This is the fifth session of a Beginner group lesson. There are ten children in the class. Ages range from 4-8.
Starting off, watch how Mr. Ed performs warm ups to get them ready to get into the water and take direction. Warm up exercises work quite well for those afraid of the water or just beginning to be comfortable in water. By washing their bodies, playing the umbrella game, and blowing the candle out, the children begin getting acclimated to the feeling of water and calm down.
Once in the water, watch how Mr. Ed practices the Disappear with the children. During this exercise, Mr. Ed and the children play the Boy Girl Game. Now on the fifth lesson, watch how the children are eager to stay under for 5 seconds and blow bubbles. The children love this game and are always eager to play this game. This exercise and game is played on both sides of the pool since it is an important skill for children to master.
Watch as Mr. Ed has the children jump from a standing position, climb up to the surface, and kick across the pool. Jumping in and climbing up to the surface is and important skill for children to learn in case a child ever falls into the water while they are unattended. This exercise is performed numerous times back and forth across the pool.
Next you will see how Mr. Ed plays the Umbrella Game with the children, telling the children to say positive things about water to decrease their feel and to make their attitudes towards water more positive.
You will see how the children use on the Playboards™. This is especially fun for the children since the children can kick around and race in teams across the pool. On the Playboards™, you will observe the children put their face under water and go under for five seconds. This practice is getting them prepared to swim!
Watch as Mr. Ed plays the Color Game with the children next. The children love this game and it is a good opportunity for them to practice the different skills such as staying down for blowing bubbles. This game is also good for children to take the initiative in performing tasks.
Since this video is of the last lesson, watch as the children practice a backfloat and swim back in with Mr. Ed patterning their arms. Watch how Mr. Ed has each child jump into the pool and swim to him and he helps the child swim to the wall.
Finally, you will see how the children bravely jump off of the diving board. Since children are really excited, some are terrified. But all the children make it off the diving are swim to the wall. In the end, they discover that jumping off is not so scary at all.