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 … Read moreSIP 057: ‘Failure’ to succeed and parent education
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? … Read moreSIP 056: Challenges in Swim Lessons
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 … Read moreSIP 055: “The one thing,” the Breaststroke kick chair, and games – An interview with Karis Mount
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 … Read moreSIP 054: Merging preschool teaching with swim lessons – An interview with Jennifer Butler
Are you ready to share your story? You can join the podcast as a guest by submitting a form here: https://goo.gl/forms/1rE1r173RYX6GVgo1 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 … Read moreSIP 053: Calling podcast Guests
How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide http://99u.com/articles/17123/5-scientific-ways-to-build-habits-that-stick http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/18-tricks-to-make-new-habits-stick.html 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 habits for yourself, tune in, and … Read moreSIP 052: Swimming is a habit
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 … Read moreSIP 051: Go to games for swimming 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. … Read moreSIP 050: Lesson Plans for swim lessons
https://www.facebook.com/swimrichmond/ Swim RVA http://www.swimrichmond.org/ 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. … Read moreSIP 049: Ring the Bell
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 … Read moreSIP 045: Importance of Routine
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 … Read moreSIP 044: Resetting when plans don’t work
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 … Read moreSIP 043: Interrupt your flow
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 … Read moreSIP 042: Revisiting Streamline
Make an effort to go underwater with participants on every Level 1 activity. Level 1 and Parent Tot. Our primary focus is going underwater. When you can go underwater then you can do everything. The only thing you can do without going underwater is supported activities (being physically held up at … Read moreSIP 041: Underwater First
Can you teach level 2 and level 3 in the same class? What about 1 and 2? We go into some in-depth discussion on what each level requirements are, and how you can integrate them into one class. Is it ideal? Why even have levels in the first place? Example … Read moreSIP 040: Multiple levels in the same class?
How we use it in swim lessons and how we use it at swim practice. What is it: Position 11 is: A drill we do to establish a good quality body position and long reach. Something we do every day in every lesson Used in every stroke Looks like this: Go here for a free … Read moreSIP 039: Revisiting Position 11
Using external language to get better results http://www.swimmingscience.net/2012/02/external-vs-internal-focus-for-optimal.html Swimingscience.net posted an article about External and internal focus for optimal learning. Basically: external focus is better. Using golf, darts, and balancing a board, researchers have shown that when you focus your attention on doing SOMETHING to something, you get better results. This … Read moreSIP 038: 2016 and Language
Motivate your swimmers using this simple tactic Locked doors, headaches, and intellectual need | Affording Play http://flip.it/9Moov Mathematics, and how to teach both old and new math, and how to program. The concept of the “locked door, and the key.” I have a door that is locked. How do I get … Read moreSIP 037: Problem then Solution Conundrum
You can find the website post about this game here: https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2015/06/02/swimming-game-100-point-swim/ We played this game about 10 times in the last few months. I have played it with swimming lessons with more advanced abilities and with our developmental swim team. For our pre-competitive group, who have mostly been swimming on the team for more … Read moreSIP 036: 100 Point Game at Swim Practice, Success? or Failure?
You can focus on the ‘change mindset’ and foster successful swimmers in the future. Coach I work with talking about job history, philosophy of coaching Fixed mindset, change mindset Work hard and you will fail Coach’s role: games? No. Respect. Yelling doesn’t earn it. Don’t be feared. Expectation of hard work … Read moreSIP 035: What makes a good swim coach?