Entries by Emma Lawrence

Questions Laurie is asked about Swimming

1. How long have you been teaching swimming for? Laurie started his swim school in North Queensland in 1966.   2. What methods of swim teaching do you use to teach toddlers? Laurie’s methods have developed over 40 years. He believes that learn to swim should follow a progressive teaching and learning approach. He follows […]

Why is turning important?

Turning underwater is an important water safety skill. Here the baby learns to turn to safety – either the parent, ledge or side of the pool. In some swim schools this skill is initially introduced with a Humpty Dumpty song. As baby grows with age and physical capabilities they will learn to turn underwater and […]

Water safety in swimming lessons

Developing water safety skills and providing water safety education should underpin all formal learn to swim programs. Many water safety components will be taught during the development of foundation swimming skills as we work towards teaching the competitive strokes. For example, floating is the basis of all strokes and is essential to develop good technique […]

What is swimming in 2 planes?

Swimming in two planes is an important water safety skill. When teaching swimming in two planes we marry two skills together, the vertical safety turn and the horizontal swim back to safety. This exercise is important for water safety because children learn to turn in deep water in the middle of the pool and swim […]

Getting a fright and going backwards in swimming

It’s easy for children to get a fright in the water and lose confidence in their swimming ability. Sometimes parents and swimming teachers can pinpoint the exact scenario and act immediately to help get the child back on track. Other times parents can be left wondering why their child has a sudden lack of confidence and […]

Keeping Clients swimming through winter

As a business operator, retention of clients is important to the success of your business.   One of the hurdles than many swim school operators face each year is the “drop-off through winter”. We can say it’s inevitable, leave it at that and continue to do what we have always done. With that we will continue […]

The Importance of Water Familiarisation

Making children feel relaxed and comfortable in the water is essential before structured teaching and learning can take place. Apprehensive or frightened children will naturally have a serious barrier to learning. In many cases they will not even attempt some of the simplest learn to swim activities. Therefore, teachers should spend time establishing a comfortable […]

How do we practice swimming skills away from the pool?

There are plenty of activities parents can do outside of swimming lessons to help their child learn to swim. This article will discuss some options for swimming outside of regular lessons to help develop good little swimmers. Open Water Swimming Open water swimming in rivers, estuaries, lakes or the beach will be easily accessible to […]

Teaching beginners to swim in deep water

Utilising shallow water where children can stand is the ideal way to teach frightened beginners to swim. In this instance the child feels safe and in control as they independently progress through the water familiarisation stage. The shallow water environment also enables maximum practice time of all the swimmers. The teacher is not required to […]