Last week, I wrote about diving from a kneeling position. This week, we’re upping the ante to a
standing dive. Again, you should practice this skill in an in-ground pool that is at least 12 feet deep. The standing dive doesn’t require an immense amount of skill and can actually be a lot of fun once students get the hang of it.
How to dive from a standing position:
1.) Instruct your students to stand by the side of the pool. The students’ toes should be curled over the edge of the deck of the pool, not the gutter. (See photo to the right.)
2.) Tell your students to go into streamline position.
3.) Your students should tuck their chin next – if it helps, tell them to keep their eyes on their bully button.
4.) While keeping the arms squeezed tightly against the ears, the students should bend at the waist while simultaneously lifting one of their legs back. The students should then dive fingertips-first into the water.
After the students enter the water via a kneeling or standing dive, tell them to try swimming the front crawl or backstroke all the way to the other side of the pool. If they need to stop and take a rest, encourage them to either tread or go into a front or back float.
TIP: When teaching swim lessons, instructors should ALWAYS remain in the water with their students, no matter how talented the students are when it comes to swimming. Not only is this safer, but this also allows you to get a closer look at their technique.
COMING SOON: How to swim freestyle