Learn to Swim | Beginner Lesson 2 - Entries - Back Float - Exits

Learning to float is a critical survival skill that can be taught to children at any age, and is introduced immediately in the MISWay. A swimmer who can float on their own can buy themselves time to breathe and call for help. It also can also help capable swimmers rest and recuperate if they are ever stuck far from shore or the side of the pool.

This instructional video will show you how to gently introduce floating to your swimmers, and the progressive steps used to get them to confidently float all by themselves. The MISWay facilitates this progression by using assisted, semi-assisted and unassisted holds while reinforcing core techniques: head back, tummy up, relaxed body.

As swimmers get more comfortable, back floats should be combined with other Beginner skills to develop comfort, confidence, and above all independence. 

Example: Start with a safe entry, into a back float, then finishing by flipping over and swimming back to the side. Comfort with these basic movements will create the foundation for successfully learning the basics of the 4 competitive strokes in our Intermediate Swimmer Program. 

Remember beginner swimmers are mostly young children so swimming must always be fun first. Skills can be dressed up as adventures or stories, rewards and motivation should be awesome and inspiring, and above all recognize how amazing your swimmer is just because. Follow the progressions closely, and remember that enthusiasm and motivation are critical for ensuring that your child loves the water from an early age. 

*Remember there is no substitute for having a professional swim instructor teach you, and to exercise water safety at all times when following these videos. Swim safely, everyone!


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