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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.

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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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Parent Tot Happy Hour Lyrics: Baby Swimming Lessons At Watersafe Swim School

– 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 !

Come join Baby Swimming Lessons, 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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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.

SING…

THE BABIES IN THE POOL

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

CHECK OUT A NEW VERSE 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 Baby Neck Float Rings – should we or should we not use these?

* 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.

 

Watersafe Swim School in Los Alamitos and Seal Beach is “the best place for parents-to-be, new parents and young families to swim, learn and grow together”. Learning to swim is wonderful journey for your baby! Need more information about improving your child’s confidence through kids swimming lessons? Contact Our Swim Instructors!

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Smart Fish Method Charlotte #1: Grade 3 Sea Lion Tips

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

 

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Smart Fish Method Monkey Airplane Rocket with a Puddle Jumper

* 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.

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Smart Fish Method Build Your Stroke Count Progression From Flags to Wall

*. This swimmer hit his head on the wall during Backstroke Practice. He hit it especially hard because, he was swimming fast with fins.
*. Hitting the wall hard on Backstroke is dangerous. Coaches must warn them of the potential of crashing into the wall. Teach them how to use THE BACKSTROKE FLAGS.
*. Because he is wearing fins, he can’t do the usual stroke count. Therefore, Ginny instructed all the kids to only do a couple strokes after the flags, followed by a one-arm-up kick until reaching the wall.
*. Teach Backstroke Stroke Count from the flags: All Backstroke flags should be 15 feet from the wall. Everyone has their own personal stroke count. It has to do with their body size and arm length, kick and pull strength, speed and stroke technique.

This video describes the UNIQUE SMART FISH METHOD BACKSTROKE FINISH INSTRUCTION: Build your stroke count Progression from the flags.
* AFTER PASSING FROM THE FLAGS TO THE WALL:
STEP 1: One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
STEP 2: Two Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
STEP 3: Four Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
STEP 4: Six Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
STEP 5: Eight Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
STEP 6: Nine Pulls + One-Arm-Up Kick to the wall
The first time he did this with nine pulls, he turned over on his tummy before he touched the wall. He was told to NEVER do that when he FINISHES his backstroke race, or he will be disqualified… No Ribbon.
He tried again and did it correctly the second time.

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The Mighty Tri Presented by Watersafe Swim School

The ultimate test of an athletes strength, speed, and endurance. Watersafe Swim School is proud to present; THE MIGHTY TRI!

All on location at the Watersafe Aquatic Center located in Los Alamitos. Participants will Bike, Run, and Swim to reach the finish line!

Who can participate? Any Age, Any skill level, and is open to the public. The Event will be broken into 5 Skill Categories;
JR. IRON MAN
400 Yard Bike ~ 400 Yard Run ~ 325 Yard Swim (13 laps)
Recommended for: Grade 10 or Level 3 & up. (High Exp.)

JR HALF IRON MAN
200 Yard Bike ~ 200 Yard Run ~ 175 Yard Swim (7 laps)
Recommended for: Grade 9 or Level 2 & up (Medium Exp.)

JR. OLYMPIC
200 Yard Bike ~ 200 Yard Run ~ 100 Yard Swim (4 laps)
Recommended for: Grade 8+ or Level 1 & up (Some Exp.)

JR. SPRINT
100 Yard Bike ~ 100 Yard Run ~ 50 Yard Swim (2 laps) –
Recommended for: Grade 6 and up (Confident)

MINI – SPRINT
50 Yard ( Scooter, Tricycle etc) ~ 50 Yard Toddle-Run ~25 Yard Swim.
Fully Assisted to Fully Independent
Recommended for: All ages from Parent/Totters & Swim Lesson kids Grade 1 to 5
Yes folks, we want to see some tricycles out there! Parents with infant/babies, we would love to see you out there pushing Jogging Strollers, and carrying those babbies across the lot, down the lanes, and across that finish line! Same entrance fee applies, but remember, this all goes to an amazing charity in our community.

Price: Early Bird – $35. Price Change: After February 4th. – $50
All proceeds go to support the Los Alamitos Education Foundation, and push Miss Ginny that much closer to being crowned “Queen of Hearts”. If you would like to be able to declare your entry fee as a Charitable Tax Donation, please go to laef4kids.org/Ginny and submit the suggested amount of $35. You are more than welcome to donate more. Remember, every dollar counts as another vote for Queen Ginny!

There will be music, Face Painting provided by FANTASTIK FACES, and a FOOD TRUCK (to be confirmed) on locaiton for everyone to enjoy.

All participants will receive; Entrance, Official Race Bib, Event Shirt (Sponsord by Xcel Realty), Event Medal, Certificate, and a SWAG BAG which will include a Free Kids Meal provided by MIGHTY KITCHEN.

Check in will begin at 2pm. Event will start promptly at 3pm.
PARKING WILL BE LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET
at Los Alamitos High School. The parking lot has to be cleared for the event.
If you have any questions, please call our office (562)596-8608 or email info@watersafe.com

Special Thank You to our current sponsors:
Xcel Realty – Steve Holguin, (310)947-5048, realestaterunner@att.net
Anne Marie Ashley Realty, (949)698-1948
Mighty Kitchen
Road ID

We are still open to more sponsorship and hosting Vendors during the event. Please contact jack@watersafe.com for more information.