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SIP 080: Brief Autism Overview

Looking at the American Red Cross website I was looking for level updates and structure. I found their Swimming Water Safety book, and on page 170 and 171 their information on Autism! A lot of people have been asking for guides on how to deal with autism, and i thought it would be a good […]

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SIP 075: Swim team tryout script

Ok. The first thing is to get in the water.   The second thing to do is to touch the bottom with your hand.   Easy? Easy peezy?   Now we’re going to swim front crawl or freestyle with side breathing from here to there. (one length).   Well done. Can you touch the bottom, […]

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SIP 074: A quick update and a reminder about routine

i’ll be interviewing a person about how to teach swimming lessons to autistic kids. She is an expert in adaptive physical education for special needs children and will be an excellent resource. I’m hoping to connect with Nitro tash to get her take on her new swim lesson format with her pool in Perth, Australia. […]

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SIP 072: Breathing for two weeks

Lots of talk about breath; on land, in the water, in small groups, and over short distances.   Most effective initially with short distances, and constant discussion about it. Some level of attenuation.   Lean what we do in dryland, and in our small groups to progressively move through breathing on land to maintaining the […]

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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 […]

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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:   But he was uncertain in how to start teaching swimming lessons. It made me think about what the key things someone would need […]

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SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming

A conversation with Dominic Latella from Check out the course, Foundational Breathing Method for swimming here: 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 […]

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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 […]

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SIP 067: Deliberate Practice

Finding deliberate practice in swim lessons and on developmental swim teams.   What is it:   James Clear:   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 […]

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SIP 066: Dryland for swim lessons

Daily dryland program for the first two groups / considering integrating it into swim lessons as a supplemental class/course. 10-15 minutes Draws heavily on SIP 064: jeff Grace games, and SIP 061 and Foundations of breathing General routine Our “flow” Lay down on your belly, hands underneath your shoulders Push up into plank 3x Chaturanga […]

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SIP 064: Yoga for swimmers with Jeff Grace Jeff Grace Jeff Grace has been involved in the sport of swimming for the last 33 years as an athlete, coach and yoga teacher He swam at a high level as an age grouper in Canada and was part of relay teams that set multiple national age group records. He started his coaching career […]

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SIP 063: “Failing” for two weeks

And how it has been fun and full of healthy improvement.   Preface: I run safe and encouraging practices. I get along well with my swimmers and their parents. I can’t think of a time I was upset with a parent that knew me or has watched a practice.  We fill our time building up […]

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SIP 062: My big swim lesson mistake

How I messed up today doing a dunk. Today is a short podcast about how I failed when taking a child underwater.   I went to the beach with my friend and his family and while swimming with their 3 year old, I did the motorboat game, and dunked her to disastrous results.   Find […]

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SIP 060: How to run effective trainings

Summer is here with seasonal staff. Are you ready to train them well? The summer is almost upon us and you’re going to start running training classes for your summer and seasonal staff. Slap on the sunscreen, wear a floppy hat, and get those kids moving!   This is our guide to running effective training […]

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SIP 059: Planning at home swim lessons

An interview with Teresa Stewart of Safe Splashes Swim School in Arizona Safe Splashes Swim School in Arizona with Teresa Stewart Teresa has been teaching swim lessons most of her life. She uniquely finished her lesson program while young and they made her a co-teacher to give her something to do while at lessons. […]

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SIP 058: The One Thing

How to be a better coach or instructor Episode 057 with Meighan Julbert: “Focus on the 2-3 things totally essential for swimmer’s success.”   Episode 055 with Karis Mount: “My coaches focused on the one thing that would make me improve. We were focused.” Episode 054 with Jennifer Butler: “When giving feedback, focus on the […]

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