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Parent Tot – Scooping – Going Underwater

Child in the water held by parent. Parent Holding child thumbs over collar bones with fingers and palm on chest, or like catching football (thumbs on chest, fingers on back) Progression based on comfort. Beginner: Count “1, 2, 3, GO!” Take a step backwards and scoop child down to water in a “U” shape, getting […]

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Parent Tot – Blast Off!

Child in the water held in FRONT GLIDE or BACK GLIDE position. Parent holding child. While holding child in either FRONT or BACK Glide position, get close to the wall and push child’s feet against the wall so they are bent. Tell child on “3” they will “Blast off!” the wall and do a Front […]

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Parent Tot – Back Glide

“Child in the water held by parent. Parent in the water holding child. Beginner: Parent hold child on their back. Child’s head is on the parent’s shoulder. Parent shoulder is underwater. Parent and child should be cheek to cheek. Child feet pointed away from parent’s chest. Advanced: Parent hold child on back. Child’s head is […]

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Parent Tot – Front Glide

“Child in the water held by parent. Parent in the water holding child. Parent hold child like catching a football, if possible, child’s hands on parent shoulders. Child’s feet should be extending away from parent’s chest. Hold child horizontal as much as possible. Walk backwards and encourage child to put face in the water looking […]

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Parent Tot – Rub a Dub Dub

“Child sitting on edge of pool, or being held by parent. Parent in the water, either near or holding child. Parent should have 3 toys that float. Sing: “”Rub-a-dub-dub, Three men in a tub, And who do you think they were? The butcher, the baker, The candlestick-maker, They all sailed out to sea, ‘Twas enough […]

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Parent Tot – Row Row Row your Boat

“Child in the water held by parent in BACK GLIDE position. Parent holding child in BACK GLIDE position. Sing: “”Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.”” On the “”row, row”” part, take child’s hands and do a back stroke with them, emphasizing pushing the […]

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Parent Tot – Blowing bubbles

“Child in the water held by parent. Parent in the water holding child. Parent should hold child like catching a football (thumbs on chest, fingers wrapped around near back). Child should reach to the parent with hands on shoulders if possible. Hold child as close to the water surface as possible horizontal. Parent should lower […]

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Parent Tot – Ring around the Rosie

“Child in the water. Parent in the water. If able, create a circle with other parents and children. Sing together: “”Ring-a-round the rosie,/ A pocket full of posies, / Ashes! Ashes! / We all fall down.”” On “”we all fall down”” go underwater with you child, or to their level of comfort. Alternate verse: “”Ring-a-round […]

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Parent Tot – Itsy Bitsy Spider

“Child in the water, sitting or being held. Parent in the water, next to, or holding child. Sing: “”The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the waterspout. / Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. / Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain / And then Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up […]

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Parent Tot – Raining, Pouring

“Child in the water, sitting or held by parent. Parent in water next to child or holding child. Sing:  “”It’s raining; it’s pouring. / The old man is snoring. / He went to bed and bumped his head, / And he wouldn’t get up in the morning.”” During song, dip hand underwater, and wiggle fingertips […]

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Parent Tot – Motorboat – With Front Glide

“Child in the water. Parent in the water holding child in front glide position (feet away from parent’s chest, child’s hand on the parent’s shoulders. If too young, then child should grasp parent neck). Parent will hold child’s legs just above the knee to control kicks. Sing: “”Motorboat, Motorboat go so slow, /           Motorboat, […]

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Parent Tot – Motorboat – With Kickboard

“Child in the water on top of a kickboard. Parent in the water holding child’s arms on top of kickboard. Parent’s chest should be facing same direction as child’s face. Parent’s right arm should be over the child’s body and holding child’s right arm on the kickboard. Child’s feet will be behind the parent. Sing: […]

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Parent Tot – Motorboat – On the side

“Child sitting on edge of pool. Parent in the water holding child’s feet. Sing: “”Motorboat, Motorboat go so slow, /           Motorboat, Motorboat, go so fast, /           Motorboat, Motorboat, STEP ON THE GAS!”” Move the child’s legs slowly during the “”go so slow”” Increase speed when you get to “”go so FAST.”” Move as […]

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Parent Tot – Crocodile Jumps Into the Water

“Child sitting on the edge of the pool. Parent in the water holding child’s hands. Sing: “”Crocodile, Crocodile on the wall, / Crocodile, Crocodile, in you fall!”” When parent gets to “”Fall”” smile and gently pull child into the water up to their comfortable depth (chin, lips, nose, whole face).  Scoop the child and take […]

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Parent Tot – Entering the Water

Child and parent sit side by side with feet in the water, butt on the edge. Parent puts their arm on top of child’s hands between the child’s legs. The parent should always enter the water first. Parent swings into the pool keeping hand on their child’s hands. Once in the water, grasp child’s body […]

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Wet hair after swim practice

You’ve just completed your swim practice and you’ve gone through the locker rooms. The old high school showers don’t work well, and the one that does was taken by someone else.  You quickly get dressed in the locker room dungeon and run out the door. You’re blasted by cold when you step outside and you […]

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Great Fix for Swimmer’s Ear – From Lifehacker.com

One of my favorite sites had this to say: “Swimmer’s ear—that discomfort you get after swimming that includes echoing, itching, or clogging—is pretty common in the summer months as we’re all hitting up the pool. Thankfully, according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s not hard to take care of. Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation of […]

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