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Smart Fish Method ROLL SEA OTTER to SUNFISH is now a Conditioned Response

“A CONDITIONED RESPONSE or REFLEX is some action or feeling that you learn to do in response to a specific situation or stimulus.”

“PATTERNING is the forming of fixed ways of behaving or of doing things by constantly repeating something.”

“PATTERNING is simply a factor of:

1) Recognition. 2) Repetition. 3) Layering.”

* The progression is best described as a series of “LAYERS” instead of “Steps” that involve unique ways to teach, assist, and use teaching aids.

* The teachers must RECOGNIZE or know and trust the progression & REPETITIVELY PRACTICE the routines because Repetition = Mastery for both teacher & student.

* Keep in mind that this path towards becoming an independent, confident swimmer is best described as a RAMP, and it doesn’t always incline.

* There may be apparent regressions, but those are mainly due to behavioral, emotional, and cooperation issues… not regressions in skill.

* In order for this toddler to have learned to turn over and float by himself so well, he started out practicing the ERRORLESS INTRODUCTION to it.

* SEA OTTER Layer 1: Head-up Roll-Over into a Back Float (Full Teacher Assist + Teaching Aid Assist)

* SEA OTTER Layer 2: Submerge… then Roll-Over & Back Float (Full Teacher Assist + Teaching Aid Assist)

* SEA OTTER Layer 3: Submerge… then Roll-Over & Back Float (Partial Teacher Assist + Teaching Aid Assist)

* SEA OTTER Layer 4: Submerge… then Roll-Over & Back Float ( Teaching Aid Assist only)

* SEA OTTER Layer 5: Submerge… then Roll-Over & Back Float (INDEPENDENTLY) * Even better than just KNOWING THE SKILL is that this is a CONDITIONED REFLEX. He rolls to float automatically when he feels like he’s falling or entering a large body of water, without thinking about it.

Posted in Baby Swimming Video, Freestyle Swimming Stroke, Private Swim Lessons, Swimming Benefits

Smart Fish Method Reality Lesson of Baby Roll Overs to Back Float with 2 wetsuits and a rectangle waist belt

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.

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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.

Posted in Baby Swimming Benefits, Baby Swimming Video, Freestyle Swimming Stroke, Kids Swimming Benefits, Swimming Benefits

Smartfish Method Born-To-Swim-Experience Swim Lesson for a 3 Month Old Baby

The Smart Fish Born-To-Swim Experience can begin with healthy babies once their belly button has healed.
– FREE PRIVATES or PARENT-TOT LESSONS are available… during their first 16 weeks – extra time for Preemies.
– Babies take comfort in wearing WETSUITS. It is easier to hold the baby in the water. They float better. The extra warmth they provide is a side benefit.
– Wrapping a PUZZLE FRAME around the infant’s shoulders like this is useful for back floating.
– Wearing this PUZZLE FRAME is also useful for submersions. It helps prevent the baby from being affected by the Moro Reflex (or Startle Reflex)
– SUBMERSIONS ARE OPTIONAL: However, please do not fear them…
– INITIALLY, we submerge our babies for only 1 to 1.5 seconds.
– Most infants will reflexively hold their breath when submerged to protect their airway & are therefore able to survive short submersions.
– WHY ? Most human babies demonstrate an innate INFANT SWIMMING or DIVING REFLEX from birth until approximately 6 months.
– THE INFANT SWIMMING is the phenomenon of human babies and toddlers reflexively moving themselves through water and changing their rate of respiration and heart rate in response to being submerged.
– DURING THE INFANT DIVING REFLEX, an infant’s heart rate decreases by 20%.
– The slowing of the heart rate and breathing is called BRADYCARDIAN RESPONSE.
– Swimming improves a baby’s coordination & balance. Both are used to swim, float , and manage breath recovery by rolling front to back & vice versa.
– The benefits of baby-friendly infant/toddler swimming are unique, uplifting and contribute to the positive development of whole child.

– Watch them swim… Watch them grow… From infants into champions.

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Streamline Break Out Instruction

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.


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I’M WATER WALKIN’… getting ready for Watersafe Swim School’s AQUA ZUMBA

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.

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Smart Fish Method Peek-A-Boo Swims, Grade 3 & 4

Students need to learn the importance of keeping their head down until their hands reach up and securely grab the wall. If they lift the head up to look at the wall edge, before actually grabbing it, the young student (up to about 3), is likely going to end up going backward…away from the edge.

We must constantly experience the challenge of grabbing the wall…. until they figure out the importance of keeping the face in the water, until they “LAND”. This Peek-A-Boo game really helped 26 month old Taylor.


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Smart Fish Method Flutter Kick Teaching Aide Tip – Baby Swimming

Especially for kids who tend to have erratic, unorganized kicks.
*. Beginner Flutter Kickers MUST be told and directed to ONLY KICK DOWN on the water.
*. If he kicks his entire foot DOWN from above the water, he cannot do incorrect “PUSH-TYPE” Kicks.
*. “Kick down on the water with the shoe-lace part of the foot.”
*. Long Leg Flutter Kicks