Watersafe Swim School
We offer the unique, award-winning “Smart Fish” curriculum developed by Ginny (Flahive) Ferguson and her expert staff at Watersafe Swim School.
Semi-Private Swim Classes For Kids, Adults & Toddler: Watersafe. Infant Swim Lessons & Seal Beach Swim Instructors: Watersafe. Group Swim Lessons For Babies, Adults, Toddlers & Beginners. This is our fastest and most effective class, whether you’re looking for your child to be safe around the pool, learn proper stroke technique, or prepare for swim team.
Our private lessons are for all ages. The Smart Fish survival roll and float method has saved countless lives. Please visit our testimonials section for examples. Our expert staff will teach your young swimmers how to save themselves even if they fall into the water fully clothed. Watersafe Swim School class rates are based on one class per week, billed on the first of each month. Click here to read about the benefits of starting swim lessons at a young age. $116/month/once a week (you may register for more than once a week, or to reserve 30 minute lessons, simply multiply the price)Any age / Any skill level / All Year15 minutes. Seal Beach Parent & Tot Swimming Lessons At Watersafe Swim School. Swim Festival, Olympic Games.
Smart Fish Method Vertical Flutter Kick From the Deck. Smart Fish Method Why and When Do You Teach Long Warrior? Fun Pool Games For Kids This Summer. Smart Fish Method Charlotte #2: Grade 4 - Teaching Confident Swim-Float-Swim. Smart Fish Method Charlotte #1: Grade 3 Sea Lion Tips – Watersafe Swim School Blog. There are 7 steps to doing the Swim~Float~Swim SEAL skill.
Learn the first 4 steps in Grade 1 & 2: – STEP 1: LAUNCH – STEP 2: SWIM – STEP 3: ROLL-OVER FRONT TO BACK – STEP 4: BACK FLOAT Then learn the last 3 steps in Grade 3: – STEP 5: ROLL-OVER BACK TO FRONT – STEP 6: SWIM – STEP 7: LAND Then link all 7 steps together. When they only need assistance in the linking of the skills and when they are not crying about swim lessons (most of the time)… then, they can be promoted to GRADE 4. * This video describes tips to teaching the SEA LION skill – Dolly Demo, Roll Play – Tipping Point – Empower them to finish what they initiate – Be as invisible in your assistance as possible – Encourage them – Leg Twist – Sea Lion Spin *. REMEMBER: The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori.
Smart Fish Method Freestyle Breath Recovery – Watersafe Swim School Blog. – Please refer to other WARRIOR DRILL #1 videos posted on this YouTube channel to understand the NEW SFM 6.0 concepts and drills to teach Freestyle with Quick Breathing. – ON OUR OWN….we came up with the idea of teaching Breath Recovery using a drill we call: “WARRIOR DRILL #1” Kicking in Warrior Position (as in Yoga) with Quick Breathing while only rotating the head to breathe and not the whole body. – HOWEVER… in watching swim videos on the web, we are finding that, though the name we use is original, the actual drill is used by progressive swim coaches and elite swimmers. – CHECK OUT THIS SEGMENT FROM “SWIM LABS” – Videos like the one from SWIM LABS add credibility to what we teach.
It is good to know that THE SMART FISH METHOD is on the right track. PLEASE, keep up with and use all the ideas we share through our You-Tubes and SFM Training Newsletters. Like this: Like Loading... Smart Fish Method U Turns & Play Time at the steps, Grade 4 – Watersafe Swim School Blog. This student is 27 months old. – We need to teach the students HOW TO PLAY at the stairs, without the castles. – We can still work on their skills like BACK KICKING with their hands on their belly., – It means we must accept their need and decision to sit-up from a back float on occasion, rather than expecting them to always roll-over laterally. – It is good for students to experience and deal with other kids in the step area.
This is realistic. Kids need to learn how to swim around other kids in the play area and not resort to grabbing on them for support. – They only need to hold their tummy when they kick. When they hold their tummy, it makes them ONLY kick. It keeps them from using their hands for pull as support. Smart Fish Method Peek-A-Boo Swims, Grade 3 & 4 – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Students need to learn the importance of keeping their head down until their hands reach up and securely grab the wall.
If they lift the head up to look at the wall edge, before actually grabbing it, the young student (up to about 3), is likely going to end up going backward…away from the edge. We must constantly experience the challenge of grabbing the wall…. until they figure out the importance of keeping the face in the water, until they “LAND”. This Peek-A-Boo game really helped 26 month old Taylor. Yoga Asanas (Poses) To Swim Better – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Yoga exercises and meditation help reduce negative stress, provide both physical and mental strength, and also improve your body flexibility and ability to recover efficiently.
All of these benefits also help to improve your swimming performance. As a swim instructor in Watersafe Swim School, I do practice yoga 4-5 days a week. There is absolutely no doubt that swimming, and swimming fast, requires several different skills and attributes. Flexibility, core strength and focus are some key points for optimizing the performance as a swimmer, and all of these attributes do improve by practicing regular yoga. Learn Life Lessons From Swimming – Watersafe Swim School Blog. As a Swim Instructor, I have been practicing swimming for more than 25 years in my 40 years of life and I loved it right from my childhood.
I feel grateful when I remember my first swimming lesson. At that moment, the water and I merged into one, and a life-long relationship was born. Swimming is one of the most famous physical activities to maintain our soul and body as well as it teaches us so much in life. Smart Fish Method Flutter Kick Teaching Aide Tip – Baby Swimming – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Especially for kids who tend to have erratic, unorganized kicks. *.
Beginner Flutter Kickers MUST be told and directed to ONLY KICK DOWN on the water. *. “ALL-THE-TIME KICKS” *. “WAY UP ON TOP OF THE WATER” *. “CLOSE TOGETHER KICKS” * “ON-TOP-OF-THE-WATER” *. The Mighty Tri Presented by Watersafe Swim School – Watersafe Swim School Blog. The ultimate test of an athletes strength, speed, and endurance.
Watersafe Swim School is proud to present; THE MIGHTY TRI! All on location at the Watersafe Aquatic Center located in Los Alamitos. Participants will Bike, Run, and Swim to reach the finish line! Who can participate? Any Age, Any skill level, and is open to the public. JR HALF IRON MAN 200 Yard Bike ~ 200 Yard Run ~ 175 Yard Swim (7 laps) Recommended for: Grade 9 or Level 2 & up (Medium Exp.) SFM Swimming, Reaching Up to Grab the wall – Watersafe Swim School Blog. SUPER DUPER POLLIWOG = Swimming and reaching up to grab the wall, while the head stays down (in the water.)
Begin teaching this in Grade 1… Must be mastered in Grade 4 *. Hold the child by their hips, lifting them so they are horizontal – at the surface. *. Do not allow pulling to the wall. Make sure they are ONLY REACHING. *. If necessary, press them down on the knape of the neck or lower back of his head *. Smart Fish Method Build Your Stroke Count Progression From Flags to Wall – Watersafe Swim School Blog. *. This swimmer hit his head on the wall during Backstroke Practice.
He hit it especially hard because, he was swimming fast with fins. *. Hitting the wall hard on Backstroke is dangerous. Coaches must warn them of the potential of crashing into the wall. Teach them how to use THE BACKSTROKE FLAGS. *. Smart Fish Method Monkey Airplane Rocket with a Puddle Jumper – Watersafe Swim School Blog. * Put the Puddle Jumper under the student’s back upside down and backwards. * It is always ideal to use a teaching aide like this that allows the student to actually do the drill as independently as possible, without Teacher-Holds. * Jordan used to splash the water with his hands as he pulled to his legs.
Wearing the Puddle Jumper this way is helping to improve his pull. Because of where the arm sleeves are located, he is forced to keep his hands under the water when he pulls to his legs. Like this: Like Loading... Smart Fish Method Freestyle Sneak & Reach Warrior with Hig… Smart Fish Method Grade 3 & 4 Wheelbarrow Hold + SEA MONKEY. Smart Fish Method Grade 3 & 4 Wheelbarrow Hold + SEA MONKE… Smart Fish Method Grade 6 WD #1 & #4 Same SIde breathing, every 2 strokes – Watersafe Swim School Blog. KEEP IT SIMPLE FOR GRADE 6: (A necessity for most 2 and 3 year olds) It is acceptable to SKIP the WD #2 and #3 drills. WARRIOR KICK allows the swimmer to reset his head and kick position in case breath recovery has altered it.
WARRIOR DRILL #1: Warrior Kick with Quick Breaths * FUN TIP: “Zoom” the swimmer forward during good Warrior Position. * Notice the way Ginny “spotted” Logan’s head during the breath recovery to be sure he turned his head laterally. He blows out of his nose, so it’s going to be very easy to transition him to real Freestyle. The solution for kids who have trouble with side breathing is NOT to practice Side Kicking and long breathing. Teach “QUICK BREATHING”, so that the time spent in breath recovery is so minimal, that the change in the direction of the kick is also minimal. WARRIOR DRILL #4: Same-Side Warrior Freestyle (Breathing every two strokes) Because he is only 3, I am having him breathing every 2 strokes. Infant Swimming Video: Smart Fish Method Puddle Jumper Introduction – Watersafe Swim School Blog. SFM Puddle Jumper Introduction to Back Floating & Swim Float Swimming * This was video taped by Ginny, who was holding the camera with one hand, while assisting or guiding Milah (23 months old) with the other hand. * It is so easy to learn to swim, especially when they learn to do it the Smart Fish way.
The challenge is to get them to cooperate. Introducing them to the whole method of Swim~Float~Swim in the Introductory phase can really help them accept your instruction, especially it is done as non-aggressively as possible – without the feeling of falling…without having to put their face in the water. Watch how we use the puddle jumpers in this video, starting with two and then just one. *** INTRODUCTORY APPROACH to BACK FLOATING (Sunfish) Start with two puddle jumpers: One under the back. . * The Puddle Jumper is a great teaching aide. Mermaids Come to Watersafe Swim School.
Smart Fish Method Grade 6 WD #1 & #4 Same SIde breathing, every 2 strokes – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Watersafe Swim School 7 Month Old Back Float Champ Video – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Second generation Water Safer O-Fish-L Swim Babe, Logan, has been swimming in our 90-92 degree Los Alamitos, CA pool since he was about one months old. Because of his weekly Born-To-Swim Experience (complimentary until 4 months old), he has grown up to love being in, under, and on top of the water. As he has become more and more mobile on land, he has also learned what he is capable of doing in the water and what his boundaries are when floating independently.
His progress has been possible because of his family’s commitment, and our loving teachers trained in the Smart Fish Method. This Method is also always progressing as well… as we discover new tricks and teaching tools in order to make teaching and learning easier and more fun. Smart Fish Method Puddle Jumper & Frames for Fun Baby Back Float practice Video – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Infant Swimming With Parents – Watersafe Swim School Blog. It is an established fact that swimming is one of the best exercises for all of us irrespective of our age group. We also know that infants generally like to play in and around water, no matter where you find it – in a bucket, bowl, tub, sink or a pool. Realizing these aspects, more and more parents wish to pursue swimming with their babies not just to maintain good physical fitness but also because it is a great fun thing and helps to strengthen family bonds. Baby Swimming Lesson Video: Push Kick & Scull Drill for Backstroke – Watersafe Swim School Blog.
Baby Swimming Lesson Video: Smart Fish Method Back Mat-Kicking – Watersafe Swim School Blog. SFM Back Mat-Kicking, “Hold the edge of the mat with your hands.” Step 1: When sitting on the wall while holding the mat: Kick UP with the shoe lace part of the foot. Baby Swimming Lesson Video: Smart Fish Method 23 month old Grade 5 transitioning to Grade 6 – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Four Hidden Benefits of Swimming For Kids – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Hello Bloggers, Winter Swimming Benefits: Watersafe Swim School.
Winter Swimming Benefits: Watersafe Swim School. INFANT SWIMMING: 6 Weeks Old Swim Baby First Submersions at Watersafe Swim School. SFM Modified Flat-Back-Kick Drill #3, 0-4-0 Back Kick Drill. INFANT SWIMMING: 6 Weeks Old Swim Baby First Submersions at Watersafe Swim School. Winter Swimming Benefits: Watersafe Swim School. 5 Health Benefits: Why Cold Swimming is Good For You – Watersafe Swim School Blog. It is getting close to winters and I am feeling excited with the thoughts of outdoor cold water swimming. I agree that jumping into cold water during winters may seem an insane act. Also, cold water swimming in winters will be a tough idea for most of us.
But the benefits that result from cold swimming would surely out-weigh these fears and would make you a healthier human being. If you wish to be more active, stay healthy and lose weight, you must think about taking a dip in the cold water swimming pool in winters. It is an established fact that people with regular cold swimming practice have better life expectancy and better quality of life. Here is the list of health benefits from cold water swimming: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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Smart Fish Method Newborn Submersion Video – 2 Month Old Infant – Watersafe Swim School Blog. 4 week old Swim Baby_ First Swim Experience at Watersafe Swim School. Easy Breathing Tips To Improve Freestyle Swimming Stroke – Watersafe Swim School Blog. Many swimmers face problem with their swimming strokes without realizing that their breathing is the cause for the problem. To master the breathing technique and prevent injuries while swimming freestyle, this blog has some great tips for you. Tip 1 – Focus on Your Exhalation Not Inhalation Many swimmers don’t exhale properly when under water. Exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation.
With this little technique, you’ll enjoy your swimming more and freestyle stroke will benefit greatly. Tip 2 – When you’re not breathing, keep your head still Garrett McCaffrey said, “Imagine you are a whale, there is a blowhole on your neck, and you need this hole exposed at all times so you can breathe or you will die.
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