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, 2021

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, 2021

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!