Does meditation have a place in swimming? How did I arrive at it? Podcast: Art of Charm http://theartofcharm.com/ http://theartofcharm.com/podcast-episodes/tony-stubblebine-ruthless-meditation-episode-446/ What exactly am I talking about? Encouraging swimmers to “think” about swimming as they do it Promote “attempts” Promote awareness of what you’re doing, acknowledge difference and attempt change. How does this … Read moreSIP 034: Bringing Meditation techniques to swimming
Should we get rid of side glide like sidestroke? Side Glide: What are the benefits? Are there even good examples of side glide that effectively teach freestyle breathing? If you can do a streamline, do that first, then roll over on your side, put your top hand on your hip, and stack your … Read moreSIP 033: What do you think of “side glide?”
What do you do with new staff that have been trained, but still need some practical experience before they start teaching classes on their own? Do you like the new format of this podcast? Do you like it? Leave an honest review on iTunes, or on this website page. Step one should be … Read moreSIP 032: Class setup: Instructor with assistants
I can think of three reasons to use sidestroke: Use in lifesaving. Survival swim. A teaching tool to illustrate what NOT to do when teaching breaststroke kick. When you teach swimming lessons we want to make an effort to teach swimming strokes that our participants are going to use. Sidestroke is an archaic swim … Read moreSIP 031: Does sidestroke deserve to “go away?”
You can create a high quality culture at your swim program too. Everyone is responsible, do not set one person as an outlier. Everyone is accountable. It is a cultural thing. Safety. How do you create a culture? Work as equals Managers help out and “get their hands dirty” … Read moreSIP 030: Treating your staff as a culture
Do you use drills in your level one and two swim lessons? If so how do you do it? We look at the key body posture drills and skills for teaching young participants how to start swimming. Beginner drills: Side glide? Has a place when done well: need to have core strength to keep body … Read moreSIP 029: Using Drills to teach beginners?
Swimming Lessons Ideas Program: Print out rosters Check existing participant database against current roster Verify level and group Assign to instructor New participants: Interview parents to determine ability level Use age as an indicator (avoid putting 5 year olds with 10) Assign to instructor based on confidence, parent interview, age Observation during the … Read moreSIP 028: What is your first day of swimming lessons workflow?
Twitter Instagram Pinterest Facebook What are some things to watch out for? Do not photo requirements Automatic waiver unless specified Inappropriate pictures? Who are you targeting? What is the purpose of your social media strategy? Enrollment Get the word out Website traffic Email list Registration Who is in charge of your social media accounts? … Read moreSIP 027: Do you use social media to promote your swimming lessons?
EFFECTIVE TEACHING Giraffe Neck for a long neck Brontosaurus neck for a long neck on freestyle Trampoline Soldiers for bobs Carrot with leaves spinning for breaststroke kick in position 11 Giant toothbrush running in circles being chased by a tiny toothpaste bottle for brushing teeth in morning. Use Images to create memorable associations. Images hold … Read moreSIP 026: Using Images to teach swimming
How to maximize swim instruction http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=1909&mid=9519&ItemId=5455 Key points: A swimming coach is or should be: Knowledgeable Organized Sympathetic From <http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=1909&mid=9519&ItemId=5455> Swimming coaches should be organized and well prepared. Swimming is a sport that depends upon developing a base and following a purposeful progression throughout a season and career. From <http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=1909&mid=9519&ItemId=5455> A coach can learn, develop … Read moreSIP 025: Purposeful Practice
Why we never let participants struggle to swim Erodes trust Not helpful teaching technique Creates fear and distrust Positive bank. What hurts you doesn’t make you stronger, just pulls away from your positive bank 🏦 https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/insight-therapy/201008/what-doesnt-kill-you-makes-you-weaker Encouragement and support produces healthy swimming longer term. Be kind and supportive to … Read moreSIP 024
Get the most out of the 50 meter pool for your beginner swimmers Focus on distance training What about technique? Do you sacrifice skill work for endurance? Emphasis on free and backstroke What about BR and FLY? Is there a place for short distance skill work when 50 meter pool time is limited? … Read moreSIP 023: Long course training for developmental swimmers
How do you compensate your private lesson instructors? How much do you pay your private swim lesson instructors Flat rate for all Scaling rate based on years of service Merit based pay Pay based on how many lessons taught Percentage of fee Revenue split How to you register for private lessons? Online resource? … Read moreSIP 021: Private lesson pay rates
Why we teach front glides and back glides immediately instead of doggie paddle. Positives Glides are face in Glides are easier to move farther with less effort Glides when done correctly have same body position as all other strokes, Fr, bk, be, fly Proper glides have arms in same position as swimming the … Read moreSIP 020: Philosophy of Horizontal Forward Motion
How we train new staff Training manual Visual with pictures and descriptions Scripts for skills Skill list by level Primary focus is on front glide and back glide Follow specific lesson plans so not overwhelmed with deciding what to do. Visual Swim Skill Sheets – Starter Kit, and SLI Lesson Program Training Video: Steve … Read moreSwimming Ideas Podcast 019: How we train New Staff
What is White and Red? Two introductory groups or levels for Starfish aquatics White Trust and Comfort Red Body position and air recovery Fundamental philosophy of teaching swimming: struggle for air better than good technique. Red mirrors much of level 1 in the SLI world. They do lots of … Read moreSwimming Ideas Podcast 018: Does Active Floating Play actually Work?
Changing your tone of voice to quickly and sharply bark at a child to correct misbehavior. Establish a positive environment where you constantly give directions and positive reinforcement. Make it clear that a “Bark” is not you being mad at the swimmer, but desiring a different outcome. Sometimes you can achieve the desired result by … Read moreSwimming Ideas Podcast 017: Using a quick “Bark” to Correct Unwanted Behavior
“We’re going to do front floats, Okay?” “We’re going to do front floats, Bobby, you’re first, ready go.” Which sounds better? Which one gives a command, and which one gives authority to the participants to choose whether or not they’re going to follow directions. Fundamental Difference in behavior from class in a simple statement, simple … Read moreSwimming Ideas Podcast 016: Removing “Okay” from your Teaching Vocabulary
Safety http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1698 WHY LEARN TO SWIM? USA Swimming promotes learn to swim as an introduction to the activity of swimming, but more importantly we believe all children need to learn to be safe in the water. Swim lessons can begin a lifelong the progression of aquatic activity. This section introduces parents to Make a Splash, the water … Read moreSwimming Ideas Podcast 015: 11 Reasons to Start Swim Lessons