Teach the back float first. Head back with chin up. Push hips to the sky. Breath in AND OUT through the nose.
- Have the students explore different positions to see which enables them to float the best.
- Find feet by lifting head.
- Introduce them to letters of the alphabet, e.g. ‘T’, ‘I’, ‘X’ (starfish), ‘Y’.
- To stand lift head, bend knees toward stomach and push up with hands.
- When the students are ready have them try floating on their fronts with faces in the water.
- When students feel the need to breath stand up by lifting knees to chest.
- Have the students explore different positions to see which enables them to float the best. Introduce them to letters of the alphabet, e.g. ‘T’, ‘I’, ‘X’ (starfish), ‘Y’.
- Try alternating between a back float and front float, standing up in between each change.
Check for Understanding
- Ask students what they need to do with their chins to stay afloat during a back float. Answer: Keep it up.
- Ask what they needed to do with their legs to stand up from a back float. Answer: Bend and push them down.
Teaching Tips and Class Management
- Have students experiment with floating and standing up from back and front floats before instruction. Ask questions to ascertain individual experiences with floating and standing.
- Use flotation aids for those less capable
- If students are struggling with floating introduce a gentle stationary hand sculling movement.
- Thumbs down moving hands away from each other, thumbs up moving hands closer to each other as a good way to stay afloat and to reserve your energy at the same time.
- Keep this motion going to stay afloat.