How To Teach Swimming
How To Teach Swimming
In this video, Paul and Theo demonstrates how to teach swimming
Hi I'm Paul, this is Theo from swimminglessonslondon.co.uk.
Were going to give you a few tips on swimming today. You're more than welcome to contact us for any more information or to book a session. Thank you.
This is a guide on how to teach swimming. We're going to do a short run of drills here you can learn to do front crawl or what some people call freestyle technique. Alright, so what will do is we'll start off with Theo who's our student today.
What I want you to do Theo is to grab on to your toes, hold your breath, grab on to your toes, hold your breath for about five seconds. And what you'll find is that he'll float naturally when he goes further and further down. There's no choice his feet will start to come off the ground.
Ok, fine. On this occasion were going to do this same again where he's going to drop down but this time he's going to pull his knees all the way up to his chest, this is sometimes called a mushroom float. Ok and now we'll stand there.
This time we're going to do the same mushroom float but once were in that position and we feel balanced its quite often that you will move around a little bit but you will start to balance out. Once we're in the mushroom float we're then going to stretch arms and legs out into a stretched out prone position. Okay, so it's the mushroom float first, now we stretch the arms and the legs into a stretched out position, nice and calm.
And to stop now, we'll put our knees under hands down to stop. So knees to chest, hands down to hips for a safe stop. Okay, now were going to take it a step further and what were going to do is do a push and glide to the side of the wall, in good position.
This time Theo I want you to stand by the side of the wall, and I want you to take a big breath, face down, and just push off with both hands stretched out in glide position. No kicking, just glide. Big breath, face goes down, stretched out, push and just maintain that body position for as long as you can.
Now if you've got good body position you'll travel a good distance. To stop, knees goes under, hands go down. Okay, so now were going to take it that next step further.
Now were going to push and glide from the wall. And now were going to add a leg kick, up and down leg kick for the front crawl. The kick starts at the hip, but translates all the way down the leg.
Now, if we take a look at Theo's leg here, he'll push glide and watch the leg kick, relaxed, starts in the hips, ends at the ankle just breaking the surface of the water. And when he runs out of air, knees go under again and hands go down to stop. Good.
And now were going to look at the push glide leg kick but were going to now add the arm stroke as well. Alright were going to work on each arm individually. Now we'll look at Theo now, he pushes and glides.
He starts the kicking straight away. Kick, kick, kick, and now focus on one arm which pulls on a bent elbow to the side of the body exiting at the hips. So just focusing on one while keeping the other one in front.
This means we cut through the water much more easily because our length is greater. It also allows us to concentrate on the quality on the movement of the arm, once you've done that on both arms, we now combine the two arms together. So now were going to do catch-up.
Catch-up being one arm pull meeting the other, then the other meeting, the other meeting. So they meet at the front one hand catches up the other in the front of the head. This is useful for learners because it allows you to finish one movement before starting the next.
And finally, finally, were going to now work on breathing. Were going to start this off static to get the timing right between the breathing and arm movement. Alright so this time Theo if you want to come to the side here, and holding on with both hands to the side and all I want oyu to do is take a big breath in and blow out into the water for about 5 seconds or so.
But, when you're running out of air turn y