Archive for September, 2010

Four Reasons Swimming Isn’t Just a Summer Sport

More than just a summer pastime, swim lessons are a fun and easy way to encourage your child’s active lifestyle year-round.

Water Safety. A parent’s commitment to swimming education can help protect a child in the water for life. Love to Swim School, the American Red Cross, the American Coaches Association and United States Swim School Association all agree that the ability to swim 300 yards nonstop dramatically lowers the possibility of ever drowning. How far can your child swim without stopping?

Health and Fitness. Swimming is both conditioning-intensive and skill-intensive. It builds endurance, muscle strength, soothes the mind, regulates breathing and stimulates circulation – all without stress on the joints. Plus, swimming has a calorie burning potential of 350 to 420 calories per hour! Joining a swimming program is a healthy and wholesome activity available year-round for your children to enhance their overall fitness.

Life Skills. While enjoying the water, students also learn important life skills through their participation in the sport, including self-discipline, work ethic, commitment, goal setting and how to overcome challenges. As a result, studies show that swimmers do better in school and work, in general terms, than non-swimmers as a group.

Fun! Swimmers of all ages rank “fun” as the number one reason they swim. Through swimming, children have fun learning, competing, training and being with friends. If it isn’t fun, your child may not want to keep it up, so the most important question to ask after a lesson is, “Did you have fun today?”

The end of the summer shouldn’t mean the end of your child’s swimming education. Find an indoor facility like ours, and keep your child active and learning year-round.

September 29, 2010 at 10:37 am 1 comment

Be An Awesome Swim Parent!

Over the years, I’ve noticed some practices and thoughts parents have adopted to boost their child’s learning experience, and I wanted to share some of them with you:

  1. Don’t let your child give up. Failure is not always bad. Coaches can help children see failures as opportunities to grow.
  2. Teach your child to dream big. Do everything you can to present your child with opportunities to realize even their biggest dreams.
  3. Clearly define goals. Only one person can win the race, but success is determined by each individual setting and meeting their own goals.
  4. Success should be rewarding. Helping your child to be proud of his or her achievements will lead to the success itself becoming the reward, instead of material items.
  5. Practice consistently. One estimate says that it takes 100 to 150 hours of consistent, year-round instruction for a child to learn how to swim. Like learning to read well, children must practice and increase the difficulty level at certain intervals.
  6. Remain positive. Sometimes it may seem as though your child has taken a few steps back. This is a natural part of the learning process. It is important that you remain positive and consistent, and not allow your child to give up.
  7. Understand all parties want what is best for your child. Coaches should do their best to work with your child at his or her pace and ability level.
  8. Be patient with your child. Adults know how to deal with mood swings or changes in routine, but children don’t. Just as you have good days and bad days, so do they – they just can’t cope with it as well.
  9. You are key in your child’s swimming success. Your attitude toward a swim program, a swim coach and your child’s attendance are all factors in their success.

Many of you may already practice these tips, but it’s good to know that other parents share the same experiences. Let me know if you have any tips that you’ve used to help with your child’s success!

September 20, 2010 at 11:47 am 1 comment

Pop Up Breathing Vs. Rollover Breathing

Pop up breathing is when a swimmer simply pops his head up to get a breath when moving through the water. Rollover breathing is when a swimmer is moving through the water and rolls onto his back to get a breath.

I emphasize the rollover breathing because:

  1. It preserves the horizontal body position we want to reinforce
  2. It is a building block for the beginning of a fluid freestyle
  3. It is safer for a tired swimmer to roll on to his back for a breath instead of “popping up” and taking the body to a vertical position, also known as the “drowning position”.

September 9, 2010 at 8:41 am 1 comment

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