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Aquatic Professionals

We are Aquatic Professionals who want to improve our programs, solve swimming struggles, and provide fun and effective instruction.

Membership Includes:

  • Teaching Swimming Online Course.
  • Level Structure Online Course
  • Weekly Mentorship Meetings on Zoom
  • A community of like-minded Aquatic Professionals
  • Essential Swim Skills Tutorial Video Course
  • Teaching Swimming Book PDF
  • Lesson Coordinator Handbook PDF
  • Visual Skill Sheets: quick reference guides for vital swimming skills of all levels (12 pages) PDFs
  • SwimSheets: custom hand-drawn progressions for level agnostic skills (Underwater and Glides, Crawls and Breathing, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Refining Freestyle) PDFs
  • General Lesson Plans: Levels 1-4, PDFs
  • Weekly Lesson Plans: Parent Tot (6 weeks). PDFs
  • Weekly Lesson Plans: Level 1 (4 weeks). PDFs
  • Guppies: Games & Goofiness
  • Weekly Lesson Plans: Level 2 (Two 4-week progressions). PDFs
  • Weekly Lesson Plans: Level 3 (4 weeks). PDFs
  • Weekly Lesson Plans: Level 4 (4 weeks). PDFs
  • Swim America Stations Lesson Plans (10 stations, 14 sheets). PDFs
  • How to Create Fun and Effective Swim Games eBook PDF
  • How to Create Fun and Effective Developmental Swim Practices eBook PDF

*Team members get access to everything and can download or view it with their own accounts.

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Teaching Swimming Book PDF

While the online course has all of the same information and more, you can use the print book PDF to view exclusive discussion questions and quizzes to better build your swimming knowledge.

Membership includes the online course as well as the full PDF to the print training workbook.

View the book on your favorite tablet or phone, or printed out the old-fashioned way.

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Lesson Coordinator Handbook PDF

Prepare your management staff and yourself for running swim lesson training classes. This book is designed for Aquatic Professionals and their middle-management staff.

Follow our block plans for an in-person swim instructor training course using the Teaching Swimming online course and workbook. This Lesson Coordinator handbook will give you everything you need to conduct your class and train new hires to teach fun and effective lessons.

View the book on your favorite tablet or phone, or printed out the old-fashioned way.

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Visual Skill Sheets

These sheets cover a diverse array of crucial swimming skills with a consistent format to quickly teach the essentials.

From left to right columns are Picture, Script or Phrase, and detailed instructions.

Give these Visual skill sheets to your instructors, your coaches, or your swimmers.

From Streamline to breaststroke drills these sheets are perfect for training staff and building a better swim program.

General Lesson Plans

Veteran swim instructors don’t need a weekly lesson plan. Not always.

As your staff increases their mastery and builds a base of swimming knowledge give them these simplified level specific guides to prompt their imagination.

Follow the tested and effective formula for swim lessons and swim team practices: activity, activity, challenge.

Teachers can draw from a bank of level specific activities and challenges.

Allow for creativity and a more natural flowing class time when your staff has a guide without being too restrictive.

Give your staff an easy to read guide to teach swimming with minimal training.

Your instructors will find them easy to read and follow their color-coded and numbered plans. Each activity and game is explained in detail. We provide songs with lyrics, skills with pictures, descriptions, and instructions on how to teach each essential swimming skill. The lesson plans have detailed songs, games, lyrics, guides built right into their color-coded awesomeness.

Premium Swim Lesson Plans Include:

  • Swim America Lesson Plans: 10 Stations, 14 sheets
  • General Swim Lesson Plans for Levels 1-4.
  • 6 Days of Parent Tot classes
  • 4 Days of Level One
  • 8 Days of Level Two
  • 4 Days of Level Three
  • 4 Days of Level Four
  • 11 Visual Swimming Skill Sheets: Streamline, position 11, Supported and unsupported front glides, supported and unsupported back glides, Breaststroke arms, breaststroke kick, breaststroke drills, and breaststroke progression.

Better swim lessons

Have you ever thought to yourself:

“I just wanted to make my swim lesson program better?”

There is an easy way to improve your swim lessons in almost every facet: provide your staff with easy-to-use effective swim lesson plans.

That might be daunting, but there is help.

New updates to the weekly lesson plans are here as of October 2021. 

We feel like it’s important to keep updating our lesson plans and guidance. As we refine our systems and battle-test our lesson plans you get the benefit of better instruction. 

If you’ve used the general lesson plans you’re familiar with the formula: Activity, Activity, Challenge. That format is now coming to the weekly level-specific swimming lesson plans. 

Printer-friendly weekly lesson plans for level-specific instruction.

Level 1 Lesson Plans

Give these lesson plans to your swimming instructors to prepare for their class and use in the water.

Lean into a tested formula that maximizes learning and fun: Activity, Activity, Challenge.

Look at the “goals” section at the top of the page. Each day we give lesson-specific goals to the swim instructor designed to ensure a high-quality lesson.

Level 2 Lesson Plans

Build on going underwater and move into glides, front crawl arms, and floating independently.

Continue using the rotation method and our proven Activity Activity Challenge formula to produce high repetition opportunities and let swimmers grow!

Level 3 Lesson Plans

Continue with the super-effective rotation method but use longer distances, lanes, and no more benches.

Swimmers will start learning front crawl breathing and develop better backstroke, breaststroke, and fly kick.

Activity, Activity, Challenge continues its incredible effectiveness and challenges become more complex, difficult, and exciting!

Build the freestyle competitive swimmer quickly following our lesson plans!

Level 4 Lesson Plans

All four competitive strokes are now taught! From Butterfly to Breaststroke and flip turns and open turns we’re working on distances and IM.

The adaptable activity, activity, and challenge formula even holds up in these Developmental Swim Team-type lesson plans.

Use a mix of short-distance skill work and longer-distance endurance building to prepare swimmers for competitive swim team tryouts or start training on your own.


Visual skill sheets with lesson plans and general guidance for beginning and veteran swim instructors.

We learn through visual information best when it comes to swimming. We can demonstrate or ask someone else to perform the skill we’re asking our participants to do.

Here are hand-drawn, custom-made visual Instructor sheets that cover the essential swim skills for both swim lessons and beginner swim team programs.

With these new plans, you’ll have your new staff teaching like pros in no time and your veteran staff refining their technique to match the updated pictures and guidance.

Make your swim lessons more effective. Give your staff a powerful tool that they can use in the water or on deck in training.

Sheets cover:

  • Underwater and Glides
  • Crawls and Breathing
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly
  • Refining Freestyle
  • Flip turns
  • Open turns

Why SwimSheets?

Everything is packed into one sheet. Swimming involves a litany of nuanced skills and precise movements. The SwimSheets make teaching swimming easier. Get everything you need from doing glides and going underwater to flip turns and breaststroke.

Each sheet has two crucial elements: Picture based example side and Skill Progression example side using the Activity, Activity, Challenge formula.

Page 1:

Follow the basics on the picture-based example side. For breaststroke, you can see how the arms and the kick are broken into their component pieces with guides to teaching them. Turn the complicated breaststroke arm movement into simple 11, Eat, 11.

SwimSheets can teach your swim staff and the students! Show them the pictures and have them mimic them.

Page 2:

On the reverse side of each SwimSheet see an example progression of skills following the proven formula for fun and effective instruction, Activity, Activity, Challenge.

In the above example you can see the progression of the front crawl with glides, glides with arm strokes, and then arm strokes with a single breath. Included are directions, pictures, and illustrations to make referencing the skills easier. Finally, at the end look at the challenges that tie in a future skill or promote an essential swim skill.

Quicker staff learning. More effective instruction.

Give your staff a laminated copy of the SwimSheets when they’re learning how to teach swimming. Give them a copy of the pdf!

Each SwimSheet covers a broad topic like Glides and Underwater, Crawls and Breathing, or Breaststroke.

Want your new instructor to focus on teaching front glides? Give them the Underwater and Glides sheet.

Want your swimmer to better understand how to put together breaststroke? Review the pictures and elements on the Breaststroke SwimSheet.

When I’m training new instructors or assistant coaches I want them to have an easy reference for fast delivery and minimal intervention.

I give them the SwimSheets.

Included Tool: Teaching Swimming Online Course

Teaching Swimming: Fun and Effective Instruction Online

Access our online course for yourself, or create a private space and invite your team members too!

Learn everything you need to teach fun and effective swim lessons or coach developmental swimming.

Aquatic Professionals are busy. We have a lot of things to juggle and limited time. We can only be on deck or at the pool for a certain amount before we have to go home and sleep or tend to our families.  You might be laughing and thinking, “Like Aquatic Professionals have a regular work schedule!”

Save time. Ensure your staff has a baseline understanding of basic concepts so you can get right in the nuances of your site-specific program.

Swimming Ideas’ Teaching Swimming: Fun and Effective Instruction gives your staff everything it needs to teach swimming well.

It includes a reference for the essential swim skills from going underwater to flip turns, significant discussion and sections on how to craft command language, options to set up your class, and the benefits of waves or one-at-a-time instruction.

This online course is intended to make your life easier. We want you to have a better swim instruction program from lessons to swim teams and training is the first step.

Give your staff access to this robust online training course that provides through pictures, text, and video detailed explanations about the 15 essential swim skills and how to actually teach a class well.

We want your staff to know what they’re doing, but also how to effectively run a class or practice. From why you should do supported front glides following a progression to what incremental progressions are, we have it all.

Built into the website is a focused online course module that limits distractions and serves as an easy way to navigate the course content.

Pictures, illustrations, scripts, and guides, your staff will have an excellent resource designed to get them teaching quickly.


Training new staff is hard. Make it easier when they can see crucial steps of the learning process with clear guidance.

Teaching Swimming’s goal is to have your instructors teaching fun and effective lessons. That means focusing on the 20% of things that generate the 80% of results in your lessons.

Your staff will learn how to start close with front glides and supported glides to edge the swimmers into doing it themselves while building trust.

Knowing the wrong answer is sometimes as good as the right one.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people teach something wrong. Yes, there are wrong ways to teach back floats. Pictured below is one of 3 listed in the training course.

When we know what is wrong we can avoid it. Knowing why its wrong makes you a better instructor because it helps you understand the reason behind the methods.

Adults and teenagers are similar when it comes to learning. We want to know why we do things not just be told to do them a certain way. Teaching Swimming online course goes in-depth into why certain ways are effective and others aren’t.

Video too! Watch custom videos and YouTube videos:

More than just text and images we leverage YouTube and our own custom video to illustrate complex points or highlight great examples of quality teaching.

Quizzes and a Final Test

Ensure your staff and you know your skills and language by completing the required online tests. They’re peppered throughout the online courses to assess mastery without the gotcha-type questions that try to trick the test-taker. We want our students to learn, understand, and be able to teach well without gimmicks or mind games.

Fun learning with chances for laughter

Just like teaching swimming to children, we need to be playful and funny at times.

We strive to make the online course a place of professionalism and effort but balance it with opportunities for laughter and amusement. We want your participants to laugh. We want the test takers to take a breath, chuckle, and continue learning using all the tools we can think of to produce fun and effective swim instructors.

Create your own swim games.

Follow this formula for creating your own swimming games and challenges. The process is the same. Use this book to get ideas and learn the step-by-step process I take to make new games and challenges for our swim program.

Coach beginner swimmers with fun and effective instruction.

This is the distilled guide to how I create my developmental swim practices. After coaching full time for 11 years, I’ve refined the process into this repeatable format.

Learn how to use short distances and challenges to make the most out of your swimming program.

Get beginner swimmers competing quickly while retaining the love of swimming!