How to Swim : How to Teach a Child to Swim
How to Swim : How to Teach a Child to Swim

Hi, this is Phil and Callie, and this is how
to teach a child how to swim. The first thing you want to remember when working with a child,
is to remember what it was like to be a child. Only at that point can you really understand
the fears that children go through in new environments, new activities, and with new
people. So when you’re adjusting to the water, the best way to hold a child is underneath
the armpits, just like this. This will help acquaint the child with water, and make them
feel more secure. Once you have them underneath the armpits, you can just kind of hold them
around, keeping their body on top of the water. Do you feel comfortable? Yeah? You afraid
to talk? That’s okay. And then they’ll just glide around on the top of the water, just
like that. The next thing that I like to do working with children, is to go ahead and
teach them first on how to hold their breath. And by doing this, we just ask them to go….and
make big giant cheeks. Can you make your big giant cheeks? Go….and then when you count
to three, go underwater. So, big giant cheeks, holding your breath, and one, two, three.
How was it? (I don’t know.) It was pretty good. And then they know how to hold their
breath. From that point, you want to try working with bubbles, which can be a lot of fun for
children, but then it also can be a little bit tough and difficult. So when you first
teach ’em how to blow bubbles, it’ll be something to this effect. We’ll go ahead and put our
mouths just at the top of the water, Miss Cal. And that way, they don’t have to put
their nose in the water, or their eyes, which some children might have certain fears of.
Once we do that, we can do a “ring around the rosy” song, and go “splashes, splashes,
we all blow bubbles”. And then we’ll just go with that portion, is that okay? Can we
blow bubbles? (Yep) Okay, so we’ll go, “splashes, splashes, we all blow bubbles.” Incorporating
fun activities in your teaching programs or in your lesson plan working with children,
makes the experience that much more fun and engaging for children. Especially when they
get a little bit cold and a little bit restless. You can also go ahead and go on with back
floats, by putting their heads on your shoulder, teaching them straight leg, pointed toe kicks,
and then glides. To learn more, please contact your local swim instructor for more information
and tips on how to work with your child in the water.

55 thoughts on “How to Swim : How to Teach a Child to Swim”

  1. EmilyA1984 says:

    Did you just dunk that little girl underwater?

  2. Darren Mulvaney says:

    that man is weird

  3. oliverpolland says:

    You're not weird, Phil. You're a good teacher.

  4. Veronika says:

    He's a really good teacher. Seen the other videos as well.

  5. EightysLady says:

    He's a good teacher because he is patient and very age appropriate in his instructions. The little girl is adorable.

  6. spiotticd says:

    @EmilyA1984 how else would you teach her how to hold her breath under water?

  7. lakersin5 says:

    When Callie came up from the first breath, she became BALD! HAHAH.
    Kidding, shes a gorgeous kid:)

  8. swarnajeeya says:


  9. sheheryar malik says:

    Just curious are you the father of Nevel from ICarly

  10. xautumnkisses says:

    @krameralexander im 12, i only just learnt to swim, its really easy. teach yourself.

  11. irishkisses3 says:

    Swimming is not always easy to learn, yet just like your bike you will get better the more you work on it. I do feel that is important that everyone learn how to swim. It can be a life saving skill, and when you have children you will not have a fear of them going into the water. I recommend for those that do not know how or have a fear of the water, find someone to teach you and to feel more comfortable in and around the water.

  12. deanna hendricks says:

    teach me that

  13. ABCDEthel says:

    your awesome…thanks for the tips..

  14. Nicole Burgon says:

    Phil is a great and nice teacher!

  15. Lafavini Cali says:

    This video is definitely for a baby girl, because my baby boy he doesn't know what FEAR is, he is like " don't teach me, I 'll find out on my own"

  16. Abhishek Verma says:

    thanks my friend

  17. Adham Rataba says:



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  19. ronaldosamsonadop says:

    Nice thx

  20. SwimWays says:

    Excellent video – as a manufacture that is dedicated to water training gear and fun in the water, seeing kids learn to swim is our pride and joy. Thank you for the work you do, and for the videos!

  21. asdaskdhj jkadjkasj says:


  22. Tamim Baluch says:

    It is really good thanks bro I tried it on my little daughter

  23. Al Jg says:

    Your baby is so cute (:

  24. Froylan Zuniga says:

    I l

  25. MILANISTA901 says:

    You simply have fear from water. No one can help u, except yourself. You must fight off your fears nothing more.

  26. Leadr Vv says:

    ههههههههههه وش عنده

  27. Nick Kunwar says:

    Kids in africa could've eaten that baby.

  28. Dimas Fiuza says:


  29. Leave a like for no reason Please says:

    your racist african ater

  30. Leave a like for no reason Please says:

    you should be the most subsribed

  31. Leave a like for no reason Please says:

    on youtube plus these two channels brock bilbo and epic stean want to have subscribers plz watch if like

  32. aliceizzie says:

    love it, how was it? …I don't know :3 :L

  33. Bushmo Inc says:

    If only teaching bobs was that easy with all pikes. lol

  34. Emma Fuentes says:

    Why the fuck am I watching this??

  35. Honeybunches1913 says:

    Out of all the videos I watched so far, this one is the most detailed. The only suggestion I would have would be to have numbered  them in sequential order so that I could know which one to watch next. I will be trying this with my 5 yr. old son.

  36. Alon Cohen says:

    Meh. Just throw the bitch into the deep water and let her deal with it.

  37. Teemu Jokelainen says:

    I like the way you talk to children.

  38. Quinnn says:

    I looked just like your daughter when I was younger. I'm 11.

  39. Chi Ike says:

    My two year old daughter and I love this idea of swimming

  40. holycrapmads says:

    Jesus christ when she came up for breath she went bald

  41. LookABear says:

    I had a fear of water, still kind of do, ever since I was 4 when my parents gave me to a "swimming instructor", with my parents permission, tossed me into 8 feet deep water, where another guy didn't grab me soon enough and I inhaled water and was pulled back out choking. This video was therapeutic. Thank you.

  42. Bianca Taylor says:

    what's up with the cap or hat thing its so out of style

  43. Jake says:

    My dad threw in the deep end and told me to swim.Gotta thank him,swimming is easy.

  44. stibtihict says:

    Just throw her in the deep end and watch her drown. It's that simple

  45. Makaila Morse says:

    Aww I daughter is so cute

  46. Nechia Pulliam says:


  47. MysticSoul says:

    I taught my niece and nephew to swim. They always wanted to come into the deep end where I was, so I taught them to swim underwater. My nephew went on to learn the proper technique for swimming above water and then went on to compete. Nice knowing I played a part in that. 🙂

  48. An average Engineer says:

    WRONG this is how you teach a kid to swim is

  49. Lucas Sommer says:

    Does he need that cap tho?

  50. Storm Williams says:

    Phil is a homo

  51. joe blow says:

    Is this guy serious?

  52. Kallie Caron says:

    Haha haha 😂 my name is Kallie

  53. Moist Tony says:

    This is one of the only videos with any information on how to teach a toddler to swim, so thank you, I'm going to apply all this with my son, whos having a little trouble finding his confidence in the pool.

  54. Alyssa Shackelford says:

    He's so sweet with the baby. Thanks for the video it gave me some great tips.

  55. Dawit Berry says:

    Who else is a lifeguard and is watching this cause they have to do swim lessons and are clueless what to do😂

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