L. Assisted Roll Overs

Assisted Roll Overs

Why: To further educate parents about the dive reflex and to practice Breath Control! Introducing roll overs at this age also leads to enhanced breath control as a they challenged by changing position in the water while still keeping the water out of their airway!

How: Support the child under the arms while facing the parent with the noodle in between the two of you.  Gently lift the child above the surface of the water then slowly lower to submerge, glide forward and roll them to the front.  (This simple action can lead to enhanced breath control as they start to submerge from the cool air the the warm water).  Encourage the parent to support them on the back once they arrive until the water drifts away.