*. The Puddle Jumpers (under the hips & under the hands) can be clipped together, so that the students are more easily drilled and taught at the same time, as a semi-private.
*. Notice where the students have their right arms positioned on the puddle jumpers that are under their hips, so that they are not able to do the typical extra dog paddle pull while rotating to breathe.
* When the hips and arm are “forced” to be elevated to the surface like this, it influences the head position to be flatter, It is more comfortable to do it correctly.
*. These Grade 7/8 students have already been taught to do the first drills of this series (Swordfish Kick, Warrior Kick, & Quick Swim-Breathing. Otherwise, this drill would be more difficult.
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* When back floating a baby, simply hold the baby’s head allowing the body to float freely and naturally in the water. This can be accomplished with the inflatable Baby Neck Float Ring
* By only supporting the head (by hand or with the ring) to protect
against unexpected submersion, the newborn baby is able to experience “the motion of the ocean” and organically move his limbs and torso more easily than on land.
*. The Neck Float Ring is an acceptable floating device suited for babies until about 4 months, since it mimics the same hold that a parent or teacher uses to support the baby’s head.
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In education, scaffolding refers to a variety of instructional techniques used to move students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process. When teaching students to swim, we use the scaffolding techniques to provide successive levels of temporary support that help students become independent and reach higher levels of skill acquisition that they would not be able to achieve without assistance. Like physical scaffolding, the supportive strategies are incrementally removed when they are no longer needed, and the teacher gradually shifts more responsibility over the learning process to the student.
* Learning always precedes from THE KNOWN to THE NEW.
* GOOD TEACHING recognizes and builds on this
* A student learning new skills and concepts is like a carpenter building a house.
* In order to build the house safely and correctly, carpenters needs to stand on scaffolding until they are ready to move on to the next stage of construction.
* The construction of learning starts from the ground up.
* The NEW is built on top of the KNOWN.
* In the learning environment, teachers provide SCAFFOLDING to support the construction of NEW LEARNING for individual and groups of students.
Smart Fish Method Stroke level students and pre-comp swimmers (who have mastered Warrior Freeestyle) should do a proper streamline push- off from the wall at the start of every lap.
– Horizontal posture,
– Arms reaching,
– Head down and flat.
– Strong Kick (except Breaststroke)
This needs to become a habit for them, so that when the teacher or coach explains the next drill, he will not have to remind them to streamline push-off the wall. Typically, the students will focus and remember only the last thing they are told. If that last command is the reminder to streamline off the wall, do not be surprised if all the instructions regarding the drill are completely forgotten.
Therefore, take time to simply teach the streamline and break-out to all SFM stroke school levels. Drill the Skill until it becomes a habit, so that they will not have to be reminded of this requirement in the future.
There is no need to do full laps when first teaching this skill. Notice how the coach uses the kick-stick to insure that the student streamlines long enough.
Teach one thing at a time and add-on the instruction to ahold off on recovering for a breath until after at least the first two or three pulls. Here at Waterside Swim School we teach the world renowned Smartfish Method. We offer private, group and competitive swim education to all ages. Our Method is constantly evolving with the newest technology and swim related research. Our specialty is the art of baby swimming and safety, but our Method is designed to accommodate all ages, even adults. We take great pride in what we do here and love showing the world the priceless gift of knowing how to swim.
Keep one goggle underwater during the breath
– BEGIN TEACHING THIS A.S.A.P. Explain the need in Grade 7/8.
Insist on this posture in Advanced Grade 8 (8+) and Precompetitive Level 1 & beyond.
– As long as we are teaching them the lateral,
horizontal posture for QUICK BREATH RECOVERY, we should begin teaching this concept & requirement to breathe with an “UNDERWATER EYE.”
– Students MUST have a perfectly flat, horizontal head positioning in WARRIOR KICK POSITION, before turning for an “Underwater Eye” Quick Breath.
– RECOMMENDATION: Novice students should initially practice this with fins. Effective, powerful kicking elevates the body horizontally,
making “UNDERWATER EYE” Quick Breathing possible and easier to do.
– NOTICE: He is unable to do the “Underwater Eye” Drill correctly, if he is looking forward.
– NOTICE: She is looking down correctly in WARRIOR, so she is able to keep one goggle under the water when rotating for an “Underwater Eye” Quick Breath
There are 7 steps to doing the Swim~Float~Swim SEAL skill. Learn the first 4 steps in Grade 1 & 2:
– STEP 1: LAUNCH
– STEP 2: SWIM
– STEP 3: ROLL-OVER FRONT TO BACK
– STEP 4: BACK FLOAT
Then learn the last 3 steps in Grade 3:
– STEP 5: ROLL-OVER BACK TO FRONT
– STEP 6: SWIM
– STEP 7: LAND
Then link all 7 steps together.
When they only need assistance in the linking of the skills and when they are not crying about swim lessons (most of the time)… then, they can be promoted to GRADE 4.
* This video describes tips to teaching the SEA LION skill
– Dolly Demo, Roll Play
– Tipping Point
– Empower them to finish what they initiate
– Be as invisible in your assistance as possible
– Encourage them
– Leg Twist
– Sea Lion Spin
*. REMEMBER: The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori
The yellow band is being used to keep the student’s lead arm extended during breath recovery.
– Attaching the head to the arm with the yellow band does not allow the separate rotation of the head & causes the student to roll to her back and stall or scissor her kick.
– However, SFM 6.0 Breath Recovery for Freestyle is now being taught with Warrior positioning & Quick Breathing: One arm extended (next to the head) & one arm down by the leg.
– Be sure to FIRST teach kids to blow of their nose… It is difficult for them to progress to efficient freestyle until they learn that valuable skill.
– Then teach QUICK SWIM BREATHING: Exhale out the nose underwater… but not for the entire time… then inhale only once above the water.
– Teach flat kicking throughout the entire drill & barely rotate the head for ONE QUICK INHALE AFTER EXHALING THROUGH THE NOSE UNDERWATER.
– We teach a minimal rotation of the head, separate from the body, while one goggle stays under the water, during the quick inhale.
– Notice the Level 2 swimmer in the NOVA STAR CLUB… who is doing a SEGMENTED WARRIOR FREESTYLE with Quick Breath and Quick Warrior.
– Please refer to other WARRIOR DRILL #1 videos posted on this YouTube channel to understand the NEW SFM 6.0 concepts and drills to teach Freestyle with Quick Breathing.
– ON OUR OWN….we came up with the idea of teaching Breath Recovery using a drill we call: “WARRIOR DRILL #1” Kicking in Warrior Position (as in Yoga) with Quick Breathing while only rotating the head to breathe and not the whole body.
– HOWEVER… in watching swim videos on the web, we are finding that, though the name we use is original, the actual drill is used by progressive swim coaches and elite swimmers.
– CHECK OUT THIS SEGMENT FROM “SWIM LABS”
– Videos like the one from SWIM LABS add credibility to what we teach. It is good to know that THE SMART FISH METHOD is on the right track. PLEASE, keep up with and use all the ideas we share through our You-Tubes and SFM Training Newsletters.
This student is 27 months old.
– We need to teach the students HOW TO PLAY at the stairs, without the castles.
– We can still work on their skills like BACK KICKING with their hands on their belly.,
– It means we must accept their need and decision to sit-up from a back float on occasion, rather than expecting them to always roll-over laterally.
– It is good for students to experience and deal with other kids in the step area. This is realistic. Kids need to learn how to swim around other kids in the play area and not resort to grabbing on them for support.
– They only need to hold their tummy when they kick. When they hold their tummy, it makes them ONLY kick. It keeps them from using their hands for pull as support. When they pull on their back, they tend to dilute their kick. It compromises their balance AND kick.
– “I am trying to teach her how to play. There are times when it is valuable and necessary for them to sit-up from a back float. She is ready to learn to roll-over and to sit-up.”
* Put the Puddle Jumper under the student’s back upside down and backwards.
* It is always ideal to use a teaching aide like this that allows the student to actually do the drill as independently as possible, without Teacher-Holds.
* Jordan used to splash the water with his hands as he pulled to his legs. Wearing the Puddle Jumper this way is helping to improve his pull. Because of where the arm sleeves are located, he is forced to keep his hands under the water when he pulls to his legs.
SFM Puddle Jumper Introduction to Back Floating & Swim Float Swimming
* This was video taped by Ginny, who was holding the camera with one hand, while assisting or guiding Milah (23 months old) with the other hand.
* It is so easy to learn to swim, especially when they learn to do it the Smart Fish way. The challenge is to get them to cooperate. Introducing them to the whole method of Swim~Float~Swim in the Introductory phase can really help them accept your instruction, especially it is done as non-aggressively as possible – without the feeling of falling…without having to put their face in the water. Watch how we use the puddle jumpers in this video, starting with two and then just one.
*** INTRODUCTORY APPROACH to BACK FLOATING (Sunfish)
Start with two puddle jumpers:
One under the back. One over the belly.
Upside down: Arm holes down by the legs.
*** INTRODUCTORY APPROACH to SWIM~FLOAT~SWIMMING (Seal)
Use one Puddle-Jumper under the back. Keep it upside down, so the arm holes are down by the legs. The fabric connecting the arm holes to the main part of the float should be wedged under her armpits.
* The Puddle Jumper is a great teaching aide. It is easy to put on and take off. It holds the student in the same postures needed to execute the skill all by themselves. The teacher really does not have to assist. in fact, the less direction from the teacher, the better. Then they will be less likely to resist out of stubborness. They can be IN CONTROL.