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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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Smart Fish Method Grade 6 WD #1 & #4 Same SIde breathing, every 2 strokes

KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR GRADE 6: (A necessity for most 2 and 3 year olds) It is acceptable to SKIP the WD #2 and #3 drills.

WARRIOR KICK allows the swimmer to reset his head and kick position in case breath recovery has altered it.

WARRIOR DRILL #1: Warrior Kick with Quick Breaths
* FUN TIP: “Zoom” the swimmer forward during good Warrior Position.
* Notice the way Ginny “spotted” Logan’s head during the breath recovery to be sure he turned his head laterally.
He blows out of his nose, so it’s going to be very easy to transition him to real Freestyle.

The solution for kids who have trouble with side breathing is NOT to practice Side Kicking and long breathing. Teach “QUICK BREATHING”, so that the time spent in breath recovery is so minimal, that the change in the direction of the kick is also minimal.
KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE. Only teach “DOWN-DOWN” FLUTTER KICKING for Freestyle.

WARRIOR DRILL #4: Same-Side Warrior Freestyle (Breathing every two strokes)
Because he is only 3, I am having him breathing every 2 strokes. Every 4 works, but he can do a longer “Warrior Kick” if he does not have to hold his breath for 4 strokes. Then, if his arms aren’t that great, he is just getting a taste of Freestyle arms. It is more important for him to develop a good kick, good posture, and good quick breathing than anything else. Big Arms are kind of “Fluff” at this point. It’s so easy to teach good Freestyle arms, if they have really good kicks. SO, I’m even getting away from doing “4 BIG ARMS AND A BREATH” for 3 year olds.

Definitely, if I add breath recovery to Big Arms for 2 year olds, I’m expecting only 2 Arm Strokes per breath.

If I’m ONLY doing Big Arms and Kicking without breath recovery, then I will ask them to do 4 Big Arms between locations, or as many as they can. At the end of the lap, I ended with 4 Big Arms Only to the wall. He wasn’t going to take a breath again, because I wasn’t going to combine it with Quick Breath / Long Warrior again.

When doing Same-Side breath recovery for Warrior Drilling, we should make
them do ONLY 2 arm strokes , because you are expecting them to keep their
head down a long time in Warrior Position. Expecting 4 arm strokes and a long
3 count Warrior, could be “over doing it”.

Notice that Ginny is asking Logan to self-correct his leading arm. as he takes a breath. “Where does your arm go… Fix it… Fix it…”

DO NOT TEACH LONG SIDE KICKING WITH LONG BREATHING…

* if the student still collapses his core.
* has a weak, inefficient kick
* does not automatically do “Swim Breathing”
If he has not yet developed a long leg non-stop flutter kick on his front & back, he will not be able to learn to SIDE KICK properly.

If the teacher is not constantly able to correct the rookie student:
* He is likely to roll on to his back
* OR… he will end up doing a wide scissor with his legs when kicking on his side.

BESIDES: Basic freestyle is more easily learned without complicating it with kick direction changes. ONLY TEACH “DOWN~DOWN” KICKS

IT IS CONTRADICTING when trying to teach kids to develop the habit of “Quick Breathing”

LONG SIDE KICK DRILLING:
* allows them to exhale and inhale multiple times during breath recovery.
* This means they will not need to exhale under the water before and while rotating for a breath.

They do not need to practice kicking in a position that they do not even use
when they learn Basic Freestyle…
* because “QUICK BREATHING” minimizes the time needed for breath recovery
* because we want to “KEEP IT SIMPLE” and not require them to change their kick position…