I take my children swimming a lot but they have never had lessons. Dd is 5 and can stay afloat for a few metres, she enjoys diving down underwater to pick up toys and doing somersaults, but she now really wants to learn proper swimming technique.
Has anyone used a book or web resource for teaching their children to swim, or has any tips? I am thinking we could do 10-15 minutes of exercises at the beginning of a session, then just play for the rest of the time. I want her to continue to enjoy it and I will also have ds (3) in the pool so need to keep him entertained (and afloat) as well.
why not take her to lessons? At 5, she's just the right age to start and a good teacher will make the lessons fun. You could watch what the teacher does and follow it up when you go swimming by yourselves.
children often learn things much more quickly if it's someone else other than a parent teaching them
Enjoyment is the key. I did ASA level 1 swimming instructor training and the 'bible' was a book published by the Amateur Swimming Association called 'Introduction to Swimming, Teaching & Coaching'. It is excellent for breaking down each of the strokes (also dives, jumps and other techniques) and giving managable teaching points so that the children aren't overwhelmed with trying to do it all at once.