Tips for Families at the Pool
I've had a lot of parents ask what swimmers should work on over vacation. The most effective "homework" is to play! Just playing freely in the water is a great way to experiment with buoyancy and different body movements. The kids are on vacation too, so don't worry about forcing difficult skills they've been working on in class. Let their instructors be the bad guys while you take on the role of the fun grandparents :). I didn't have any beach pictures of my students, so this one if filled with family vacation pictures from my childhood.
Here are some fun games you can play with school aged kids at the pool:
Taking Toddlers to the Pool
Swimming with kids under 3 can be nerve-wracking! Especially if you have older siblings to watch over as well. Toddlers are on vacation just like the big kids, so if he is hesitant to do a back float don't worry about it! Splashing around is learning too.
Here are some tips for wrangling the little ones on the pool deck:
Fun at the Beach
Rebecca & Sarah have been working with children for over a decade. You can find a compilation of ideas for the classroom, home, and athletic fields here.