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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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Posted in Baby Swimming Benefits, Baby Swimming Video, Backstroke Swimming, Swimming Benefits

Smartfish Method Grade 11 Breaststroke – Synchronizing the Arm Recovery With the Kick

In SFM Grade 10, we teach a more segmented type Breaststroke where the arms complete the pull cycle into a streamlined position. Then the swimmer does the breaststroke kick, ending in a three count glide.

In SFM Grade 11, we teach them to synchronize the recovery of the arms with the push back part of the breaststroke kick, ending in a streamlined glide, before beginning the cycle of Pull-Breathe-Kick-Glide again.

– This is a fun way to teach the student to begin sychronizing the stroke.
TODAY WAS ANGUS’S LAST LESSON AT WATERSAFE SWIM SCHOOL. He is moving to Boston. Angus… I (Ginny) am really going to miss you. You’re a great kid – I wish you great success.

LONG MAY YOU SWIM! Keep in touch!

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

Early Swimming Benefits

There are several benefits of baby swimming which make infant swimming lessons a favorite choice of parents. Here are our top reasons why we believe that early baby swimming is a life-long benefit for the children.

1. Develop Confidence: An early introduction to water environment will help eliminate fear of water in the infants. Baby swimming lessons play an active role in increasing water confidence in the babies and young children. They also interact with peers during these swimming lessons and learn to deal with them. These kids develop a strong sense of self-worth & confidence, and they become strong contributors to the society.

2. Develop Life Saving Skills: Swimming instructors teach vital safety techniques to the kids and they grow up equipped with life-saving aquatic skills.

3. Develop Co-ordination and Strength: Swimming helps to build muscles and maintain better body coordination leading to strong body muscles, lungs and heart. It is good for improving physical and mental health of children.

4. Improve Baby’s Appetite: Swimming exercise and fun helps to make your baby hungry and improve their appetite.

5. Special Bond between Parents and Children: Swimming together deepens emotional bonds and a feeling of connection between parents and their children.

Don’t delay. Start your baby swimming lessons early for lifelong benefits! Watersafe Swim School in Los Alamitos and Seal Beach is the best place for “Parents and Young Families” to swim, learn and grow together.

Learning to swim will be a wonderful journey for your baby! Need more information? Give us a call today to schedule a meeting: (562)596-8608.

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

Smart Fish Method Freestyle “Underwater Eye” Quick Breathing

Keep one goggle underwater during the breath
– BEGIN TEACHING THIS A.S.A.P. Explain the need in Grade 7/8.
Insist on this posture in Advanced Grade 8 (8+) and Precompetitive Level 1 & beyond.
– As long as we are teaching them the lateral,
horizontal posture for QUICK BREATH RECOVERY, we should begin teaching this concept & requirement to breathe with an “UNDERWATER EYE.
– Students MUST have a perfectly flat, horizontal head positioning in WARRIOR KICK POSITION, before turning for an “Underwater Eye” Quick Breath.

– RECOMMENDATION: Novice students should initially practice this with fins. Effective, powerful kicking elevates the body horizontally,
making “UNDERWATER EYE” Quick Breathing possible and easier to do.
– NOTICE: He is unable to do the “Underwater Eye” Drill correctly, if he is looking forward.
– NOTICE: She is looking down correctly in WARRIOR, so she is able to keep one goggle under the water when rotating for an “Underwater Eye” Quick Breath