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SIP 075: Swim team tryout script

Ok. The first thing is to get in the water.   The second thing to do is to touch the bottom with your hand.   Easy? Easy peezy?   Now we’re going to swim front crawl or freestyle with side breathing from here to there. (one length).   Well done. Can you touch the bottom, […]

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Questions and Answers; Reader Help

I get email from readers of the site all the time, and usually I respond as best I can, and sometimes turn those questions into blog posts or podcast episodes. I got this one today, and think you will benefit from it. Here it is, and Thank you Heather!   Dear Jeff, A former colleague […]

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SIP 074: A quick update and a reminder about routine

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. […]

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SIP 072: Breathing for two weeks

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 […]

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SIP 071: Activity, Activity, Challenge

  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 […]

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SIP 070: What you need to start teaching swimming

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:   But he was uncertain in how to start teaching swimming lessons. It made me think about what the key things someone would need […]

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SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming

A conversation with Dominic Latella from Check out the course, Foundational Breathing Method for swimming here: 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 […]

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SIP 068: Is it okay to just play games with 3 year olds?

Yes! It is okay to play games with 3 year olds, and I would even say that you should be playing mostly games and singing songs with your youngest participants. When they’re comfortable enough to trust you with going underwater, smiling, and having more fun than the wide eyed scared hesitation you can start layering […]

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SIP 067: Deliberate Practice

Finding deliberate practice in swim lessons and on developmental swim teams.   What is it:   James Clear:   Deliberate practice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific […]

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Swimming Game – President’s Day Trivia

Category: Group Activity Core Skill: General Swimming / Quiz Name: President’s Day Trivia This game is actually a trivia portion with a bunch of little mini-games inside of it associated with each President. Holidays are a good excuse to do something different or new.  I remember inventing the baseball swim game for our swim group during the […]

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SIP 066: Dryland for swim lessons

Daily dryland program for the first two groups / considering integrating it into swim lessons as a supplemental class/course. 10-15 minutes Draws heavily on SIP 064: jeff Grace games, and SIP 061 and Foundations of breathing General routine Our “flow” Lay down on your belly, hands underneath your shoulders Push up into plank 3x Chaturanga […]

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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… board access to swim lesson plans and developmental swim practices. Every week we update a new board on 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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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

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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