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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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SIP 057: ‘Failure’ to succeed and parent education

An interview with Meighan Julbert, MS from The MindSide Meighan Julbert is a Mental Skills Consultant for The MindSide who brings a passion for understanding how to gain competitive advantages as part of early athletic experiences, through proper structure and coaching of athletes. As a former competitive athlete, Meighan understands the need for proper mental […]

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SIP 056: Challenges in Swim Lessons

How to increase learning and interest in your classes Are you in a rut? Have you taught the same lessons over and over for years? They work, they’re great, and they’re interesting for the kids, but how can you amuse yourself and your students without disrupting the flow of your tried and true lesson plans? […]

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SIP 055: “The one thing,” the Breaststroke kick chair, and games – An interview with Karis Mount

Everyone has a unique story to tell about their time teaching or participating in swimming. There are lessons to learn from both participants talking about what they went through as swimmers, and stories to remember from people talking about their time teaching. We all have useful and shareable tidbits that others may benefit from. You […]

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SIP 054: Merging preschool teaching with swim lessons – An interview with Jennifer Butler

Swim instruction is teaching Jennifer Butler of Roots Aquatics is awesome. She is an experienced preschool teacher, swimming veteran, and expert swim instructor. Jenn is the Aquatic Coordinator at Roots Aquatics and Fitness Center where she trains lifeguards and swim instructors, teaches lessons, does the schedule, and writes a staff only blog. This summer she’ll […]

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SIP 053: Calling podcast Guests

Are you ready to share your story?   You can join the podcast as a guest by submitting a form here:   Qualifications: Swimming experience Currently teaching or running swim lessons Swim Coach Involved in swim lesson management or administration   We want to hear your story. What unique things do you do in your […]

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SIP 052: Swimming is a habit

  How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide   18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick   Teaching swimming lessons is establishing habits for our swimmers. We look at how to do that in this podcast by looking at how to create good habits. If you want to make better […]

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SIP 051: Go to games for swimming lessons

  Today we’re going to look at the “staple” games for swimming lessons. These are the go to games I use for most swim lessons.   Once you get a group of swimmers with you more regularly where they know you and are used to your system and routines, you can start playing more inventive […]

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SIP 050: Lesson Plans for swim lessons

The importance of lesson plans.   Lesson plans are not necessary for everyone. Veteran and highly experienced teachers can do without them. However levels, move up criteria and overall progression planning is necessary.   You have to know where you want to go before you start moving forward.   Majority of swim instructors are inexperienced. […]

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SIP 049: Ring the Bell  Swim RVA Fitness and swimming pool in Richmond VA I follow them on Facebook and Twitter and their “ring the bell” concept is amazing. Loud, physical, tangible thing to do announcing to everyone and yourself that someone has succeeded in something. We don’t do anything similar. I want to install something like this. […]

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SIP 045: Importance of Routine

  Set up systems for better success   Look in your favorite search: importance of systems in business   You’ll find a huge list of why you need to have systems. What is a system and why is it important for swimming lessons or swim teams?   I think of a “system” as a template […]

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SIP 044: Resetting when plans don’t work

Learn when it is time to stop an activity and move on.   When you feel you’re forcing it When participants are distracted by something else Loud reset When goofiness takes hold Use a distraction skill: my go to is “jumps” When participants are not “getting it.” Reteach, or explain better Too complex for intended […]

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SIP 043: Interrupt your flow

  Why we would interrupt a skill progression to play a game, and why it works for swim lessons and better retention.   General swimming lesson information.   Typical swim lesson plans: Enter Underwater Front glides Free swim Breathing Free swim Back glides Back arms Back swim Jumps Games Done.     Swimming Ideas lesson […]

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SIP 042: Revisiting Streamline

Swimming Ideas Podcast 042: Revisiting Streamline What are the 3 things to streamline? Lock thumb Look down Squeeze ears                       What common problems do these commands/goals/specific words correct: Head lifted and looking forward Arms not tight against head Hands wavering Body not straight Hands at […]

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