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!

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Posted in Baby Swimming Benefits, Baby Swimming Video, Backstroke Swimming, Freestyle Swimming Stroke, Healthy Tips For Swimmers, Kids Swimming Benefits, Parent Swimming, Swimming Benefits

Smart Fish Method Mr. Greg’s 2 year old Grade 6.8 Pool Prodigy

* WARRIOR DRILL #1
Left Side ~ Right Side
* WARRIOR ROCK & ROLL
Left Side ~ Right Side
* Grade 6.8 WARRIOR FREESTYLE
Warrior Double Switch Freestyle with same-side Quick Breaths
* Grade 8 WARRIOR FREESTYLE (rarely done with students this young)
Warrior Triple Switch Freestyle with Alternate Quick Breaths

 

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Posted in Baby Swimming Benefits, Baby Swimming Video, Healthy Tips For Swimmers, Kids Swimming Benefits, Parent Swimming, Private Swim Lessons, Swimming Benefits

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.

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

Posted in Baby Swimming Benefits, Backstroke Swimming, Private Swim Lessons, Swimming Benefits

Tips To Improve Your Backstroke Swimming

In case you are fond of swimming and wish to become faster and more efficient backstroke swimmer in pool, then follow my today’s tips. This post will help you correct some of the common mistakes and thereby improve your backstroke swimming.

Tip 1: Keep your face pointing straight up: Resist the urge to look around. If you move your head over to your shoulder, you won’t be rotating properly in the water. The only one part of the body not involved in body rolls is the head so this should be still when swimming backstroke.

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Tip 2: Relax your neck: When you relax your neck, your body will automatically straighten out. Forget to tuck your chin, try to push your chin up toward the ceiling more.

Tip 3: Kick with loose ankles: When we are kicking, the goal is not to push water up or down; it is to push water back. Always try to kick with loose ankles.

Tip 4: Reduce your knee bend: Always kick from your hips and keep your knees below the surface of the water.

Tip 5: Shoulder and Hip rotation: Both shoulders and hips are very important in backstroke swimming. Your hips power the kick and much of your pulling motion. To maximize the pull, you’ll need to accelerate your arms through the water for which your shoulders should follow the arms to speed up the strokes.

If you do not have a friend or a coach with expertise to assist you, then join Watersafe Swim School and here you can watch yourself improve.

I hope you’ll join us next week for a look at backstroke! Please let us have your queries and comments in the feedback.

Posted in Healthy Tips For Swimmers, Swimming Benefits

Healthy Tips for Swimmers

Swimming is one of the most famous sports that offer physical fitness with lots of fun. All athletes strive to give their best performance and good nutrition is a key for that athletic success. Swimmer’s body needs good eating habits to stay fit, healthy with high energy levels.

Here are some super foods for swimmers:

1. Beans: This is a highly beneficial food packed with proteins, fiber, vitamin B, iron, potassium and very low fats. Several health benefits of beans are:
Prevent heart diseases
Help fight cancer
Help lose weight
Help manage diabetes

Beans Super Food
2. Pears: This fruit is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamin C, which are necessary for good health.

Pears Super Food
3. Pomegranate Juice: Pomegranates are the healthiest fruit because they are loaded with most important nutrients like dietary fiber, proteins, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, folate and potassium.

Pomegranate Juice For Swimmers
4. Bananas: Bananas are rich in healthy carbohydrates, potassium and fiber, which are beneficial to improve athletic performance.

Banana Super Food
5. Unsalted Nuts: Nuts are powerhouse pack loaded with good fat, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Try only unsalted nuts instead of salted nuts because excessive sodium can cause bloating and dehydration.

6. Raw Chocolates: Cacao is unprocessed form of Chocolate. Raw Chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, chromium, poly-phenols, vitamins (B1/B2/B3/B5/B9/E), proteins, fiber and antioxidants that helps athletes in faster recovery.

7. Beets: Beets are rich in nitrates and betalains. Lots of athletes eat beet to boost their performance and for better endurance. Betalains are known to help fight inflammation and protect internal organs from numerous chronic diseases.

Beets Super Food For Swimmers

Here are some significant healthy tips for optimizing performance
1. Drink lots of water
2. Avoid fast foods
3. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
4. Avoid processed food, dairy products and sodas

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.

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

Baby Swimming Lesson Video: Push Kick & Scull Drill for Backstroke

Smart Fish Method Partner Push Kick & Scull Drill for Backstroke

 

Watch out our latest baby swimming lesson to improve backstroke with our technique tips. Good luck with all these kick and scull drill and your swimming goals. I hope you’ll come visit us at Watersafe Swim School in Los Alamitos and Seal Beach where our swim instructors will promise to help your children and you swim faster and more efficiently.

Posted in Freestyle Swimming Stroke

Easy Breathing Tips To Improve Freestyle Swimming Stroke

Many swimmers face problem with their swimming strokes without realizing that their breathing is the cause for the problem. To master the breathing technique and prevent injuries while swimming freestyle, this blog has some great tips for you.

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Tip 1 – Focus on Your Exhalation Not Inhalation
Many swimmers don’t exhale properly when under water. Exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. With this little technique, you’ll enjoy your swimming more and freestyle stroke will benefit greatly.

Tip 2 – When you’re not breathing, keep your head still
Garrett McCaffrey said, “Imagine you are a whale, there is a blowhole on your neck, and you need this hole exposed at all times so you can breathe or you will die. If your neck is angled you will close this hole and you cannot breathe. You need to position your head in such a way that your neck is always at the right angle.” Keeping the head still will help to gain propulsion and efficiency in every swimming stroke.

Tip 3 – Don’t over rotate your body
If you rotate your head too far, then you should remember that your entire body is rotating with it. This is not good because your leg might be kicking near the surface of the water rendering it pretty much useless. Also, your arm dives too deep, making it heavier to lift out of the water again.

Tip 4 – Relax your body
Believe it or not, being tense while swimming stroke is probably major problem many swimmers face. Before swimming you should relax your body to improve your breathing technique while swimming.

Tip 5 – Don’t panic if you breathe in water
If you gulp in water, shape your tongue as if you’re pronouncing the letter K and it keeps the water from going down your throat. Even the greatest swimmers breathe in water from time to time.

Tip 6 – Breathe bilaterally
It is an effective and best way to keep swimming stroke technique symmetrical. Bilateral breathing is most important because it can help prevent shoulder injuries and improve freestyle swimming stroke technique. Bilateral is particularly helpful for developing good body roll to both sides since you need to rotate well to breathe.

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