Singing and Rolling
Gliding independently, Side breathing for front crawl
Level 2 swimmers who can float and glide on their front and back with minimal support
A fun game that challenges swimmers to sing a song while gliding on their front and rolling their body or head to breathe
- Swimmers should hold onto a floating support like a kickboard or a barbell
- They should move from one bench to another bench or push off the wall a short distance to the instructor
- While they do a front glide with their face in the water they should sing a song
- At least twice, they should continue singing, turn their head to the side, or roll their body sideways and keep singing loud enough so that the other swimmers can hear
- The other people in the class need to figure out what song they’re singing
- They should choose Disney movie songs, popular children’s songs, or rhymes like “Row Row Row your boat”
Difficulties Instructors may face
- Some swimmers may be shy or reluctant to sing in front of others
- Some swimmers may not know the songs or have trouble remembering the lyrics
- Some swimmers may find it hard to glide smoothly while singing and rolling
- Some swimmers may swallow water or get water in their ears or nose while singing and rolling
To overcome these difficulties, instructors can:
- Encourage swimmers to sing along with the instructor or a partner
- Provide a list of songs or let swimmers choose their own songs
- Demonstrate how to glide and roll properly and give feedback to swimmers
- Remind swimmers to blow bubbles and use ear plugs or nose clips if needed
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