Swimming Lessons Ideas https://swimminglessonsideas.com Mon, 09 Jul 2018 01:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-swimming_64-150x150.png Swimming Lessons Ideas https://swimminglessonsideas.com 32 32 SIP 081: Sun protection for swim instructors https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/07/08/sip-081-sun-protection-for-swim-instructors/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/07/08/sip-081-sun-protection-for-swim-instructors/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 01:47:37 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4441

SUN SCREEN! SUN LOTION! SUN BLOCK! This is the most essential product you can buy. I’m talking about sun tan lotion. Sun block. We use this gallon jug. You can use this too. I suggest making it mandatory for all swim instructors to wear the lotion before they start their first lesson. When they’re done […]]]>
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SIP 080: Brief Autism Overview https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/24/sip-080-brief-autism-overview/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/24/sip-080-brief-autism-overview/#respond Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:09:56 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4435

Looking at the American Red Cross website I was looking for level updates and structure. I found their Swimming Water Safety book, and on page 170 and 171 their information on Autism! A lot of people have been asking for guides on how to deal with autism, and i thought it would be a good […]]]>
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Swimming Game – Activities on Ping Pong Balls https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/18/swimming-game-activities-on-ping-pong-balls/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/18/swimming-game-activities-on-ping-pong-balls/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:49:34 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4423

Seastarz Swim School was kind enough to let me post this here. I wanted to share this with everyone because it is an awesome idea. I have a few thoughts on how I assume this would work in both swim lessons and on swim teams. Category: Group Activity Core Skill: Coach’s Choice Name: Ping Pong Adventure This […]]]>
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SIP 079: Do you need to license a swim program to be successful? https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/10/sip-079-do-you-need-to-license-a-swim-program-to-be-successful/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/10/sip-079-do-you-need-to-license-a-swim-program-to-be-successful/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 03:42:42 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4426

No. Most parents don’t care what your swim program system is. They care about three things:   1) Will their child learn how to swim? 2) Does it fit into their schedule? 3) Is it within their budget?   They’re more worried about making the most out of their time and effort to bring their […]]]>
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SIP 078: Central States Clinic Part 3 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/03/sip-078-central-states-clinic-part-3/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/06/03/sip-078-central-states-clinic-part-3/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 02:56:15 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4418

http://traffic.libsyn.com/swimmingideas/SIP_078.mp3 Dr. Alan Goldberg,  www.competitivedge.com Getting parents to work with, not against you.   Blog post about day 1 handout. http://swimminglessonsideas.com/2017/09/17/handout-for-first-day-of-swim-lessons-for-parents-what-to-expect/ Day 2 handouts: https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/completelessondocuments/Administration/Day+2+Handouts+(1).pdf   Be proactive. How to teach your parents on your swim team. Learn how to interact with your swim lesson parents in a healthy way. Be proactive, take the first […]]]>
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SIP 077: Central States Swim Clinic Part 2 https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/28/sip-077-central-states-swim-clinic-part-2/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/28/sip-077-central-states-swim-clinic-part-2/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 00:02:42 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4413

Bob Bowman’s speech on swim team organization and setup.]]>
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SIP 075: Swim team tryout script https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/14/sip-075-swim-team-tryout-script/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/14/sip-075-swim-team-tryout-script/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 09:55:59 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4406

Ok. The first thing is to get in the water.   The second thing to do is to touch the bottom with your hand.   Easy? Easy peezy?   Now we’re going to swim front crawl or freestyle with side breathing from here to there. (one length).   Well done. Can you touch the bottom, […]]]>
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Questions and Answers; Reader Help https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/10/questions-and-answers-reader-help/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/10/questions-and-answers-reader-help/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 21:25:25 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4403

I get email from readers of the site all the time, and usually I respond as best I can, and sometimes turn those questions into blog posts or podcast episodes. I got this one today, and think you will benefit from it. Here it is, and Thank you Heather!   Dear Jeff, A former colleague […]]]>
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SIP 074: A quick update and a reminder about routine https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/07/sip-074-a-quick-update-and-a-reminder-about-routine/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/05/07/sip-074-a-quick-update-and-a-reminder-about-routine/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 16:56:05 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4399

i’ll be interviewing a person about how to teach swimming lessons to autistic kids. She is an expert in adaptive physical education for special needs children and will be an excellent resource. I’m hoping to connect with Nitro tash to get her take on her new swim lesson format with her pool in Perth, Australia. […]]]>
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SIP 073: What to do when veteran staff suck https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/29/sip-073-what-to-do-when-veteran-staff-suck/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/29/sip-073-what-to-do-when-veteran-staff-suck/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:37:42 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4395

Give initial feedback. Restrain anger and disappointment. Immediate debrief and followup. Frame things in the future. next time do this. Retrain. Deal with it in private.]]>
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SIP 072: Breathing for two weeks https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/22/sip-072/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/22/sip-072/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:02:13 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4387

Lots of talk about breath; on land, in the water, in small groups, and over short distances.   Most effective initially with short distances, and constant discussion about it. Some level of attenuation.   Lean what we do in dryland, and in our small groups to progressively move through breathing on land to maintaining the […]]]>
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SIP 071: Activity, Activity, Challenge https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/16/4374/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/16/4374/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:45:54 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4374

  Get ready to experience the next supplemental guide for better swim lessons! We’ve been refining the general format of our swim lessons. Ever forward, and ever working on refinement we’ve been teaching lessons using this new take on an old favorite.   For a long time we’ve incorporated the “learn something, learn something, play […]]]>
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SIP 070: What you need to start teaching swimming https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/08/sip-070-what-you-need-to-start-teaching-swimming/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/08/sip-070-what-you-need-to-start-teaching-swimming/#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:17:50 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4370

Question from John from the UK. He asked me very generally what he could do to get started. He had bought the swimming ideas lesson plans which you can get here: https://swimminglessonsideas.com/store/   But he was uncertain in how to start teaching swimming lessons. It made me think about what the key things someone would need […]]]>
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SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/01/sip-069-foundational-breathing-method-for-swimming/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/04/01/sip-069-foundational-breathing-method-for-swimming/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 04:13:06 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4364

A conversation with Dominic Latella from theswimbox.com Check out the course, Foundational Breathing Method for swimming here: https://www.theswimbox.com/online-courses/ We talk about a lot of different things regarding swimming. Dominic lets us know some details about his most recent training trip to the Bahamas, and who makes the best eggs in his family. I believe that […]]]>
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SIP 068: Is it okay to just play games with 3 year olds? https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/24/sip-068-is-it-okay-to-just-play-games-with-3-year-olds/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/24/sip-068-is-it-okay-to-just-play-games-with-3-year-olds/#respond Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:51:12 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4359

Yes! It is okay to play games with 3 year olds, and I would even say that you should be playing mostly games and singing songs with your youngest participants. When they’re comfortable enough to trust you with going underwater, smiling, and having more fun than the wide eyed scared hesitation you can start layering […]]]>
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SIP 067: Deliberate Practice https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/19/sip-067-deliberate-practice/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/19/sip-067-deliberate-practice/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:31:44 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4355

Finding deliberate practice in swim lessons and on developmental swim teams.   What is it:   James Clear:   https://jamesclear.com/beginners-guide-deliberate-practice   https://jamesclear.com/deliberate-practice-theory   Deliberate practice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific […]]]>
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Swimming Game – President’s Day Trivia https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/15/swimming-game-presidents-day-trivia/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/15/swimming-game-presidents-day-trivia/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:51:49 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4347

Category: Group Activity Core Skill: General Swimming / Quiz Name: President’s Day Trivia This game is actually a trivia portion with a bunch of little mini-games inside of it associated with each President. Holidays are a good excuse to do something different or new.  I remember inventing the baseball swim game for our swim group during the […]]]>
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SIP 066: Dryland for swim lessons https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/12/sip-066-dryland-for-swim-lessons/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/03/12/sip-066-dryland-for-swim-lessons/#respond Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:40:02 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4342

Daily dryland program for the first two groups / considering integrating it into swim lessons as a supplemental class/course. 10-15 minutes Draws heavily on SIP 064: jeff Grace games, and SIP 061 and Foundations of breathing General routine Our “flow” Lay down on your belly, hands underneath your shoulders Push up into plank 3x Chaturanga […]]]>
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Variations on standard techniques for better swimming https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/01/09/variations-on-standard-techniques-for-better-swimming/ https://swimminglessonsideas.com/2018/01/09/variations-on-standard-techniques-for-better-swimming/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:40:54 +0000 http://swimminglessonsideas.com/?p=4311

At Swimming Ideas we’re all about ability, skill, and learning over endurance. I’d rather see someone swim well than swim sloppy for 200 yards. Perhaps I should say that we’re in the business of “fun and effective” swimming. In fact, I wrote a whole book about creating “fun and effective swim games.”  Through our swim […]]]>
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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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