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 … Read more

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: Level 1: Level 2: … Read more

SIP 090: Teaching Swimming, Method and Delivery

Today we review the online course, Teaching Swimming, fun and effective instruction and the second section: 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 … Read more

SIP 089: Safe children that LOVE swimming with Julia Johnson

Teach better Parent Tot, Parent and Infant classes 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 … Read more

086: Training Summer Swim Lesson Managers

What are the essential skills you should be teaching your lesson managers? You can find information at 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, … Read more

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: “ While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance. From … Read more

SIP 082: Teaching Private Swim 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 … Read more

SIP 080: Brief Autism Overview

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 080: Brief Autism Overview” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] 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 … Read more

SIP 079: Do you need to license a swim program to be successful?

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 079: Do you need to license a swim program to be successful?” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] 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 … Read more

SIP 075: Swim team tryout script

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 075: Swim team tryout script” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] 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 … Read more

SIP 074: A quick update and a reminder about routine

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 074: A quick update and reminder about routine” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] 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 … Read more

SIP 073: What to do when veteran staff suck

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 073: What to do when veteran staff suck” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] 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.

SIP 072: Breathing for two weeks

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 072: Breathing for two weeks” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] 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 … Read more

SIP 071: Activity, Activity, Challenge

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 071: Activity, Activity, Challenge” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ]   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 … Read more

SIP 070: What you need to start teaching swimming

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 070: What you need to start teaching swimming” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] 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:   But he was uncertain in how to start teaching … Read more

SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”SIP 069: Foundational Breathing Method for swimming; a conversation with Dominic Latella from” artist=”Swimming Ideas” ] A conversation with Dominic Latella from Check out the course, Foundational Breathing Method for swimming here: We talk about a lot of different things regarding swimming. Dominic lets us know some details about his … Read more

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