Fall Week 8: Sunday October 16th – Saturday October 22nd

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

For the Full Breakdown of Dates, Closures and Skills  CLICK HERE!

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

Important Notes:

  • Next Week begins Level Recommendation Week!  There will be specific details emailed to Deck Supervisors/Notes in the blog for ext Sunday’s post.  Please be sure to read all communication carefully and let a manager know if you have any questions.
  • When it comes to families inquiring about the current level of their students or if their student is ready to move up please remember the following:
    • There may not be space for a student to move up a level or move from a Little Flippers Class to a Swim Stars Traditional Class and we don’t want to say so and give families false hope or make them feel as if they are not getting any value in their current class.
    • The deck supervisor has all of the documentation regarding skills tested vs. attained and is the most knowledgable about whether or not they are ready to move up.
    • Please direct all questions regarding leveling to your Deck Supervisor.

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

Head on a swivel, eyes on students arms reach of non swimmers and stay outside of the box or with your back to the ropes.  In addition when teaching kids that swim independently, follow the weakest swimmer. 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • TBD

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!  This week is Goggle 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 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.  

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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Fall Week 7: Sunday October 9th – Saturday October 15th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

For the Full Breakdown of Dates, Closures and Skills  CLICK HERE!

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Slides
    • They are meant for students to go down feet first only.
    • One student at a time on the slide please.
    • Slides can be propped on the side of the pool or positioned in the water.  Choose the best spot in which you can keep your eyes on all students at all times. 
    • Slides can be turned to the side so students can crawl through if they prefer not to slide.
    • Slides cannot be tipped over. For safety, they must remain in the upright position at all times.
  • Canoes
    • Our canoes are not actual canoes, they are toys to be used for fun during swim lessons.
    • Please do not tip the canoe over unless all students are very confident in their swimming abilities and you are confident that you can do so safely.
    • Be mindful of bouncing and splashing the canoe if you have instructors to the left and right of you.  This can be very disruptive to a neighboring class is it becomes to rambunctious.  

Important Note:

When it comes to families inquiring about the current level of their students or if their student is ready to move up please remember the following:

    • There may not be space for a student to move up a level or move from a Little Flippers Class to a Swim Stars Traditional Class and we don’t want to say so and give families false hope or make them feel as if they are not getting any value in their current class.
    • The deck supervisor has all of the documentation regarding skills tested vs. attained and is the most knowledgable about whether or not they are ready to move up.
    • Please direct all questions regarding leveling to your Deck Supervisor.

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

Head on a swivel, eyes on students arms reach of non swimmers and stay outside of the box or with your back to the ropes.  In addition when teaching kids that swim independently, follow the weakest swimmer. 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • 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
        • To Register Click Here!

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • TBD

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 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 7 of our Fall Session!

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!  

Fall Week 6: Sunday, October 2nd – Saturday October 8th

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

For the Full Breakdown of Dates, Closures and Skills  CLICK HERE!

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Slides
    • They are meant for students to go down feet first only.
    • One student at a time on the slide please.
    • Slides can be propped on the side of the pool or positioned in the water.  Choose the best spot in which you can keep your eyes on all students at all times. 
    • Slides can be turned to the side so students can crawl through if they prefer not to slide.
    • Slides cannot be tipped over. For safety, they must remain in the upright position at all times.
  • Canoes
    • Our canoes are not actual canoes, they are toys to be used for fun during swim lessons.
    • Please do not tip the canoe over unless all students are very confident in their swimming abilities and you are confident that you can do so safely.
    • Be mindful of bouncing and splashing the canoe if you have instructors to the left and right of you.  This can be very disruptive to a neighboring class is it becomes to rambunctious.  

Important Note:

When it comes to families inquiring about the current level of their students or if their student is ready to move up please remember the following:

    • There may not be space for a student to move up a level or move from a Little Flippers Class to a Swim Stars Traditional Class and we don’t want to say so and give families false hope or make them feel as if they are not getting any value in their current class.
    • The deck supervisor has all of the documentation regarding skills tested vs. attained and is the most knowledgable about whether or not they are ready to move up.
    • Please direct all questions regarding leveling to your Deck Supervisor.

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

Head on a swivel, eyes on students arms reach of non swimmers and stay outside of the box or with your back to the ropes.  In addition when teaching kids that swim independently, follow the weakest swimmer. 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • 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
        • To Register Click Here!

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • TBD

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.  Goggles are not recommended for this google free 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 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 10th (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 25th – Saturday October 1st

SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK

For the Full Breakdown of Dates, Closures and Skills  CLICK HERE!

TIPS FOR THE WEEK

  • Slides
    • They are meant for students to go down feet first only.
    • One student at a time on the slide please.
    • Slides can be propped on the side of the pool or positioned in the water.  Choose the best spot in which you can keep your eyes on all students at all times. 
    • Slides can be turned to the side so students can crawl through if they prefer not to slide.
    • Slides cannot be tipped over. For safety, they must remain in the upright position at all times.
  • Canoes
    • Our canoes are not actual canoes, they are toys to be used for fun during swim lessons.
    • Please do not tip the canoe over unless all students are very confident in their swimming abilities and you are confident that you can do so safely.
    • Be mindful of bouncing and splashing the canoe if you have instructors to the left and right of you.  This can be very disruptive to a neighboring class is it becomes to rambunctious.  

Jumping Safely

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…)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGOCcnRuoLY?ecver=1&w=560&h=315

KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!

Head on a swivel, eyes on students arms reach of non swimmers and stay outside of the box or with your back to the ropes.  In addition when teaching kids that swim independently, follow the weakest swimmer. 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & TRAININGS 

2022 Shallow Water Lifeguard Training Classes 

        • 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
        • To Register Click Here!

In Person All Staff Meetings

        • TBD

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 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.

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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