How to teach elementary backstroke swimming

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No other stroke comes close to conserving your energy while getting more distance per stroke.  In this stroke you will pull and kick at the same time then glide for as long as you can maintain your level body position.  With your body floating on your back you get more time to freely breathe and […]

My leg wraparound swim teaching method

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This method is ideal teaching small children.  It primarily uses the tool of “guidance.”  It has one central purpose to immobilize as many body parts as possible.  You want the learner’s brain to focus and develop only the one pattern or skill without other confusing sensory stimuli coming into the brain. Kids can tend to fidget […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adolph Kiefer, 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming Icon

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Dr. Pete Andersen is changing the science of swimming instruction with a complete curriculum for all the strokes and water safety.  His package deal 4 DVD set of 7 hours and 24 minutes of viewing time for Parents, Beginners and Instructors, and illustrated book, TEACH YOURSELF TO SWIM Like a Pro In One Minute Steps is outstanding.  He uses […]