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Earlier Is Better

Start your swim lessons early to avoid your swimmer struggling with fear of the water.  Crying is normal.  Don't be afraid to let your child cry a bit.  It's part of the growth and bonding process.  If you take them out of swimming because they are crying you will only confirm their fear and encourage them to continue crying.  Instead trust an experienced instructor to protect your child and move out of the line of site of your swimmer.  Most of the time the crying is directed toward mom or dad.  When you are not visibly present your swimmer will have to turn to the instructor for guidance. 

The Three B's of Swimming

Learning to swim is all about body awareness.  Understanding what I call the 3 B's is the first step to swimming with good form.

​Buoyancy -

Know what makes your body float.  Air in your lungs is the main source of your body's buoyancy.  There are other things that make your body float such as body fat, and gas in the body cavity.  Young children often float really well until a certain age.  As their body grows they start losing their natural buoyancy and then must rely on their body's air to float. 

Body Rotation

A key element to good form in swimming is body rotation.  It is important to keep your hips and shoulders in line with one another and rotate them evenly not allowing your body to twist.

​Balance -

The air in your body is situated at one end of your body.  Your legs will naturally sink while your chest and head sit at or close to the top of the water.  If you shift your body's weight upward toward your chest and reach your arms up and hold them in line with your body above your head then your body will float flat on top of the water.

​If you can achieve proper balance with good body rotation in your swimming,, your form will come together very nicely.  Please see the rotating pictures above for demonstrations of each of these Buoyancy, Balance, and Body rotation.