Summer Session Week 8: Tuesday, August 9th – Monday, August 15th

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

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TIPS FOR THE WEEK

Whistles

  1. All Deck Supervisors will perform a whistle check at the start of each shift to ensure ALL staff are in possession of a whistle.
  2. Whistles must be easily accessible at all times!  Not in pockets or around water bottles, but worn on your arm.
  3. Whistles are a mandatory part of your uniform and should be used any time an instructor needs assistance from the Deck Staff.

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS  

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1 (Registration Info Coming Soon)
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester, August 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits Required)
        • Natick, August 24th, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits Required)

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • No Regular Classes on August 23rd/24th.  Make Up Classes/Make Up Swims May be Available.  Check with the Office if you are interested in working.

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 and have their towels!  It is a Goggle Friendly Week! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

 

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 8 of our Summer 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.

Next week is the LAST WEEK of our SUMMER SESSION and in celebration of the last week, we will be rolling out our Water Walkway so GET THOSE CAMERAS READY!  We will also be issuing a special END OF SESSION RIBBON!

The Fall Session Begins on August 25th and ENROLLMENT IS STILL available in your Parent Portal!  

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!

Summer Session Week 7: Tuesday, August 2nd – Monday, August 8th

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

PLEASE R.S.V.P. https://sites.google.com/view/lfbeachday/home

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

Safety Week Guidelines: Safety is always our number one priority! Please be aware that your students’ strength and endurance may be different while swimming with clothes. Also, when incorporating drop ins or backwards, please remember to practice these techniques carefully and follow the strategies in the videos as well as the two key tips below:

  1. When dropping in, do not swing the child back and forth or drop from above your head.  It is simply a lift and drop, NOT A SWING AND TOSS!  Also, the student must be dropped in FEET FIRST ONLY.  Never head first and facing away from you!
  2. Students should ONLY be allowed to fall in backwards from a seated position!  DO NOT DROP THE STUDENT IN BACKWARDS!

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS  

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1 (Registration Info Coming Soon)
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester, August 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits Required)
        • Natick, August 24th, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits 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 and have their towels!  Today is Google Free, so please leave those goggles behind! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 7 of our Summer Session!

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

It is Safety Week!

We have invited all of our students to come to class wearing clothes and shoes over their swimsuits and/or layers. We will also be practicing a variety of skills that will simulate an unexpected fall into the water. Often children become very comfortable in our controlled environment and although that is wonderful, we like to use this week as an opportunity to guide them through how to react if they entered the water without being prepared and/or feeling disoriented. We are hoping that by practicing these scenarios, our student’s will learn to stay calm and utilize the skills that they have developed to return to safety if they ever fell in.

As a reminder, we do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!  

Summer Session Week 6

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

PLEASE R.S.V.P. https://sites.google.com/view/lfbeachday/home

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • As a reminder, the bell will be rung by the deck supervisor or deck assistant on the :27 or :57.  When the bell is rung, instructors should take that as their cue that class has ended and safely exit the pool.

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS  

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1 (Registration Info Released in August)
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester, August 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits Required)
        • Natick, August 24th, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits 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 and have their towels and goggles (if needed)! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 6 of our Summer Session!

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

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

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 do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!  

Summer Session Week 5

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

 

 

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

 

Whistles
  1. All Deck Supervisors will perform a whistle check at the start of each shift to ensure ALL staff are in possession of a whistle.
  2. Whistles must be easily accessible at all times!  Not in pockets or around water bottles, but worn on your arm.
  3. Whistles are a mandatory part of your uniform and should be used any time an instructor needs assistance from the Deck Staff.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS  

 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1 (Registration Info Released in August)
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10
In Person All Staff Meetings
        • Winchester, August 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits Required)
        • Natick, August 24th, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits 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 and have their towels! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 5 of our Summer Session! My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor. 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.  

This week, we are also focused on 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.

As a reminder, we do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!  

Summer Session Week 4

SKILLS AND THRILLS FOR THE WEEK

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TIPS FOR THE WEEK

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

PRACTICE SAFE ENTRIES IN EACH LESSON!

You should be able to see all of your students at all times.  If you are holding/working with a student they are in the safest position.  Avoid looking directly at that student for more than a second. Pick your head up and watch the entire class.  

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Weekends in Natick; July 7/16, 7/17, 7/23 and 7/24 from 1-6pm
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester, August 23rd, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits Required)
        • Natick, August 24th, 10 am – 3 pm (Lunch will be provided, Swim Suits 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 and have their towels and/goggles as this week is google friendly! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

 

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 4 of our Summer Session!

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

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.

ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Fall Sessions as well as our Summer Swim and Gym Day Program!

As a reminder, we do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!  

 

Summer Session Week 3

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

Tips for the Week

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

PRACTICE SAFE ENTRIES IN EACH LESSON!

You should be able to see all of your students at all times.  If you are holding/working with a student they are in the safest position.  Avoid looking directly at that student for more than a second. Pick your head up and watch the entire class.  

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Weekends in Natick; July 7/16, 7/17, 7/23 and 7/24 from 1-6pm
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester, August 23rd from 10 am – 3 pm. (Lunch will be provided and swim attire is 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 and have their towels and/goggles as this week is google friendly! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome back from Maintenance Week! 

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 Breaststroke.

Lastly, as a reminder, we do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!

 

 

Summer Session Week 2

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Evaluate Your Students!
    • Plan to spend the first 10 – 15 minutes of each class evaluating students performance in the previous levels skills before introducing anything new!
  • Know Your Students!
    • Bring your rolls to the door for each class and ensure you’ve gathered all students before escorting them to class. Don’t forget to introduce yourself!
  • Engage Your Students!
    • Ask a silly question, ask about favorite activities, foods, toys, etc.  

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

PRACTICE SAFE ENTRIES IN EACH LESSON!

You should be able to see all of your students at all times.  If you are holding/working with a student they are in the safest position.  Avoid looking directly at that student for more than a second. Pick your head up and watch the entire class.  

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Weekends in Natick; July 7/16, 7/17, 7/23 and 7/24 from 1-6pm
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester, August 23rd, Time TBD

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Winchester; July 3rd – 9th

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 and have their towels and/goggles as this week is google friendly! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 2 of our Summer Session!

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

This week we will be working on a variety of skills that showcase three of our four pillars.  Breath Control, Buoyancy, Balance and Movement.

In SwimStars 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.  Also, 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 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! Also, 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 expanding breath control by encouraging students to submerge completely and without assistance. Comfort submerging is a key skill to master and introduces rhythmic breathing. Also, 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 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. Also, we are perfecting the elementary backstroke (AKA the “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 alot of energy.

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

In Swim Team Prep we will be focusing on Freestyle 

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.

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FROM JULY 3RD – JULY 9TH.  This is built into the session and there is no need to report and absence/schedule a make – up.

Lastly, as a reminder, we do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!

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Summer Session Week 1

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

 

Ribbons are issued each week in the summer session, if the students has attained the skill for the first time, please issue a ribbon. If the student has attained the skill previously, there is no need to issue a new ribbon.  However, if it has been over 6 months since the skill was attained, please issue a new ribbon but do not change the original date of attainment.  Thank You!

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Evaluate Your Students!
    • Plan to spend the first 10 – 15 minutes of each class evaluating students performance in the previous levels skills before introducing anything new!
  • Know Your Students!
    • Bring your rolls to the door for each class and ensure you’ve gathered all students before escorting them to class. Don’t forget to introduce yourself!
  • Engage Your Students!
    • Ask a silly question, ask about favorite activities, foods, toys, etc.  

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

PRACTICE SAFE ENTRIES IN EACH LESSON!

You should be able to see all of your students at all times.  If you are holding/working with a student they are in the safest position.  Avoid looking directly at that student for more than a second. Pick your head up and watch the entire class.  

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Weekends in Natick; July 7/16, 7/17, 7/23 and 7/24 from 1-6pm
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester, August 23rd, Time TBD
        • Natick, August 24th, Time TBD

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Natick; June 27th – July 9th
      • Winchester; July 3rd – 9th

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 and have their towels and/goggles as this week is google friendly! In addition, all swimmers 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 products are available for purchase at the office.

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 1 of our Summer 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.  In addition, we will practice google free swimming every other week this session! 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.

This Week

In Swim Stars Transitional we are celebrating brave swimmers by encouraging each student to finish class with smiles and high energy. 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.

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!

At the end of each class we will be handing our a gold coin to all of our independent students.  Coins are designed to shape behaviors through positive reinforcement.  Coins are used as a reward for a great class and incentive to attend next time! Once FOUR gold coins are collected, they can be redeemed in the office for a prize from our treasure chest.  Only ONE coin per student is to be issued at the end of each class.

Lastly, as a reminder, we do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!

Spring Session Week 20; Tuesday, June 7th – Monday, June 13th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

  • Water Walkway!

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Be Safe and Have Fun!

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Weekends in Natick; July 7/16, 7/17, 7/23 and 7/24 from 1-6pm
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Natick; Friday June 10th @ 6:30 PM

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • N/A

VALUABLE RESOURCES

 

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

It’s the final week of our Spring Session and in celebration, we are rolling out our Water Walkway so GET THOSE CAMERAS READY! Also, don’t leave without your END OF SESSION RIBBON!

Reminders:

  1. ENROLLMENT IS available in your Parent Portal for our Summer Session and Fall Sessions!
  2. In addition, enrollment is available online for our Summer Swim and Gym Day Programs and Spaces are filling up FAST!

Our NATICK Swim and Gym Day program begins June 14th and will run Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4pm. Each day includes gym lessons & open gym at Planet Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at

planetgym.com

Our WINCHESTER Swim and Gym Day program begins June 14th and will run Monday – Friday from  9am – 3pm. Each day includes gym lessons & open gym at Sweet Peas Educational Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at

spgymnastics.com

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.

THANKS FOR A GREAT SESSION AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

 

 

Spring Session Week 19; Sunday May 29th – Monday June 6th (closed Monday May 30th)

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

    • Little Flippers Lesson Safety Week Skills
    • SST: Safety Week
    • Prep / Level 1: Safety Week
    • Level 2: Safety Week
    • Level 3: Safety Week
    • Level 4: Safety Week
    • STP: Games & Safety
    • GOGGLE FREE!
    • NO Slides or Canoes

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

Safety Week Guidelines: Safety is always our number one priority! Please be aware that your students’ strength and endurance may be different while swimming with clothes. Also, when incorporating drop ins or backwards, please remember to practice these techniques carefully and follow the strategies in the videos as well as the two key tips below:

  1. When dropping in, do not swing the child back and forth or drop from above your head.  It is simply a lift and drop, NOT A SWING AND TOSS!  Also, the student must be dropped in FEET FIRST ONLY.  Never head first and facing away from you!
  2. Students should ONLY be allowed to fall in backwards from a seated position!  DO NOT DROP THE STUDENT IN BACKWARDS!

 

COVERAGE and TIME OFF – PLEASE REVIEW during the Deck Meeting at each shift!

Procedure for taking time off.

You must do all 4 steps.

1.  Post on CREW that you need time off.

2.  Post on CREW that you need coverage.

3.  Contact your Deck Supervisor and work with them on who might be able to cover.

a.   Connect means you actually talk with and have communication back and forth with your deck supervisor

4.  Start looking for coverage

The first 3 steps need to happen within a few minutes of each other.

Whistles

      1. All Deck Supervisors will perform a whistle check at the start of each shift to ensure ALL staff are in possession of a whistle.
      2. Whistles must be easily accessible at all times!  Not in pockets or around water bottles, but worn on your arm.
      3. Whistles are a mandatory part of your uniform and should be used any time an instructor needs assistance from the Deck Staff.

CURRICULUM NOTES

Manuals should now be complete and ready for review.  Please leave your completed manual at the front desk.  Thank you for your time and effort!

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • Sundays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day,  June 5, 12, 19 & 26 
        • Weekends in Natick; July 7/16, 7/17, 7/23 and 7/24 from 1-6pm
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, September 10, 17, 24, October 1
        • Sundays in Natick from 1-6 pm each day, October 9, 16, 23, 30
        • Saturdays in Winchester from 1-6 pm each day, November 12, 19, December 3, 10

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • Winchester; Friday June 3rd @ 6:30 PM
        • Natick; Friday June 10th @ 6:30 PM

FACILITY CLOSURE

      • Monday, May 30th – Memorial Day

VALUABLE RESOURCES

 

LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello and Welcome to Week 19 of our Spring Session!

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

This week we have invited all of our students to come to class wearing clothes and shoes over their swimsuits and/or double layers. We will also be practicing a variety of skills that will simulate an unexpected fall into the water. Often children become very comfortable in our controlled environment and although that is wonderful, we like to use this week as an opportunity to guide them through how to react if they entered the water without being prepared and/or feeling disoriented. We are hoping that by practicing these scenarios, our student’s will learn to stay calm and utilize the skills that they have developed to return to safety if they ever fell in.

Next week is the LAST WEEK of our SPRING SESSION and in celebration of the last week, we will be rolling out our Water Walkway so GET THOSE CAMERAS READY!  We will also be issuing a special END OF SESSION RIBBON!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW available in your Parent Portal for our Summer and Fall Sessions as well as Summer Day Program!

Our NATICK Swim and Gym Day program begins June 14th and will run Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4pm. Each day includes gym lessons & open gym at Planet Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at

planetgym.com

Our WINCHESTER Swim and Gym Day program begins June 14th and will run Monday – Friday from  9am – 3pm. Each day includes gym lessons & open gym at Sweet Peas Educational Gymnastics, swim lessons & open swim as well as educational classroom activities and themed craft projects! Registration is available at

spgymnastics.com

As a reminder, we do have on deck showers that can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

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!