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Competition: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

November 02, 2017

“I never lose; I either win or I learn.”
-Nelson Mandela

For many moms and dads, “competition" is thought to be a dirty word. They argue, not only does it place too much pressure on kiddos to be the best, but it also causes unnecessary stress leaving them feeling discouraged if they don't win.

So, to shield their kiddos from disappointment, many well-intentioned parents avoid competition for their kiddos altogether.

For many other moms and dads, competition is thought to be an unavoidable part of life. They argue that learning to operate in a competitive environment is a valuable skill.

So, to prepare their kiddos for the challenges they will face in adulthood, these parents encourage their kiddos to participate in sports and other competitive activities.

So what is the truth?

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The SMART Way to “Push” Little Swimmers

August 11, 2017

“You can't put a limit on anything.
The more you dream, the farther you get.”

-Michael Phelps

Unfortunately, many little swimmers often come to the pool with a limited view of their own abilities. Before we can really begin to ‘push’ little swimmers we have to remove those limitations from their minds and instill a belief in their own abilities. Because without this belief, little swimmers are not likely to succeed.

Goal setting is an important tool in eliminating limitations and motivating little swimmers to do their best. Often attributed to business and athletics, goal setting isn’t just for grown-ups anymore.

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Pick a Swim Instructor That Meets Your Little Swimmers’ Needs

June 02, 2017

“There were times I wouldn't come to practice because it didn't excite me. It wasn't interesting. I was kind of going through the motions.” - Michael Phelps

We all have certain needs that we strive to meet. Your little swimmers are no exception. In his famous Hierarchy of Needs, Abraham Maslow's identified 5 needs and explained how these needs motivate us all. According to Maslow, a student’s basic needs of physical and emotional well-being must be met before the student can begin to learn and achieve their potential. So, let’s start with the most basic needs and how they relate to swimming lessons.

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The Best Way to Teach Kiddos to Swim

March 22, 2017

"I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way" - Michael Phelps

Kids, like the rest of us, all have their own learning style. Some of us learn through what we see. Some learn by recalling what we have heard. Others learn through imitating examples. Part of the job of a swim instructor is learning and identifying how children and students are processing information as they try to learn or hone a new skill. How can we facilitate that learning and give them the best swim instruction? How can we communicate with a student in their 'own zone' and help them naturally excel? The first step often comes in recognizing there is a definite way some students learn.

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Teaching Mom to Swim

March 15, 2017

Swimming was something that young women, growing up in Denver, just didn't do. You should understand that in my Mom’s day there were no public swimming pools. To cool off on hot days, people went to the various lakes around the city. Typically, the boys and men would dive off docks into the cold lakes and would swim around, and the women and girls would sunbathe and wade in the shallow parts of the lake. Swimming lessons were nonexistent. The way that most people learned to swim was the “sink or swim” method: you were pushed into the water and either you made it back to the dock or someone would pull you out.  So, like many people in that generation, my mom never learned to swim.

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