Swimming basics: Blowing bubbles and kicking legs
Blowing bubbles and kicking legs is what makes every swimming stroke go! It coordinates movement and breathing. At the beginning, it’s a bit like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time. A little practice at the wall will help establish good habits once they start swimming away from it.
To give it a go, a swimmer should already:
- Feel comfortable with water on the face
- Be able to hold onto the wall
- Have tried the kicking movement while sat on poolside
Fast, small kicks with relaxed feet will hold the body up in the water. Blowing bubbles in a pattern will help control breathing.
Our Guide to Blowing Bubbles and Kicking Legs
- Feet on the floor, facing the wall
- Stretch arms out straight, and hold onto the wall for support
- Put your face into the water between your arms start to blow bubbles
- Walk legs backwards until they float up straight behind you
- Kick legs straight up and down
- Keep feet relax and floppy—little splashes!
How to stop
- Pull yourself towards on the wall
….and at the same time…
- Tuck your knees up to your chest
- Lift your head out of the water
- Feet flat on the floor
You’ve done it!
Practicing with children?
- Try letting kids hold your hands for support instead of the wall.
- Or get in position side by side at the wall and practice together.
- Make it fun: Blow bubbles in a song pattern such as the ABCs or Jingle Bells!
Mastered Blowing Bubbles and Kicking Legs? Why not try the Star Float on the Front?
Finding this skill tricky? Have a go at Floating on the Back in Shallow Water.