Building swim lesson plans

You can create fun and effective swim lesson plans with some basic tools, but if you want to really increase your game, improve your program and get the most out of your swim lessons and developmental swim practices the best thing to do is join the Developmental Swim Practice subscription so you can mix and … Read more

Pre-Tryout Clinic Day 3

1 x 25 Backstroke Kick get in and go Question of the Day: Why are there flags above the pool?Y= 1 jump off blocksN = One time lay on the bottom of the pool on your back Challenge: Kick in water over head with both arms above water in position 11 for 3 seconds. And … Read more

4/29/2019 Minnows

Warmup 100 IM Kick 2 x 25 Position 11 Question of the Day: At a swim meet can you begin in the water? YESY = Roll like a log across the floor 3 times and do 2 jumps as high as you canN = Do 10 situps and 5 jumps as high as you can … Read more

SIP 048: The science behind progressions

[smart_track_player url=”″ artist=”Swimming Ideas” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” ]   USA Swimming has this article linked to their Learn To Swim page at   We’re going to look specifically at this portion:   ” Moving and Learning Recent neurological research links movement to learning and memory.  Since neurologists now agree that active … Read more

SIP 047: Three cures for terrible training sessions

[smart_track_player url=”″ artist=”Swimming Ideas” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” ] You’re likely getting ready for your summer lifeguard training this month. You have returning staff and new hires eager or reluctantly attending your mandatory training.   These are critical hours you have a captive audience. Here are 3 things you can do as an instructor or … Read more

SIP 046: Two scripts for teaching swimming

[smart_track_player url=”″ artist=”Swimming Ideas” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” ] Front glides, back glides   Put your shoulders in the water Put your arms out in front of you Put your face in the water Push off to me   Back glide script:   Stand up straight Turn away from me Put … Read more

New Swim Instructor Guide to teach adults and teens

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This guide will help you teach swimming lessons to teenage and adult beginners. It is intended to help new swim instructors teach well to a different type of student: adults.  Teenagers are included as they are generally mature enough in this type of learning to be similar to how adults learn. Veteran instructors will benefit … Read more

Effective Teaching – Series 1 of 3

Be one of the best instructors Before I give you this juicy nugget of teaching effectiveness I want to thank you for being interested in teaching swimming. I’m creating swim lesson plans and training documents to improve our own program, but to also improve yours. Take these effective teaching tips from USA Swimming’s Sport Performance … Read more

Revive your Summer Swim Lessons this Winter

For the northern hemisphere, we’re in the throws of winter, or in 2015, what should be winter on December 21st. El Nino has for most of the world delayed much of the snow and cold and turned it into wet dismal weather.

With the longest night of the year just past us, memories of summer seem distant and cold. They are far away and we still need to slog through the wet spring and snowstorm of January – March.

Before you know it, we’ll be hiring for summer staff and interviewing our swim instructors. If you put out a summer brochure for registration you’ve likely just started planning it, or already have it done.

Here are 6 tips you can do to get ready for your summer swim lessons and make your memory of summer a little warmer and brighter!

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What terrible mistakes have your staff made?

What terrible mistakes have your staff made?   Even with the best intentions our seasonal staff makes some awful crazy mistakes. Take practicing diving in the shallow end. This instructor thought it was a good idea to teach her student dives while the swimmer stood on the painted sign saying “No Diving!” Yup, that child … Read more

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