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Parents' Blog

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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Autism Awareness Month: What You Can Do To Help

April 28, 2017

It is truly important to Brian and me at SafeSplash-Austin that we can help EVERYONE learn how to swim, regardless of their fears or challenges. Autism is a complicated and often misunderstood disease that can isolate children and keep them from taking part in activities that many of us take for granted. Every child on this planet is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses. The same is so for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). While their condition may make it a bit more difficult to discover what makes them tick, that extra investment of time and patience is well worth the effort. 

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Teaching Swim Lessons: Why I Love My Job

April 07, 2017

People are constantly surprised when I tell them that I teach swimming lessons for a living. What they fail to realize is that I don't just teach kids doggy paddle and floats. I am teaching them a set of life skills that they will have for the rest of their lives. As a coach, I believe that having confidence is important and I love to remind all of my students that they are able to accomplish anything, and everything, they set their minds to.

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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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Tips for Swim Parents from a Coaches’ Point of View

November 28, 2016

It can be difficult to hand your child over for lessons (of any kind!). As a swim instructor for many years, I can offer these few tips to help with struggles you may encounter as a parent.

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