Fall Week 9: Sunday, October 17th – Saturday, October 23rd

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

This week and next are level estimation weeks for the Spring 2022 session.  Be sure to give your BEST ESTIMATE of where you believe your students will be by the end of January.

      • IF THE CHILD IS MOVING UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR SPRING 2022
        • Check the “I am ready for the next level” box as attained
      • IF THE CHILD IS STAYING IN CURRENT LEVEL FOR SPRING 2022
        • Check the “I am still practicing” box as attained. 
        • Feel free to leave a note denoting if they are going to be a high or low level which will help us place them in a more appropriate class.
      • IF THE CHILD IS MOVING TO Swim Team Prep FOR SPRING 2022
        • Check the “I am ready to for Swim Team Prep” box as attained

Note; If a Swim Stars Prep/Level 1 student is ready for Level 2 (regardless of age) please check the box marked “Ready for the Next Level”  The office will determine their best placement based on age and ability. 

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.
  • Let’s be sure the Happy Nappies are tight fitting!  This is what helps protect from accidents!

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October class is cancelled due to low enrollment.  We will post November and December dates for Natick and Winchester soon!

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

“As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up appropriately. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area and all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have those proper protective layers on. Thank you!”

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 9 of our Fall Session!

Our Spring 2022 Session begins on Sunday January 23rd, 2022 and for the next two weeks we will be focusing on evaluating students to determining our best level estimation for the upcoming session. We will be asking our students to demonstrate the majority of the skills google free. Often children become too dependent on wearing goggles and if they were to fall into the water unexpectedly and without goggles, they may become disoriented. We evaluate this way in hope that our student’s will learn to stay calm and be able to return to safety. 

As a current Little Flippers family we will be giving you priority at saving a Save a Spot for the Spring 2022 session.  Save a Spot takes the guesswork out of registration as we will take care of the enrollment for you!

On November 2nd at 8 am, you will receive an email with directions on how to Save A Spot for the Spring 2022 Session.  All submissions will be processed on a first come, first serve basis and we will do our very best to honor your requests.

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!

Fall Week 8: Sunday October 10th – Saturday October 16th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.
  • Instructors are permitted to blow their whistle using one whistle blast only.  This is used to signify that you need the attention of a Deck Assistant and/or Deck Supervisor.  Three whistle blasts will be blown if there is an emergency and the pool needs to be cleared immediately. ONLY the DECK SUPERVISOR is permitted to blow three whistles except for the rare case that a deck supervisor is not present/available.  Thanks for your understanding
  • Let’s be sure the Happy Nappies are tight fitting!  This is what helps protect from accidents!

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October 17th, 24th and 31st in Winchester from 1 – 8 pm.  All Classes Required.  Details Here: American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

“As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up appropriately. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area and all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have those proper protective layers on. Thank you!”

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 8 of our Fall Session!

Safety is always our number one priority and this week we will be assessing a variety of safety skills at each level.  At Little Flippers, we believe that the best way for swimmers to recover after an accidental fall into the pool is to return to the spot from which they fell.  In addition to reinforcing this skill, extra challenges are added as the levels increase by encouraging students to float, swim a distance or tread water before returning to the wall.

In SwimStars Transitional we are introducing our safety skill by simulating a fall into the water from the pool edge. Students are taught that the quickest way to return to safety after a fall is to turn towards the wall and climb back out of the water. 

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are introducing our safety skill by simulating a fall into the water by jumping from the pool edge. Students are taught that the quickest way to return to safety after a fall is to turn towards the wall and climb back out of the water.

In Level 2 we are introducing our safety skill by simulating a fall into the water by jumping from the pool edge. Additionally, in this level we are encouraging our student to roll to their back for a rest before returning to the wall. This safety skill allows our students to know what to do if they fall into a body of water.

In Level 3 we are introducing our safety skill by simulating a fall into the water by jumping from the pool edge and challenging students to roll to their back and swim across the poll to safety. This safety skill allows our students to know what to do if they fall into a body of water and the nearest safe spot was a distance away.

In Level 4 we are introducing our safety skill by simulating a fall into the water by jumping from the pool edge and challenging students to tread water for a period of time before returning to safety. This safety skill allows our students to know what to do if they fall into a body of water and teaches students how to keep their head above the water while simultaneously moving their arms and legs to staying stationary and vertical in the water.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on the Individual Medley.  

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!

Fall Week 7: Sunday October 3rd – Saturday October 9th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.
  • Let’s be sure the Happy Nappies are tight fitting!  This is what helps protect from accidents!

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October 17th, 24th and 31st in Winchester from 1 – 8 pm.  All Classes Required.  Details Here: American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

“As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up appropriately. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area and all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have those proper protective layers on. Thank you!”

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 7 of our Fall Session!

In SwimStars Transitional we are assisting our students with entering and exiting the pool safely.  We encourage them to sit on the edge, roll to their bellies and slide in when entering.  When exiting, we guide them using the “elbow, elbow, belly, then knee” method to climb out of the pool. This encourages safety and independence when entering and exiting the water.

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are working on all four pillar skills by having students swim to the instructor and do a supported roll over to a back float. Students may become tired while swimming and this skill encourages them to simply roll to the back for a rest if they get tired while swimming.

In Level 2 we are educating our students on breath control through the use of rhythmic breathing by introducing the pop up. This skill encourages comfort, confidence and independence in the pool by encouraging them practice rhythmic breathing while in motion which allows them to swim further distances than breath holding alone.

In Level 3 we are enhancing breath control by teaching students to swim through a submerged hula-hoop. This skill builds students confidence in swimming while completely submerged.

In Level 4 we are introducing the Backstroke. We are reinforcing the proper body position, through swimming on our backs with flutter kicks and alternating arm strokes.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Flip Turns.

As a reminder – We are opened for regular classes on Monday October 11th (Columbus Day). 

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!

Employee Engagement Forum; September 2021

Thank you to those of you who took the time to join us at our Employee Engagement Forum!  We feel good about how things ran and we’re looking forward joining you all again soon! We discussed a wide range of topics which included:

  • Reviewing some pending forum topics.
  • The return of staff snacks!
  • Length of service acknowledgments.
  • Adding employees on mass emails to families in an effort to improve communication on all levels.
  • Internal promotion announcements & hiring a new pre-school director for Winchester.
  • UUI review, Employees of the month, Internal Job Posts and Future Business planning talk!

We strongly recommend all staff who join the zoom call to turn on their VIDEO! It is important to get live feedback on the information covered and being on video is much more personal! Obviously if you’re driving and can only be on audio, we understand. Thank You and we look forward to hearing from you all soon!

 

Fall Week 6: Sunday September 26th – Saturday October 2nd

 

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October 17th, 24th and 31st in Winchester from 1 – 8 pm.  All Classes Required.  Details Here: American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

“As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up appropriately. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area and all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have those proper protective layers on. Thank you!”

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 6 of our Fall Session!

This week we will be working on a variety of skills.

In SwimStars Transitional we are teaching students to move their hands along the wall from one spot to the next. This is our way of ensuring continuous movement and is a safe way for non-swimmers to travel back to the dock in between skills.

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are encouraging independent swimming with simple arm and leg movements such as scoops paddles and kicks. We are looking for students to move at least 2 body lengths of the pool.  This independent action will lead to more comfort and confidence in the water.

In Level 2 we are practicing movement on the back by encouraging our students to use both their arms and legs to swim the elementary backstroke (A.K.A. Chicken, airplane, soldier). This resting stroke can be utilized to move to safety if students get tired while swimming, as it does not require a lot of energy.

In Level 3 we are working on the foundation of the breaststroke taught in level 4. This involves students practicing the simultaneous movements of the arms and legs that we refer to as pizza arms and frog legs.

In Level 4 we are building upon “pizza arms and frog legs” introduced in Level 3 by refining the Breaststroke.  We are reinforcing the proper body position, refining the arms and legs and incorporating the proper breathing and timing.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Butterfly

As a reminder – We are opened for regular classes on Monday October 11th (Columbus Day). 

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!  

Fall Week 5: Sunday September 19th – Saturday September 25th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

When your students are jumping into the water to position yourself so you can help a child if they don’t jump far enough away from the wall (hand behind them for every age, every level, every child!) Use props/toys to give the students a target to jump to (noodle, floating basketball hoop, target on bottom, etc…)

Deck Supervisors, please remind your instructors that if they feel a student is in the wrong level or should advance to the next level, they need to discuss that with you, their deck supervisor. Instructors should not tell parents directly that their child is ready to advance since we have limited spots available and may not be able to accomodate all changes. The deck supervisor can work with the office staff first to check for openings.

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Tuesday, September 21st
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October 17th, 24th and 31st in Winchester from 1 – 9 pm.  All Classes Required.  Details Here: American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

“As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up appropriately. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area and all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have those proper protective layers on. Thank you!”

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 5 of our Fall Session!

This week we will be working on a variety of skills.

In SwimStars Transitional we are looking for our students to show us their readiness by willingly engaging with the instructor and following their directions. This reinforces comfort and confidence in the pool and with their instructors.

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are working on buoyancy, balance, and movement by teaching students to kick their feet behind them on their back and belly with the help of equipment. This reinforces proper body position while swimming and introduces simple leg actions on the front and back.

In Level 2 we are educating our students about swim safety by introducing the roll over technique we are encouraging them to roll over and rest on the back if they become tired while swimming. This important safety skill can be used in any body of water for swimmers of all ages.

In Level 3 we are working on the foundation of the freestyle stroke taught in level 4. This involves students practicing the alternating arm and leg movements that we refer to as big arms and flutter kicks.

In Level 4 we are building upon the “big arms and flutter kick” introduced in Level 3 by refining the Freestyle stroke.  We are reinforcing proper body position, refining movement of arms and legs and incorporating side breathing and timing.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Backstroke.

Lastly, as our bathroom space is limited, we would appreciate it if all changing could take place in the locker room. Thank You!

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.

Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!

Fall Week 4: Sunday September 12th – Saturday September 18th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Tuesday, September 21st
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October 17th, 24th and 31st in Winchester from 1 – 9 pm.  All Classes Required.  Details Here: American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

“As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up appropriately. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area and all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have those proper protective layers on. Thank you!”

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 4 of our Fall Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor. 

In SwimStars Transitional our instructors are guiding students using simple directions to create a safe and structured learning environment. Our goal is to create awesome listeners that follow the directions of the instructor throughout each class. 

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are working on our breath control, buoyancy, and balance by teaching our students to float on their bellies independently. This skill helps our students build their confidence and comfort while floating in the water with their face submerged.

In Level 2 we are working on buoyancy, balance and movement through independent gliding and kicking on the back.  Moving through the water using only legs for kicking promotes stability, improved body position and propulsion.

In Level 3 we are expanding the distances of the roll over and pop up skills learned in level 2. The roll over skills reinforces safety by allowing students to roll on their backs if they become tired while swimming longer distances and the pop up skill helps student perfect rhythmic breathing over longer distances. 

In Level 4 we are introducing the dolphin kick by encouraging students to swim with their legs together and kick moving their body in a wavelike motion. This skill helps improve body proper body position and movement for the Butterfly stroke taught in swim team prep.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Backstroke.

Here at Little Flippers we have an unlimited absence and makeup policy! Absences can be reported in the Parent Portal and if they are reported before class time, your account will be credited with an absence which you can use for a makeup in another class that is not fully enrolled, has an absence already reported for the day, is a designated makeup class. Makeup lasses can only be scheduled one week in advance. 

Lastly, as our bathroom space is limited, we would appreciate it if all changing could take place in the locker room. Thank You!

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.

Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!

Fall Session Week 3; Tuesday September 7th – Saturday September 11th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

 When looking for student to “pass the test”  your deck Supervisor will be taking a quick evaluation in each class and marking successful students as “tested” in the Staff Portal.  We hope that this process will free up all of our focus/attention/time from checking & rechecking skills that have yet to be acquired each week. In order for students to successfully test their skills in Transitional, Prep, Level, Level 2 and Level 3 students MUST be GOGGLE FREE! 

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Tuesday, September 21st
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October 17th, 24th and 31st in Winchester from 1 – 9 pm.  All Classes Required.

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up on the appropriate dots (Winchester only) and have their towels. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area. In addition, all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have the proper protective layers on to enter the pool. They need to have on either: A single layer Splashabout swim product OR a double layer of any other swim diapering produce one of the layers MUST be non-disposable. Splash About produces are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 3 of our Fall Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor. 

In SwimStars Transitional we are encouraging students to participate in class without a parent. Our goal is for the student to develop a trusting relationship with their instructor.

In SwimStars Prep and Level 1 we are gaining comfort with buoyancy and balance by teaching our students to float on their back independently. This assists with students being able to relax in a back float position.

In Level 2 we are working on buoyancy, balance and movement through independent gliding and kicking on the front.  Moving through the water using only kicking promotes stability, improved body position and propulsion.

In Level 3 we are perfecting the Elementary Backstroke (A.K.A. Chicken, airplane, soldier) skill learned in level 2. This involves the students moving their arms and legs simultaneously and independently.  This safety stroke is an excellent way for swimmers to travel longer distances without expending a lot of energy.

In Level 4 we are introducing the concept of circle swimming to promote continuous movement. In addition, circle swimming throughout each lesson creates a safer and friendlier environment where the students are less likely to bump into each other during their swim.

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Freestyle.

Here at Little Flippers we have an unlimited absence and makeup policy! Absences can be reported in the Parent Portal and if they are reported before class time, your account will be credited with an absence which you can use for a makeup in another class that is not fully enrolled, has an absence already reported for the day, is a designated makeup class. Makeup lasses can only be scheduled one week in advance. 

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!

Fall Session Week 2; Sunday August 29th – Friday September 3rd

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

This is the first week of skill testing for the FALL Session.  When looking for student to “pass the test”  your deck Supervisor will be taking a quick evaluation in each class and marking successful students as “tested” in the Staff Portal.  We hope that this process will free up all of our focus/attention/time from checking & rechecking skills that have yet to be acquired each week. In order for students to successfully test their skills in Transitional, Prep, Level, Level 2 and Level 3 students MUST be GOGGLE FREE! 

  • Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health).
  • Masks are required in Natick for all of those over the age of 2 or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Tuesday, September 21st
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October (Date, Time & Location TBD)

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Labor Day Weekend; September 4th – 6th

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up on the appropriate dots (Winchester only) and have their towels. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area. In addition, all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have the proper protective layers on to enter the pool. They need to have on either: A single layer Splashabout swim product OR a double layer of any other swim diapering produce one of the layers MUST be non-disposable. Splash About produces are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 2 of our Fall Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor. 

In Swim Stars Transitional we are celebrating brave swimmers by encouraging each student to finish class with smiles and high fives. This promotes confidence in the water and creates a fun learning environment.

In Swim Stars Prep and Level 1 we are expanding breath control by tempting students with objects below the surface and encouraging them to retrieve them. Practicing breath control skills will lead to a more comfortable swimmer overall.

In Level 2 we are expanding breath control by encouraging students to submerge completely and without assistance.  Comfort with submerging is a key skill to master and introduces rhythmic breathing.

In Level 3 we are working on our balance and buoyancy by teaching students the streamline kick with arms fully extended, across the pool. This skill helps improve body position when introducing the freestyle stroke.

In Level 4 we are expanding our breath control by teaching students to swim half way across the pool, dive down and retrieve an object from the bottom, and return to the edge of the pool. This skill teaches students to change their body position to move toward the bottom of the pool. 

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on using the Pace Clock and Open Turns.

This is also our first week of GOGGLE FREE swimming. Often children become too dependent on wearing goggles and if they were to fall into the water unexpectedly and without goggles, they may become disoriented. We are hoping that by practicing this skill every other week, our student’s will learn to stay calm and be able to return to safety. This is recommended but not required.

Here at Little Flippers we have an unlimited absence and makeup policy! Absences can be reported in the Parent Portal and if they are reported before class time, your account will be credited with an absence which you can use for a makeup in another class that is not fully enrolled, has an absence already reported for the day, is a designated makeup class. Makeup lasses can only be scheduled one week in advance. 

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!

Fall Session Week 1; Sunday August 22nd – Saturday August 28th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  1. Masks are required in Winchester for all of those over the age of 2 (per Board of Health)
  2. Masks are required in Natick for all of those over two or not fully vaccinated.  It is strongly recommended that all patrons were masks regardless.
  3. Protective Layer Policy
  4. There will no longer be a separate page for lesson plans as they will all be linked above.  
  5.  Biggest focus should be on evaluating your students to be sure the class is a good fit.  Please speak with your Deck Supervisor if you need any assistance.
  6. Bring your rolls to the door for each class and ensure you’ve gathered all students before escorting them to class.
  7. Engage your students by introducing yourself and getting to know their names.
  8. Practice safe entry into each lesson.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/TRAININGS & FORUMS

  • Employee Engagement Forums (8pm – 8:45 pm)
    • Tuesday, September 21st
    • Wednesday, October 20th
    • Thursday, November 18th
    • Wednesday, December 15th
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Training, October (Date, Time & Location TBD)

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Labor Day Weekend; September 4th – 6th

VALUABLE RESOURCES

DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).

As we welcome our students today, please make sure that your students are lined up on the appropriate dots (Winchester only) and have their towels. All students should remain masked as they enter the pool area. In addition, all of our friends under 4 years old MUST have the proper protective layers on to enter the pool. They need to have on either: A single layer Splashabout swim product OR a double layer of any other swim diapering produce one of the layers MUST be non-disposable. Splash About produces are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 1 of our Fall Session!

My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor. 

Here at Little Flippers Swim School, we specialize in swimming instruction using The Four Pillars of Swimming™ progressive curriculum that emphasizes correct technique as well as water safety. Throughout the session we will incorporate a variety of skills related to Breath Control, Buoyancy, Balance, Movement and Safety.  Each lesson will also be taught using appropriate activities that enable children to build character, accept challenges, and develop confidence.  Our goal is to teach all of our students to truly LOVE THE WATER to the point that they could LIVE IN THE WATER.

Here at Little Flippers we have an unlimited absence and makeup policy! Absences can be reported in the Parent Portal and if they are reported before class time, your account will be credited with an absence which you can use for a makeup in another class that is not fully enrolled, has an absence already reported for the day, is a designated makeup class. Makeup lasses can only be scheduled one week in advance. 

If your child is having a hard time transitioning into swim class please do not be concerned. The first few weeks of a new class or new teacher can be challenging for some. All of our swim instructors are well-versed in handling these situations and are looking forward to being a part of your child’s success. Our goal this week is to ensure that each students’ class is the proper fit!

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY:  We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street. Once again, my name is ______________ and I am available for questions or feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks and have a great day!