Swimming Lessons Ideas https://swimminglessonsideas.com Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:37:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-swimming_64-150x150.png Swimming Lessons Ideas https://swimminglessonsideas.com 32 32 A letter to swim team parents Fall 2017 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/12/01/a-letter-to-swim-team-parents-fall-2017/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/12/01/a-letter-to-swim-team-parents-fall-2017/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:00:02 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4292

Fall is over. The first season of the 2017-2018 swim year. Can you believe that it has been 14 weeks already? Fun fact, new research shows that repetition, doing the same thing every day, makes you perceive time moving faster. When you do something new and different you perceive that time moves slower. A good […]]]>
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Swimming Game – Streamline Line Walk https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/29/swimming-game-streamline-line-walk/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/29/swimming-game-streamline-line-walk/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:06:50 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4285 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/29/swimming-game-streamline-line-walk/feed/ 0 Swimming Products https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/21/swimming-products/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/21/swimming-products/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:56:11 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4263 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/21/swimming-products/feed/ 0 Swim Lesson Plans and Skill Sheets https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/21/digital-swim-lesson-plans-and-skill-sheets/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/21/digital-swim-lesson-plans-and-skill-sheets/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:46:44 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4261

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Are you respected or feared? https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/01/are-you-respected-or-feared/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/11/01/are-you-respected-or-feared/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:38:18 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4211

“Oh my god! Coach Jeff! How are you?” Or the more common smile and hide behind the parent’s leg, but still want to tell me a story in too many random details like children tell stories. That is what I most often hear and see when I run into swimmer families around the community. I […]]]>
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Swimming Game – Flick a Frog https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/10/09/swimming-game-flick-a-frog-2/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/10/09/swimming-game-flick-a-frog-2/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:17:18 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3971

Category: Personal Challenge Core Skill: Aerobic Workout (coach’s choice) Name: Flick a Frog I like to use props when I can, and some days they’re better than others. I happened to stumble upon a basket of little plastic frogs.   Naturally, I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate them into my swim lessons or […]]]>
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Three ways to improve the dry-hair-teenage-swim-instructor’s teaching https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/27/three-ways-to-improve-the-dry-hair-teenage-swim-instructors-teaching/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/27/three-ways-to-improve-the-dry-hair-teenage-swim-instructors-teaching/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:23:14 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3951

Have you ever just watched a high school age person teach swim lessons, and it seems like they don’t want to be there? You can, like, read their minds as they telegraph all their thoughts with actions. Let me know if you’ve ever seen this scenario played out in your swim program:   Sally stands […]]]>
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Handout for first day of swim lessons for parents: What to expect https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/17/handout-for-first-day-of-swim-lessons-for-parents-what-to-expect/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/17/handout-for-first-day-of-swim-lessons-for-parents-what-to-expect/#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:21:53 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3938

I used to dread the first few weeks of swimming lessons; especially the first week. Do you know why? All the parent questions. Yup, I used to be afraid of talking to the parents and was uncertain what I should do when they asked me things like, “Why is Johnny in a group with the […]]]>
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Starting a new private swim program https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/01/starting-a-new-private-swim-program/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/01/starting-a-new-private-swim-program/#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:04:29 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3910

“If you build it, they will come.”  Maybe you’re like me and you remember watching this movie all the time. But was that mantra from the 80’s and 90’s, that iconic saying really true? Can you just “build” something and clients will magically show up? I don’t think so. Swimming Ideas is a business. I […]]]>
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First week of Fall 2017 swim team is over. https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/08/31/first-week-of-fall-2017-swim-team-is-over/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/08/31/first-week-of-fall-2017-swim-team-is-over/#respond Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:25:39 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3905

Finally. I’m done with swim team for this week. I coach two developmental swim groups back to back Monday through Thursday. We have 86 kids this fall in those two groups. It is nuts. How do you handle large groups of kids that don’t know what they’re doing? I like to prepare in advance and […]]]>
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Preparing for Fall 2017 Swim Lessons https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/08/29/preparing-for-fall-2017-swim-lessons-2/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/08/29/preparing-for-fall-2017-swim-lessons-2/#respond Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:10:32 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3899

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 […]]]>
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New 2017 Fall swim team season starts today https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/08/28/new-2017-fall-swim-team-season-starts-today/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/08/28/new-2017-fall-swim-team-season-starts-today/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:31:08 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3893

Summer is officially over for me. That’s right. It is late August, we’re no longer at the outdoor pools, and we’ve already done tryouts. It is time for the new Fall 2017 season! Yikes! Time flies so fast. This is the trello.com board that I publish every week as part of the Complete Swimming Program […]]]>
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SIP 064: Yoga for swimmers with Jeff Grace https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/07/24/sip-064-yoga-for-swimmers-with-jeff-grace/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/07/24/sip-064-yoga-for-swimmers-with-jeff-grace/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:03:15 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3807

http://www.excelwithgrace.ca/ 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 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/07/19/sip-063-failing-for-two-weeks/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/07/19/sip-063-failing-for-two-weeks/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:36:05 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3792

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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Games and Toys from Dynamic Aquatics with Kyndal https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/30/games-and-toys-from-dynamic-aquatics-with-kyndal/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/30/games-and-toys-from-dynamic-aquatics-with-kyndal/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:15:00 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3772

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 […]]]>
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When to take a step back https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/27/when-to-take-a-set-back/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/27/when-to-take-a-set-back/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:32:27 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3766

We all make mistakes. I’ve done this before too, and I know there’ll be equally as avoidable mistakes I’ll make in the future. But hopefully we learn from those errors. I watch swim lessons every day, or I am coaching. It is rare that I’m not around a pool. It is what I do. Today, […]]]>
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SIP 062: My big swim lesson mistake https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/12/sip-062-my-big-swim-lesson-mistakehttptraffic-libsyn-comswimmingideassip_062-mp3/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/12/sip-062-my-big-swim-lesson-mistakehttptraffic-libsyn-comswimmingideassip_062-mp3/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 01:41:23 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3753

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 061: Provocative breathing, mediation, and better coaching https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/04/sip-061-provocative-breathing-mediation-and-better-coaching/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/06/04/sip-061-provocative-breathing-mediation-and-better-coaching/#respond Sun, 04 Jun 2017 18:17:28 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3743

We want to make swimmers better. I had so much fun talking to Dominic Latella from SwimBox. He said multiple times that making swimmers better is his primary goal. He wants to help people and work with others that share that goal. You can see it shine through everything he says in our conversation. Dive […]]]>
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Why I absolutely love the Online Lesson Management Suite https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/05/17/why-i-absolutely-love-the-online-lesson-management-suite/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/05/17/why-i-absolutely-love-the-online-lesson-management-suite/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 21:14:37 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3716

Really. I do. I love it. It makes my job as a swim lesson manager easier. It does, and I have a story today to illustrate just one reason why it is so powerful and exciting. The online management suite is one of the tools you get when you join the Complete Swimming Program for […]]]>
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SIP 060: How to run effective trainings https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/05/15/sip-060-how-to-run-effective-trainings/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/05/15/sip-060-how-to-run-effective-trainings/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 15:35:47 +0000 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=3713

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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