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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.

Posted in Freestyle Swimming Stroke, Front Crawl Stroke, Swimming Benefits

Improve Swimming Performance

Through this post, we will provide effective tips on how to increase your swimming speed. We sincerely hope our readers will benefit from following tips and advice:

1. Sleep Tight, Swim Fast: Good Sleep is most important for all swimmers to efficiently replenish energy levels of both the brain and the body. Swimmers need 9-10 hours sleep every day to improve their swimming performance. All swimmers must do better time management to get enough sleep as good sleep equals good swimming performance.

2. Plan Your Meals Daily: Swimming for an hour can burn 380 calories to 765 calories depending on the body weight. Healthy diet plan is very important role for your performance in the pool. To increase performance or speed, every swimmer needs a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Make sure that you refuel your body with right food while on regular swimming schedule / training.

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3. Workout To Improve Flexibility: Flexibility is most important part of every swimmer’s training because swimming requires a wide range of body movements to achieve maximum power and speed. Work your pecs, lats, shoulders, hamstrings, ankles and hips in the daily exercise routine. Doing 5 to 10 minutes of flexibility workout couple of times every day will yield excellent results.

4. Work On Your Breathing: Good Breathing technique helps to swim fast. When you can breathe as easily in the water as on land, then you can swim faster so focus on both your inhales and your exhales.

5. Powerful Kick: An effective powerful kick reduces your drag and helps to maintain your body rotation. So work on this essential component of swimming to increase speed in the water.

Since 1971, Swim Instructors at Watersafe Swim School have been teaching generation of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach families the life saving skill and joy of swimming. We have certified lifeguards for you. For more information, visit http://www.watersafe.com. Give us a call to schedule swim classes: 1-855-WSS-SWIM.

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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…