SKILLS, THRILLS AND LESSON PLAN LINKS FOR THE WEEK
Click on Any of the Links Below to Access the Lesson Plan
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. In order for students to successfully test their skills in Transitional, Prep, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 students MUST be GOGGLE FREE! Please encourage goggle free swimming as much and as often as possible!
As a reminder, Deck Supervisors will be testing skills throughout the first half of this session and if the student has “achieved” the 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. Ribbons will only be issued during the second half of the session when the skill is attained.
As always, keep your eyes on your students during this process. The safety of your students is more important than discussing skills!
TIPS FOR THE WEEK
- Evaluate Your Students!
- It is only week two and you may have students that did not attend their first class yet. Be sure you are familiar with all abilities for proper dock placement, continuous movement and safety!
- 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 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 Open Turns.
Next week will be 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, a class that has an absence already reported for the day or a class that is a designated makeup class. Makeup classes can only be scheduled one week in advance. See the office or our website for additional policies.
As a reminder, 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!