In this video you will see the fifth and final session of an advanced beginner group of eleven children.
At the beginning of the lesson, watch as the students get straight to business with practice blowing bubbles for five seconds. This is an essential part of our swim system, which helps them develop and work on their rhythmic breathing. They form a magic circle, holding each other’s hands without letting go to wipe their face, and blow bubbles.
Watch as the students jump eagerly 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 they switch boards 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.
The students change their speed boards to Peek Boards™, a smaller version of the Speed Board™ with holes, and kick and blow bubbles to the other side. Back on the other side the students get into the spider position. You will see 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.
You will see the children eagerly jump off the side and race each other across the pool. Once across the pool, the next exercise you will learn about 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.
Watch as 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.
See 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, demonstrating how much progress the kids made and how effective our unique method is!
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 Peek Board™), using crawl stroke, splashing their feet, and blowing bubbles
- Diving off the board, swimming to the wall
- Swimming length of the pool