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SIP 031: Does sidestroke deserve to “go away?”

  I can think of three reasons to use sidestroke: Use in lifesaving. Survival swim. A teaching tool to illustrate what NOT to do when teaching breaststroke kick. When you teach swimming lessons we want to make an effort to teach swimming strokes that our participants are going to use. Sidestroke is an archaic swim […]

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SIP 030: Treating your staff as a culture

  You can create a high quality culture at your swim program too.   Everyone is responsible, do not set one person as an outlier. Everyone is accountable. It is a cultural thing. Safety.   How do you create a culture?   Work as equals   Managers help out and “get their hands dirty”   […]

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SIP 029: Using Drills to teach beginners?

Do you use drills in your level one and two swim lessons? If so how do you do it? We look at the key body posture drills and skills for teaching young participants how to start swimming. Beginner drills: Side glide? Has a place when done well: need to have core strength to keep body […]

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SIP 028: What is your first day of swimming lessons workflow?

  Swimming Lessons Ideas Program:   Print out rosters Check existing participant database against current roster Verify level and group Assign to instructor New participants: Interview parents to determine ability level Use age as an indicator (avoid putting 5 year olds with 10) Assign to instructor based on confidence, parent interview, age Observation during the […]

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SIP 027: Do you use social media to promote your swimming lessons?

Twitter Instagram Pinterest Facebook    What are some things to watch out for?  Do not photo requirements  Automatic waiver unless specified  Inappropriate pictures?  Who are you targeting?  What is the purpose of your social media strategy?  Enrollment  Get the word out  Website traffic  Email list  Registration  Who is in charge of your social media accounts? […]

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SIP 026: Using Images to teach swimming

EFFECTIVE TEACHING Giraffe Neck for a long neck Brontosaurus neck for a long neck on freestyle Trampoline Soldiers for bobs Carrot with leaves spinning for breaststroke kick in position 11 Giant toothbrush running in circles being chased by a tiny toothpaste bottle for brushing teeth in morning. Use Images to create memorable associations. Images hold […]

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SIP 025: Purposeful Practice

How to maximize swim instruction Key points: A swimming coach is or should be: Knowledgeable Organized Sympathetic From <> Swimming coaches should be organized and well prepared. Swimming is a sport that depends upon developing a base and following a purposeful progression throughout a season and career. From <> A coach can learn, develop […]

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SIP 024

Why we never let participants struggle to swim   Erodes trust   Not helpful teaching technique   Creates fear and distrust   Positive bank. What hurts you doesn’t make you stronger, just pulls away from your positive bank 🏦   Encouragement and support produces healthy swimming longer term. Be kind and supportive to […]

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SIP 021: Private lesson pay rates

How do you compensate your private lesson instructors? How much do you pay your private swim lesson instructors   Flat rate for all Scaling rate based on years of service Merit based pay Pay based on how many lessons taught Percentage of fee Revenue split   How to you register for private lessons? Online resource? […]

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SIP 020: Philosophy of Horizontal Forward Motion

  Why we teach front glides and back glides immediately instead of doggie paddle.   Positives Glides are face in Glides are easier to move farther with less effort Glides when done correctly have same body position as all other strokes, Fr, bk, be, fly Proper glides have arms in same position as swimming the […]

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Swimming Ideas Podcast 019: How we train New Staff

How we train new staff   Training manual Visual with pictures and descriptions Scripts for skills Skill list by level Primary focus is on front glide and back glide Follow specific lesson plans so not overwhelmed with deciding what to do. Visual Swim Skill Sheets – Starter Kit, and SLI Lesson Program Training Video: Steve […]

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Swimming Ideas Podcast 015: 11 Reasons to Start Swim Lessons

Safety WHY LEARN TO SWIM? USA Swimming promotes learn to swim as an introduction to the activity of swimming, but more importantly we believe all children need to learn to be safe in the water. Swim lessons can begin a lifelong the progression of aquatic activity. This section introduces parents to Make a Splash, the water […]

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Swimming Ideas Podcast 014: Teaching Adults to Swim

Be patient   Ask where they are comfortable, drop down the checklist: Go underwater? Face, eyes, blow bubbles Front Glide? With Face in Back Glide? Relaxed ears in water Hips near surface Legs kicking Front Crawl Back Crawl   Remember be patient Start slow, be gentle and give clear incremental directions.   Example: Doing a […]

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Swimming Ideas Podcast 013: Level 1, Day 1

We take an indepth look at the first day in a Level One class. Our goal for this class is teach the swimmers to: Go Underwater on their own Supported Front Glide with putting their own face in the water Supported Back Glide comfortable with ears in water. In this episode I take you through […]

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Swimming Ideas Podcast 012: Using Mirrors

Swim Mirror Excellent for seeing body line and hand travel. Use in Swim Lessons: Excellent for encouraging looking down Perfect for front glides Especially body straight Stack them up and go longer distances See front crawl arms Watch hand travel underwater Excellent to focus on Long reaches, full arm extension Participants get immediate personalized feedback […]

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