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Swim Lesson Guide – Underwater Progression

I created this short, 10 minute training video to supplement the SLI Swim Instructor Training Workbook. This goes along with the first section, Going Underwater. When you teach swimming, sometimes you need a guide to teach going underwater. This is an introductory explanation of the Underwater Progression we use in the SLI swim lesson world. […]

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7 Essential Training Topics for New and Returning Summer Swim Instructors

Keep your staff on task with these key training topics 1. Never Turn your back on a swimmer During swim lessons or when you’re in the chair lifeguarding you should never turn your back to a participant. At all times you should have those swimmers in your care within your field of view. I understand […]

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How to Teach Swimming Lessons: 5 Steps to Diving Like a Pro

Have your swimmers get used to jumping in from the side. If you’re attempting to teach diving from the blocks for racing starts, have them jump off the blocks first. Being comfortable leaping from the side into the water is the first step to diving. If the swimmers are not comfortable going deep underwater they […]

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How to Teach Swimming Lessons: Dunk a Child Infographic

How to Dunk a Child | Create infographics For more guides and lesson plans, check out our Premium Swim Lesson Plans Here! To get games and toys to go with them, check out this post: Swim Toys and the Games to Play

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How to Teach Swimming Lessons: Back Glide Script

Back glides are one of the core essential skills in teaching swimming lessons. The first is going underwater, the second is doing a front glide with your face in the water, and the third, you guessed it, is doing a back glide. We will go over each of the specific phrases you should use to […]

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How to Teach Swimming Lessons: Front Glide Script

You can teach Front Glide in a variety of different ways. It is a skill you can use in Parent Tot, Level One, and Level Two. How you teach it changes in each level, and the focus changes based on the ability of the swimmers. We will break down each ability level for you and […]

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Swim Lesson Toys and Games to play

The toys to buy for your swimming lesson program:
These are the best swimming lesson toys that you can get for your swim lessons or swim lesson program. If you use American Red Cross, Starfish Aquatics, or Swim America, you’ll benefit from any or all of these swim lesson toys. Every game, song, or activity is possible, or made better by using these toys.

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Swim Lesson Templates and Plans: Learn How and When to use them and Create your own

Think of a lesson plan for swimming as the roadmap for your instructors to follow. Lesson plans are the guideposts along the path to a successful swim lesson. They help with the class’s flow and skill transitions. With a well written lesson plan you’ll naturally flow from one swimming skill into the next. You’ll gracefully move from underwater activities to glides to arm strokes

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Getting Level One in the water

Getting in the water can often be overlooked by most lesson plans and teaching programs. It is generally the first contact that the teacher has with their potentially hesitant participants. We recommend having an established routine. At our pool we have the students come in and go right to their teacher who is waiting on […]

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Teaching the Level One Swimmer: Assumptions and Goals

  Assumptions We’ll start with a few assumptions: Level One swimmers do not willingly go underwater on their own. They know nothing about freestyle, backstroke, or swimming. They see you move through the water like it is magic, and may not believe that they can do the same thing too. Let’s assume that level one […]

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Why “Mr. Fox” is the worst swim game you can play

If you are not familiar with the game, check this out: wikipedia on “Mr. Fox” Basically: – swimmer 1 stands away from the others, who typically remain on the wall. -Swimmer 1 waits while others chant: “Mr. Fox, Mr. Fox, what time is it?” -Swimmer 1 then shouts, with their backs turned to the others, […]

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Swimming well secret; What is the Magic formula?

Spend time in the water.   Woah, I have to stop answering the question before I write anything else. Unfortunately, there is no secret, there is no magic. The “poof” moment when the smoke clears is simply time spent in the water doing purposeful practice. Here is some science proof for you, should you want […]

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The Swim Instructor’s Curse

You will not be able to teach your own children how to swim easily.   I don’t have children. What I’m about to say is from my experience as a swim teacher and swim coach over the last 15 years. I have seen parents that swim take their kids to swimming lessons and always thought, […]

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How to Dunk a Child and Manage their fear

If you are teaching swim lessons to a child you will inevitably get one that will not willingly go underwater. The most important thing for you, as a teacher, to know is to not be afraid of the child. Any sign of hesitation, apprehension, or fear will be apparent to your student and make them […]

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What to do if a child is crying

  At swim lessons and a child starts crying. What do you do? As a parent there is a long list of things you should do to help your crying child and the swim program that you’re at. We are going to first go through what a parent should do to keep their child from […]

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How to find Swim Lessons in your area

Google is your friend. That is the real key to the whole process, though Bing or any other search engine will do. Before typing in your location and “swim lessons” I recommend you go to your local park district first.  Find your local park district here Park districts often have quality swimming pools of varying […]