In dangerous situations, knowing how to swim is a key form for survival and knowing how to teach basic swimming lessons can really help. Every year many people who do not know how to swim drown in dangerous waters. This does not mean that if you know how to swim you are immune to drowning, it just lowers the possibility of it happening to you. Basic swimming lessons start from anywhere to just getting used to the water to floating. Here are a couple of strategies you can use in your next swim lesson.
- Help the person get over their fear of the water. Chances are that if the person you are teaching has no idea how to swim, they are not best friends with water. Being in the water can be intimidating, especially as it gets deeper and deeper. Spend time allowing the person to get used to how the water feels, works, smells and looks. Have them place their whole face in the water to see what it feels like to be underwater. You should do this in the shallow end.
- Holding onto the edge of the pool and practice kicking. This is one of the easiest ways you can teach basic swimming lessons. Learners should use their hands to grab onto the edge of the pool and use their feet and legs to kick in the water. Their bodies should be as horizontal as possible.
- Practice floating. You do not need to know how to swim to float, but it is a part of learning how to swim. You can teach someone how to float by telling them to relax all of the muscles in their body. Their body should be horizontal in the water as though they are laid out on a couch or raft. Their arms should be above their head and they should avoid moving. Tell your students to use their breath to help them relax and create more of a balance.
- Practice swimming with their arms. You can place your hand on the person's chest to hold them up in the water as he/she practices swimming with arms. The strokes should follow a circular motion. As your student strokes each arm, look to make sure that his/her arms are straight as the arms go in to the water and curve outward as they come out.