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!  

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