Push and Glide during swimming lessons

Push and Glide during swimming lessons

Push and Glide.

After a child has gained some initial water confidence you can teach him the essential early skill of pushing and gliding. Initially, you can teach him to start from a standing position and push off the pool floor with his feet and reach for the poolside. This is a particularly useful drill if the child is still a non-swimmer, as it introduces the skill that forms the basis of swimming starts and turns. You can then teach the child to push away from the side and glide to a partner who can catch him. As confidence improves, learners can progress to pushing, gliding and standing up on their own.

You should teach children to do this drill with their arms outstretched and face in the water with the toes pointed. This introduces the streamlined body shape that forms the basis of swimming starts and turns and the correct body position for swimming front crawl.

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