Video: Teaching Children to Swim Well. Summer Swim Teams. What Are They?

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At Boy Scout camp one summer when I was 16, a group of us were training to become life guards.

One of the requirements for that as well as for a badge we all wanted to earn, was to swim a mile non-stop.

 

 

 

 



I think it took me and the rest of our group 45 minutes or so with lots of side stroke, resting back stroke and all kinds of labor saving methodologies to survive it. All accept Craig Bartlett. Craig was 12-13 and he finished in about 20 minutes, swimming free-style (crawl stroke) the whole way.
Learn to Swim in Herndon VA

The adults beside the pool were all yelling at him to slow down so he wouldn't fail. He didn't slow down and he hopped out of the pool and strolled off to an ovation from astonished viewers.

The rest of us stayed in the water thrashing about for another 30 minutes. The difference between Craig and the rest of us was that he had been on a summer swim team since he was 6 years old. The rest of us had just had the usual local swimming lessons that are still taught today.

Learn to Swim in Herndon VAWe all thought Craig was some kind of superman and he was held in awe from that day forward. Now that I am an adult, I know that Craig was not an anomoly.

I have seen many younger children swim that far in less time as well as see them swim backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly as well as the usual freestyle that we all have attempted to learn.


So, if you want your children or grandchildren
to REALLY be able to swim well. Get them on a swim team. The usual requirements are generally that they be water safe. Meaning that they can tread water for a minute and swim one length of the pool one their belly and one on their back....however ugly in form and style :-)

Summer swim teams are a combination of advanced swimming lessons and introduction to competitive swimming. Here they will learn to swim like my childhood friend Craig Bartlett or better.

 

 

photos by swim dad David Yurashus

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Kathy Denworth
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I remember started swimming lessons when I was about 6. We also had open swim meets where any one could enter. I did it when I was eight and came in third in my group. Boy was I proud.

Jun 05, 2011 01:55 AM #1
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Steve, Thanks for your post. The timing is perfect as we enter into the summer break where children have a need to find additional "healthy" activities. Whether it's swimming, gymnastics, basketball, whatever teaches them the value of teamwork, respect, goals. Thanks!

Jun 05, 2011 02:09 AM #2
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Steve  Swim teams teach many things other than swimming - they are no different than sports program in public school, but they do it much earlier than the public schools

Jun 05, 2011 03:45 AM #3
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Kathy, We have had exactly that response from our children. They got a great sense of accpmplishment in addition to having fun and learning to swim really well.

Jun 06, 2011 03:30 AM #4
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Ruth, our children are grown now... I wish I could do it all again! Swim meets, softball games and soccer...what a great time of life.

 

Jun 06, 2011 03:31 AM #5
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Karen, yes indeed. Swim summer teams are the only mixed gender, mixed age teams around. You can imagine how a 10 year old boy feels like with 17 year old girl team-mates cheering for him. The only sport where this happens.

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Steve, you are so right in that kids really need swim lessons!  Good advice ~ and good for you and Jan to be getting involved in teaching kids to swim!  Plus the safety issue to be considered too is great. 

Pamela

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Thanks Pamela, it is a real safety benefit. Swim team kids are infinitely stronger swimmers than those who have just had lessons. They are safer everywhere...the ocean especially where currents and rips can take you away from shore pretty quickly.

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