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A letter to swim team parents Fall 2017

A letter to swim team parents Fall 2017

Fall is over. The first season of the 2017-2018 swim year. Can you believe that it has been 14 weeks already? Fun fact, new research shows that repetition, doing the same thing every day, makes you perceive time moving faster. When you do something new and different you perceive that time moves slower. A good […]

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Swimming Game – Streamline Line Walk

Category: Group Activity Core Skill: Dryland / Core Strength / Streamline Name: [Streamline] Line Walk     Ideas come from many different areas. This game was inspired by talking with another coach about her exercise training she was doing at her gym. The basic concept is like what I call an “indian run.” Thought I’m sure there […]

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Swimming Products

  Online lesson management suite (Swimming Ideas). Loading… Trello.com board access to swim lesson plans and developmental swim practices. Every week we update a new board on Trello.com. Start with the first 11 weeks from Spring and Summer 2017. You can immediately get access to 11 weeks of swim practices. Each week has 4 days […]

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Swim Lesson Plans and Skill Sheets

Buy Digital Swim Lesson Plans and Skill Sheets Physical printed and laminated lesson plans and skill sheets Give your staff an easy to read guide to teach swimming with minimal training. Your instructors will find them easy to read and follow their color coded and numbered plans. Each activity and game is explained in detail. [...]
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respected or feared

Are you respected or feared?

“Oh my god! Coach Jeff! How are you?” Or the more common smile and hide behind the parent’s leg, but still want to tell me a story in too many random details like children tell stories. That is what I most often hear and see when I run into swimmer families around the community. I […]

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Swimming Game - Flick a frog

Swimming Game – Flick a Frog

Category: Personal Challenge Core Skill: Aerobic Workout (coach’s choice) Name: Flick a Frog I like to use props when I can, and some days they’re better than others. I happened to stumble upon a basket of little plastic frogs.   Naturally, I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate them into my swim lessons or […]

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New private lessons- Get the word out

Starting a new private swim program

“If you build it, they will come.”  Maybe you’re like me and you remember watching this movie all the time. But was that mantra from the 80’s and 90’s, that iconic saying really true? Can you just “build” something and clients will magically show up? I don’t think so. Swimming Ideas is a business. I […]

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First week of Fall 2017 swim team is over.

Finally. I’m done with swim team for this week. I coach two developmental swim groups back to back Monday through Thursday. We have 86 kids this fall in those two groups. It is nuts. How do you handle large groups of kids that don’t know what they’re doing? I like to prepare in advance and […]

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Day 1 of intro to swim team group, Fall 2017

New 2017 Fall swim team season starts today

Summer is officially over for me. That’s right. It is late August, we’re no longer at the outdoor pools, and we’ve already done tryouts. It is time for the new Fall 2017 season! Yikes! Time flies so fast. This is the trello.com board that I publish every week as part of the Complete Swimming Program […]

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SIP 064: Yoga for swimmers with Jeff Grace

http://www.excelwithgrace.ca/ Jeff Grace Jeff Grace has been involved in the sport of swimming for the last 33 years as an athlete, coach and yoga teacher He swam at a high level as an age grouper in Canada and was part of relay teams that set multiple national age group records. He started his coaching career […]

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SIP 063: “Failing” for two weeks

And how it has been fun and full of healthy improvement.   Preface: I run safe and encouraging practices. I get along well with my swimmers and their parents. I can’t think of a time I was upset with a parent that knew me or has watched a practice.  We fill our time building up […]

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When to take a step back

When to take a step back

We all make mistakes. I’ve done this before too, and I know there’ll be equally as avoidable mistakes I’ll make in the future. But hopefully we learn from those errors. I watch swim lessons every day, or I am coaching. It is rare that I’m not around a pool. It is what I do. Today, […]

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SIP 062: My big swim lesson mistake

How I messed up today doing a dunk. Today is a short podcast about how I failed when taking a child underwater.   I went to the beach with my friend and his family and while swimming with their 3 year old, I did the motorboat game, and dunked her to disastrous results.   Find […]

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SIP 060: How to run effective trainings

Summer is here with seasonal staff. Are you ready to train them well? The summer is almost upon us and you’re going to start running training classes for your summer and seasonal staff. Slap on the sunscreen, wear a floppy hat, and get those kids moving!   This is our guide to running effective training […]

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