Prior to a `Flip & Float` sessions all parents are given information and advice on how best to positively prepare their children. This enables the children to
get the best out of the session.
In very small groups (preferably a ratio of 1:2).
Parents are asked to leave the poolside so the children have a chance to learn to trust the instructors.
Pool side activities are used prior to entering the water to aid the children to understand of body position and terminology to be used (it also gives the children time to get to know the instructors and feel more confident about getting in the water).
All instructors have an understanding of fear and anxiety and listen to the children’s concerns and needs.
Positive encouragement is given with specific praise and instruction to ensure children always know what the aim of each drill is.
Once in the water the children learn how to act should they ever fall into the water without help being at hand (please note: `Flip & Float’ is NOT a substitute for parental supervision).
Characters `Flip’ the otter and `Float’ the turtle are used (on floats) to demonstrate how to ‘turn to the air’.
Games are played in between learning the new skills to help overcome any frustrations and give rest time.
Once the children can float they learn to stay calm and relaxed by singing and trusting water.
Children do not use goggles when practising `Flip & Float’.
Flip & Float is a very versatile program and can be taught as part of a terms weekly swim schedule or intensive holiday lessons.