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Nov 16, 2015

Locked doors, headaches, and intellectual need | Affording Play

 

http://flip.it/9Moov

 

 

Mathematics, and how to teach both old and new math, and how to program.

 

The concept of the "locked door, and the key."

I have a door that is locked. How do I get through it? You use a key. How do you respond when you are presented with another locked door the next time? You search for the key.

 

We want to teach our swimmers to have the keys to their success :)

 

Introduce a "problem" and then offer a series of solutions to solve that "problem"

 

You can swim like an Olympian some day. We can get you there. Here is a video that shows you what it looks like.

 

https://youtu.be/SONx52cyltI

 

Watch the video, then attempt to swim like this.

 

Can't swim exactly like an Olympian? We can get you there:

 

Do these drills:

 

Head Lead Balance with Rotation

One arm only Free

6 kick switch: 3 strokes free, then 6 kicks on your side. We do 18 kicks on side usually then 3 strokes.

 

Now swim Freestyle again and attempt to swim like Olympian

 

These drills should help you swim better.

 

Introduce your locked doors before you offer the solutions.

 

In swimming: define where you want to go, and then offer solutions to how you get there.

 

Position 11:  3 things that you need to focus on to do it well:

  1. Arms straight
  2. Stay at the surface
  3. Look down

 

Problem? How do you do position 11 well? You do those three things.

 

(we talk about position 11 in our first podcast: SIP 001)

 

Problem: Position 11 is really difficult!!! How can we make it easier?

  1. Breathe Quickly
  2. Kick faster when you breathe
  3. Keep your body straight.

 

** Why do we do position 11 at all during swimming? Every stroke moves through position 11. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly. Each arm stroke of every competitive stroke at some point moves through position 11.

 

Layers of problems, and offering multiple actionable solutions to fix them.

 

How do we provide self directed motivated learning in swimming? One of the steps of How to be an effective swimming lesson instructor is to inspire and motivate our swimmers to want to get better themselves; to be internally motivated.

Nov 2, 2015

You can find the website post about this game here: http://swimminglessonsideas.com/2015/06/02/swimming-game-100-point-swim/

 

We played this game about 10 times in the last few months. I have played it with swimming lessons with more advanced abilities and with our developmental swim team. For our pre-competitive group, who have mostly been swimming on the team for more than 1 year, it was an excellent great game. I found there to be a high level of engagement, reception to improved quality and of highest importance a huge boost in peer learning. The swimmers helped each other improve using language I would use as a coach on each other. In every instance of this game, there was at least one group that would band together and help each other out.

 

We did a general IM Set when we played the game:

 

4 x 50

4 stroke Fly then Fly kick the rest / Backstroke x 25

1st 25 is 4 strokes fly swim then Fly kick the rest of the length. Second 25 is backstroke swim.

4 x 50

Backstroke / Breaststroke x 25

Back down, breast back. Work on streamlines and open turns.

4 x 50

Breaststroke / Freestyle x 25

Do underwater pullouts, long glides, 2 hand touches, and good streamlines. Turn head to the side when breathing.

 

We offered the following reward for winners: 5 minutes to do whatever they wanted to do at the end of practice. The winning team could choose as a group what the whole team would do for the last 5 minutes of practice: game, set, anything.

 

The losing teams had to do either 100 free kick or 10 sit-ups and 10 push-ups.

 

What I liked and what I didn't  like about it :

 

Good: Effective at first  engaged everyone as a group in each lane 

 

Okay: High quality swimming faltered as the game went on 

 

Bad: Easy to really punish people which is not good for self esteem

 

Bad: Can single people out

 

Good and Bad: Coaches are extremely subjective when dealing out point subtractions. It is really easy to arbitrarily single out swimmers and punish them.  Be careful. On the good side, it is easy to manipulate the points to make it a close game and more fun. Or to reward favorites, which can also be dangerous.

 

Good: Can be fun and team building 

 

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Oct 26, 2015

Coach I work with talking about job history, philosophy of coaching

 

Fixed mindset, change mindset

 

Work hard and you will fail

 

Coach's role: games? No. Respect. Yelling doesn't earn it. Don't be feared.

 

Expectation of hard work and care.

 

Clarify and reword what head coach doesn’t address or explain well.

 

What makes a good swimmer? 

Instill and teach your swimmers to have a change mindset. They're going to fail. It will happen. How can we mentally and physically prepare them for that reality, and give them tools they need to do well. 

Constantly evaluate what swimmers are doing in the water and provide opportunities to recognize, adjust, and create new habits that lead to time and swimming success.

Create personal connection to inspire. Connection to swimmer to allow them to feel safe to say when they don't understand.

A good coach fosters a change mindset and provides the culture and environment that reinforces it. 

Hard work doesn't always = success. Real world lessons. Hard work doesn't always mean swimming success.  Coach effort. Coach excellence and get to failure and train that.

 

How to balance focus on times as rewards and effort.

Oct 19, 2015

How did I arrive at it?

Podcast: Art of Charm http://theartofcharm.com/

http://theartofcharm.com/podcast-episodes/tony-stubblebine-ruthless-meditation-episode-446/

 

 

 

What exactly am I talking about?

Encouraging swimmers to "think" about swimming as they do it

Promote "attempts"

Promote awareness of what you're doing, acknowledge difference and attempt change.

 

How does this connect to meditation:

Not stillness

Acknowledgement: Breathe with eyes closed, focus on breathing. When you become aware of yourself thinking of something else, make a note "Hey, I'm thinking of something not my breathing. Then go BACK to thinking about breath.

 

Same with swimming. I'm attempting what the coach said to focus on, I'm attempting to do something. When you realize you're NOT doing that. Think, "ahah! I'm not doing that." Then, attempt to return to focusing on what the goal is.

 

Appropriate for all ages? No.

Used more in a swim team or pre-swim team setting where you can hold the attention for longer. No harm in attempting it with younger swimmers, but games and play is better for beginners, or those between 3-7.

 

What do you think? Have you done it?

 

 

We have an arch or a theme for our swim team right now, a macrocycle if you're familiar with it. That theme is "Balance, Line, and Posture" and how that fits into swimming. Our goal is to be mindful and aware of those three things throughout our practices.

 

We did this set at practice:

 

3x

{ 2 x 25 Freestyle

 

{ 1 x 50 Back Kick

 

{2 x 25 Fly Kick

Goals: Attempt to be the stacked soccer ball tower body, straight good posture, and when you're NOT doing it, recognize that, acknowledge your body not doing it, and attempt to do it again. You might realize multiple times that you're not in the good body posture, and that is okay, focus on realizing that you're not and attempt to go back into that position again.

 

Do the things correctly, as in do the freestyle swim at the right time and place, and distance, but during that swim, attempt to maintain the body posture, and when your body is NOT in good "Balance, Line and Posture" then attempt to correct and return to it.

 

The goal overall was to provide meditative experiences for each swimmer through repeated use of meditative techniques, without actually directly explicitly stating the link or connection (unless you think it will be beneficial). The hope is that through repeated mental training (focus on this, when you realize you're not focusing on it, dismiss what you were doing and attempt to go back on your set focus) swimmers will be better equipped to be more mindful of their own swimming because we are also building their own self-awareness.

 

Are you interested in more stuff like this? Let me know! Connect on twitter @swimmingideas

Email me at jswim@swimminglessonsideas.com

 

Oct 12, 2015

Side Glide:

 

What are the benefits? Are there even good examples of side glide that effectively teach freestyle breathing?

 

If you can do a streamline, do that first, then roll over on your side, put your top hand on your hip, and stack your hips. Rotate your hips and your shoulder to lean on your side. Breathe, and then put your face in the water and do it again.

 

The idea, is that you rotate your body to breathe which later on in swimming is generally the goal: connect your hips and your arms as they move on freestyle to have the best swimming. You should breathe by connecting your head rotation to the side with your hips. Breathe when your hips rotate.

 

Side glide is a good tool to use to teach safety only: learn how to breathe the easiest? Or quickly while staying at the surface when you have no understanding of swimming freestyle well.

 

Negatives:

  1. Promotes head up, chin away from the body at the surface. This requires a lot of retraining later on when we're attempting to correct the head up, chin away from your body position. This makes the body sink, legs will fall down, and the head will raise up while swimming.
  2. Does not effectively teach face down position. This requires retraining when teaching freestyle correctly: body straight, face looking straight down where the crown or top of the head pushes the water, not the face.  When side glide is taught first, swimmers will lift their head and raise their chin away from their body causing their feet to sink, and make it more difficult to swim.
  3. When actually doing side glide, it promotes (and it encouraged by the teachers) to doggie paddle in order to breathe.  This actually encourages the participant to struggle on the surface. If you've head SIP 024 Why we never let participants struggle, you'll remember that this loses trust and confidence in the instructor and is one of the absolute worst things you can do as a swim instructor. Never let the participant struggle, and absolutely never encourage struggling to breathe.
  4. It does not directly correlate to good swimming posture.  Side glide is based off of the Head Lead Balance with Rotation drill.  We have an awesome video/post on our website already! : http://swimminglessonsideas.com/2013/09/17/swim-drill-freestyle-head-lead-balance-with-rotation/       This is a great drill for advanced swimmers, and appropriate for beginners when done on the back. We only introduce this when swimmers know how to swim well already. It is a drill to reinforce hip and body rotation and keeping the head still, unless breathing. It does NOT work and is NOT effective when swimmers get out of alignment.  Because this is a difficult drill to do well as an advanced swimmer, it makes absolutely no sense to introduce it to beginners. Beginners need to have proper body line and posture before attempting this drill, because when the head comes out of alignment, then the drill loses its benefit. When you struggle at the surface and when you lift your chin to breathe, the drill loses its entire purpose: reinforce body rotation and balancing at the surface.

 

Our goal is to teach swimming well. #1 focus is to have a safe swimming, and have all our swimmers get in a pool or water of any type and be competent enough to swim at will and then exit the water. We want all participants to be able to leave the water on their own. To survive. Side glide will teach someone to struggle to breathe and maybe survive for a little while longer, but it does not teach how to swim freestyle well. With Swimming Ideas, we want to teach swimming well, and when you can swim well, you are comfortable enough and strong enough to get to the side quickly well, and to struggle well enough to save yourself.

 

What do you think? Does swimming well translate to being able to struggle to the side? Or do you think teaching survival swimming side glide with a safety focus is better and despite retraining later worth it?

 

Let me know. Comment below, or connect with me on Twitter: @swimmingideas or send me an email: jswim@swimminglessonsideas.com

Oct 5, 2015

What do you do with new staff that have been trained, but still need some practical experience before they start teaching classes on their own?

 

Do you like the new format of this podcast? Do you like it? Leave an honest review on iTunes, or on this website page.

 

Step one should be to go through a training session. We use the SLI Swim Instructor training workbook, which is a three day course where they are walked through all the 15 essential swim skills, then we review HOW to actually teach. They learn what waves are, the rotation method, and how to use command language.

 

Topic: Training new staff with "assistants" or teaching a large class with Assistants.

 

Large influx of new teachers. How do you train them? Give them the SLI Swim Instructor Training Workbook, online video supplement, finish their training with shadowing.

 

Shadowing lasts for a full class session. Stick with the same teacher and the same class for one full class (typically 3 weeks worth of lessons)

 

Main teacher dictates all activities, explains focus.

Main teacher does activity with each class member

Assistant does activity with each class member and reiterates/repeats what the main instructor said.

 

The shadow should take initiative and engage with the class mimicing what the

 

Co-Teach: switch off: not ideal not clear who is in charge. Not feasible for beginners: they don't know what to do.

Too many cooks in the kitchen.

 

How long do you have someone shadow? What circumstances?

 

1 full class length, or 1 month.

 

When you have difficult swimmers, sometimes better to keep together than to split the class.

 

Returning instructor is the "Instructor" and new people are "assistants"

Instructor is in charge of writing the report cards.

How to keep track: binder that has every kid at every area. Testing stations:

Returning instructor is the "Instructor" and new people are "assistants"

 

Sep 9, 2015

I can think of three reasons to use sidestroke:

Use in lifesaving.

Survival swim.

A teaching tool to illustrate what NOT to do when teaching breaststroke kick.

 

When you teach swimming lessons we want to make an effort to teach swimming strokes that our participants are going to use. 

 

Sidestroke is an archaic swim stroke that is often glossed over and ignored today. We only mention sidestroke two different times. 

 

1. During lifeguard classes when we are reviewing how to rescue someone without a tube. 

 

2. When we are teaching breaststroke kick in swim team and participants do a side stroke instead of the correct breaststroke.

 

Have you taught sidestroke to anyone? If so, why? what was the intent?

 

What do you think about sidestroke and whether we should keep or ditch it?

Sep 9, 2015

Everyone is responsible, do not set one person as an outlier. Everyone is accountable. It is a cultural thing. Safety.

 

How do you create a culture?

 

Work as equals

 

Managers help out and "get their hands dirty"

 

Shared accountability

Encourage others to call their coworkers if they don't show up

Encourage friendships

 

Team building

Outside of the job place

 

Give regular reviews where you focus on improvement not hostile negatives

 

Have regular meetings where you give productive and useful tools to succeed

 

Play favorites selectively

Recognize the leaders on your staff and encourage them to motivate others

Give them more authority or responsibility

 

Mentor your staff

 

Foster an apprenticeship system where new members are brought into the fold by an older more experienced team member

 

Be social

Say hi and learn about everyone else

 

Be consistent and clear with rules and discipline. Make it clear and transparent

 

 

Aug 3, 2015

Do you use drills in your level one and two swim lessons? If so how do you do it?


We look at the key body posture drills and skills for teaching young participants how to start swimming.

 

Beginner drills:

 

Side glide? Has a place when done well: need to have core strength to keep body straight without lifting the head to breathe

Position 11

Streamline

Kickboard in position 11

Roll over from front to back: move on belly, roll over, take a breath, roll over again, continue.

1 arm kickboard on side

Catchup drill with kickboard

Catchup drill in position 11

Almost position 11 (reduced time in position 11)

3 strokes 18 kicks on side.

 

 

Strong emphasis on kicking and using it to create propulsion.

Jul 26, 2015

Swimming Lessons Ideas Program:

 

Print out rosters

Check existing participant database against current roster

Verify level and group

Assign to instructor

New participants:

Interview parents to determine ability level

Use age as an indicator (avoid putting 5 year olds with 10)

Assign to instructor based on confidence, parent interview, age

Observation during the lesson

Managers and instructors verify the correct placement of swimmers in classes.

If participant needs to switch a class to be more appropriate we move them immediately on the first day

 

Program A

 

Print out rosters: Camps

Line up all participants on the side of the pool.

Have 5 -6 swim instructors in the water ready to test swimmers

1-2 managers with a binder on the deck, watching each participant do a swim test

Test: Go underwater, freestyle, backstroke, free breathing, fly swim, breaststroke swim

Take all data from first day and that evening separate into classes for Day 2.

 

Program B

 

Registration based on levels specific to certain days/times:

Level 1: Monday 3:00pm

Level 2: Monday 3:30pm

Level 3: Monday 4:00pm

 

Instructor and swim manager verifies that parents chose the correct level for their participants. Immediate move, if possible ( Level 1 at 3pm and Level 2 at 3pm) or move next week to appropriate level on the offered day/time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 20, 2015

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook

 

To Do What are some things to watch out for?

To Do Do not photo requirements

To Do Automatic waiver unless specified

To Do Inappropriate pictures?

To Do Who are you targeting?

To Do What is the purpose of your social media strategy?

To Do Enrollment

To Do Get the word out

To Do Website traffic

To Do Email list

To Do Registration

To Do Who is in charge of your social media accounts?

To Do What is your update schedule

 

Tools for Social Media:

 

Meetedgar.com

Bufferapp.com

 

People that do it well:

Instagram:

Swimming.lessons

Aquatotsmichigan

Babyswimmingthailand

Salineswimteam

aquatotsschandler

 

 

Twitter:

@SwimLessonsProb

@FloridaSwimLSC

@BigBlueSwimming

 

Jul 13, 2015

 

 

 

Giraffe Neck for a long neck

Brontosaurus neck for a long neck on freestyle

Trampoline Soldiers for bobs

Carrot with leaves spinning for breaststroke kick in position 11

Giant toothbrush running in circles being chased by a tiny toothpaste bottle for brushing teeth in morning.

 

 

Use Images to create memorable associations. Images hold more information than lists or rote mantras.

 

 

Jul 6, 2015

http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=1909&mid=9519&ItemId=5455

 

Key points:

 

 A swimming coach is or should be:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Organized
  • Sympathetic 

 

From <http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=1909&mid=9519&ItemId=5455>

 

Swimming coaches should be organized and well prepared. Swimming is a sport that depends upon developing a base and following a purposeful progression throughout a season and career. 

 

From <http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=1909&mid=9519&ItemId=5455>

 

 

A coach can learn, develop and enhance these qualities. Some of these skills may already be well developed; others may need improvement.  

QUALITIES ATTRIBUTED TO THE COACH

Michael Josephson, a well known business ethics advisor, has said that we tend to think of ourselves in terms of our best intentions, but others tend to look at us based on our last worst act. 

 

From <http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=1909&mid=9519&ItemId=5455>

 

 

http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/7c9af3bf-7613-4070-bd53-f449e9818e0a/Stroke%20Teacher.pdf

 

Books worth mentioning:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345472322/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0345472322&linkCode=as2&tag=swimlessidea-20&linkId=TLKTL3FARR6EBTMQ

 

 

 

Jun 29, 2015

Why we never let participants struggle to swim

 

Erodes trust

 

Not helpful teaching technique

 

Creates fear and distrust

 

Positive bank. What hurts you doesn't make you stronger, just pulls away from your positive bank 🏦

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/insight-therapy/201008/what-doesnt-kill-you-makes-you-weaker

 

Encouragement and support produces healthy swimming longer term. Be kind and supportive to teach.  Fear is worse than respect and love.

 

We can get results by being harsh instructors but it is not effective teaching techniques, it creates bad emotional associations with swimming. It creates negative feelings with water.

 

 

 

Best option is challenging support. Give clear commands and always lift or be there as a safety of needed. Never walking away or letting a swimmer struggle. 

Jun 23, 2015

Focus on distance training

What about technique? Do you sacrifice skill work for endurance?

Emphasis on free and backstroke

What about BR and FLY?

Is there a place for short distance skill work when 50 meter pool time is limited?

 

What is an acceptable amount of kicking? Should you do any?

 

How many meters is ideal for beginners?

 

How do you prepare for long course with your beginning swimmers?

 

 

 

Specific steps we take:

-Gradual increase in yardage in 4 weeks before we switch to outdoor pools

  • More emphasis on free and backstroke: long body line
  • Additional Kick sets
  • Strong focus on glide and reach in br
  • Decrease in fly arm stroke work
  • Increase in fly kick work

 

Continue with about 1/2 short distance skill work, but lean more to endurance training (aerobic training).

Jun 15, 2015

Why we do what we do in this lesson plan. Found inside Swim Lesson Starter Kit and SLI Complete Lesson Program

 

 

Jun 10, 2015

How much do you pay your private swim lesson instructors

 

  • Flat rate for all
  • Scaling rate based on years of service
  • Merit based pay
  • Pay based on how many lessons taught
  • Percentage of fee
  • Revenue split

 

How to you register for private lessons?

  • Online resource? Online booking software
  • Phone call
  • Registration form
  • Individual? Packages?

 

How much do you charge for lessons? Does it determine your PL pay rate?

  • Discount for a package? Buy more than one get a discount per lesson?
  • Membership?
  • Per lesson cost?
  • Profit goals?

 

Resources for private lessons

 

http://www.jackrabbitswim.com/

http://www.teamunify.com/__corp__/tulessons/

http://www.usswimschools.org/

https://www.booker.com/swimmingbook

Jun 1, 2015

Why we teach front glides and back glides immediately instead of doggie paddle.

 

Positives

Glides are face in

Glides are easier to move farther with less effort

Glides when done correctly have same body position as all other strokes, Fr, bk, be, fly

Proper glides have arms in same position as swimming the strokes

Requires one body position to do well, position 11 or soldier.

 

Negatives

Requires face in the water, first difficult hurdle, may keep from progressing.

After initial push low mobility

Difficulties changing direction

No emphasis on breathing

No emphasis on arms making propulsion at first.

 

Doggie paddle swimming, survival swimming

Benefits

Can learn how to breathe

Any direction relatively easy

Head can stay above water

Survival swim

Can teach palms pushing against water makes you move

 

Negatives

Exhausting

Requires bad body position unrelated to any stroke

Difficult to keep head above water

Inefficient movement to energy expended.

 

 

Considering those things, we focus on glides and ignore doggie paddle and discourage its use entirely.

For safety, we feel that bobbing or rolling onto backstroke glide is more effective than teaching head up doggie paddle

We teach palms pushing and arm motion as an addition to glides to create extra movement and use plat to teach palm pushing for movement.

 

Swim Lesson Starter Kit

May 25, 2015

 

How we train new staff

 

 

 

  1. Training manual
    1. Visual with pictures and descriptions
    2. Scripts for skills
    3. Skill list by level
    4. Primary focus is on front glide and back glide
    5. Follow specific lesson plans so not overwhelmed with deciding what to do.
  2. Visual Swim Skill Sheets - Starter Kit, and SLI Lesson Program
  3. Training Video: Steve Hoffler
    1. Generally very good
    2. Excellent position 11
    3. Repetition
      1. Get in the habit of seeing children swimming and being taught to swim
  4. In water demonstration
    1. Free swim lesson for select children
    2. Demonstrate first
    3. New teacher demonstrates
  5. Online coursework - Pending
    1. Myswimming.net
  6. SLI Swim Instructor Training Workbook - pending
    1. Use something similar. Putting it into online workbook for distribution
  7. Shadowing
    1. Co-teach with another experienced instructor in the water for 4 shifts.
    2. Lead instructor dictates what Is happening, second co-teacher mimics skills with each child at the same time
    3. Receives correction from lead teacher and manager on duty.
  8. Review and critique
    1. Annual Review tied to raises
    2. Seasonal review tied to main teaching time
    3. Regular inservice review
      1. Self review
      2. Specific manager review on what to work on and improve

 

May 18, 2015

 

What is White and Red?

 

Two introductory groups or levels for Starfish aquatics

 

 

 

White Trust and Comfort

 

Red Body position and air recovery

 

 

 

 

 

Fundamental philosophy of teaching swimming: struggle for air better than good technique.

 

 

 

Red mirrors much of level 1 in the SLI world.

 

 

 

They do lots of life jacket instruction. Okay, but needs a purpose, or at least guidance on how to integrate it into your program.

 

 

 

May 11, 2015

Changing your tone of voice to quickly and sharply bark at a child to correct misbehavior.

 

Establish a positive environment where you constantly give directions and positive reinforcement. Make it clear that a "Bark" is not you being mad at the swimmer, but desiring a different outcome.

 

Sometimes you can achieve the desired result by shaking your head in a "no" motion.

 

Sometimes you can just, "Stop that"

 

Or just say their name in a different tone.

 

OR "Unacceptable." "stop now."

 

Move on, and continue with positive reinforcement immediately after you achieve a desired result.

 

 

May 4, 2015

We're going to do front floats, Okay?

 

We're going to do front floats, Bobby, you're first, ready go.

 

Which sounds better? Which one gives a command, and which one gives authority to the participants to choose whether or not they're going to follow directions.

 

Fundamental Difference in behavior from class in a simple statement, simple word.

 

 

Subtle word change makes your commands actual commands, or questions which relinquish authority to your students giving them an implied choice to either participate or not.

 

When you add "okay" to the end of your sentence then you are effectively asking them if they agree to do something. They have the power then.

 

We need to give commands without the opportunity to disagree. Remember, if they hesitate, we have to offer an alternative to the command that they CAN accomplish, like Swimming Ideas Podcast 011: Using Progressions.

 

Most people say "Okay" at end of sentences because they are really saying:

 

Do you understand?

Did you hear me?

Are you ready?

 

Removing pauses and Ums.

To Do 
Be Confident

To Do Speak in short commands

To Do Have a plan: lesson plans

To Do Know the material.

Apr 27, 2015

 

 1Safety

http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1698

WHY LEARN TO SWIM?

USA Swimming promotes learn to swim as an introduction to the activity of swimming, but more importantly we believe all children need to learn to be safe in the water. Swim lessons can begin a lifelong the progression of aquatic activity.

 

This section introduces parents to Make a Splash, the water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation and links to providers who are partners in this effort.

Water Safety Education for Children Ages 1-4

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 in many places in the United States, including Broward County, Fla. To proactively attack this problem, the Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force has initiated numerous programs and campaigns to raise awareness about drowning. One effort is to spread the need for water safety education. Research shows that children who learn water safety skills also reap benefits in overall cognitive, physical and emotional development…and it may also save their lives! However water safety education must be done correctly, following established skill upon skill development taught in a loving, fun and positively reinforced environment.

From <http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1698>

 

 

To Do 2 Life skill

To Do 3 Open opportunities - swim with friends, boating, beaches, pools

To Do 4 Weightlessness good feeling

Water's buoyancy accommodates the unfit as well as the fit. Water cushions stiff joints or fragile bones that might be injured by the impact of land exercises. When immersed to the waist, your body bears just 50% of its weight; immersed to the chest, it's 25%-35%; and to the neck, 10%.

 

From <http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/fitness-basics-swimming-is-for-everyone>

 

 

 5 Healthy low impact sport

 6 Great aerobic activity - heart health

 7 Learn life skills: repetition, hard work have tangible payoffs

 8 They'll be more successful in their 30's when they start doing triathlons

 9 That awesome swimmer body

 10 Make friends and be a part of a team

 11 Remove fear

 

Apr 20, 2015

 

Be patient

 

 

 

Ask where they are comfortable, drop down the checklist:

 

  • Go underwater?
    • Face, eyes, blow bubbles
  • Front Glide?
    • With Face in
  • Back Glide?
    • Relaxed ears in water
    • Hips near surface
    • Legs kicking
  • Front Crawl
  • Back Crawl

 

 

 

Remember be patient Start slow, be gentle and give clear incremental directions.

 

 

 

Example:

 

  • Doing a front glide
    • Common issues:
      • Fear of falling
      • Fear of not being able to breathe
      • Fear of not being able to stand up
    • Work on how to get underwater and glide AND how to recover
      • How to recover is just as important
        • Teach how to rotate and push water with hands to get feet under you
      • Do exercises where they learn how to push the water to move their body.
        • May seem trivial but necessary to learn
    • After teaching how to be comfortable getting feet underneath them move onto next incremental step.
      • How to get body line and position
      • How to kick
      • Right placement of face: look straight down.

 

 

 

Important to remember: Start at the beginning, teach things you may think are trivial. Be explicit, take it slow, and attempt to identify fear or pain points. Use repetition and a gentle support to prod them through to next step. Break down each skill until you find their hesitation and do a repetitive action to address that fear directly.

 

 

 

Apr 9, 2015

We take an indepth look at the first day in a Level One class. Our goal for this class is teach the swimmers to:

  • Go Underwater on their own
  • Supported Front Glide with putting their own face in the water
  • Supported Back Glide comfortable with ears in water.

 

In this episode I take you through each step of the first day in level one giving you a step by step explaination on each activity and why we do it in that order.

Our primary goal is to attack those three points to grow a swimmers confidence and competency in the water.

 

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