Preparing for Fall 2017 Swim Lessons

Most of you are looking at swim lessons starting in the next few weeks. August and September is traditionally when school starts (K-12).  The college kids skate away to their universities, and you’re left with the local population, the local community college, and high school kids to fill your staff holes. Fall is a tough … Read morePreparing for Fall 2017 Swim Lessons

Games and Toys from Dynamic Aquatics with Kyndal

I recently sent out an email asking about your struggles this summer. Through some conversation I got to talking to Kyndal from Dynamic Aquatics and she shared some wonderful information about games and toys that she brings to her clients for swim lessons. The following is information that she shared with me about what she … Read moreGames and Toys from Dynamic Aquatics with Kyndal

SIP 048: The science behind progressions

  USA Swimming has this article linked to their Learn To Swim page at www.usaswimming.org   http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/cad48e4f-0aab-4cea-8fba-0c376f556559/BCDPTF%20Position%20Paper%203a.pdf   We’re going to look specifically at this portion:   ” Moving and Learning Recent neurological research links movement to learning and memory.  Since neurologists now agree that active movement is scientifically linked to intellectual development, how early … Read moreSIP 048: The science behind progressions

SIP 047: Three cures for terrible training sessions

You’re likely getting ready for your summer lifeguard training this month. You have returning staff and new hires eager or reluctantly attending your mandatory training.   These are critical hours you have a captive audience. Here are 3 things you can do as an instructor or facilitator to make sure your participants aren’t leaving after … Read moreSIP 047: Three cures for terrible training sessions

SIP 046: Two scripts for teaching swimming

Front glides, back glides   https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2015/02/17/how-to-teach-swimming-lessons-front-glide-script/   Put your shoulders in the water Put your arms out in front of you Put your face in the water Push off to me   Back glide script:   https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2015/02/25/how-to-teach-swimming-lessons-back-glide-script/   Stand up straight Turn away from me Put your shoulders in the water Tilt your head back … Read moreSIP 046: Two scripts for teaching swimming

New Swim Instructor Guide to teach adults and teens

This guide will help you teach swimming lessons to teenage and adult beginners. It is intended to help new swim instructors teach well to a different type of student: adults.  Teenagers are included as they are generally mature enough in this type of learning to be similar to how adults learn. Veteran instructors will benefit ... Read moreNew Swim Instructor Guide to teach adults and teens

Effective Teaching – Series 1 of 3

Be one of the best instructors Before I give you this juicy nugget of teaching effectiveness I want to thank you for being interested in teaching swimming. I’m creating swim lesson plans and training documents to improve our own program, but to also improve yours. Take these effective teaching tips from USA Swimming’s Sport Performance … Read moreEffective Teaching – Series 1 of 3

Revive your Summer Swim Lessons this Winter

For the northern hemisphere, we’re in the throws of winter, or in 2015, what should be winter on December 21st. El Nino has for most of the world delayed much of the snow and cold and turned it into wet dismal weather.

With the longest night of the year just past us, memories of summer seem distant and cold. They are far away and we still need to slog through the wet spring and snowstorm of January – March.

Before you know it, we’ll be hiring for summer staff and interviewing our swim instructors. If you put out a summer brochure for registration you’ve likely just started planning it, or already have it done.

Here are 6 tips you can do to get ready for your summer swim lessons and make your memory of summer a little warmer and brighter!

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What terrible mistakes have your staff made?

What terrible mistakes have your staff made?   Even with the best intentions our seasonal staff makes some awful crazy mistakes. Take practicing diving in the shallow end. This instructor thought it was a good idea to teach her student dives while the swimmer stood on the painted sign saying “No Diving!” Yup, that child … Read moreWhat terrible mistakes have your staff made?

Backstroke for beginners video From Chris Burton

Through twitter we found this great video. Chris has been a wonderful person to talk to, and he has some great high quality videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/chrisburton40/ Tweet from @ChrisBu36390714: https://twitter.com/ChrisBu36390714/status/576392548777766912 @SwimmingIdeas Closer to the elbow. There’s a scene in my “Backstroke for Beginners” video that shows it.

Swim Lesson Templates and Plans: Learn How and When to use them and Create your own

Think of a lesson plan for swimming as the roadmap for your instructors to follow. Lesson plans are the guideposts along the path to a successful swim lesson. They help with the class’s flow and skill transitions. With a well written lesson plan you’ll naturally flow from one swimming skill into the next. You’ll gracefully move from underwater activities to glides to arm strokes

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