The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

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Fun Swim Lessons Ideas

When teaching young children how to swim the freestyle/front crawl (4-5 year olds especially), a traditional teaching approach may not engage the children enough.  I find this to be especially true for demonstrations to four year olds.  To increase my effectiveness, I often make the demonstrations more like play but without eliminating the important points of emphasis I want my young students to duplicate and understand.   Let’s take a quick look at one example:

As you saw in this video, I told my students that we were going to pretend that they were the coach, and I was there student!  This amuses them and immediately engages them in the demonstration.  After having my young students give me instructions during my demonstration, such as yelling out the cues, I let them give me feedback too.

Give it a try!  Not only will you maximize their willingness to pay attention, you will have a blast with it too as your  kids will say the darndest things!

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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July 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm
  • July 27, 2012 at 4:30 pmmike earin

    Great advice. I had a similar experience with students being the teacher. Their Mom said they couldn’t wait to come back to lessons so they could teach Coach Mike somemore!!

  • July 28, 2012 at 1:05 amJim Reiser

    Thanks Mike! I appreciate your comments and loyalty!

  • January 23, 2013 at 6:40 pmBen

    Hey I’ve done similar things in my swim lessons and the kids get a better concept of what there trying to do when they explain it to you it clicks to them and yes they want to come back again =]
    Coach Ben

  • February 24, 2014 at 2:52 pmZwemles rotterdam

    Really Jim.Your blog is so informative.I have never seen these types of suggestion without free of cost.thanks for sharing

  • February 24, 2014 at 5:23 pmJim Reiser

    Thanks so much for your kind comment 🙂

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