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Jim Reiser, M.S.

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How to Teach Breaststroke Kick – Part Two

One of the most difficult skills to teach a young learner is the Breaststroke Kick (unless the child is anatomically designed for breaststroke).  While teaching the breaststroke kicking skill takes lots of repetition, focus from the learner, and patience from the instructor–we have a few tricks at Swim Lessons University we would like to share.

There are three techniques we like to use when it comes to manipulating the student’s feet.  In this blog, we will cover the second one which we call the  “High Ten Method.” When teaching the kick to a student who is new to the skill, this kinesthetic techniques work wonders.   No technique will create a miracle swimmer, as any complex skill does take time, lots of practice, and reinforcing.  Nevertheless, if you provide those critical components of learning in your classes, your students will pick the skill up before you know it.    Let’s take a look at the second technique we use.  Hope you find it helpful when helping your students!

For more on teaching breaststroke, check out Advanced Swim Strokes 301/302/303:  A Comprehensive Video Course for Training Swimming Instructors, Breaststroke segmentat Swim Lessons University.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim is the first American to win the award in 10 years.

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June 27, 2012 at 11:20 am
  • June 29, 2012 at 3:23 amMira Halpern-wilson

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  • June 29, 2012 at 12:30 pmJim Reiser

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