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

Variations on standard techniques for better swimming

At Swimming Ideas we’re all about ability, skill, and learning over endurance. I’d rather see someone swim well than swim sloppy for 200 yards. Perhaps I should say that we’re in the business of “fun and effective” swimming. In fact, I wrote a whole book about creating “fun and effective swim games.”  Through our swim … Read moreVariations on standard techniques for better swimming

Swim Lesson Plans and Skill Sheets

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Three ways to improve the dry-hair-teenage-swim-instructor’s teaching

Have you ever just watched a high school age person teach swim lessons, and it seems like they don’t want to be there? You can, like, read their minds as they telegraph all their thoughts with actions. Let me know if you’ve ever seen this scenario played out in your swim program:   Sally stands … Read moreThree ways to improve the dry-hair-teenage-swim-instructor’s teaching

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