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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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It’s Not So Bad



Today’s student is my mom. She’s wintered in Florida for 15 years (with my dad) and recently they moved there full-time. Today was her FIRST time in the backyard pool. It’s not heated so it probably wasn’t so warm all…

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Ocean calm



Today the instructor was the ocean. It was my familiar stretch of DelRay Beach, the Atlantic Sure Dunes area. A respectfully “clean” beach however in 30 minutes I did fill half a kitchen size garbage bag. I only found 1…

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Can you canoe?



Today’s student called at 7 am to cancel due to allergies so I had the opportunity to swim for myself. Quickly into my swim my mind pictured me paddling a canoe by myself placing the oar on one side then…

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Matching the client’s comfort level



Today’s students were diametrically opposed. The first, early in the morning, is a seasoned swimmer needing some finesse. More than anything he needs to feel the body moving as one to breathe easier. We went through all the drills, from…

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Surrender (and bubbles)



Today’s student was the 28-year old with no swim experience.  She mastered the front float and then the back (relaxing to the point where I thought she’d fall asleep).  When I asked her to flip from one to the other,…

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