In this video, you will be right there in the pool as three children take part in the Advanced Beginner level class. You can see how excited and eager these children are as Mr. Ed teaches them breathing and proper body position.
Starting off, watch how the class begins blowing bubbles. Blowing bubbles is an integral part of swimming efficiently. Next, watch how Mr. Ed employs different methods such as making a Magic Circle or holding a mirror while blowing bubbles and having the child look in the mirror while blowing bubbles.
You will see how Mr. Ed uses mirrors on the boxes and has the children practice swimming over the mirrors while looking at the mirrors. This is a way to have the children put their head down to their speed button.
Across the pool, the children practice the spider position which practices blowing bubbles and stretches the muscles in the back of their necks. Mr. Ed also has the children practice staying under and blowing bubbles for various time intervals.
Watch how the children then jump in again, blow bubbles, speed button, and kick back across the pool. Once across the pool, the children switch to the Peek Board. Watch how Mr. Ed introduces the Monster Game to the children. The children listen intently and eagerly play the Monster Game. The Monster Game simulates how they would blow bubbles while swimming. While pretending to “hide” from the monster, the children are actually learning to manage their breathing while underwater. And they love the Monster Game!
Next, the children get on the playboards to simulate the horizontal swimming position as well as increasing their endurance for kicking. This is a fun exercise where the children practice blowing bubbles and can work as a team to kick across the pool.
Watch as the children eagerly jump off the side and race each other across the pool. Once across the pool, the next exercise is the High and Dry Drill. This is a drill to pattern the arm stroke of the crawl stroke. Watch how the children also learn to perform the cannonball float, which is a type of survival floating.
The children then try putting together everything they learned and swim across the pool.
At the diving board, watch how the children first practice the one legged dive with Mr. Ed and swim to the wall. Next, watch Mr. Ed has the children dive through the hoop, first by him demonstrating and then having the children try for themselves.
Finally, You will see how the children bravely jump off the high diving board, one at a time, and swim down the length of the pool.
Once across the pool, Mr. Ed reviews the beginner’s position on the kickboard to strengthen the children’s kicking.
This video is full of ideas, and activities to make learning to swim fast and fun!