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How to create a swimming challenge for beginner swimmers
Swimming challenges are a great way to motivate and engage beginner swimmers in learning new skills and improving their confidence in the water. Swimming challenges are different from regular drills or exercises because they involve a specific goal, a clear feedback, and a reward for completing them. Swimming challenges can also be fun and creative, adding variety and excitement to your swimming lessons.
In this blog post, I will show you how to create a swimming challenge for beginner swimmers using www.swimminglessonsideas.com as a guide. I will not recreate an existing challenge but rather come up with a new one that is focused on swimming skill and provides a roadblock to accomplishing the skill.
The skill: Streamline
The skill I chose for this challenge is streamlining, which is one of the most important and fundamental skills in swimming. Streamline is the position where you extend your arms over your head, squeeze your ears with your arms, lock your hands together, and point your toes behind you. Streamline reduces drag and allows you to move faster and farther in the water.
Streamline is a skill that beginner swimmers need to master before they can learn other strokes, such as freestyle or backstroke. Streamline also helps swimmers develop body awareness, balance, and coordination in the water.
The challenge: Streamline through hoops
The challenge I created for this skill is called streamline through hoops. The goal of this challenge is to swim in streamline position through three hoops that are placed at different distances and depths in the pool. The feedback of this challenge is whether the swimmer can pass through each hoop without breaking their streamline or touching the bottom of the pool. The reward of this challenge is a sticker or a certificate that says “I completed the streamline through hoops challenge!”
To set up this challenge, you will need three hula hoops or similar rings that can float or sink in the water. You can use different colors or sizes of hoops to make it more interesting. You will also need a way to secure the hoops in place, such as ropes, weights, or suction cups.
To start this challenge, you will need to place the hoops in a line across the pool, with enough space between them for the swimmer to swim through. The first hoop should be close to the wall where the swimmer will start, and it should be floating on the surface of the water. The second hoop should be farther away from the wall, and it should be slightly submerged under the water. The third hoop should be near the opposite wall, and it should be deeper under the water.
To complete this challenge, the swimmer will need to push off from the wall in streamline position and swim through each hoop without breaking their streamline or touching the bottom of the pool. The swimmer can use any kick they want, such as flutter kick or dolphin kick, but they cannot use their arms to propel themselves. The swimmer can breathe as needed, but they should try to keep their head down and aligned with their body.
To make this challenge easier or harder, you can adjust the distance, depth, or number of hoops. You can also add more elements to this challenge, such as obstacles, timers, or partners.
The benefits: Why use swimming challenges?
Swimming challenges are beneficial for beginner swimmers because they:
- Provide a clear and measurable goal that motivates swimmers to try their best and improve their skills.
- Provide immediate and objective feedback that helps swimmers evaluate their performance and identify areas of improvement.
- Provide a reward that reinforces positive behavior and boosts self-esteem and confidence.
- Provide fun and variety that keeps swimmers interested and engaged in learning.
- Provide opportunities for creativity and problem-solving that enhance cognitive and social skills.
Swimming challenges are also beneficial for swimming instructors because they:
- Provide a structured and effective way to teach new skills or review old skills.
- Provide a flexible and adaptable way to differentiate instruction according to each swimmer’s level and needs.
- Provide a simple and easy way to assess each swimmer’s progress and mastery of skills.
- Provide a fun and enjoyable way to interact with swimmers and build rapport.
The conclusion: Try it out!
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post on how to create a swimming challenge for beginner swimmers using www.swimminglessonsideas.com as a guide. I encourage you to try out this challenge or create your own challenge using the same principles. You will be amazed by how much your swimmers will learn and have fun at the same time!
If you have any questions or comments about this blog post or swimming challenges in general, please feel free to leave them below or contact me at jeff@sw
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