Best Head Position?

When I do childrens lessons I keep a 20m section of rope in my swim gadget basket. I tie a small loop in one end. Then I give that loop to a swimmer, have them get out in the pool to the end of the rope. I stand on deck ready to reel the rope in. They will lay flat on...

Over-Training Children?

Here is a response I gave on the TI Forums to a coach from SE Asia. I didn’t answer her question directly, instead I expanded the question to get her thinking (hopefully) about the traditional assumptions held under that question. I thought it would be useful...

Coaching Ethics

[This originally was at the end of Smart Speed Part 1 but I felt it needed it’s own essay- and to shorten that one]. When considering the strategy for pursuing our potential as swimmers- whether young or old, it brings us to an ethical point for coaches and for...

5 Points For Children (and Adults too)

Today, in the brutal sun of Antalya I finished 3 weeks of lessons (2x per week, 35 minutes of instruction per class) with children 4 through 13 years old. I finally settled on 5 main Focus Points to ingrain some Fish-like swimming concepts into the childrens’...

Simple Steps For Children

Or maybe I should title this, “Simple Steps For Teaching Children In Groups” For the last 3 summers I have been giving group lessons to children at a private international school. It may be of interest to some of you to read what I do with them. This...