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Head Position

A common fault with swimming is the head position. To perform overarm crawl(freestyle), Butterfly or Breaststroke, the swimmer must look down, NOT forward. Looking forward will decrease the efficiency of the stroke. However, There are times when the head must leave this position – for example: breathing! The most efficient way to change head position […]

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Triangle of Success

By Dr Ralph RichardsThe triangle of successYour child should be acknowledged for who they are – not simply for what they accomplish in sport. Naturally, the person they are will impact upon every aspect of their life, including swimming.Real progress in swimming comes not from size, strength, or training alone; it also comes from their […]

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Water Safety

In the 2013 National drowning report we have seen a sharp increase of drowning in the under 5 years agegroup, after several years of decline. Nationally, 31 under 5’s lost their lives in pools, dams and bathtubs. 61% drowned in swimming pools. In half of the cases, the child entered the pool because it was […]

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Wet Faces

We see a lot of learners who do not like to get their face wet. There can be so many reasons for this, including: Gasping water while submerged (bubble blowing exercises at swimming and home will help this), Soap in the eyes while washing (you still need to wash! However, not allowing water on the […]

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Recoveries and Exits

A large emphasis of swimming and water safety in the early stages (bubs, Levels 1 – 3) is not just the confidence to try, and the body positioning and stroke, but the ability to recover and get to safety.You will notice that almost all the time after an entry and “swim” the learners are either […]

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Modeling Behaviour

Do you remember when, or are your children currently learning to walk or talk? They spend hours each day on these life skills modelling their learning on their parents, even siblings or other people around them. Swimming is the same. If a child is constantly told that “dad can’t swim”, or “mum doesn’t like to […]

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Movement

The “speed” of a swimmer moving through the water is effected by two main factors : Propulsion and Resistance. Each stroke has differing propulsion and resistance qualities. Propulsion is achieved by the action of the swimmer with their arm stroke, kick and even body movement. As the swimmer improves their technique, they will achieve greater […]

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Water Entries

Listing water entry techniques from safest:1) walk/wade –enter the water by walking or sliding feet along the bottom, getting progressively deeper.2) slide entry –when the depth and state of the bottom are unknown, entering from an edge, and option 1 is not available. Use upper body to slowly lower into the water feeling with feet […]

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Personal Equipment

Swimming Cap-We ask that all swimmers who are independent of their carer ( ie – not in a parents and bubs class) wear a cap. It helps keep the pool cleaner and prevents hair going into your eyes which is very distracting. Goggles – While we do teach the learners to swim without goggles for […]

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Flutter Kicks

The common term for the freestyle kick is the “flutter” kick. It is called this as the feet appear to flutter at the surface of the water. IMPORTANT- an efficient flutter kick does not have the feet exit the surface of the water, they just flutter below which will break the surface of the water […]

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Streamlining

Our level 3 is the beginning of our streamlining focus. Quite simply, streamlining the body has many benefits for a swimmer: for example, it reduces frontal resistance which therefore enables a greater glide through the water, it reduces “eddy” turbulence therefore reducing drag, it enables a much more effective kick and efficient stroke which in […]

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Blowing Bubbles

Something that sounds so trivial is in fact an essential component of a swimmers stroke. Each stroke requires a well timed exhalation to allow an efficient well timed inhalation. Some swimmers struggle to blow bubbles, or, control their breathing while swimming.HOMEWORK- if your little champion is developing this vital component of swimming, try the following […]

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Floating

At our beginners level, we introduce both front( eyes down) and back ( eyes up) floating. This helps with many aspects of swimming including: understanding buoyancy, breathing control, confidence and survival instincts. We encourage practice of this outside of lessons at the pool or even in the bath!

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