teach the child to relax. Relaxation comes naturally.
5. Back Float Naturally!
A child who is confident and has developed some foundational swimming skills will learn to back float in a fraction of the time. In fact, if you drop back floating from the lesson plan while your student develops skills, confidence and learns how to relax, your student learn will learn to back float in 1 minute or less!
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