Playing games to overcome a fear of water
Many parents, however, do not know how to do this. That is why the swimming coach is sharing a few very simple tricks to make swimming more enjoyable for children. “The best way to accomplish this is by playing water games, which you can find in many sports shops, department stores or online.” These include, for example, a waterproof memory game that is placed at the bottom of a shallow swimming pool. The children have to submerge themselves a little to reach the cards, which feature fun designs. Or the salt water ball – a popular game from Rebekka Ott’s swimming classes: this involves letting the air out of a water ball and refilling it with salt water. “Children have a lot of fun with this, because the ball behaves very strangely under water. You can dribble it and pass it around.”
Waterproof card games or boards for drawing under water are also great sources of entertainment. The other players then have to swim to it, read the board and swim back again.