SIP 034: Bringing Meditation techniques to swimming

Why is meditation so closely linked with water?

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

SIP 031: Does sidestroke deserve to “go away?”

  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?”

SIP 028: What is your first day of swimming lessons workflow?

  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?

SIP 027: Do you use social media to promote your swimming lessons?

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?

SIP 026: Using Images to teach swimming

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

SIP 025: Purposeful Practice

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

SIP 024

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

Swimming Ideas Podcast 019: How we train New Staff

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

Swimming Ideas Podcast 018: Does Active Floating Play actually Work?

  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?

Swimming Ideas Podcast 017: Using a quick “Bark” to Correct Unwanted Behavior

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

Swimming Ideas Podcast 016: Removing “Okay” from your Teaching Vocabulary

“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

Swimming Ideas Podcast 015: 11 Reasons to Start Swim Lessons

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

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