With summer right around the corner…. there are certain things that are really important to having fun. First and foremost is a child’s ability to be comfortable and have the skills for swimming. Do your grandchildren know how to swim? Would you like to assist them in learning valuable swimming skills? Now’s your chance.
A Mermaid’s Guide: Empower Your Child In Water and in Life, by Michelle Lang debunks old swim myths, like why you should STOP teaching children to blow bubbles and what you should tell them instead. The book also gives simple but important skills to teach children starting in the BATHTUB that could save a child’s life.
Michelle has taught over 10,000 swim lessons around the globe to a wide variety of high-profile clients, including some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, teaching their children how to peacefully overcome life’s challenges, both in water and in life. Now, her unique and highly sought-after method is available to everyone. A Mermaid’s Guide: Empower Your Child In Water and in Life, details a simple, yet sophisticated, re-branding of how everyone should learn to swim.
Here are 5 basic tips from Michelle:
1. Breath Control— Breath control is the most important skill children should learn prior to beginning swim lessons. You can begin teaching your child breath control as young as three months old in the bathtub! Prepare your baby for their first underwater experience by teaching them to hold their breath as you gently trickle or pour water over their hair/face. A Mermaid’s Guide gives you 5 bathtub exercises you can work on with your child, starting today!
2. No Mouth Bubbles— Blowing bubbles is the #1 bad swim habit Lang sees. Why? Because the air inside your child’s body is what is keeping them afloat! If they blow out all their air, they will start to sink. For adults, it’s okay to blow mouth bubbles because we are strong enough to pop up for another breath, but when a child is first learning how to swim they don’t know how to pop up for breaths yet. Try telling your child, “Your body is like a balloon!” And then demonstrate how to take a deep breath and hold it. (Lang calls this “Pufferfish.”) If your child is getting water up their nose, have them gently HUMMMM under the water. In A Mermaid’s Guide, there are 4 “scoop signs” detailed out to help you make sure your child isn’t drinking the water and is exercising proper breath control.
3. Gentle Submersions— You must work into submersions gently. Start by teaching proper breath control in the bathtub and then, once in the pool, teach them to hold their breath and go under the water for one second. (Eyes open under the water, mouth closed.) Once they can hold their breath for one second, gently help them go under the water for two seconds, and then three seconds. Slowly build their breath control to five seconds before you teach them the next phase of swimming.
4. Floatie Magic – It’s vital your child develops a “Trust Based” relationship with the water. This means they can hold their breath and do what Lang calls a, “Floatie Magic.” A Floatie Magic is simply a front float where the child keeps their arms and legs still and allows the water to hold them up. No kickies, no bubbles. (Except for nose bubbles, if they need them.) Once a child understands the water holds them up, now they can add on kicks and arms. Lang says that’s a very important distinction: The water holds them up and kicks make them MOVE. Be sure to always tell your child, “You always swim with a grownup. You neverswim alone.”
5. Keep trying! – Some children don’t seem to, “like” to learn at the start, but all love to swim once they know how. In over 10 years of teaching, Lang has NEVER had a child who couldn’t learn to swim and who didn’t love it once they understood the three simple swim phases detailed out in A Mermaid’s Guide. Even if you take your child into the pool for 10 minutes a day, three days a week and work on their skills, you’ll notice a huge difference. So, enjoy the summer and get your munchkin swimming. For a short video detailing out what your child can do at various ages, go here: https://vimeo.com/133921122
You can find A Mermaid’s Guide on Amazon, or anywhere you buy books.
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