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Now displaying: April, 2015
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.

 

You can Download a Free Lesson Plan including this Day 1 sheet by joining our mailing list!

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