This is the most essential product you can buy. I'm talking about sun tan lotion. Sun block. We use this gallon jug. You can use this too. I suggest making it mandatory for all swim instructors to wear the lotion before they start their first lesson. When they're done teaching each class, they should get out of the pool, talk to parents, dry off, and lube up with sun tan lotion again. This is the number one best thing you can do (aside from not going outside) to protect your exposed skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Put your sun tan lotion on often. Recommended reapply rate is once every hour if you're in the water. To creatively make sure your staff is wearing sunscreen, bake it into your routines and culture. Put the sunscreen on together before your first lesson after your daily meeting / debrief. Offer 45 minute swim lessons starting on the hour. After each class have a 15 minute break, and at the :55 get together for a group sun screen circle making sure to get everyone else's shoulders and back. Use the pump lotion or the spray-on. Make sure you're dry so it stays connected to the skin.
You can check these out, https://amzn.to/2udnhnp, but I recommend going to swim outlet for something more like these: https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/dolfin-lifeguard-mens-long-sleeve-rashguard-8174189/?color=50448 Wear them to cover more skin, but still provide mobility and comfort. They are effective because the fabric will block the skin. Make these optional for your staff and cover the cost if they're used. i don't have a good recommendation to get teenagers to wear these, but if you do please comment! Maybe an end of the year bonus if you buy one and use it daily?
wow. We had these type of hats available to us when I taught swim lessons, but very few people wore them. They looked weird, and only the most confident, most bold were willing to wear them. https://amzn.to/2J5dQvw At the time that was not me. You can wear these hats to protect your face and head from the damaging effects of the sun while you're teaching swimming lessons. Pair this with good sunglasses and you have total protection for your eyes and head.
The worst time to be under the sun uncovered is between 10-4pm. The absolute worst between 11-2pm. Change your swim lessons to be earlier in the morning done at 11, and later in the evening starting at 4pm. That way your staff misses out on the worst of the sun. Your swimmers, often children, will benefit too from the decreased intensity of the sun. it might be a little colder, it might be a little more cloudy or uncomfortable, but you'll be protected and you'll be doing right by your teenage staff that, like me, will resist wearing sun screen.
Brief guide on Autism from American Red Cross Swimming Water Saftey book
No. Most parents don't care what your swim program system is. They care about three things:
1) Will their child learn how to swim?
2) Does it fit into their schedule?
3) Is it within their budget?
They're more worried about making the most out of their time and effort to bring their kid to swim lessons. They want progress, they want success, but they don't really care how you order your level structure. It isn't important to them.
That isn't to say you shouldn't have a structure or a plan, but you don't need to drop thousands of dollars licensing a swim program to be successful.
Dr. Alan Goldberg, www.competitivedge.com
Getting parents to work with, not against you.
Blog post about day 1 handout.
Day 2 handouts:
Be proactive. How to teach your parents on your swim team. Learn how to interact with your swim lesson parents in a healthy way.
Be proactive, take the first step, and be bold with giving information.
Recap from Dr. Alan Goldberg and Josh Davis.
i'll be interviewing a person about how to teach swimming lessons to autistic kids. She is an expert in adaptive physical education for special needs children and will be an excellent resource.
I'm hoping to connect with Nitro tash to get her take on her new swim lesson format with her pool in Perth, Australia.
Look for updates to swimminglessonsideas.com and a new resource to take beginners from no program to a thriving successful one including. I understand that a lot of the material assumes an intimate knowledge of swimming lessons that not everyone has. I hope to address this in the future.
Routine works. It does. i struggled with giving my swimmers too much freedom in their swim practices and it lead to chaos. now, falling back on the tested and true routine and structure we've had massive success and improvement.
Think of your routine as your framework. It is the brick wall of your instruction. The format (each brick in its place) is the same, but the choice of bricks change. Like a wall, not all bricks are identical and you can sprinkle your flavor of skill, drill, and activity to match the pace and goal for the cycle, but throughout your following the same structure and framework so your pieces all align.
Correct your teachers that aren't performing like they should!
Give initial feedback.
Restrain anger and disappointment.
Immediate debrief and followup.
Frame things in the future. next time do this.
Deal with it in private.
Lots of talk about breath; on land, in the water, in small groups, and over short distances.
Most effective initially with short distances, and constant discussion about it. Some level of attenuation.
Lean what we do in dryland, and in our small groups to progressively move through breathing on land to maintaining the breath in the water.
Struggle how to keep it relevant and enforce it: how to make it habit?
How to tell if doing it? Enforcement.
Variations on Standard Techniques for better swimming:
SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming:
Get ready to experience the next supplemental guide for better swim lessons!
We've been refining the general format of our swim lessons. Ever forward, and ever working on refinement we've been teaching lessons using this new take on an old favorite.
For a long time we've incorporated the "learn something, learn something, play a game format." you can see it in the lesson plans that you can buy on the website.
The last two weeks I distributed the first version of the General lesson plan guide for Level 2 and Level 3.
I've been writing these lesson plans out for the last year on white boards for my veteran staff that might not want to think too hard at lessons and are more comfortable being told what to do. They might know the way to do it, and how to give feedback, but lack the experience and confidence to come up with a solid progression of skills to get the best results.
These lesson plans accomplish that. Here is an example of level 3 general guide.
Get the basics for your new swim program. If you're already established, take these ideas and see if you're already doing them.
Question from John from the UK. He asked me very generally what he could do to get started. He had bought the swimming ideas lesson plans which you can get here: https://swimminglessonsideas.com/store/
But he was uncertain in how to start teaching swimming lessons. It made me think about what the key things someone would need to begin. Like what if you'd never taught swim lessons before!
I've always assumed that someone that was going to start teaching their own program had done what I did: work at their local pool as a teenager and over time and apprenticeship learn how to be a good teacher. Most of the content on Swimminglessonsideas.com is driving at how to run your swim lessons as either a private instructor who wants to hire some new staff, or as an Aquatic Professional that knows how to teach already and is looking to manage a large staff like a park district.
I intitially wanted to direct john to the SLI Swim Instructor Training workbook; on Amazon. It is awesome. It takes you through the 15 essential swim skills which we build off of for our lesson plans. But it isn't comprehensive for a beginner. I think it needs to be.
I'm working on that.
Then I figured that there was a ton of content in the blog section of swimminglessonsideas.com that he could read, but it was more designed around people that already know swimming; it is guides to help those already established.
There are plenty of articles under the Swim Lesson Guide category: https://swimminglessonsideas.com/category/swim-lessons-guide/
More in the Lesson plans: https://swimminglessonsideas.com/category/swim-lesson-plan/
And the most distilled in the resources: https://swimminglessonsideas.com/category/resource/
But that wasn't enough. I'm working on a walkthrough for total beginners to get you moving on your swim lessons. This episode is for the starter who has not taught swim lessons before, and has nto been in a large program but knows how to swim.
Essentials to teaching swim lessons.
Before you start:
Dominic Latella from theswimbox.com stops by to talk about his online course about breathing and to follow up on his sensational comments.
We talk about a lot of different things regarding swimming.
Dominic lets us know some details about his most recent training trip to the Bahamas, and who makes the best eggs in his family. I believe that my eggs are awesome in my house. :)
I get a chance to ask Dominic to explain some of the parts of the Foundational Breathing Method for swimming. I've gone through this course, I've put it into practice, we use it in our developmental swim program and you can too.
Take a look with me at the 3 year old class I've been teaching for the last 6 weeks. Look at the games we play and how I've been successful getting them in the water when half the class was crying and terrified the first few lessons.
Finding deliberate practice in your swim lessons and on swim team. Learn how to integrate it into your program and make it the foundation for all instruction.