A great swim lesson skill for smaller and younger swimmers is called Monkey Walks.The teach Monkey walks in a learn to swim class follow these steps:
The swimmer essentially walks along the side of the pool using their hands and feet to move along the edge. I’ve included a video demonstrating the action.
This is best used when you are going to the deep end to do jumps or dives, and don’t want to waste the time by carrying the child or getting out and walking around. It is an especially good game / skill to teach to swimmers that don’t know how to swim. Remember, our goal as instructors is to always keep the child learning the entire time they’re in the water with us!!
Steps for the youtube deniers:
*Have swimmer place both hands on the edge or lip of the pool.
*Tell swimmer to place both feet on the wall.
*Using both their hands and feet (like monkey’s) slide or “walk” sideways along the wall to a desired destination.
While in the swimming lesson, do this game to teach how to move in the pool, how to use both hands and feet to move, and to get antiquated with how the body moves through the water.
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