How to teach your child to swim – Breath Control


At Peter Hill Swimming we do everything we can to ensure that your child’s experience is the most rewarding and enjoyable experience possible.

One of the major hurdles to overcome is breathing.

The skill of controlling one’s breath may seem obvious, yet it is amazing how many children are not taught this vital safety skill.

Ingesting or breathing water into the lungs accelerates the drowning process and makes it more difficult for a child to swim to safety….. (as well as tasting fairly unpleasant)

Simply teaching a child to ‘blow bubbles’ without the correct instruction on how and when to breathe in simply removes the air from the lungs making the child want to inhale…….not ideal if the mouth is in the water 🙂

There are 4 steps to breath control

1. Taking a breath (inhaling)
2. Holding a breath with the mouth closed
3. Inhaling holding and placing face in the water, the exhaling (this step should not be taken until your child is holding their breath)
4. Extending the time

When your child can hold their breath under water for roughly 10 seconds they are ready to move on to the next skill

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