The water is my friend



Today’s student is 84 years old. He had some swim experience as a boy but estimated it had been 25 years since he’d been in water to swim. The biggest key to his success at floating and gliding was to…

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BOB BOB BOB



This evening’s students were the beginner adult from two weeks ago and an ongoing adult with buoyancy issues. Today’s key was the BOB. This simple skill helps the students understand the rhythm for breathing during the strokes as well as…

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FINDING ELLEN



Most of my clients come to me via Thumbtack.com “Swimming Instruction” Thumbtack found me, years ago, and has been a great service. I recommend it to any professional. It’s easy to use including changing it whenever you want. Because of…

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MORE BEGINNER PRACTICE IDEAS



Today’s student was a professional who hopes to swim in the ocean. He has no water training. We did a lot (maybe too much) in this first lesson. My thinking was to introduce him to various activities in the water…

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It happened — Lesson 2



The young boys returned for their second lesson today. By the end of the lesson the brothers were alternate breathing, a skill that I seldom teach because it is so advanced. Look at them here.

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Let it happen – Lesson 1



Today’s students were three young boys on holiday break from school. Two 10-year olds and a 12-year old who had not taken a swim lesson before. Quick learners. In this 14 second video you can see how well the oldest…

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Homework



Here’s the homework I gave to a beginner adult today. She had a few lessons this summer and then a four month lull. It’s a reminder that the wall on the shallow end is a great tool for developing the…

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Ocean Prep



Today’s student, a 67 year-old beginner swimmer, is going to Puerto Rico for New Year’s. So today in the city pool she donned a brand new mask, snorkel, swim shoes, and fins. So fun to watch her adapt to the…

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Okay, use the kickboard



Today’s student is (by her own admission) 67, overweight, and not into fitness. We’ve worked together a few times in a small pool and today had 25 meters to swim across. She can’t help but look at the wall. To…

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Transformation



Today’s student is my former Chi Leil teacher. To overcome some health issues so she swims hours every day. Her stroke was “old school” — reach out as far as possible and pull yourself through the water. Knowing that she…

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