Swimming Game – Tic Tac Toe

Every year I get a few new assistant coaches that help me run my developmental swim practices. Once they understand the language that I use, the routines and habits for the different groups, and are comfortable with the flow and format of most practices I give them opportunities to take ownership of the groups. I … Read moreSwimming Game – Tic Tac Toe

Teach Fun and Effective Swimming; New workbook

It has been a crazy few months working behind the scenes. A quick update from May 2018 – November 2018. Updated the Online Swim Database. Created a complete attendance system for swim teams. Click a button, have all the records auto-update and use checkboxes to mark who was at practice. Track total practices and dates … Read moreTeach Fun and Effective Swimming; New workbook

SIP 079: Do you need to license a swim program to be successful?

No. Most parents don’t care what your swim program system is. They care about three things:   1) Will their child learn how to swim? 2) Does it fit into their schedule? 3) Is it within their budget?   They’re more worried about making the most out of their time and effort to bring their … Read moreSIP 079: Do you need to license a swim program to be successful?

SIP 078: Central States Clinic Part 3

http://traffic.libsyn.com/swimmingideas/SIP_078.mp3 Dr. Alan Goldberg,  www.competitivedge.com Getting parents to work with, not against you.   Blog post about day 1 handout. https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/17/handout-for-first-day-of-swim-lessons-for-parents-what-to-expect/ Day 2 handouts: https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/completelessondocuments/Administration/Day+2+Handouts+(1).pdf   Be proactive. How to teach your parents on your swim team. Learn how to interact with your swim lesson parents in a healthy way. Be proactive, take the first … Read moreSIP 078: Central States Clinic Part 3

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 … Read moreSIP 071: Activity, Activity, Challenge

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: 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 … Read moreSIP 070: What you need to start teaching swimming

SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming

A conversation with Dominic Latella from theswimbox.com Check out the course, Foundational Breathing Method for swimming here: https://www.theswimbox.com/online-courses/ 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 … Read moreSIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming

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 … Read moreSIP 068: Is it okay to just play games with 3 year olds?

SIP 067: Deliberate Practice

Finding deliberate practice in swim lessons and on developmental swim teams.   What is it:   James Clear:   https://jamesclear.com/beginners-guide-deliberate-practice   https://jamesclear.com/deliberate-practice-theory   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 … Read moreSIP 067: Deliberate Practice

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 … Read moreSwimming Game – President’s Day Trivia