This is the third lesson of the Advanced Beginner class. Three boys and one girl are present in class.
Starting off, the video shows the class as each child begins blowing bubbles. Blowing bubbles is an integral part of swimming efficiently. Next, watch how Mr. Ed employs different methods such as making a Magic Circle or holding a mirror while blowing bubbles and having the child look in the mirror while blowing bubbles.
You will see how the students jump in the water, with their thumbs on the thumbs of the speed board, blow bubbles with their chin on their speed button, and kick across the pool. Across the pool, they line up again and kick to the other side of the pool where switch to the Peek Board and play the Monster Game. Watch how Mr. Ed introduces the Monster Game to the children. The children listen intently and eagerly play the Monster Game. The Monster Game simulates how they would blow bubbles while swimming.
Watch how Mr. Ed teaches the children about the spider position and how they blow bubbles down the “spider’s belly.” This exercise stretches the muscles in the back of the next getting the students used to putting their head down during swimming. They also practice holding their breath underwater for 10 and 30 seconds.
Watch as the children eagerly jump off the side and race each other across the pool. Once across the pool, the next exercise is the High and Dry Drill. This is a drill to pattern the arm stroke of the crawl stroke. Watch how the children also learn to perform the cannonball float, which is a type of survival floating.
Observe how Mr. Ed then demonstrates the complete crawl stroke, showing the children what they should aim to do. Then watch as one at a time the students swim across the pool using the crawl stroke with the help of Mr. Ed.
At the end of the lesson, the students practice diving off the low diving board and swimming the wall. Mr. Ed first helps each student perform a one legged dive and then lets them attempt to dive through a hoop.
Watch how Mr. Ed then has each of the students jump off the high diving board and swim to him. The goal of this is to have the students swim the length of the pool. At the third class, this is an excellent display of the children showing how much they have already learned.
Key Points Taught:
- Blowing bubbles for five seconds (rhythmic breathing)
- Kicking across the pool (arms straight, chin on speed button, blowing bubbles)
- Crawl stroke
- Swimming unassisted (without Speedboard or Peek Board), using crawl stroke, splashing their feet, and blowing bubbles
- Diving off the board, swimming to the wall