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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.

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