Top tips for nervous swimmers – putting our faces in the water

22nd October 2019 - 2 minutes read
© Angelfish Swimmers

© Angelfish Swimmers

Once your child can put their face in the water and breathe in a controlled and rhythmic way they are ready to swim independently. From this point, their stroke technique will improve and stamina will increase.

If your child is nervous or worried about putting their face in the water, here are a few tips on how to help your child get their face wet and develop their breathing

– Start at home, wetting their face by splashing water or pretending to wash. Use a flannel or facecloth to place on your child’s face. You could use a bowl of water before progressing to the bath, which is fun and perhaps less intimidating.

– Get your child used to water running over their face using a cup in the bath or introducing showers. Flannels and facecloths again can be helpful to your child feeling safe and secure.

– Invest in a pair of comfortable, well-fitting goggles. Encourage your swimmer to wear them around the house and in the bath to get used to the feel.

– Play games with sinking toys in the bath – Mermaid’s tea party, Octonauts rescue missions, underwater dinosaurs, hunting for pirate treasure.

– Start teaching your child to hold their breath and then breathing out. This will develop an awareness of inhalation and exhalation. Then start blowing – blow on their face and invite them to reciprocate. Make a game of it and then take your breath down into the water – again you can use a bowl of water to start before introducing the game in the bath and later during family fun swims which will help support the work of your teacher in their lesson.

Take your time – these stages could take a day, week or months to work through – go with the pace of your swimmer.

The main thing is to keep it fun using favourite toys and role play!