Swimming Ideas Podast

A closer look at swimming lessons, swim team practices, swimming games, and why coaches and swimmers do the things they do.
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Feb 23, 2015


We got a response on our new user survey that gets sent out with all new members of our swimming ideas mailing list. Want 3 free downloads? Go to and download the 3 free lesson plans.


This user wanted to talk about how Platforms can be scary for new swimmers and may not always be the best choice for lessons. We go in depth into why they are excellent tools, and how you can make your platforms safe and effective in your lesson.


Build your own, or  Buy Pre-Made?






  • Let participants stand in water they can touch. Usually up to chest or shoulders, sometimes belly
  • Gives a home base
    • Let's participants have their own "Class" area
  • Can use two and have participants go back and forth between with a safe shallower area, with deeper in between.
  • Excellent Teaching aide tool








  • Wobbly - move around and are scary
  • Might tip over
  • Participants can fall off
  • They can be crowded if they're too small

Links to Buy your own:


Product 1


Product 2






What we used:



About $200 each: made 4.


Clear plastic flooring; heavy and sturdy, yet clear: used 6 long by 4 feet wide. Got 3/4 inch thick plastic for sturdy weight and cheaper cost. The thicker the plastic piece you get, the more expensive.


PVC pipe and apoxy to glue it together.


Drilled holes in pipe to help with flooding (to add weight) and for extraction (water can escape)


 Added runners on bottom so dragging and pulling on deck doesn't destroy the pipe and make sharp edges.


 Quite heavy with all plastic and piping. About 20 lbs each platform.


 3 sides instead of middle guard rails.



If you want to know HOW to use these platforms in your swim lessons, check out the Professional Swim Lesson Plackage


Or check out this post:



Look here to supplament your swimming lessons program with games and toys:




Feb 16, 2015

SIP 006 is all about singing songs! Here are some great songs you can use in your swimming program to help teach going underwater, getting your face wet, and doing front and back floats.

We review what you can do during each song to turn it into a teaching moment. Learn what you can do during "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to calm a crying  child.  We'll also review how you can use the "A,B,C Song" in swimming lessons.

The following songs will be covered in detail:

A huge Thank you to Noelle Shearer, for singing the songs and providing them online.

We have a list of songs and their lyrics you can sing or play in your program here:

Parent Tot Songs

Two Bonus songs!

Humpty Dumpty:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

Play this game while having your child sit on the side of the pool. When you either finish, or when you say "had a great fall" hold the child's hands and pull them into the water into your arms. You can play this game at the beginning of your swimming lesson too. Have everyone sit on the side and then sing the song for each participant. Pull them in or let them jump into your arms when you finish the song each time.

I'm a little Teapot

I'm a little teapot,
Short and stout
Here is my handle here is my spout
When I'm all steamed up
Hear me shout
Tip me over,
And pour me out!!!

Alternate version of the song:

I'm a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle, here is my handle....
Wait a minute... I'M A SUGARBOWL!

During the lyrics of the song, you should pantomime the different characteristics of the "teapot"

For "spout" and "handle" put your arms to your side: spout to your hip, and other arm out to the side. When you play the Sugarbowl version, put both hands at your hips.

You can further amplify this song by pouring water on the swimmers in your group at the end of the song. When you get to, "pour me out" pour a bucket of water over your participant's heads. You can also give them each their own buckets or pails and sing the song as a group. When you get to the end, everyone pours their own water out!

Feb 9, 2015

Learn how and why we play these 4 games. Get the inside super powered up versions to maximize teaching effectiveness and create a fun and engaging class.


Your swimming program will benefit from using these games, find out how!


Buckethead: The Best Game Ever!


Bake a Cake


 Throw and Fetch Click on Diving Rings


Hula Hoop Diver


These games are used extensively in the Swimming Lessons Ideas lesson plans. You can get your own FREE Copy of the plans here: by clicking on the large picture to the right.



If you're interested in the full lesson progam, check out our lesson plan packages starting at $1.99


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Feb 4, 2015

In episode 004, What should parents expect from swimming lesson, we review the 3 things that parents should demand from a swimming program. We'll look at what parents and swim directors should expect to see on day one.

I will answer the following questions:

  • How long until my child learns to swim?
  • What is the timeframe to get better at swimming?
  • How many swimming lessons should we attend each week?
    • Is one lesson a week enough?


You will also hear in this episode discussion on how the instructor will establish TRUST in their swimmers, and why that is important to learning.

Here are the graphs and images on Learning Retention and the Forgetting Curve:

Forgetting CurveLearning Retention


Feb 3, 2015

You'll take from this episode a huge range of possibility for your swimming program. This technique works wonderfully for both swim lessons and for swim teams and their developmental programs. If you're working on new drills or turns, you can use this for teaching advanced swimmers!


Here is what we'll cover:






  • How to set up your pool for short distances
  • How it works during a lesson
  • What the instructor should be doing
    • How to explain what you're doing
      • Everyone goes 3x streamline + …
      • Everyone does this, rotation style
    • How to give feedback
      • Once they get to instructor
      • On the way back to start place
  • What the swimmer gets out of it
    • Walk through their individual journey
      • What are instructions
      • What should focus on
      • Attempt 1 feedback
      • Attempt 2 on return (or not)
      • What do they do while waiting for their turn
      • On their second time through, ideally remember initial feedback


Swim Team


  • How to set up the pool and lanes for short distance stroke work
  • Break up into groups
  • How the format works
    • Action, move over in lane, return to line
      • Go when person in front of you has moved out of the way
  • What are the instructions you should give your swimmers
    • Typcially 3x [Item 1] + [Item 2]
    • Why 3 times? It is easy to remember, gives about 5-7 minutes of activity
    • Be as clear as possible
  • What the Coaches should be doing during
    • Constant feedback for every swimmer
    • Swimmer checks with coach after each attempt
  • What is next? Do a set which incorporates what you just did. offers a Short Distance Stroke Work Cheat Sheet in their Professional Lesson Package. You can find details of that here.

Page 1 Short Distance Cheat Sheet


Take a chance to look at the Level One and Level Two lessons plans which rely heavily on this type of technique.



Feb 2, 2015

Episode 002 is all about streamline! This is perhaps the single most important skill you can master for your swim team. In this episode we give you the 3 things you should focus on to teach streamline faster and easier with better resutls.

We'll look at:

  • Streamline for swim lessons
  • Streamline short distances
  • What words coaches and instructors can use to describe streamline effectively
  • How you can use short distances to maximize small group time
  • Learn how to integrate "streamline" into your directions and sets
  • What you can do to constantly reinforce streamline during long sets.


Streamline is the single most important part of swimming and helps to minimize drag and increases speed during all strokes.

Swimming Sreamline Wiki

Streamline Video:

Streamline Drill:




Feb 2, 2015

I go in depth on what Position 11 drill is, how we use it at practice and in swim lessons, and what the benefits are. Find out what the 3 things each swimmer should focus on while doing the drill, and what three easy steps you can take to make it easier. I go over some common modifications for the drill, and talk about how you can use it in your program.