Swim Drill – Balance and Natural Position

Balance and Natural Position There are three non-articulate (non-moving)  major blocks in the body:  The Head  Block, The Rib Block, and the Pelvic Block… we do have a tiny bit of articulation in the Rib Block.  Each block is separated by an articulate (movable) coil.  The Neck Coil is located between the Head  Block and …

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Swim Drill – Spine and Core

Spine and Core We are land based creatures, with curves in our spines at the lower back and neck to absorb shock while walking, running, jumping, etc. To become successful water based creatures, we must try to eliminate our land based curves and establish proper swimming position called “The Line”. In swimming there are Long …

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Swimming Game – Log Roll Streamline

Log Roll Streamline Log Roll is a great game for both advanced and beginning swimmers. It focuses on the single most important swimming position: Streamline. You can have your swimmers do this activity by waves, individually or repeatedly in a cycle. This game/activity is very well suited to variation, and feel free to adapt the …

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Great Fix for Swimmer’s Ear – From Lifehacker.com

One of my favorite sites had this to say: “Swimmer’s ear—that discomfort you get after swimming that includes echoing, itching, or clogging—is pretty common in the summer months as we’re all hitting up the pool. Thankfully, according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s not hard to take care of. Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation of …

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Swimming Game – Legs on Fire

Swim Game – Legs on Fire     Have all your swimmers get kickboards. Get into one lane or an open large area. Get 1 bucket and fill with water. All but 1 swimmers starts an easy kick set. Waiting swimmer not participating is the Fire Truck. Coach/Instructor gives an item to one of the …

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Swim Lesson Plan – General Template

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Swimming Game – Spider

Game Name: Spider. Skills Developed: Breath control, confidence and swimming under water. This game is meant for private classes that do not have too many learners. There are two roles: one swimmer will act as the web while another acts as the spider. The thing that should act as a pre-requisite for this game is …

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Swimming Game – Streamline through Hula Hoops

This is a very simple game you can play multiple ways. Hold 2 hula hoops underwater and have your child streamline through them. Hold them close enough to the wall so the swimmer can get through both by pushing off the wall. Give clear goals that are “difficult” but easy to accomplish. For example, the …

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Parent Tot Games and Songs

Swim Lesson Games and Songs for Parent Tot Class We recently did a comprehensive podcast on this topic: SIP 006: Songs and Games for Parent Tot classes Sing the Hokey Pokey: Hokey Pokey together as a group. Put all floaty toys in the middle of a circle. You put your hands in, you put your …

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Swim Lesson Plan – Beginner Lesson Template

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”205″ img_size=”large” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”185″ img_size=”large” onclick=”img_link_large” img_link_target=”_blank”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Beginner Swim Lesson Template Use this basic template to get a general idea on what to do. Most swim lessons are focusing on Front crawl (Freestyle), or Back Crawl (Backstroke). While these two skills are primarily done on the surface, a third skill generally …

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What to do if a child is crying

At swim lessons and a child starts crying. What do you do? As a parent there is a long list of things you should do to help your crying child and the swim program that you’re at. We are going to first go through what a parent should do to keep their child from crying …

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Swimming Game – Noodle Race Partners

This game is good for developmental swim teams, large swim lesson classes, or the more advanced swimmers. You will need: 1 noodle for every 2 participants Have swimmers form pairs or partners Give each pair 1 noodle Both partners are to be on TOP of the noodle in some fashion (some swimmers will straddle the …

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Swimming Game – Duck Partner Kick

This is a great game to play with both swim teams and swim lessons. Ideally your swimmers will be able to kick with a kickboard by themselves for more than 4 lengths.   Start at one end of the pool with everyone Have swimmers form partners Give 1 little rubber duck to each group Swimmers …

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Swim Drill – Double Arm BK

A great backstroke drill for beginning and advanced swimmers. Double Arm Backstroke The first stage of this drill is double arm back with underwater recovery. Push off in streamline when at the surface, start with hands in streamline and pull them to your sides While pulling down, focus should be on the fingertips pointing to …

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Swim Drill – Butterfly – Around the World

Butterfly drill “Around the World” This drill can be done with beginner swimmers or advanced swimmers. It is essentially a core strength building drill.   Beginners:   Begin from the wall Streamline and do 5 fly kicks on stomach go back to the wall streamline and do 5 fly kicks on left side go back …

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Swim Lesson Plan – Level 2

Swim lesson plan for beginner swimmers. The best way to teach young swimmers is through repetition. Most children (literally almost ALL) are unable to physiologically complete most of the fine motor movements that swimming requires. Children are physically UNABLE to mimic, or do certain things because they haven’t reached that point in their growth yet. …

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