To begin the swim lesson that you want to allow the student get used to the water . The best way to do this is to sit on either the edge of the pool that is level with the water or a ledge that is slightly submerged in the water and kick with straight legs.
Then, the student must slide into the water and keep hold of the wall. Never teach holding ones breath. When the student is proficient at blowing bubbles have them extend their arms and reach their toes to the floor so that the head is totally submerged.
These techniques will progressively get harder by lessening how much you help the pupil.
The first technique is rocket ship and is also called streamline. The student sits on the border with their feet against the wall. Her arms have to be raised over her head and covering her ears with one hand on top of the other. Your hands on her stomach affirms the pupil and your hands holding her palms keeps the proper form. The student has to be blowing bubbles, unless she wants to breath, and kicking the entire time.
The second technique is to teach the student how to move his arms at a freestyle fashion while blowing bubbles and kicking. When the student has no knowledge of how to swim hold him around the waist with one arm and move his arm with your other hand. Verbally instruct him to blow bubbles and kick. As the student gets hold his waist and push him to the wall gradually increasing the distance.
The student must slide , hold the wall, and put his feet on the wall like he were squatting. Once your hand is behind his head and on his lower back have him push and kick. When the student can float on his own show and assist him how to do backstroke arms.
Once again the student has to slide in the water, but this time one hand holds the wall while the other is pointing in the opposite direction and her feet on the wall. Have her lay her head on her outstretched arm looking up at the ceiling, then push off the wall, and flutter kick. This technique in conjunction with big arms creates the freestyle stroke. To get to this position while doing big arms the student must roll her whole body and mind to face the ceiling. To roll back to large arms have the student push her own face into the water with the arm that is by her side and continue doing big arms.
The last action is jump because most pupils, which are normally young kids, love to jump in the water. Start by having the him leap from the side of the pool, then progress to a diving board; always feet and directly out from the wall. For those students that cannot swim yet, stand in the water into the side of him and hold your hands in the water before them. Once he is in the water turn him around and swim back into the wall. This action simulates falling into the water also teaches students not to panic and swim calmly back to the wall.