A teachable moment for swim instructors and lifeguards has arisen from a heroic rescue of a drowning teenager in Puerto Rico by a tourist on the shore.
Jean Pendrich, a former champion swimmer for Scotland, swam through 5 foot waves to reach the boy
and tow him back. She said of the rescue, "“I reassured him everything would be all right but I was exhausted. I was swallowing lots of water and he was in such shock he couldn’t kick his legs."
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In 1910 or 1912 when Wilbert Longfellow started teaching swimming and began training people to be swimming instructors, he said, "In order to learn to swim, you must overcome your fear."
This truth was lost in the past 100 years. What happens when a truth is lost?
Many people suffer. In this particular case, many people have drowned.
Two people, Paul Lennon and I, realized in the 1980's that the lessons we were trained to teach didn't work for half our…Continue
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As we all know, there are far more children's swimming lessons given in this country than adult lessons. This is true even though there are 3 times as many adults in the U.S. as children (U.S. Census, 2010). And about half of adults can't swim (Gallup, 1998).
One might think that the market for adult lessons would be staggering (and it is) and that anyone who wants to expand their swimming instruction business would want to capitalize on it.
However, many swim instructors are…Continue
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Today was to be the start of the End of Drowning World Conference for Swimming and SCUBA Instructors in Sarasota, FL.
The website stated exactly what the meeting would contribute to instructors of swimming and SCUBA diving. It was perhaps too powerful for people to believe. Or maybe people think they already know it.
Midway through the marketing campaign, the title of the meeting was changed. I thought,…Continue
What's the outcome you desire most from the lessons you give kids this summer?
Happy parents? Kids who can go off the diving board and swim to the side easily? Kids who can do freestyle for 25 yards? Kids who can hang out in deep water all day? Increased profits?
Our goal is to make them safe in deep water. What does safe mean? It means they aren't afraid to be around deep water, they don't mind being in it, and they are in control there, whether they're…Continue
Swim school owners and swimming instructors are familiar with the parent who wants his/her child to progress faster. She pushes the child to do things before he is ready. The child gets frustrated. The instructor gets frustrated. The parent is frustrated.
What to do?
Ask the parent if she is a swimmer. To get the answer, you wouldn't ask…Continue
I have a dream for swimming: that all of what is known at the forefront of many various disciplines is brought to the industry of Swimming so that Swimming and all of us can benefit maximally. Everybody wins.
Competitive swimmers can benefit because every coach knows how to teach their athletes how to distinguish between injury pain and fatigue pain, therefore eliminating or greatly reducing injuries in training. See Dr. Ted Becker's article on shoulder injuries in…
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How do you teach people to prevent panic? Is it important to you? Do you know how many drownings are caused by panic each year?
In the Washington Post the other day, a headline said, Deaths in triathlons may not be so mysterious: panic attacks may be…Continue
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Every year in the end of August and September, all those adults who missed another summer of swimming rue the fact that they still haven't done anything about it. They deluge our inbox with orders for books and DVDs. And classes. We're full for the rest of the fall.
Though they can see from our website where our licensed instructors are, some not covered by our list desperately ask anyway: do you have any instructors in my town? In my state? —"No, sorry! We need email…Continue
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Note: this post was edited 3/2012 to place a missing video (the first one below).
If you want to teach your child to tie her shoes, do you say, "Tie your shoes!"
No. She'd be lost. Where to start, she'd be thinking.
If you want to teach people to prevent panic, do you say, "Don't panic!"?
No, but people do. It doesn't work. It's been tried. And how many people have drowned since then?
If you want to prevent most of Laurie Batter's…Continue
Will your swimming instructors maximize their usefulness this summer?
If they do, this is what can happen:
All kids will love their swimming lessons. They'll have so much fun they'll want to come back for more. And if they want to, chances are, parents will find a way. Your business will grow.
Kids will learn to swim.
Kids will enjoy swimming so much that they'll look for a way to swim more: they'll join swim teams.
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A wonderful example of traditional adult swimming instruction was published May 26, 2011 in the New York Times. It's a 10-day diary of sorts of a man who's afraid in water, has been all his life, and who decides to give lessons a whirl again at a local swim school.
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Thursday by Thursday, the Learn To Swim Ship is s l o w l y being turned. S l o w l y, but it's turning. It's being turned by the listeners of The Learn To Swim Show at WorldTalkRadio.com.
These listeners, whether swimming students or instructors, are witnessing the laying of new track in the Learn To Swim Universe.…Continue
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If you put a beginning swim class of adults into a pool, they’re usually apprehensive. The first thing you want to ask them is, “What…
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When apocolyptic events happen, fantastic responses are called for. A "business as usual" approach following these events is common, but uninspired and sub-par.
Business as usual is, "What a tragedy. Bless those families. More people should take swimming lessons. Oh, what a shame!" And then we turn our backs and resume our daily routines.
In my mind, there is only…
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