Swim Notes

 

Swimming and Fear: 07/18/13

Fear. It is an emotion that we all dread in one way or another. It is the stuff of bad days, the fuel for nightmares, and often the tipping point on the scale of whether we want to try the mild, hot, or Atomic Tongue Twisting Extra-Caliente version on the lunch menu. Fear is often that feeling that is hated, dogged out, frowned upon, and frankly it sometimes flat-out stinks. Here at the Atlanta Swim School, we know fear all too well. Lets just say that it is often in the water. We fear most importantly for the safety of our students and staff. We fear chlorine levels, dread lightning storms, abhor freezing water and we are absolutely terrified of upset parents! There is a lot to put down on fear, but to tell you the truth…. I love fear. Without fear there is no precaution. We take every step to ensure a safe learning for every student, big or small.

Without fear there is no innovation. That is why we are always looking for the best techniques and skills to teach swimming at a standard that parents not only look for but that they want to keep coming back for more. Fear is an emotion that drives us to great things when we least expect it. One of the reasons that I love and respect this frightening emotion is because in the presence of fear, there is always the possibility of triumph and courage. I witness this with almost every first lesson that I teach. There is a moment when the debilitation of fear gives way to the bravery of a decision. Remember this when you see a child first put their face in the water. Cherish their first jumps into the pool. Applaud their first time swimming to the instructor. Many times the parents are just as scared as the children. Remember these moments when your child is at their first swim meet, or dance recital, or basketball game. It was in those moments of fear that we became stronger and it is in continuing to challenge new adversities that we grow. Teaching our children how to handle fear is preparing them to handle any obstacles that life may throw at them, and it always makes them feel better knowing that they have someone along with them to help them step forward and take that leap. Pool or no

-Coach Jamil

Our Core Swim Teaching Principles: 07/13/13

Our curriculum focuses on teaching the fundamentals of swimming ranging from beginners to elites. Our basic pillars of instruction are:

  1. Comfort: The single most important factor in teaching a young swimmer is their comfort putting their face, head and ears in the water.
  2. Horizontal: We work to find various ways to keep swimmers horizontal on the surface of the water.
  3. Repetition: Swimmers retain new skills through reinforcement. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
  4. Discovery: We give swimmers adequate time to gain confidence by exploring their abilities.