3 Examples Of Great Swimming Practice On A Noodle
Ah the trusty pool noodle. The most popular of backyard swimming pool toys. The noodle is not only a great tool for projecting water at siblings by blowing from one end, or the occasional slapping sound of a flying noodle crashing into the water, but also can be used for the development of your childs basic skills over summer.
The noodle is a great floatation device, allows for a vertical floating position which most other aids do not, and allows for a more natural support in the water.
Generally there are two types of noodles, the fully foam and the hollow noodle. We recommend the hollow noodle as it allows for a greater floatation and stops the noodle becoming water logged with age.
3 of the most effective techniques to work on with your child are:
1) Place noodle under armpits and practice “sculling”. Sculling is slight moving of the hands back and forward whilst submerged, sculling is a very important part of water safety and survival, it is the ability to stay above water without moving your childs shoulders. It builds up alot of strength and the noodle support leaves the childs balance very stable.
2) Placing the noodle under your childs armpits whilst they are face down in the water is a great way to practice kicking. A more natural body position is achieved than with a kickboard and also relieves strain from your childs shoulders.
3) Placing noodle underneath your childs neck whilst in backstroke position is a great way to encourage stability and confidence whilst on their back. Child must also ensure their chin is pointed up, chest raised and kicking. Great practice for backstroke.
So with a bit of practice on these three examples with noodles your child will stay buoyant and confident in the water, while having a ball in the water over summer.