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How to Dress for the Kentucky Derby

How to Dress for the Kentucky Derby

Fashion at the Kentucky Derby is considered an art form. All the outfits, hats and drinks are just as much a part of the Kentucky Derby experience as the race. People come to watch and be a part of Derby Day. The clothing you choose should be thought out and planned before the big day. […]

How to Use the Kicking Board

How to Use the Kicking Board

Place your children’s hands on each side of the board with their thumbs on the upper side. Make sure that their arms are always stretched out, the chin down in the water. On the first round, put your hands over the child’s hands. This gives support and helps to pull the child along. If he […]

How to Teach Your Baby Swimming at Home

How to Teach Your Baby Swimming at Home

If you decide to do your own teaching at home, here is what the first lesson should consist of: Enter the water, holding the baby firmly in your arms. Walk around the pool. Let the baby get used to the surroundings. Take your time. Gently, with your hand, wash the baby down, and as you […]

How to Teach a Child to Swim the Freestyle Stroke

How to Teach a Child to Swim the Freestyle Stroke

Freestyle swimming is the most popular stroke, per­haps because it is the fastest form of swimming known to man. The 100 meter freestyle nearly equals the glamour of the 100 meter dash in the Olympics. The general public is not aware that in swimming competitions from local club level to the Olympics, contestants compete in […]

How to Teach a Child to Swim the Breaststroke

How to Teach a Child to Swim the Breaststroke

“Has anyone seen a frog jumping or swimming? If you have, that’s what the breaststroke looks like.” I have often heard that the breaststroke is so easy, so graceful, so natural, and I say, to teach the correct breaststroke is absolute murder. It’s ugly and very unnatural. The breaststroke used to be pretty and graceful […]

How to Teach a Child to Swim in the Bathroom

How to Teach a Child to Swim in the Bathroom

The best way of preparing a child to swim in a swim­ming pool is to start with a thorough preparation in the bathroom. Newborn babies are not afraid of water. Their fear comes from negative experiences or is sensed from their mother’s attitude toward water and swimming. Similarly, a child who has never seen a […]

How to Teach a Child to Swim Butterfly Stroke

How to Teach a Child to Swim Butterfly Stroke

Arm Movements Standing out of the water, have the children put both of their arms out straight in front of them and push them down to the legs. They should keep pushing back as far as the arms can go. At this point the palms of the hands should be turned upward. With a roll […]

How to Teach a Child to Lift the Head Out of the Water While Swimming

How to Teach a Child to Lift the Head Out of the Water While Swimming

This is one fault that everybody has in the early learning stages. The child rolls his head and looks back at his breathing arm but, instead of keeping his chin down to finish blowing out, at the last moment he jerks his head out in front. This is very bad. The swimmer’s body should be […]

How to Teach a Child to Kick While Swimming

How to Teach a Child to Kick While Swimming

Some children seem as if they are only dragging their feet, and when put on a kicking board, they don’t seem to be able to move at all. They are probably kicking from the knees, instead of the hips. Some children have enormous chests and very strong arms. When they swim, they propel themselves through […]

How to Teach a Child to Hold the Breath While Swimming

How to Teach a Child to Hold the Breath While Swimming

Until somebody has mastered the breathing tech­nique, it’s definitely easier to swim along just holding on to your breath and not letting it out. The trouble is that sooner or later you have to stop. Some children will look as if they are breathing in and out; they open their mouths when turning their heads […]

How to Teach a Child to Breath While Swimming

How to Teach a Child to Breath While Swimming

When doing freestyle you turn your head to the side out of the water to breathe. Breathing correctly is a major element in swimming successfully. Later in life many people would like to enjoy swimming for recre­ation but they cannot do so because their breathing is not coordinated properly. The side you breathe on is […]

How to Teach a Child to Blow Bubbles and Take a Big Breath during Swimming Lesson

How to Teach a Child to Blow Bubbles and Take a Big Breath during Swimming Lesson

When teaching a child to swim, you must remember that it is equally important for the child to learn how to blow bubbles as it is to hold the breath. When the body is floating horizontally, the reason it stays up is the lungs are full of air, and that gives the body buoyancy. After […]

How to Teach a Child Jumping and Diving during Swimming Lessons

How to Teach a Child Jumping and Diving during Swimming Lessons

The children should be introduced to jumping into the water almost as soon as they start to learn to swim. I like them to know what it feels like, as soon as possible, to be able to go under the water and come up again. This way, in every imaginable emergency situation (falling, slipping, being […]

How to Teach a Child Dolphin Kicking

How to Teach a Child Dolphin Kicking

Have the children hold on to the edge of the pool, then ask them to try to do a new kind of kicking—dolphin kicking. Keeping the knees lightly together, the children should move both of the legs up and down vertically simultaneously. The legs shouldn’t be rigid; the knees can bend slightly, and the hips […]

How to Help a Child Moving their Arms during Swimming Lessons

How to Help a Child Moving their Arms during Swimming Lessons

Before commencing the arm movements, the teacher should demonstrate how to move one arm in a circle. When demonstrating, hold the arm stiffly straight, horizontally and in front, fingers pointed, palms down. Swing the arm down to the leg, sweep it back behind as far as it will go, then bring the arm up and […]

How to Help a Child Learning to Float and Swim

How to Help a Child Learning to Float and Swim

If the water is shallow, a good method is to have the children kneel down with their arms outstretched, take a deep breath, and gently fall forward. Or, if the water is above their head, stand facing them and hold their arms, making sure that their legs are out­stretched and that they are lying on […]

How to Discipline and Reward Children during Swimming Lessons

How to Discipline and Reward Children during Swimming Lessons

Discipline is a must during swimming lessons. If I tell a child to sit on the steps, I expect the child to stay there while I have my back turned. How do I achieve that? It is done by laying out the rules and sticking to them. I make a big fuss about my reward […]

How to Choose Swimming Aids for Your Children

How to Choose Swimming Aids for Your Children

There are many types of swimming aids available, all of which have their useful purposes. WARNING: A nonswimmer should not rely on a swimming aid un­less he is familiar with water. A lot of parents are reluctant to provide them, thinking their children will become dependent on them. Fortunately, this is not so. When children […]

How to Know the Pros and Cons of Competitive Swimming

How to Know the Pros and Cons of Competitive Swimming

The big advantage of competitive swim­ming is that very early in their lives children learn to be independent as well as learn that, if they want to achieve anything, they have to work for it themselves, with no mother or father to help them. In a way this is a little cruel, but after all, […]

How to Cope With Daytime Wetting

How to Cope With Daytime Wetting

Most children gain bowel and bladder control around the age of three or four years and are able reliably to remain dry during the day. Of course, toilet “accidents” will still happen at times even up to the age of five or six years, when your child becomes so overexcited momen­tarily that she wets herself […]