Entries by Kate Lawrence

Preparing for the Cooler Months

It’s really important to educate and inform swimmers and their parents about how to prepare for the cooler months ahead. By giving them information on what to do before, during and after this will make a big difference mentally and physically for them to continue swimming. Preparation for Before Swimming Lesson If a swimmer is […]

What Can I Expect From My Child at 2 Years of Age at Swimming?

What you can expect your 2-year-old to learn in their swimming lesson? Let’s break this down and look at some of the characteristics and developmental milestones your child maybe achieving during this age group.   Social and Emotional Development Frequent temper tantrums Doesn’t like to share May play with other children Loves to imitate adults […]

Keep Clients Returning to Your Program

WorldWideSwimSchool starts lessons for Infants at 4 months of age.  We promote conditioning in the bath at home in the lead up to the first lesson in the pool.   Parents and swimmers may choose to start lessons at any time and should be welcomed into the program and given information and support to start their […]

5 Tips to Achieve Maximum Practise Time

Swimming instructors know that the key to learning to swim is through lots of practise and repetition.  And while we can encourage our swimmers and their parents to attend multiple lessons per week, it isn’t always possible with children today participating in more activities than ever before.  Swimming lessons are just one activity along with […]

3 Safety Skills to Practise at Home or Away from Lessons

Swimming lessons are a great way to introduce your child to the water in a safe, controlled environment under the guidance of an instructor.  During swimming lessons, you should be learning several water safety skills and drills that will assist your child in becoming safer in and around the pool. Ensure your child has the […]

Getting the most from your swim teaching team

Any swim school operator knows they can’t run a business without a team of dedicated, professional instructors to help keep classes running smoothly and to keep swimmers and their families wanting to return week after week, month after month, year after year for generations to come. I’m lucky to be part of a family owned […]

Swim School Sanitation

It goes without saying that safety in and around water is of utmost importance however many swim schools fail to remember that poor water quality can be just as hazardous to your health. The main asset within a swim school ‘is’ the water therefore facility managers should have a thorough understanding of how to achieve […]

The Value of Demonstration

“Everybody has heard the old saying that a picture paints a thousand words. Demonstrating a new skill is an important component of teaching.” Children have different ways of learning which the education experts have roughly grouped  into three basic styles – Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic. It is estimated that 80 percent of what we learn […]

The Importance of Self-Evaluations

As instructors, we constantly think about our swimmers and how we can help to improve their swimming skills.   Just as we strive to make our swimmers great, we should aim to do the same for ourselves and look towards continually improving our own teaching skills.  It is important to reflect on our teaching performance […]

Tumble Turns: A basic guide for Instructors

Tumble turns are an important skill for young swimmers to master – especially as they start to increase distances and perform repetitive sets of 50m or 100m and beyond in their sessions.  This skill will allow swimmers to keep moving without interrupting the flow of the class group by having to touch the wall and […]