Goggles are must when it comes to building confidence in a swimming lesson. It creates an interesting underwater world, where everybody is a fish. As swim instructor students taking goggles on and off is a huge time suck. So I recommend practicing putting them on or on a “goggle break” on the way to the lesson.
A goggle break means the goggles rest on their forehead.
Wearing the goggles around the house, water is optional. So before your lesson try on your goggles in fact put on your swim stuff before you come, have the sunscreen on before you get in the car. Play the little mermaid cd in the car or on your playlist for lessons. The key is to create the best learning environment we can to trigger positive feelings.
Watch movies about living underwater like Aquaman or my favorite the Little mermaid, Mowana, and many others. Underwater is a magical space, learning to swim is a journey, not a destination. I have many parents and grandparents that take lessons with me. role modeling a healthy swimming lifestyle is what I’m all about. I teach each of my students like their my children. Your family becomes my family, I have been teaching for so long in the area that I don’t have to advertise for missjeanswimming. I’m so blessed to have a supportive family that believes in me every day. I’m happy to share the love. It’s very difficult to be a new family, lots of pressure to do everything right. I enjoy holding crying babies, it means their alive, crying builds strength in their respiratory systems. Teaching a baby to float in their back requires practice and calmness and humor. One of my greatest strengths is my sense of humor. Kids are the funniest people on the planet. But they come with a huge alarm system, called crying or if you are really blessed screaming bloody murder, lol.