Saturday 7 December 2013

Swimming Guidance learn/teach skills Module 3 Safe Pool Entry .... post 22

Safest for non-swimmers of all ages, an adult carrying a baby, small children, beginner pupils, always enter and leave at the steps where we can manage our entry and exit. We can stand on the steps or in the shallow water. This is where we start our orientation in a swimming pool, realise our ability within safe boundaries, learn/teach the basic skills to submerge in water, participate with all ages and where we can just have fun in water! The hand holding technique is comfortably supportive

When a child asks if they may swim we consciously become aware that they are going into water. This creates awareness of our responsibility to keep them safe. We learn to talk to and listen to each other. To ask in a respectful way … ‘please may I climb into the pool?’ In my years of teaching swimming this is the exact practice with each and every pupil. It only takes a few seconds of time. The communication brings both teacher and pupil into present time, mentally preparing to spend the duration of the lesson time together

Entry at the steps of a swimming pool is where everyone can stand, sit, ly down, be within reach of safety. The steps is where orientation in water and most skills are learned, practiced, used. They become our ‘safe haven’ when in the water. This too is where we can play and experiment with different abilities. 

We need to ‘actually feel’ to experience the sitting, the climbing in by either sitting or lying on the tummy, supporting ourselves. These actions make us aware of our own ability, the short term goal with the short achievement. These little actions are part of the strength and physical development we gain through independent movement. We learn to ‘think’ for ourselves

In this module you will notice the constant eye contact which ensures an instruction is given to and heard. This is where we all start learning to listen

The Hand Holding Technique is very smart. Although it is specific it is adjustable. We only need to adjust it slightly when we turn a person onto the back. When turning back again the technique automatically reverts back to the original position. The purpose of this technique is to stimulate use of the hands, elbows, shoulders in such a way that the person learns to manage each of their movements whilst being attached merely by the hand. The connection is strong enough, supportive enough to instil confidence to encourage independence to eventually swim freely. At no time ever is there strain on any limb or the body. Trust is built between the teacher and the person. Constant, repetitive use of this technique subconsciously teaches a person to reach for a hand for support rather than a body ....



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