It’s sunny and the bathing season is here in full swing. But only 41 percent of the country’s ten-year-olds can swim 200 meters or more, a recent survey shows.
With “All of Norway Swimmers”, NRK together with the Rescue Company and the Norwegian Swimming Association will this summer focus on safe water enjoyment for all.
Therefore, we have found the compulsory proficiency tests for all fourth graders in Norway.
By following the steps below, you can help your child first become safe in the water and eventually learn to swim.
All tips are taken from svømmedyktig.no. Good luck!
1. Safe in water
In order to learn to swim, your child must first feel safe in the water. Play can be a great way to stay safe. You can sit on the edge and splash with your legs. Go out to the water’s edge for play and various movements.
Let the child “wash” his face with a little water, and eventually you can gently spray water on each other. Here you can see more exercises.
2. Dip under water
The next step is to keep your head under water. Let the child dip himself little by little, while the head peeks up. Put one ear at a time down, and then the back of your head.
The child can again “wash” his face, and then put his face into the water.
It can be nice to have a safe hand in the beginning. Feel free to ask what it is like to get a wet face.
Then you can practice blowing air out of your mouth. Do it first over the water, then under water.
3. Jump and dive
When the child feels safe in the water and thought it’s okay to have his face underneath, it’s time for diving and jumping.
It is nice to have that experience, in case the child accidentally falls into the water.
And then it’s really fun to both jump and dive!
Feel free to start by sitting on the edge and slide into the water. Then take it little by little. Let the child jump from the edge, kick from the bottom and shoot up like an arrow. You can find more exercises here.
It’s nice to practice picking up objects from the bottom.
To be able to learn to swim, the child must first learn to float.
It is also important to be able to save your own and others’ lives. Because when you get tired of swimming, then you can relax and float before continuing to swim.
Here you will find many exercises to make your child fluent.
PS: On Saturday 5 June, we make a «floating party». NRK broadcasts directly from Frognerbadet and other places where it flows in our elongated country.
Being able to glide under and in the water is important. It’s like floating, just moving.
A good place to start is to kick yourself from the edge and float across the water. Both on the abdomen and back.
You can also make your baby lie on his back floating while holding your ankle and pulling back and forth.
Remember that the body should form as little resistance as possible in the water, the less resistance the longer you can slide. Little resistance will later make the actual swimming more effective.
If your child now both jumps, dives, glides and floats, then it is not far off.
Then you can start training on progress.
Feel free to start with dry training on land. The child can practice crawling, ie kicking the legs up and down. Sit by the pool and do the same.
Eventually, the child can hold on to the edge of the pool while practicing the kicks in the water.
Then it’s time to get your arms around. Stand on land and move your arms like windmills. When you get out into the water, you may want to start while the baby is lying on its back in the water.
There are a bunch of exercises to get good at progressing here.
Now is the time to practice swimming!
Being able to swim means, among other things, being able to swim continuously 100 meters on your stomach and continuously 100 meters on your back.
Going from being able to swim to being able to swim is about mass training. It is wise to continue to practice diving, floating and gliding while practicing to be able to swim longer and longer.
Practice makes perfect!
Here are good exercises to practice your basic swimming skills.
Also keep in mind the water rules, which include saying; Have respect for water, weather and conditions, and that children should never swim alone.
Only 41% of the country’s ten-year-olds can swim 200 meters or more. Can you swim more than 200 meters?