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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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SmartFish Mehtod Parent Tot Name Introduction Song, by Miss Karen

* Use the melody for “Frère Jacques”
* This can replace “The Kids In The Pool” song … (the one using the melody of “Wheels On The Bus”)
* “Where is _________ Where is ________ ? There she is. There she is. Splashy, splashy, splashy. Kickie, Kickie, Kickie… Up and down. Up and down.”
* For the babies who allow the teacher to touch them, the teacher can help them to splash their hands and kick their feet.
* From about 11 months or so, babies like to point, so explain to the parents that the idea of pointing is a natural behavior that can be encouraged.
* This is also a good way to learn the names of the students. Ask parents to repeat their child’s name throughout the class, as you come around to help them teach.
* NEXT SEGMENT: Submersion Instruction & Practice
* NOTE: Before taking a baby under the water, ask the new parent if their child has ever experienced water washing over the face in the bath or shower. If not… the child is not yet ready for submersion in the lesson. Use the pitcher to pour water over the back of head and maybe over the face.
* Homework for new babies who have never experienced water over the face: practice pouring water over the face during bath time before returning the next week.

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Smart Fish Method WD #1 Long Warrior & Quick Breathing, with Puddle Jumpers, 3 at a time

*. The Puddle Jumpers (under the hips & under the hands) can be clipped together, so that the students are more easily drilled and taught at the same time, as a semi-private.

*. Notice where the students have their right arms positioned on the puddle jumpers that are under their hips, so that they are not able to do the typical extra dog paddle pull while rotating to breathe.

* When the hips and arm are “forced” to be elevated to the surface like this, it influences the head position to be flatter, It is more comfortable to do it correctly.

*. These Grade 7/8 students have already been taught to do the first drills of this series (Swordfish Kick, Warrior Kick, & Quick Swim-Breathing. Otherwise, this drill would be more difficult.

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Streamline Break Out Instruction

Smart Fish Method Stroke level students and pre-comp swimmers (who have mastered Warrior Freeestyle) should do a proper streamline push- off from the wall at the start of every lap.

– Horizontal posture,
– Arms reaching,
– Head down and flat.
– Strong Kick (except Breaststroke)

This needs to become a habit for them, so that when the teacher or coach explains the next drill, he will not have to remind them to streamline push-off the wall. Typically, the students will focus and remember only the last thing they are told. If that last command is the reminder to streamline off the wall, do not be surprised if all the instructions regarding the drill are completely forgotten.

Therefore, take time to simply teach the streamline and break-out to all SFM stroke school levels. Drill the Skill until it becomes a habit, so that they will not have to be reminded of this requirement in the future.

There is no need to do full laps when first teaching this skill. Notice how the coach uses the kick-stick to insure that the student streamlines long enough.

Teach one thing at a time and add-on the instruction to ahold off on recovering for a breath until after at least the first two or three pulls. Here at Waterside Swim School we teach the world renowned Smartfish Method. We offer private, group and competitive swim education to all ages. Our Method is constantly evolving with the newest technology and swim related research. Our specialty is the art of baby swimming and safety, but our Method is designed to accommodate all ages, even adults. We take great pride in what we do here and love showing the world the priceless gift of knowing how to swim.


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SFM Swimming, Reaching Up to Grab the wall

SUPER DUPER POLLIWOG = Swimming and reaching up to grab the wall, while the head stays down (in the water.) Begin teaching this in Grade 1… Must be mastered in Grade 4
*. Hold the child by their hips, lifting them so they are horizontal – at the surface.
*. Do not allow pulling to the wall. Make sure they are ONLY REACHING.
*. If necessary, press them down on the knape of the neck or lower back of his head
*. NEXT: GRADE 3/4 SUPER DUPER SEA LION = Roll from a Back Float into a head-down swim & reach to the top of the wall.
* It’s almost like you’re playing…”Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
*. Hannah is not as big, not as strong, so she needs to roll her face in & keep it down in order to reach & grab the wall
*. LO… Christian just said…”That’s because I eat my vegetables.
*. If Hannah would kick on her back, this would be easier for her.
*. She loses momentum when doing SEAL = SWIM..BACK FLOAT.. SWIM
*. IDEALLY, by now…she should have mastered SUPER SEAL: continuous kicking during the SEAL cycle = “KICK & ROLL SWIMMING.”
*. We spend most of her lesson working on her kicking skills (both front & back). Hannah would improve faster by motoring through the pool in a Puddle Jumper, during playtime.
*. WHEN COMPARING HANNAH’S & CHRISTIAN’S KICKING SKILLS: Christian has spent many hours enjoying freedom and kicking practice in floating devices while waiting for his sister’s lesson to finish. It has clearly helped him master his kick.
* FINALLY: SUPER DUPER SEAHORSE = Fall into the pool, roll-over to back float or back swim… roll back over and swim &/or reach up to grab the wall.

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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.

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Baby Swimming Lesson Video: Smart Fish Method 23 month old Grade 5 transitioning to Grade 6

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* Grade 4 SWIM~FLOAT~SWIMMERS & beginner KICK & ROLLERS spend more time on the back for breath recovery & rest.
* Grade 5 swimmers are ready to learn to take shorter breaths.
* This Grade 5 student is a totally confident front & back swimmer.
She is ready to learn Kick & Roll Swimming with longer Prone Swims and rhythmic lateral Quick Breaths.
* In Grade 4, she would impatiently rush through her back float
breath recovery, without adequate air exchange & rest. Then, she would end up being desparate for air… then frustrated… then too upset for self-rescue.
* “She used to “short-change” herself on her back, and then she’d get tired”
* “As she transitions to Grade 6, I am also trying to introduce her to structured lessons with repeated drills, instead of the random, swim-anywhere, adventure-seeking lessons I have allowed her to have to help her become a completely competent confident swimmer.”
* I atttempted to have her put both hands on her belly while back kicking = MODIFIED SOLDIER KICK for Backstroke.
* I atttempted to have her put one hand on her head & one on her belly to introduce her to “SAILBOAT”, an intro to MODIFIED WARRIOR POSE for a series of Freestyle Development Drills.
* The Swim Warrior Pose is derived from the Yoga Warrior Pose. This is Prep for Smart Fish Grade 6 Warrior Freestyle Drills
* NOTICE: She is totally comfortable & confident on her back.
She feels fully balanced in the back breath recovery position
She knows the back position is her AQUATIC SALVATION position.
* SWIM WARRIOR POSE: One arm reaching forward. One arm back.
MODIFIED SWIM WARRIOR: One hand on head. One hand on belly.
* INTRODUCE LESSON PLAN STRUCTURE INTO THE LESSONS…to prepare them for groups & stroke development.
Example: Back Kick in one direction. Kick & Roll in the other.
* It is best to do a belly flop like this when jumping in. If she jumps close to the wall, she may hit her head.
* “Don’t be concerned that she occasionally just “hangs there” without kicking, when she is on her tummy. She only uses her kick for propulsion, not to prevent her body from sinking. She is confident in her ability to float in the water on both her front and back, without the need to kick or pull in order to recover for air or prevent her body from sinking.”