Swimming Lesson Plans For Adults

Do you need ready-made swimming lesson plans for adults?  You have come to the right place.  Swimming lesson plans written exclusively for adults that build confidence and teach basic swimming strokes.  

Before you grab my swimming lesson plans for adults and go for it, remember a few key factors that make teaching adults to swim successful. 

Teaching Tips To Help Adult Beginners

Teaching adults to swim can be different to teaching children and you may have to adjust your teaching style slightly. 

  • Be calm, relaxed and informal in your teaching style. This approach will help to relax your adult and keep them at ease. 
  • Adjust your expectations accordingly.
  • Take their limitations into account when planning. Exercises and drills that suit one swimmer may not work for another.
  • Be flexible in your approach. For example, fins or hand paddles (usually used in advanced drills) can often benefit adult beginners, as long as they do not become reliant on them. 

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Lesson Plan: Getting Used To The Water

The first sample swimming lesson plan below aims to get the adult beginner used to the water.  This will be one of the first swimming lessons that a swimming teacher will teach an adult, especially if it's their first time in the swimming pool. 

Lesson 16: Getting Used To The Water

Aim: to get used to being in the water

Equipment: buoyancy aids as necessary

Exercise/Activity                                                                                

Entry:  using the pool steps

Warm up:  

Walking in water of waist depth (holding the poolside if needed)

1. Holding the poolside, sink down to submerge the shoulders

2. Walking into deeper water (shoulder depth if able)

3. Holding the poolside, blowing bubbles at the surface

4. Holding the poolside, breath holding and submerging the mouth then nose (eyes if comfortable).

5. Moving through the water at shoulder depth, blowing bubbles

6. moving through the water at shoulder depth, changing direction, moving backwards

Contrasting activity:

Holding the poolside and kicking the legs

Choose one exercise from this lesson to repeat

Exit:

using the pool steps

Teaching Point                         

take your time


slowly at first

relax and breathe

take your time

breathe out slowly and gently

relax and take your time

raise the mouth to inhale

relax and take your time



relax your knees and ankles

choose something you found tricky


take your time

The full lesson plan including timings is in the image below.  

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swimming lesson plans for adults getting used to the water

Lesson Plan: Floating and Gliding

The next sample swimming lesson plan for adults below, aims to develop confidence bin floating and gliding. 

Lesson 17: Floating and Gliding

Aim: to learn and gain confidence in floating and gliding

Equipment: woggles, floats and other buoyancy aids as necessary

Exercise/Activity                                                                                

Entry:  using the pool steps

Warm up:  

Moving through the water at shoulder depth, blowing bubbles

1. Prone star float with buoyancy aids or teacher support as needed

2. Push and glide towards the side and regain standing with buoyancy aids as needed

3. Push and glide away from the side and regain standing with buoyancy aids as needed

4. Supine star float with buoyancy aids or teacher support as needed

5. Push and glide on the back, away from the poolside

6. mushroom float and regain standing

Contrasting activity:

Push and glide adding kicking

Choose one exercise from this lesson to repeat

Exit:

using the pool steps

Teaching Point                         

take your time


relax and blow

face in the water

legs together


stretch arms in front

head back and relax

chest and hips up

chin on chest


slow relaxed kicks

choose something you found tricky


take your time

The full lesson plan including timings is in the image below.  

For a full set of 101 swimming lesson plans, click here

swimming lesson plans for adults learning floating and gliding

Lesson Plan: Front Paddle

The next sample lesson plan for adult beginners aims to learn the basic movements needed to swim front paddle.

Lesson 18: Front Paddle

Aim: to learn the basic movements needed for front paddle

Equipment: buoyancy aids as needed

Exercise/Activity                                                                                

Entry:  using the pool steps

Warm up:  

Moving through the water at shoulder depth, blowing bubbles

1. Push and glide using buoyancy aids if needed

2. Holding the poolside and kicking

3. Kicking using a float under each arm

4. Walking through the water using arm actions

5. Kicking and pulling using a woggle

6. Push and glide using a woggle, adding arm pulls and leg kicks

Contrasting activity:

Supine star float

Push and glide in a supine position, using buoyancy aids as needed

Exit:

using the pool steps

Teaching Point                         

take your time


relax and get used to the water

push off and stretch out

relaxed ankles and knees

floppy feet

fingers together

reach and pull

feel your way through the water


relax and stretch out

head back, chest and hips up


take your time

The full lesson plan including timings is in the image below.  

For a full set of 101 swimming lesson plans, click here

swimming lesson plans for adults learning front paddle

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