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Twin New Born to Swim Experience – Free From Birth to 16 Weeks

Add an extra month to two extra months, depending on how premature they are.

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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 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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Smart Fish Method Scaffolding As It Applies To Swim Instruction

In education, scaffolding refers to a variety of instructional techniques used to move students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process. When teaching students to swim, we use the scaffolding techniques to provide successive levels of temporary support that help students become independent and reach higher levels of skill acquisition that they would not be able to achieve without assistance. Like physical scaffolding, the supportive strategies are incrementally removed when they are no longer needed, and the teacher gradually shifts more responsibility over the learning process to the student.

* Learning always precedes from THE KNOWN to THE NEW.
* GOOD TEACHING recognizes and builds on this
through SCAFFOLDING.
* A student learning new skills and concepts is like a carpenter building a house.
* In order to build the house safely and correctly, carpenters needs to stand on scaffolding until they are ready to move on to the next stage of construction.
* The construction of learning starts from the ground up.
* The NEW is built on top of the KNOWN.
* In the learning environment, teachers provide SCAFFOLDING to support the construction of NEW LEARNING for individual and groups of students.

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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

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Smart Fish Method U Turns & Play Time at the steps, Grade 4

  This student is 27 months old.
– We need to teach the students HOW TO PLAY at the stairs, without the castles.
– We can still work on their skills like BACK KICKING with their hands on their belly.,
– It means we must accept their need and decision to sit-up from a back float on occasion, rather than expecting them to always roll-over laterally.
– It is good for students to experience and deal with other kids in the step area. This is realistic. Kids need to learn how to swim around other kids in the play area and not resort to grabbing on them for support.
– They only need to hold their tummy when they kick. When they hold their tummy, it makes them ONLY kick. It keeps them from using their hands for pull as support. When they pull on their back, they tend to dilute their kick. It compromises their balance AND kick.
– “I am trying to teach her how to play. There are times when it is valuable and necessary for them to sit-up from a back float. She is ready to learn to roll-over and to sit-up.”

 

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Smart Fish Method Peek-A-Boo Swims, Grade 3 & 4

Students need to learn the importance of keeping their head down until their hands reach up and securely grab the wall. If they lift the head up to look at the wall edge, before actually grabbing it, the young student (up to about 3), is likely going to end up going backward…away from the edge.

We must constantly experience the challenge of grabbing the wall…. until they figure out the importance of keeping the face in the water, until they “LAND”. This Peek-A-Boo game really helped 26 month old Taylor.

 

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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…

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Baby Swimming Lesson Video: Smart Fish Method Back Mat-Kicking

SFM Back Mat-Kicking, “Hold the edge of the mat with your hands.”

Step 1: When sitting on the wall while holding the mat:
Kick UP with the shoe lace part of the foot. Splash the water. Move the mat with your feet and the water.
Step 2: When swimming on your back while holding the mat:
Hold the mat with your hands, arms stretched STRAIGHT.
It must cover you knees.
– Do NOT hold the mat under your arms… on top of your belly.
Step 3: When hanging on the wall, doing vertical kicking against the wall:
– TRY DOING IT WRONG: Lean your head too far back, chin high. You will notice it is very uncomfortable.
– TRY DOING IT RIGHT. Bring your chin forward.
* THEREFORE… IT IS BEST TO:
Keep your chin level. When you are on your back, look straight up.
Do NOT put your chin up too high.

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