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Fun and effective strategies for swimming lessons, teams, and Aquatic Professionals.

Listen to best practices and interviews with other members of the swimming community to get the most out of your swimming program. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/swimmingideas/support

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Fun and effective strategies for swimming lessons, teams, and Aquatic Professionals.

Listen to best practices and interviews with other members of the swimming community to get the most out of your swimming program. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/swimmingideas/support

    SIP 086: Training Summer Swim Lesson Managers

    SIP 086: Training Summer Swim Lesson Managers

    What are the essential skills you should be teaching your lesson managers?



    You can find information at https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/resources/



    Under the Level Description guides. They details the specific needs of each "level" and what to look out for including guidance for lesson managers. 



    Criteria for an effective swim lesson manager: 



    - Understanding of level structure, essential skills, and how to teach them.

    ○ How do you hold a child for supported front and back glides

    § Why is this so important?

    § Need to enforce and teach others how to do it.

    ○ Be outgoing and not afraid to give feedback. 

    § Through training

    § Can still be an introvert and anxious. Must overcome through mentorship and direction

    ○ Familiar with your program's nuances. 

    - Confident enough in own ability to communicate your programs specifics and procedures to parents. 

    - Mature enough to make safe and rational decisions in a changing environment. 





    Ways you can train your lesson managers. 



    Teaching Swimming Online Course and Wordbook. https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/courses/teaching-swimming/



    Prove mastery. 

    Information dump and gathering. 





    Review the Discussion questions with an Aquatic Professional.  (found in the print version and PDF).



    Have a management training where the aquatic professional directs lesson managers in how to be a leader amongst their peers.



    - How to run an effective meeting.

    ○ Have one main speaker. 

    ○ Avoid the "chime in." 

    ○ Be clear with your objective. Stick to the task at hand without tangents. Teens are adults when it comes to learning. 

    ○ Engage as many people at the same time as possible.

    § Small groups with repetitive training exercises. 

    § Delegate leadership to trusted staff with specific tasks

    □ Be clear in instruction, and be clear with expected feedback and expected actions. 

    ® "run these scenarios, make sure everyone gets a turn, and ensure that everyone gets a chance to participate and get feedback. Focus specifically on this [one thing].

    - How to give effective feedback to your instructors

    ○ Should you intervene in a lesson?

    ○ Followup before and after the swim lesson

    ○ Give training materials. 

    - How to organize swim classes

    ○ What criteria do you use to group like-level swimmers?

    ○ Consider location

    ○ Program specific routines

    - How to communicate with parents.

    ○ Lean on your expertise 

    ○ Remind manager that they are experts in this field and parents are not. They paid to send their kids to swim lessons. 

    ○ Talk to parents frequently. Meet them. Introduce self, and follow up during the lesson.

    ○ Give updates on what their specific swimmer is doing. Avoid generalities. 





    Mentor your managers. Guide and groom them. 



    Check in on them and make sure that they understand you're there to support them and get them to improve. You're both on a team, you're not there to punish them when they fail; which they will. 



    How do you make sure they're doing a good job?




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    SIP 084: Why "Challenges" have replaced games.

    SIP 084: Why "Challenges" have replaced games.

    Intro:

    What are Challenges?

    Why have they replaced games?


    Quicker
    Individual based
    apply to broad ability levels
    tailored for groups
    sideways learning
    they are games
    celebrated success opportunities
    striving to "challenge" self improves overall swimming

    Live use

    Where you can find them

    Swim Challenges: The new swimming game standard.

    Practice Components

    Premium Swim Lesson Plans – Digital Only

    Developmental Swim Practices for Teams


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    SIP 085: Finding Deliberate Practice Opportunities at Swim Lessons and Practices

    SIP 085: Finding Deliberate Practice Opportunities at Swim Lessons and Practices

    What can you do at your swim practice and swim lessons to promote Deliberate Practice, and how does mediation teach you to be a better swimmer.

    What is deliberate practice: https://jamesclear.com/beginners-guide-deliberate-practice

    "

    While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.

    From

    The role of Coaching!

    How the challenge format promotes deliberate practice: they are specific opportunities to train the brain through stimulating "challenge" to accomplish a task using deliberate though to achieve the goal.

    Carryover into what we're doing.

    High volume coach interaction.

    Constant feedback during lessons

    Getting the format out of the way (use scaffolding or routines).

    Encourage self guided activities whenever possible.


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    SIP 083: Writing swim practices during Covid-19

    SIP 083: Writing swim practices during Covid-19

    We're running our swimming during covid in a small 4 lane indoor pool.


    Fans
    Open doors
    7 at a time

    2 in each lane on opposite       ends.
    1 in the ada staircase lane.
    1 coach; now 2 coaches
    2 lifeguards


    Line up outside and walk them      in with a coach chaperone
    They have their own 6 ft      distant places for stuff.
    Come in their suits
    Come wearing masks
    Coaches wear masks throughout      the practice
    Write practices in advance on      website.
    Use TV screen with Fire and      internet to show.
    Practice format:

    Philosophy:

    Moving
    Self guided
    On rest intervals
    Aerobic conditioning
    Challenging fun
    Socializing from a distance


    Warmup
    Swim, Kick
    Challenges


    End. Walk out a separate exit      like a one way street.
    Repeat hour after hour.


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    SIP 082: Teaching Private lessons during Covid-19

    SIP 082: Teaching Private lessons during Covid-19

    How should you protect yourself and others when you're teaching swimming lessons to individuals or duos?

    Today we're listening to a user submitted question and answering it after a brief unrecorded phone call. 

    Rowenna and I spoke on the phone and we reviewed much of the same things. Her favorite games are Treasure hunt and diving games with multicolored toys labeled with numbers. I'm a huge fan of Treasure hunt too, and you can see a list of relevant swim games and challenges here: 

    https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/games/

    Things to consider:

    Remain distant if you can. 

    Teach from the deck or the water remaining far enough away that you're not going to get any droplets on your face or nose. Have the parent interact physically with the swimmer. Use a dummy, or doll, or practice CPR device to demonstrate how to do your supported front and back floats/glides. 

    Teach both the swimmer and the parent how to do your typical routines. You'll be like a music teacher talking and guiding but not moving the swimmer's fingers for them.



    If you can't remain distant, wear a face shield. You can wear one like this: https://amzn.to/2VuIK9U

    It'll stay fog free, will bead water off the outside and redirect your breath droplets down and shield you from participant's spray. Stay distant when possible and do your best to realign your swim lessons to encourage more independent movement. 

    This works best in shallow pools with lots of space where the swimmers can move in chest or shoulder deep water. Have them do glides and repetitive skills like streamline and kicking from two points back and forth. Intersperse your 6 x [something] activities with challenges. You can find a list here: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/challenges/

    If you're teaching at a deeper pool see if you can use platforms or benches for younger swimmers to stand on. For more info take the Teaching Swimming online course: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/topic/rotation-method/

     


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    SIP 081: Sun Protection for Swim Instructors

    SIP 081: Sun Protection for Swim Instructors

     
    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 teaching each class, they should get out of the pool, talk to parents, dry off, and lube up with sun tan lotion again. This is the number one best thing you can do (aside from not going outside) to protect your exposed skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Put your sun tan lotion on often. Recommended reapply rate is once every hour if you're in the water. To creatively make sure your staff is wearing sunscreen, bake it into your routines and culture. Put the sunscreen on together before your first lesson after your daily meeting / debrief. Offer 45 minute swim lessons starting on the hour. After each class have a 15 minute break, and at the :55 get together for a group sun screen circle making sure to get everyone else's shoulders and back. Use the pump lotion or the spray-on. Make sure you're dry so it stays connected to the skin.
    Rash Guard You can check these out, https://amzn.to/2udnhnp, but I recommend going to swim outlet for something more like these: https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/dolfin-lifeguard-mens-long-sleeve-rashguard-8174189/?color=50448 Wear them to cover more skin, but still provide mobility and comfort. They are effective because the fabric will block the skin. Make these optional for your staff and cover the cost if they're used. i don't have a good recommendation to get teenagers to wear these, but if you do please comment! Maybe an end of the year bonus if you buy one and use it daily?
    HATS! wow. We had these type of hats available to us when I taught swim lessons, but very few people wore them. They looked weird, and only the most confident, most bold were willing to wear them. https://amzn.to/2J5dQvw At the time that was not me. You can wear these hats to protect your face and head from the damaging effects of the sun while you're teaching swimming lessons. Pair this with good sunglasses and you have total protection for your eyes and head.
    Change lesson times. The worst time to be under the sun uncovered is between 10-4pm. The absolute worst between 11-2pm. Change your swim lessons to be earlier in the morning done at 11, and later in the evening starting at 4pm. That way your staff misses out on the worst of the sun. Your swimmers, often children, will benefit too from the decreased intensity of the sun. it might be a little colder, it might be a little more cloudy or uncomfortable, but you'll be protected and you'll be doing right by your teenage staff that, like me, will resist wearing sun screen.  https://anchor.fm/app

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