Why we would interrupt a skill progression to play a game, and why it works for swim lessons and better retention.
General swimming lesson information.
Typical swim lesson plans:
Swimming Ideas lesson plans:
We insert games, and jumps to recapture dulling attention.
Most everything you do in the water should be moving your swimmers to better ability in the water. Sometimes the best way to do that is with a game or a song.
We are essentially teaching "body control" in very specific restricted movements. But that comes with it some requirement to know what the "feel for the water" is.
Set up similar systems for participant expectations.
When it gets boring, play a game, sing a song, do alternate activity.
Return to system.