Teach Your Child To Swim

Teach Your Child To Swim Through Games And Play 

Using games and play to teach your child how to swim will not only open their mind to imagination and engagement, but it will help to distract them from the fears and anxieties often associated with the new sensations of being in the water and the expectations that come with learning how to swim. 

Discover 60 games that use little or no equipment and that cover all of the essential basics of learning to swim, including breathing, floating, submerging, gliding, kicking and pulling.  Explore games and activities that teach them all. 

Teach your child how to swim

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Games To Teach Your Child To Swim

The games and activities in my book teach your child to swim by using the basic building blocks of learning how to swim used by swimming teachers during lessons.

Each game focuses on a particular aspect or combination of parts of swimming, so while your child is busy playing, they are learning a specific skill. 

The essential skills the children focus on include:

  • Getting used to the water
  • Moving around the pool
  • Breathing
  • Floating
  • Submerging
  • Gliding
  • Kicking their legs 
  • Pulling with their arms

Each crucial aspect of swimming has its chapter, which explains in detail how to introduce it and teach it to your child, including the pitfalls to look out for and answers to many common questions.  

Answers to common questions include:

  • What is the safest method of submerging my baby?
  • When is it time to remove my child's buoyancy aids?
  • What is the most cost-effective equipment?
  • Should my child be wearing goggles?
  • My child is afraid of going underwater. What is the best way to teach them safely?
  • How do I know when my child is confident and has made enough progress?

Each game or activity shows what skill your child is learning and outlines the aim of the game from a learning-to-swim point of view.  

Each game has a difficulty rating, from 1 to 3 stars, where 1 star is easy, 2 medium and 3 is hard. It also outlines any equipment you need, key phrases your child needs to hear, and how the game can progress if your child becomes confident or finds it easy. 

Each game is set out in the following way: 

Sail The Raft  the name of the game
Skill:  the swimming skill or skills being taught
Aim: what the game is aiming to achieve
Difficulty: ✭  difficulty level  ✭=easy ✭ ✭=medium ✭ ✭ ✭=hard
Equipment: equipment needed for this game

How to set up and play the game
This activity is performed in water that your child can stand in. Your child holds a float or kickboard…

Key phrases:  Phrases to say to your child to help encourage and focus on relevant parts of their body.

Progression:   Possible ways to make the game more challenging if your child finds it easy.

Make It Easy For You Kids To Learn To Swim

Download your copy and discover the power of play!

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60 games that use the power of play embed basic swimming skills and make your child a happy and confident swimmer.

$19.99

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My story...

‘I’m Mark Young, a swimming teacher with 30 years experience, and let me tell you, teaching my own three children to swim was a nightmare! 

Each time we went to the swimming pool, I’d automatically go into ‘swimming teacher’ mode and attempt to teach them the conventional  way, the same way that I’d successfully taught hundreds of children before them.  But they just did not listen.  Why would they?  ‘We’re in the pool with Dad. We don’t have to listen to him. We’re here to have fun’, they would think.  They just wanted to play.  So, I gave up trying to teach them and let them play.  

That’s when it hit me.  By playing and doing their own thing, they were discovering the water for themselves. When I joined in with their play, they naturally engaged with me, as any child would with their parent.  So I then began to weave in some basic swimming skills and elements of swimming lessons into their games and, because it was a game, they were willing participants.  Without knowing, they were learning how to swim as part of their play. 

I now have three very happy and confident swimmers who didn’t really need a teacher.  They just wanted someone to play with.’

Sample Games

swimming games that teach your child to swim
swimming games that teach your child to swim
swimming games that teach your child to swim

My exciting new book uses the power of play to embed basic swimming skills and make your child a happy and confident swimmer.

Discover 60 games that allow your child to play and have fun in the pool AND learn to swim in the process. 

They will be experiencing the water and learning some of the most important and fundamental aspects of learning to swim without knowing they are even learning! 

Make It Easy For You Kids To Learn To Swim

Download your copy and discover the power of play!

tics front cover

60 games that use the power of play embed basic swimming skills and make your child a happy and confident swimmer.

$19.99

pay using paypal


Click here for a preview, including contents and a full index of all 60 games.


I am a member of the Amazon Associates Program and I will earn a commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. 


Buy a PRINTED copy from: 

buy from Amazon

Click here for a PREVIEW including contents and a full index of games.