Intermediate Swimming Lesson 11

Learning Intentions

  1. Push from the side underwater and use breaststroke legs to propel
  2. Sink, push away from side and touch bottom of the pool

Skill Development:Kicking while submerged

Success Criteria

  1. I can push and glide underwater
  2. I can propel myself underwater using breaststroke legs
  3. I can push from the side to touch the bottom of the pool

National Curriculum Links

Compare performances with previous attempts

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Justify how they travelled further and improved performance
Numeracy: Recognise increases/decreases in distances

Starter Activity

Add-On

Pair swimmers up giving them their own small area away from others to work. The first swimmer should perform an action underwater, e.g. touches the bottom with both hands. The next swimmer performs the same action and adds something else, e.g. a roll. This continues until the sequence gets so long swimmers cannot hold their breath, or they forget what comes next.

Easier:Actions do not have to be performed under water.

Harder:Mixture of underwater and on surface actions.

Skill Development

Kicking while submerged
When swimmers progress to using full strokes, there will be a period in which they will be submerged under water for example when they dive in, push and glide and kick. The earlier a swimmer learns these skills, the easier it will be for them to link to more complex actions later on.
Progressions:

  • Push and glide with face in water at full extension
  • Push and glide and finish with one leg kick
  • Push and glide with a leg kick and arm action to finish pull through the water

Activity

Max distance swim to the bottom
Repeat steps above but this time instead of pushing directly forward swimmer should aim forward and down

  1. Push down and touch the bottom of the pool
  2. Increase the distance to aim for still attempting to push from side and end by touching the pool floor
  3. Working with a partner mark out where they made it to each attempt

Extension:Basic max effort swim under water

Teaching Points

Breastroke legs

  1. Start with straight legs and no movement
  2. Bend legs at the knee moving the knees outwards, not forwards
  3. Feet are then drawn towards the body with heels almost touching
  4. In this flexed position legs are ready to extend quickly and fully to provide the legs kick action
  5. Legs extend rapidly to the straight position with toes pointed
  6. The kick finishes with a short glide (no movement from the body)

Key Questions

  1. Why is beneficial to be able to swim underwater?
  2. What things did you need to do when trying to increase your distance? (hold breath longer, kick and pull harder)
  3. What did you do differently when you swam your furthest distance under water?
  4. Why do we use breastroke legs when swimming underwater instead of front crawl legs?

Intermediate Swimming Lesson 11

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Learning Intentions

  1. Push from the side underwater and use breaststroke legs to propel
  2. Sink, push away from side and touch bottom of the pool

Skill Development:Kicking while submerged

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Success Criteria

  1. I can push and glide underwater
  2. I can propel myself underwater using breaststroke legs
  3. I can push from the side to touch the bottom of the pool
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National Curriculum Links

Compare performances with previous attempts

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Justify how they travelled further and improved performance
Numeracy: Recognise increases/decreases in distances

Intermediate Swimming Lesson 11

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Starter Activity

Add-On

Pair swimmers up giving them their own small area away from others to work. The first swimmer should perform an action underwater, e.g. touches the bottom with both hands. The next swimmer performs the same action and adds something else, e.g. a roll. This continues until the sequence gets so long swimmers cannot hold their breath, or they forget what comes next.

Easier:Actions do not have to be performed under water.

Harder:Mixture of underwater and on surface actions.

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Skill Development

Kicking while submerged
When swimmers progress to using full strokes, there will be a period in which they will be submerged under water for example when they dive in, push and glide and kick. The earlier a swimmer learns these skills, the easier it will be for them to link to more complex actions later on.
Progressions:

  • Push and glide with face in water at full extension
  • Push and glide and finish with one leg kick
  • Push and glide with a leg kick and arm action to finish pull through the water
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Activity

Max distance swim to the bottom
Repeat steps above but this time instead of pushing directly forward swimmer should aim forward and down

  1. Push down and touch the bottom of the pool
  2. Increase the distance to aim for still attempting to push from side and end by touching the pool floor
  3. Working with a partner mark out where they made it to each attempt

Extension:Basic max effort swim under water

Teaching Points

Breastroke legs

  1. Start with straight legs and no movement
  2. Bend legs at the knee moving the knees outwards, not forwards
  3. Feet are then drawn towards the body with heels almost touching
  4. In this flexed position legs are ready to extend quickly and fully to provide the legs kick action
  5. Legs extend rapidly to the straight position with toes pointed
  6. The kick finishes with a short glide (no movement from the body)

Key Questions

  1. Why is beneficial to be able to swim underwater?
  2. What things did you need to do when trying to increase your distance? (hold breath longer, kick and pull harder)
  3. What did you do differently when you swam your furthest distance under water?
  4. Why do we use breastroke legs when swimming underwater instead of front crawl legs?