Fear of Water – Anxious Beginners

It is perfectly rational for humans to be afraid of entering water. We’ve become very good at knowing instinctively what is inherently unsafe, and water fits into that category. However, depending on a person’s genetics and
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The Learning Plateau

A common mistake we make when visualizing the learning process is thinking that skills are learnt in a linear fashion or in an even progression of improvement. For example, if someone is learning to play golf and their handicap
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Why Backstroke before Freestyle?

One common question we get at Uswim is why backstroke is taught before freestyle in our program. Firstly in our swim schools we taught both strokes within the same lesson levels. However 10 years of operating online tutorials h
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Important Factors in Teaching Children Swimming

There are many variables that go into giving children quality swimming lessons. We all know kids can be unpredictable and no teacher in the world can say every lesson is a complete success. However there are variables that teac
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Our Goal – 20 Metres Freestyle

One of the most important pieces of wisdom we received in the early days of Aquatic Achievers from a fellow swim school operator is to make sure you have a goal or ‘finish line’ for your program. The recommendation was that
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Blowing Bubbles

One of the biggest misconceptions when teaching swimming involves blowing bubbles (exhaling) when the face or mouth is underwater. People often ask the simplified question “Should a child blow bubbles when learning to swim?"
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The Benefits of Learning to Swim

In many countries drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death for children. It’s no secret that in places where children are taught to swim there are less drownings. During the learning process children develop a heal
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Quality Swimming Programs

As a beginner swimming teacher, the concept of what contributes to a great program is not something most teachers think about. Beginners are usually interested in solving immediate problems such as fixing a child’s kicking ac
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