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Blowing Bubbles

Something that sounds so trivial is in fact an essential component of a swimmers stroke. Each stroke requires a well timed exhalation to allow an efficient well timed inhalation. Some swimmers struggle to blow bubbles, or, control their breathing while swimming.
HOMEWORK- if your little champion is developing this vital component of swimming, try the following activities at home: With a cup of milk and a straw- take a full breath, then blow through the straw a full exhalation which will make milk bubbles (and probably a mess!). With a bowl of  water, or in the bath- take a full breath, then with lips 2-5cm above the surface of the water, exhale to blow a “hole” in the water. See how long you can blow the hole for. Or even blow bubbles in the bath in sets – full breath then bubbles for a full exhalation, raise head for an inhalation only ( no exhaling here!) and without a pause, back to bubbles (Repeat this several times). Blow a ping pong ball or something similar around the surface of the water. Then blow bubbles to move it.

Floating

At our beginners level, we introduce both front( eyes down) and back ( eyes up) floating. This helps with many aspects of swimming including: understanding buoyancy, breathing control, confidence and survival instincts. We encourage practice of this outside of lessons at the pool or even in the bath!