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Smart Fish Method Using Math Skill Games as a Reward for Good Effort

* Smart Fish Method (Baby Swimming Lesson) GRADE 6 students, (Learn-To-Swim graduates under the age of 4), may not progress in Stroke Skill Development as quickly and with as much refinement as students who are older.

* Therefore, blend in time at this level helping them learn non-swim educational skills & other useful lessons that all fall under the heading of “LEARNING HOW TO LEARN.”

* ONE-TO-ONE CORRESPONDENCE is a foundational math skill for preschoolers …and they learn that the number goes with the object, or the number goes with the time.

* … so you can ask them how many Train Whistle Pulls they want or assign them a certain number of points for a good swim. Then help them count that exact number as they “toot their horn.”

* When they count “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10”, they first learn it by rote memory. They are just learning THE SEQUENCE OF NUMBERS or SEQUENCING….not the significance of each number.

* Many young children have memorized the number words in the proper order, but sometimes do not yet understand the concept of one-to-one correspondence. For example, they might say “1,2,3,4,5″ but skip an object. Or, they count an object twice.

* When teaching an actual lesson… divide up these ideas of teaching math skills as a series of short rewards throughout the lesson… or throughout a series of lessons.I am not suggesting that you take this much time for it during one single lesson.

* These young pool prodigies typically need frequent reward breaks while repetitively practicing their stroke drills. It is ideal if you can link activities like this with what they are practicing in the pool… like counting their laps with the number of puzzle pieces they put on the board or with beads on a counting frame.

* Notice that Eli accidentally miscounted on the ONE-TO-ONE CORRESPONDENCE game of matching the count with the object. This is an example of the usefulness of this activity.

* Interaction like this will enhance your relationship with the child. Preschoolers enjoy this subject and think of it as play, so they are happy to have this as a reward for good swim lesson effort. They also love to show-off how SMART they are.

* When you praise them for it, you build their self-confidence and self-esteem. The positivity from this will help in your efforts to inspire them to cooperate with you when you teach them swim skills, as well.

* If the kids can stay engaged and focused on learning during their breaks, it will be easier to reel them back into the next swim drill you ask them to do. Play activities like jumping and sliding are good, but they can also be distracting to the structure of the lesson. It would be wise to save activities like that for the end of a good lesson.


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How can a 17 month old baby possibly swim 25 yards all by hiimself?

Robbie is just a lucky little fish who was able to start as an infant and swim many days per week. He has only been taught Smart Fish Method “ROLL-TO-BACK FLOAT” skills … which transitioned into “SWIM~FLOAT~SWIM”, and then into what you see in this video as the “KICK & ROLL SWIMMING”.

He has been able to swim this far since he was 12 months old, but now his front kick is much more developed, so he swims in a straighter line.

If given the same opportunity with our any of our awesome Watersafe Swim School teachers, all Smart Fish students are capable of learning this as easily and as young as Robbie.

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Teach them to SWIM FREELY: Baby Swimming Lessons

SMART FISH METHOD @ WATERSAFE SWIM SCHOOL * Featuring Robbie: 14 1/2 months old.

* Teach them to SWIM FREELY. Then teach them to SWIM FREESTYLE.

* “Roll-Over Swimming” transitions E-FISH-CIENTLY into Freestyle

* Add “HIGH ARMS” or ” BIG ARMS” to Robbie’s “KICK &. ROLL SWIM” & it becomes Freestyle

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Raindrops Keep Falling on Robbie’s Head: Watersafe Swim School

I really think frequent “showers” or “pouring water directly over their head” can help babies develop comfortable swim-breath-control. Robbie started having daily showers with water streaming down his face when he was 5 days old. Listen to the music. Does anyone know what movie (from 1969) this tune is from?

Come join Watersafe Swim School, here you’ll experience the joy of seeing your children have fun as their confidence grows and they learn lifelong swimming skills.

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Mighty Tri at Watersafe Benefitting Autism Speaks Presented by ABC Pool Supply Products

What an incredible event! Such an amazing effort put out by all of our Athletes of all ages. Even the Parents earned them selves some praise running along side their little ones through the whole course. Congratulations everyone!

Huge thank you to our Presentation Sponsor ABC Swimming Pool Supply Products. They’ve been great partners and friends of Watersafe for many years. Highly recommend using them for all your pool supply needs:

And please patronize all of our Amazing Sponsors whom, without their support, this event would not be possible!

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Baby Swimming: SFM Ginny’s Parent-Tot, Part 1, Opening Song

“Circle up everybody. Hold your baby, so they are facing into the circle.”

(if a baby is being shy or resistant about that, the parent can hug (chest to chest), but we suggest having the parent turn around, so that Baby can look over the parent’s shoulder to at least watch the fun that is going on while we all enjoy the OPENING SONG… the one song that should be the same every single Watersafe Swim School Parent-Tot class.



Tune for

“Wheels on the Bus”

The kids in the pool

go splash, splash, splash,

splash, splash, splash,

splash, splash, splash.

The kids in the pool

go splash, splash, splash,

all around the pool.

…. kick, kick, kick

… go up and down

…side to side

…in and out

… a great big kiss.

When new babies are upset about participating in any of these activities, let the parent know that it is no unusual. Two Options:

1: Hug the baby throughout the entire class and simply watch the action. Baby will likely become curious about things and at least turn around to watch. The next time Baby attends the class, he will likely be more cooperative… less threatened, because now he will know what it is all about. Be patient. We don’t mind counting this as a “Canceled Lessons” that can be made up later. Just speak with the office when your class is over.

2. Go over the the Dice Block on the side of the pool, where there is a basket of foam shapes and puzzle pieces that your child can play with. Distract his attention from the class, and simply enjoy conversation about the shapes that can be placed on the block. Teach Baby how to dip the shape in the water, so that it sticks to the block.

– Another fun distraction… find the bath books in the equipment basket and read them with your child.


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SmartFish Mehtod Parent Tot Name Introduction Song, by Miss Karen

* Use the melody for “Frère Jacques”
* This can replace “The Kids In The Pool” song … (the one using the melody of “Wheels On The Bus”)
* “Where is _________ Where is ________ ? There she is. There she is. Splashy, splashy, splashy. Kickie, Kickie, Kickie… Up and down. Up and down.”
* For the babies who allow the teacher to touch them, the teacher can help them to splash their hands and kick their feet.
* From about 11 months or so, babies like to point, so explain to the parents that the idea of pointing is a natural behavior that can be encouraged.
* This is also a good way to learn the names of the students. Ask parents to repeat their child’s name throughout the class, as you come around to help them teach.
* NEXT SEGMENT: Submersion Instruction & Practice
* NOTE: Before taking a baby under the water, ask the new parent if their child has ever experienced water washing over the face in the bath or shower. If not… the child is not yet ready for submersion in the lesson. Use the pitcher to pour water over the back of head and maybe over the face.
* Homework for new babies who have never experienced water over the face: practice pouring water over the face during bath time before returning the next week.

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Smart Fish Method New Versa to Lear for Ring Around The Rosie

(Eventually, maybe we can change the words)
* First version of the second verse:
… Feel the lovely sunshine,
… Flows all around
… Hop a little, Hop…
… Right Off the ground.
Repeat using “Jump”, instead of “Hop”
… Feel the lovely sunshine,
… Flows all around
… Jump a little, Jump…
… Right Off the ground.

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Smart Fish Method No-Breath Freestyle, Stopping to Take Breaths Between Sets

* This is a test to see if 4 year old Landon is able to do No-Breath Sticky Arms and Flutter Kicking independently. Most of his lesson involves “Hands-On” instruction with a teacher in the pool.
* Landon has improved his “No-Breath Sticky/Switch High Arms” and head positioning. Before adding Breath Recovery, he must still improve his kick so that he kicks non-stop with long legs (using his whole leg to move the water.)
* These sets of No-Breath High Arms can be done between platforms, from the teacher to the wall (or steps), across a shallow pool (standing up when needing to breathe), or across a deep pool, near the wall or lane line, so that the student is able to stop and hang on the wall or lane line to breathe, before doing the next set of No-Breath High Arms.
* Smart Fish Method students learn Freestyle AFTER mastering a confident Kick & Roll Swim with lateral breath recovery.

* STEP 1: teach proper Swim Breathing (exhale out the nose underwater, inhale one single breath through the mouth above the water.) Progress from this to lateral Quick Breath Swim-Breathing.
* STEP 2: work on kick and head positioning: SWORDFISH KICK … LONG WARRIOR KICK.
* STEP 3: Logan does a GREAT WARRIOR PUSH-OFF START off the steps. Landon was taught to begin the drill in Long Warrior Kick position: “One arm forward, one arm back – head down.”
* STEP 4: N0-Breath Sticky Arms … swim an achievable distance without a breath focusing only on Sticky/Switch High Arms, Legs, and head positioning.
* STEP 5: Review Swim-Breathing and lateral Quick Breathing
* STEP 6: Long Warrior with lateral Quick Breathing
* STEP 7 through 11… SFM Grade 8 Long Warrior Freestyle drills with arms, legs, and lateral Quick Breathing.
—-Notice that even a slight elevation of Logan’s head compromises his ability to do the drill. Youngsters have proportionately large heads, so it affects their swim posture more than an that of an adult.
— Notice that Logan began and ended his second lap of this drill in Long Warrior Kick position. “Good work Landon… you didn’t even need your teacher to remind you to do that.”

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