Swim Lesson Plan

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Guideline of a lesson plan

  • A group activity
  • A fun activity
  • Attention grabber
  • Revision of a previously taught skill
  • Something new

Below find the swim lesson plan for total beginner.

  • Familiarization of the pool surrounding, where are the deep pool area, and danger zone? Pool rules and regulation explained, and learner must learn to recognize the uniform of the life guard and who they can approach for help if needed.
  • Getting wet- entering the shallow water and walk around, then coming out of the water. (If your child have water phobia, it is best to let the insructor assist him by holding his hand to enter in very shallow water)
  • Teach them to bubble in proper sequence by following the steps- Inhale- Hold- Exhale X5. Do not bored them with bubbling too long.
  • Pick floating object in shallow water. Allow the student to walk into the shallow water independently with stern supervision. Let them pick the floating object and bring back to you.
  • Using the stairway near the pool, perform the crocodiles walk with straight leg and body, and using only the arm to move forward along the stairway. Ensure they do not panic when doing this activity. Encourage them to bubble while moving their arm. Leg keep still and do not flutter yet so that they can focus better on bubbling.

Points to take note: Ensure the well being of the students by asking if they are feeling tired, out of breathe or nervous? This will ensure every child is enjoying the lessons and if the child is afraid of doing certain task, do not force them. Do things that he can do or likes to do.

  • Submerging- Let the student submerge their head briefly. Ensure they inhale first before doing the submersion. Demo bubbling to show them how this is being done. Get them to watch you do it.
  • Bubbling sing along- if you happy and you know to blow bubble– (head submerge and bubble) inject some fun in bubbling this way. Group participation can be done this way.
  • Crocodile with head submersion along stair way x5.
  • Stationary crocodile, with small mini leg kicking action- feel toe and toe rubbing each other as part of sensory skill practise.
  • Rest on back in shallow water stair way. Some might not be comfortable due to water entering the ear. (If the water enter the ear, is a normal thing. It will flow out eventually.) If it doesn’t, then tilt head on affected side of the ear and jump hard until water flow out. Do not hit your head to force the water out. You may hurt yourself by hitting your head too hard. There is a proper way to do it as mentioned.
  • Remove goggle, sprinkle water on their face. Encourage pupils to just blink their eye instead of using hand to rub their eye.

Sample of Swim Lesson Plan for Swimsafer Stage 1

Activities/ ExerciseTeaching Points for Swimsafer Stage 2OrganisationDuration
Step in EntryFace pool during step in. Do not turn while step in else chin hit pool edge cause injury. Do with caution.One bye one10 mins
Kickboard kickingRelax, toe in, up down movement, feet together, move from hipsAll together8 min
2 in 1 FloatingProne- Supine- Prone- Supine with kickingAll together10 mins
Basic Water TreadingUsing easiest method to float for 10sec, 15 sec then 30 sec. Group to count sec, Play game sceneOne by One12 mins
Arm actionEntry, Pull, Push, Exit of arm actionAll together3 mins
Seated Sculling practiceMove arm around the water for 2 mins All together2 Mins
Abstracted from one part of the swim lesson plan for swimsafer stage 2

Sample of Swim Lesson Plan for Swimsafer Stage 2

Activities/ ExerciseTeaching Points for Swimsafer Stage 2OrganisationDuration
Step in EntryFace pool during step in. Do not turn while step in else chin hit pool edge cause injury. Do with caution.One bye one10 mins
Kickboard kickingRelax, toe in, up down movement, feet together, move from hipsAll together8 min
2 in 1 FloatingProne- Supine- Prone- Supine with kickingAll together10 mins
Basic Water TreadingUsing easiest method to float for 10sec, 15 sec then 30 sec. Group to count sec, Play game sceneOne by One12 mins
Arm actionEntry, Pull, Push, Exit of arm actionAll together3 mins
Seated Sculling practiceMove arm around the water for 2 mins All together2 Mins
Abstracted from one part of the swim lesson plan for swimsafer stage 2

Sample of Swim Lesson Plan for Swimsafer Stage 3

Activities/ ExerciseTeaching Points for swimsafer stage 3OrganisationDuration
Straddle Jump with DemoStep in with Incline Body & Perform an OutSweep upon touching water surface. Maintain Head above water during the activity.One by One5 mins
Survival Back Leg ActionBend – Open- Close Action. Controlled leg action. Do with care. Ensure enough personal space to prevent kicking other accidentally. All together5 mins
Sculling DemoUnderstand the effect of In Sweep, Out Sweep, Down Sweep & Up Sweep arm action.All together5 mins
Wear PFD in waterWear in water using backfloat method.One by One15 mins
Tread water wo goggleUse Energy Saving method- Save energy 30 sec, 50 sec, 1min. Space out. All together15 mins
Abstracted from one part of the swim lesson plan for swimsafer stage 3

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Consideration of a swim lesson plan

  • Objective must be realistic and easy to achieve
  • Continuation and relevancy in term of skills progression
  • Give variety of choices of activities
  • Built in Fun games to grow interest
  • Make each activity short and brief