Learning to Swim – Deeper Water

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Swimming expert David Penlard discusses swimming in deeper water.

    David Penland: Hi! I am David with the Northern Virginia Swim League and this morning we're going to help you teach your child how to swim. And in this segment we're going to talk about getting into deeper water.

    Now it's important when you're moving on to the next step in the pool, but be very careful with your child that make you that they are comfortable with the next step. At each pool there should be a rope that designates that you're going into water that is not the same.

    In this pool we go from two and a half feet to three feet, four feet and in the center six feet of water. So you want to make sure that you always look at the pool before you go on to the next step.

    Sunshine and Freddie here are going to show us how we move on to deeper water. Sunshine you're ready?

    Sunshine: Yes. David Penland: Alright. Let's go. You always want to be careful when you move on to deeper water but remember the earlier you do it with your child, the more comfortable they're going to be.

    Remember to relax, alright. So lie back on your back just like we did before, okay. Alright ready? It's important when you're teaching your child how to swim in the deeper water that you only take one at a time and that you can make sure that you can still stand in the water.

    That way if your child does get spurt, you are there and you are able to help them. There are a couple of different ways you can teach them how to swim in the deeper water. You can help them float on their back like Sunshine is doing right here or you can teach them how to bob through the water and what you're going to do there is you're going to start by jumping on the bottom of the pool in the shallower water and slowly move to the deeper water.

    Make sure you're with your child when you do this because sometimes the depth of the water will shock your child. Anytime there is a short cut-off in the pool, where the depth all of a sudden gets very deep, there should be a rope marking at the pool.

    So I hope these tips will help you teach your child how to swim and remember have a great summer.