SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK
Click on Any of the Links Below to Access the Lesson Plan
- Little Flippers
- Instructors Choice, Evaluate Your Students!
- Goggle Friendly
- No Slides or Canoes
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!
- All Deck Supervisors will be testing skills throughout the first half of this (beginning next week) and if the student has “achieved” that skill, they will be marked as “tested.” They will be tested again throughout the second half of the session and if the student can successfully demonstrate the skill again, they will be marked as attained and will receive the ribbon for satisfactory completion.
- Get to 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.
- Pass Out Gold Coins for Participation/Good Behavior (Level Classes Only).
- Only One Coin per Student Please – No Exceptions!
KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE!
Keep your head on a swivel and DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOUR STUDENTS FOR ANY REASON AND IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE PLEASE BLOW YOUR WHISTLE! Position yourself within arms reach of non swimmers! Stay outside of the box or with your back to the ropes!
UPDATED WHISTLE CODES!
One short blast from the Deck Supervisor
Addresses Directional Teaching using Whistle Protocol
Two short blasts from an Instructor
Get the attention of the Deck Supervisor/Water Watcher
One long blast from the Deck Supervisor
EAP Activation – In the event the Deck Supervisor is unavailable and it is a life threatening emergency, this whistle may be blown by the instructor.
Field Day is Sunday, October 15th from 1 – 4 pm. Natick, Winchester and Planet Gymnastics staff will gather in Natick and family members are welcome to attend!
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 dolphins. 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.
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.
In addition, we will regularly practice google 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.
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 TEN gold coins are collected, they can be redeemed in the office for a prize from our treasure chest.
If you are running late, please wait at the door in the center of the of the lobby and the Deck Supervisor will greet you and escort your students to class. Also, at the end of class, please remember to wait at or near exit doors for your swimmers. As a safety precaution, we cannot allow students to wander independently into the locker room, if we do not see a parent/guardian with them. Just give us a friendly wave to confirm if you are not right up front.
On deck showers are available and 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!