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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Mar 30, 2015


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Excellent for seeing body line and hand travel.




Use in Swim Lessons:


  • Excellent for encouraging looking down
  • Perfect for front glides
    • Especially body straight
  • Stack them up and go longer distances
    • See front crawl arms
    • Watch hand travel underwater
  • Excellent to focus on Long reaches, full arm extension




Participants get immediate personalized feedback and can SEE what they're doing.






  • Keep eyes down to look at image
  • Keep body straight
  • Remember to kick
  • Reach all the way up with hands
  • Follow the hand's path






  • Heavy to lift off the bottom
    • May need a person to get in the water to retrieve it
  • Possible cuts or sharp edges
    • These are rounded on the corners and have not had any issues, but might wear down into a sharp edge.
  • Limited to short small areas of the pool unless you buy enough to cover more area.
  • Might get distracted by reflections instead of focusing on task.






Mar 23, 2015

Utilize these progressions in your swim lessons! Buy the Premium Swimming Lesson plans here, and follow our guides and scripts to get your students to master complicated advanced swimming strokes.


Incremental progressions


How to use them in your swimming lessons


Front Glides


Stand close to the swimmer and let them hold you

Take one step back and make them jump to you, then support them

Take 2 steps back from next to swimmer, and then support when they get to you

Teach how to get to you without jumping UP in the air


Back glides


Head held on shoulder

Head held in hand

Head held by fingertips


Jumps from the side


Seated slide in the pool with help

Standing jump with help, not going underwater

Standing jump with help, face in, but not completely under

Standing jump with 1 hand held help, going underwater completely

Standing jump unassisted until after in the water

Standing jump no assistance, returning to wall.



How to use them in your swim team developmental group


Everything should be built on a foundation of streamline, or soldier position.





Lazy Puppet to Streamline to Position 11


Do 10 Lazy Puppets to Soldier


Do 10 Soldiers to Streamline, slowly


Do 10 Streamlines to Position 11


Position 11 to swimming Progression


25 Position 11


25 Position 11 for 5 flutter kicks, then continue kicking and do 1 Freestyle armstroke, do 5more flutter kicks in position 11, then continue kicking and do the other arm 1 stroke of freestyle. Keep no swimming arm in position 11


25 Position 11 for 10 kicks, then do 3 strokes of freestyle, return to position 11, repeat


25 Swim Freestyle, remembering position 11 and returning to it with each stroke.


Suit, Flex, Circle, Squeeze


Sit on the edge, so butt almost falling in

Lean back, legs straight


Do 10x: From Straight to Suit (feet touching wall in water)


Do 10x From suit to flex: very little motion, just turning feet/toes out


Do 10x Now this is the difficult part, from Flex to Straight, but to get there do a circle.


Mar 17, 2015

Start Early

Be Everywhere

  • Online Job boards
    • Craigslist
    • Monster
    • Career Builder
    • Company website

Interview Early and Often

Start now in your interviewing process. Earlly interviews mean better canidates because you can be more picky and precise in who you hire. Don't delay and get stuck with mediocre canidates.

Screen for summer availability, forward planning (do they know what they are doing?), and work priorities.

Group interviews

  • Leadership qualities
  • Group environment testing
  • Peer interaction
  • Troublemakers

Individual Interviews

  • Nervousness
  • Specific questions

Create a Culture for your program to spread word of mouth advertising. Your culture will define the people that show up at your program. Culture helps mentor new employees and keep existing ones engaged and on task.

What do you do to promote team culture?

What do you require for summer hiring? Contracts? Limited number of vacation days during summer months?


How do you handle teaching swim lessons? Required by all?

Mar 9, 2015


  • Introduction
  • What it is
  • Why it is beneficial
  • Sample workout
  • Tips for better workout


Why the water is a great place to workout:


Reduces body weight by 80%


Resistance with every motion/movement


Creates a good aerobic environment without impact


Can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be.


Build muscle and endurance just by being in water




Possibly expensive: Gym membership or daily fee/annual


No need to compete with lap swimmers


 Check out our swimming lesson ideas at:


Take advantage of water weights, belts, kickboards




Introductory workout:

 8 lengths walking


2 lengths high stepping


2 lengths bicycle kicking without touching bottom to move


4 lengths walking


Use your arms as much as you want
Use a float belt or the floating dumbbells to help you float and stay near surface
Engage your stomach muscles to keep body upright


Tips for a Better Water Walking Workout


How you walk while doing water walking makes a big difference in the results you get out of your exercise. Simply walking the way you normal do on land just doesn't cut it. The most important thing you need to pick up about water walking is that for best results you need to put your whole body into it getting a full body workout.




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Increase step size widening your pace

Soaked up to your shoulders in water take bigger steps propelling your body forward while maintaining balance swinging your arms in wide motion.

This helps train the muscles in your hips stretching the hip joint said to be related to the correction of pelvic distortion related health problems that arise more frequently as you age.

Kick water with shins for extra resistance

Raise your thighs up -> Kick water with your lower legs using your quads -> Bring your foot back down to the bottom surface of the pool and repeat alternating foods.

This helps train the muscles in your legs and your glutes helping your get strong hips and a better looking butt.

Always raising your thighs before kicking is the key for success.

Touch your knees with your elbows

Bring your thighs high about the bottom surface of the pool alternating between each side.

When you are ready do the same exercise only this time touching the opposite elbow and the knee of the thigh you are raising together.

Don't forget to bring the opposite help together with your leg to help tighten up your waist line for keeps.




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What you need: For deep-water walking, a flotation belt keeps you upright and floating at about shoulder height.




How it works: You’ll stand about waist- to chest-deep in water, unless you’re deep-water walking. “You walk through the water the same way you would on the ground,” says Jones. Try walking backward and sideways to tone other muscles.




Try it:  Stand upright, with shoulders back, chest lifted and arms bent slightly at your sides. Slowly stride forward, placing your whole foot on the bottom of the pool (instead of just your tiptoes), with your heel coming down first, then the ball of your foot. Avoid straining your back by keeping your core (stomach and back) muscles engaged as you walk.




Add intensity: Lifting your knees higher helps boost your workout. You also can do interval training – pumping arms and legs faster for a brief period, then returning to your normal pace, repeating the process several times.




Find a class: If you’re new to water exercises, an instructor can make sure your form is correct, says Jones. Plus, it can be fun to walk with others. To find a class near you, call your local YMCA, fitness center or Arthritis Foundation office.




Don’t forget the water: By exercising in a pool during the hot months, you’ll avoid problems that can accompany other outdoor summer workouts, such as heat exhaustion and dehydration. But you still need to drink water – even while keeping cool in the pool.




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Mar 2, 2015

This week's podcast is about those pain points where a child might start crying on their first day of swimming lesosns. Sometimes a child might cry when starting lessons for a number of reason and we go in detail through the first few obvious and not so obvious ones.

Prior to the Lesson:

  • New Pool or Location
    • Have they ever been to that location before
  • Prior Expectations
    • Have they had swim lessons before?
    • Have they been to that pool before?
  • Lessons full of people their age?
    • Are their peers there? Same age?
  • What have the Parent's expectations been?
    • Have they created any fear points of their own and imparted them to the child?

The Start of the Lesson:

  • Swim Coordinator calling the child's name for attendance
  • Being introduced to their teacher
  • Entering the Water for the first time
  • The First activity given to them by the instructor
  • The First CHALLENGING activity
  • Implied authority

Remember a few important items:

Children pick up on a the parent's feelings of apprehension. As a parent,

Remember, parents, keep your goodbyes brief. Lingering my make the whole process more painful for both the child and the parent.

If a parent needs to walk their child in, let them, but do not let them stay. The parent should walk them to the edge, then once the child is engaged or distracted they should back off to outside of a window, or farther away from the edge.


Take a look at these links for some more info:

If you're looking for details on what to do once you've gotten the child into the lesson, check out our Premium Lesson Plans!