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Now displaying: April, 2018
Apr 30, 2018

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.

Retrain.

Deal with it in private.

Apr 23, 2018

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:  

 

https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/01/09/variations-on-standard-techniques-for-better-swimming/ 

 

SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming: 

https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/01/sip-069-foundational-breathing-method-for-swimming/ 

 

Apr 16, 2018

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.

 

 

Look a the picture. It gives instructors an easy visual cue how to set up their lanes and run their lessons.

 

The left side is the meat and potatoes. It has a range of activities drawing from the most important and should serve as a building block to iterate off of.

 

The Challenges are likewise level specific, but should serves as a general guide for lessons. You can read off the script, or make small changes to create you own personal challenges specific to your group and your pool.

 

The bottom has the level criteria. When in doubt, make it a quick reference for the teacher so they know what they should be working towards.

 

Finally in the middle are the specific language the instructor should use for that level. Take note this isn't the scripts for glides and backfloat, but more careful specific words to use in order to get the best results quickly.

 

"Start immediately in SL" means that you don't push off in 11, or like a wild person head first then do the streamline. It is deliberately crafted words to indicate that while the child is pushing off the wall it should be in streamline with no space between wall and water without it.

 

The instructor tips aim at general reminders for teachers of that level. It is like having the manager give those gentle reminders on the paper; like a whisper in the ear.

 

Apr 9, 2018

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: 

 

  • Pool or water to teach out of 
  • Liability insurance 
  • Bank account 
  • Website with a way to register or a phone number dedicated and scheduling software 
  • When you're available. Define days and times and stick to them. Do not spread yourself thin; if they want lessons they'll work around your schedule. Clear boundaries. 
  • Lesson duration 
  • Lesson type: group vs private 
  • Scheduling by week, day, session 
  • Level structure or progression. 
    • Intimate understanding of where you're going and how you're going to get there. 
  • Toys and props 
  • Make up lesson policy? 
  • Rain policy 
  • Cancellation policy 

 

During lessons: 

  • What about parents? 
  • What language will you use to teach? Scripts 
  • Skill focus 
  • Time and place for games? 
  • Misbehaving? Consequences? 
  • Refund policy 
  • Trial time?  
  • Parking 
  • Showering  
  • Towels 
  • Swim suit requirements 
Apr 2, 2018

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.

 

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