Garner was put on the kick mat as a reward after his lesson. However, he started to fall off, so I decided to allow him to finish the fall to teach him the consequence for losing his balance and to “test” his skills. He successfully rolled over to back float. Don’t worry, we then spent time making him happy again… and put him back on the kick mat to allow him to experience and Errorless, less stressful ending to his lesson. We put him “back on the horse”, so to speak.
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.
– If you’re happy and you know it, splash your hands. If you’re happy and you know it, splash your hands. If you’re happy and you know it, then you’ll really want to show it. If you’re happy and you know it, splash your hands.
– Lean back on the water, on the water. Lean back on the water, on the water.
– If you’re happy and you know it, kick your feet. If you’re happy and you know it, kick you’re feet. If you’re happy and you know it, then you’ll really want to show it. If youre happy and you know it kick you’re feet…
– Lean back on the water, on the water. Lean back on the water, on the water. Lean back on the water, just like a sea otter. Lean back on the water, on the water.
– EVERYONE COME BACK TO THE CASTLE.. EVERYONE PUT YOUR HANDS UP:
– If you’re happy and you know it, give High Fives. If you’re happy and you know it, give High Fives. If you’re happy and you know it, then you’ll really want to show it. If you’re happy and you know it, give High Fives. YAY !
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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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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?
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“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.
THE BABIES IN THE POOL
“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.
*. 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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Here is a fun use for the OPEN CASTLE. There are many reasons to keep this castle from being used as a tunnel for Parent-Tot class. Let’s keep it in the pool …. Let’s figure out some fun and productive ways to use it. The Parent-Tot tunnel can be created with the dice blocks, fish picture, and the green & yellow float to hold it down on top of the dice blocks.
* IN FACT… let’s figure out activities that utilize this castle for Parent-Tot.
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.