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

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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 093: Three weeks with COVID-19 group swimming lessons

    SIP 093: Three weeks with COVID-19 group swimming lessons

    What has it been like? What is our procedure?

    How do we teach?

    Challenges:

    Getting swimmers moving.

    Handling difficult swimmers.

    Coaching and commands.

    Resilience of children and adaptability.

    Tools: Lesson plans and TV for website lessons.


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    • 23 min
    SIP 092: Are you comfortable teaching?

    SIP 092: Are you comfortable teaching?

    What should you do if you are comfortable? What should you do it if you're not comfortable?

    Covid-19 and the coronavirus pandemic is real. We just saw this week that the president got infected and foolishly hosted events without face coverings that subsequently infected many other people at a White house event. I know. This is insane. Right?

    If the white house can't stay safe, how can we expect to remain safe while teaching swimming lessons?

    We live in a world that requires us to go to work. Aquatic professionals need to bring in revenue. We need to have people taking lessons, using the pool, and participating in our programs.

    How can we make ourselves feel safer?


    Set up a system.
    Wear face coverings the entire time you're coaching or teaching.
    Space participants apart with a good distance.
    Have regular airflow across the pool surface and expel it.
    Limit your exposure.
    Ask your staff what they're comfortable with.
    Screen your participants.
    Require parent involvement.
    Kick people out that don't follow your rules; be unapologetic about your own safety.


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    • 22 min
    SIP 091: Swimming Ideas' Levels

    SIP 091: Swimming Ideas' Levels

    Find out what Swimming Ideas Level structure is and why we use it. Learn the nuances of each level and the progression of skills that takes a 3 year old who doesn't like the water to a competitive swim team swimmer.

    For all the information covered here go to: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/resources/

    Level 1: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/blog/level-1/

    Level 2: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/blog/level-2/

    Level 3: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/blog/level-3/

    Level 4: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/blog/level-4/


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    • 35 min
    SIP 090: Teaching Swimming, Method and Delivery

    SIP 090: Teaching Swimming, Method and Delivery

    Today is all about the online course, Teaching Swimming, that comes with the companion PDF of the physical book available on Amazon.

    This training course covers the crucial skills your teachers need to begin having effective instruction. When your staff is confident, in command, and clear they can expand on having fun.

    We're going to review the basics of each section and give you a brief overview on how to be a better swim instructor.






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    • 31 min
    SIP 089: Safe children that LOVE swimming with Julia Johnson

    SIP 089: Safe children that LOVE swimming with Julia Johnson

    Teach better Parent Tot, Parent and Infant classes with Julia Johnson.

    Show notes here: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/blog/sip-089-safe-children-that-love-swimming-with-julia-johnson/

    Julia Johnson grew up in Michigan where she learned to swim during summer swim lessons by going to beaches and pools. 

    She swam competitively in high school and then completed a few aquatrathons, sprint triathlons and a 5k swim in the years after graduation. 

    Julia studied mental health and social work in college and realized that her passion was building mental health through swimming and coaching. 

    Over the last 17 years she has worked for country clubs, community education programs, schools, athletic clubs and finally found her way to the YMCA of Memphis and the Midsouth. 

    During the last 17 years she's been coaching and leading staff, program design, launching new programs, teaching swimmers 3month-adults in their 90s, adaptive lessons, coaching middle school, age group swim team, and masters. 

    Julia is passionate about the physical and mental benefits that evolve from swimming and especially enjoys helping the youngest of our learn to swim participants and their parents. 

    Want more information about Julia? Email her here: julia.johnson@ymcamemphis.org






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    SIP 088: Teaching Breaststroke Kick to Beginners

    SIP 088: Teaching Breaststroke Kick to Beginners

    Breaststroke kick is difficult to do. It is an unnatural motion for many swimmers. There will always be that small subsect of people that have learned how to do it on their own and in fact prefer it to the flutter kick motion. I believe these are people that pushed the water in the "breaststroke way" when they were learning and stuck with it because it makes them move.

    Spent a lot of time watching children swim. For a long time I've been a proponent of "nurture over nature" and that genes are actually an expression of nurture over a longer timeline. Swimmers experience stuff in the water, and they build on what they've felt and experienced. Their swimming is a reflection of their trial and error experiences in the water.

    We need to replace lots of their habits with better ones through repetition, time, and guidance.

    Teaching breaststroke kick to beginners is one of the worst things about teaching swimming; its difficult, its hard, its frustrating, and it is the clearest example of a boring struggle to get kids to do something they don't understand, can't feel, and don't like to do.

    We're going to make it easier.

    A segment of people have natural breaststroke kick.

    These are people that have learned intuitively the powerful force breaststroke kick can provide. You won’t really need to “teach” breaststroke kick to them beyond refinement and gliding after each kick.

    Most people struggle with breaststroke kick. This progression will make it easier.

    Teaching the breaststroke kick, or the whip kick, is a slog, a long press through swampy struggle that will take significant patience, repetition, and focused feedback and refinement.

    Do not be discouraged.

    We’ve made it easier.

    Begin with “flex.”

    Want to see the progression and pictures? Get the book online or join the online course: https://www.swimminglessonsideas.com/product/teaching-swimming-fun-and-effective-instruction/

    Physical print book from Amazon:

    https://amzn.to/2XVwqQZ


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    • 33 min

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