Instructor Training Challenge: Max Class Setup Pictures

Name Max Class Setup Pictures Core Skill This challenge tests the participants’ planning and organizing skills for setting up a pool for multiple classes. What The participants will draw a picture of how they would arrange the pool, the benches, and the toys for different levels of classes. How Difficulties participants might face Some possible …

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Instructor Training Challenge: Random Skill Test

Name Random Skill Test Core Skill This challenge tests the participants’ knowledge and demonstration of various swimming skills. What The participants will randomly select a swimming skill from the Teaching Swimming workbook and explain and show how to perform it. How Difficulties participants might face Some possible difficulties that participants might face are: How this …

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Instructor Training Challenge: Fast Performance

Name Fast Performance Core Skill Communication and creativity What A game where one person (the Speaker) speaks as fast as possible to give instructions, feedback, and praise or criticism to another person (the Partner) who has to follow them physically. How Difficulties participants might face How this Challenge relates to swim instruction

Evaluating your swim instructor staff

Swimming instructors are essential for teaching people of all ages and abilities how to swim safely and enjoyably. However, not all swimming instructors are equally effective or qualified. As a supervisor or manager of a swimming program, you need to evaluate your swimming instructors regularly and provide them with feedback and training opportunities to improve …

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Swimming Game – Challenge: Diving Ring Pickup Progression

Name Diving Ring Pickup Progression Core Skill This challenge aims to improve the swimmers’ underwater skills, such as breath control, body position, buoyancy, and coordination. Who This challenge is suitable for intermediate to advanced swimmers who are comfortable with diving and staying underwater for a few seconds. What The swimmers must each have their own …

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IPRA Conference 2024: Aquatic Operations

Three big areas people are interested in: Tracking swim lesson levels, skills, and report cards. You can use SwimLessons.Pro, our online lesson management system when you’re an All Access Member for Teams. This is a constantly evolving system based on a simple site that is custom built for your team. You have full control over …

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Swimming Game – Keeping the line

Name Keeping the Line Core Skill Front Glide with Face in the Water Who Level 2 or Level 3 swimmers in a lane What A team game where swimmers push off the wall holding a pool noodle and try to keep it straight until they reach the flags. About 5 yards. How Difficulties an instructor …

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How the Free Lesson Plans Help You

Check out our free lesson plans hosted on gumroad.com. Seriously. They’re awesome and free. Download samples of our daily lesson plans for level specific instruction, a few pages of our visual skill sheets, and even pages from our Teaching Swimming and Lesson Coordinator workbooks. Free Download: Lesson Plans & Workbook PDFs (gumroad.com) At the bottom …

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Swimming Game – Magic Mirror

Name Magic Mirror Core Skill This game can help swimmers practice their breath control, underwater vision, and body awareness. Who This game is suitable for swimmers who can submerge their heads comfortably and hold their breath for at least 10 seconds. It can be played with a minimum of two swimmers and a maximum of …

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Improve Collaborative Leadership and Staff Morale

Running a swimming lesson program for a park district or agency can be a rewarding and challenging task. You have to manage a team of instructors, lifeguards, and other staff members, while ensuring the safety and satisfaction of your participants. How can you make sure your program runs smoothly and effectively? In this blog post, …

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Putting yards into 2024

New Year, New Goals: How to Improve Your Swimming and Swim Instruction in 2024 Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to dive into 2024 with enthusiasm and determination. As a swim instructor and a swimmer myself, I always look forward to the new year as an …

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Collaborative Leading for Managers

Collaborative Leading: How to Lead a Successful Swim Program with Your Team Collaborative leading is a leadership style that fosters teamwork, trust, and empowerment among co-workers. It is especially useful for managing a swim program, where you have to coordinate with different staff members, instructors, lifeguards, and participants. In this post, we will explore what …

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New Years for a New Program

Why New Year’s is the Perfect Time to Start a New Swimming Lesson Program New Year’s is a time for new beginnings, new resolutions, and new opportunities. If you are an aquatic professional looking for a way to improve your swimming lesson program, this is the perfect time to start with Swimming Ideas. Swimming Ideas …

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Christmas Holiday: Swimming into the Festive Season

Hello Swim Coaches, Aquatic Professionals, and Swim Instructors, We’re warming up (despite the dropping temperatures!) to dive into the vibrant and joyous Christmas season. As professionals who bring the joy of swimming to many, you all must have unique ways to spread the Christmas cheer in your swimming lessons and practices. We’re eager to know …

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Swimming Game – Christmas Presents

Name Christmas Presents Core Skill This game is designed to reinforce the basic skills of swimming, such as streamlining, breathing, kicking, and stroke technique. Who This game is suitable for developmental swim team swimmers who are at least level 4, meaning they can swim 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, and perform flip …

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Swimming Game – Reindeer Jump

Name Reindeer Jumping Core Skill This game helps swimmers practice their fly stroke and explosive power. Fly stroke is one of the four competitive swimming strokes, also known as butterfly. It requires swimmers to move both arms simultaneously over the water, while using a dolphin kick to propel themselves forward. Explosive power is the ability …

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