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Teach Your Baby To Swim The Diagrams Part 3

No baby swimming lesson this week, so I spent some time on diagrams for the assisted underwater swim.

Underwater baby swimming
Underwater baby swimming

For some reason I thought it would be clearer to ditch the swimming pool I created for the previous teach your baby to swim diagram article, and replace it with a clear glass pool.

I don't think this really added anything, and I prefer the realistic pool to the glass pool so may switch back next time. Let me know what you think.

Anyway onto the diagrams, there is only one routine here as adding another would have ended up with too many images on one page. I hope you find this useful.

Assisted Underwater Swim
teach your baby to swim

This was the first underwater swim technique, and we did it in the first lesson when Amélie was just 6 weeks old.

2 Adults are needed, your baby is passed from one person to the other with enough gentle momentum for your baby to travel a short distance unsupported.

Assisted Underwater Swim In Detail
baby swimming under water another baby swimming under water
teach your baby to swim diagram baby swimming

The baby is held by one person while the other waits to catch the baby. The baby is held in side holding swim position. This is where you hold them to one side of your body, with one hand at either side of their torso just below their armpit level.

As always, you prepare your baby by saying 'name ... ready ... go ...'. This is said by the person waiting to catch the baby, and is the trigger for the other person to begin the move.

The person holding the baby can now take the baby forward and under the water in a smooth and gentle action.

baby holds breath under the water
underwater reflex holding breath

At this point the baby momentarily is not held by either person as they continue the short distance to the catcher.

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The catcher can then lift the baby out of the water for a hug.
little swimmers
For clarity here is the move again from a distance and from one angle. The last image is a picture taken of our baby during the final stage of this routine, she was 6 weeks old in this picture.
water baby
floating swim with baby

There are variations on this move, which I will explain. The first is for more advanced babies who have done many underwater swims. Here we simply remove the hug at the end of the routine. Instead they are immediately placed in side holding swim position by the catcher and taken on a little swim away from the side of the pool. They are then turned around and taken back to the side still in side holding swim position for a reaching hold on. The reaching hold on is explained in other articles and I will produce diagrams in time.

The second extension is for the catcher to be underwater for the catch. Here the move starts the same, but once the catcher has said 'name ... ready ... go ...' they go underwater. This is great fun for the catcher because they get to see the baby swimming towards them underwater. The catch is made under the water and then the catcher surfaces with the baby ending up with a hug.

Here are some tips for the catcher if they decide to do the catch underwater. Firstly wearing goggles will allow you to see the baby better. Don't take a deep breath as it will be harder to stay underwater, try breathing out instead. Use the gutter or bar to help you stay under, I use one hand on the bar to help me get underwater. Finally it's very easy to kick out and accidentally hit your baby. Crossing your legs will avoid this, I doubted this advice but when you do the move it's easy to see how you could accidentally kick out.

alternate method
baby swimming diagram a real baby underwater
Click here for Part 2 (Previous Diagrams)
Click here for Part 1 (First Diagrams)