Swim Tips for Parents, Beginners & Instructors

Why do you teach swimming at 2-18 months?

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If you’re a parent you may have learned that up to 18 months your infant/child will copy and do whatever you ask or demonstrate.  After 18 months their brain starts to work and it is designed to protect you and them at all costs.  You ask them to do a simple skill they are unfamiliar […]

How can I teach breath holding?

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This is an important skill every parent must demonstrate starting to teach their child to swim at 2-18 months!  There are specific cues to use and visuals your child will see.  Use your bathtub and the time you bathe your child but before you soap them up. Do not tell your child to close their […]

How can I learn to float?

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I always say you float first and swim second.  Let the water work for you and not against you.  Recall how a hot dog is a piece of meat with no lungs and it still floats in a pan of water.  So unless you only have 6% body fat which I doubt – you can […]

Learn to swim at home without a pool

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Like any backyard sports skill you learn at home and practice to improve you then transfer those same familiar skills to the playing field or court. To build the basic swimming skills at home I show you how to use a kitchen sink, dressing mirror, mattress, and a bathtub.  Then you transfer those same familiar […]

How to teach yourself to float

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Before you can float you have to master breath holding for at least 15-20 seconds and stay relaxed.  A hot dog floats in water without lungs. Archimedes’ Physics Principle states that you are buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the water you displace.  If you expand your lungs more fully you displace more […]

Learn to swim at home without a pool

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No pool, no money, no problem.  You can start teaching yourself and your kids to swim at home without a pool.  As easy as you would learn backyard sports skills, I show you how to use your kitchen sink, dressing mirror, mattress, and a bath tub. You can learn and get familiar with all the […]

Why 2-18 months is the best age to teach your child to swim

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I started teaching my triplet boys in the bath tub pouring rinse water over their heads, breath holding, blowing big bubbles, kicking, and one arm stroking.  Then I did the same home skills in the shallow end of the pool. By the time they were 14 months old they were like turtles in the deep […]

Why your head controls your body position

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Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  If your adult head weighs 14-16 lbs. and is totally out of water to breathe incorrectly, then that same amount of force or weight must be driven downward to your feet and legs. Spatial awareness plays a key […]

Why lap swimming is good for your health and fitness

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Water has more resistance than air and also removes the effects of gravity.  Running and biking are great cardiovascular activities, but your joints also take a pounding over time.  Swimming you can do into your 80’s and 90’s. What makes you healthy and fit is getting oxygen to your tissues and working muscles.  Your heart […]