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SWIM FOR LIFE STAFF TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION How did we get here? In 2005 the National office assigned Ontario and Alberta branches the task of creating a single Swim Program standard (Swim for Life ® ).

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swim for life staff training

SWIM FOR LIFESTAFF TRAINING

THE NEXT GENERATION

how did we get here
How did we get here?
  • In 2005 the National office assigned Ontario and Alberta branches the task of creating a single Swim Program standard (Swim for Life®).
  • The Ontario and Alberta branches were assigned as each had developed and implemented their own Learn to Swim programs.
focus of revisions
Focus of revisions…
  • To ensure a seamless flow and integration between the 6 Swimmer levels of Swim for Life® and the 3 Canadian Swim Patrol levels (Rookie, Ranger, Star).
the swim for life program
The Swim for Life® Program
  • Swim for Life® is organized in modules designed to meet the swim instruction needs of any age group:
    • Parent & Tot (1-3)
    • Preschool 1-5 (formerly A-E)
    • Swimmer 1-6
    • Adult Swimmer 1-3 (formerly 101-301)
    • Fitness Swimmer (NEW)
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In each module, content is organized in the following streams and builds level by level and module by module:
    • Entries and Exits
    • Surface Support
    • Underwater Skills
    • Swim to Survive® Skills (formerly Survival Skills)
    • Movement / Swimming Skills
    • Fitness (NEW)
water smart education
Water Smart® Education
  • Water Smart® drowning prevention messages are an integral part of the Swim for Life® Program.
  • These messages are embedded in content and program support materials.
  • The Society will continue to provide tools to make this drowning prevention education last a lifetime.
overview
Overview
  • Swim to Survive®
    • A theme found throughout the levels and many progressions lead up to the mastery of the Swim-to-Survive® standard in Swimmer 3
    • Examples
      • Rolling front to back - pendulum
      • Side roll entry
      • Surface support progressions
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Water Smart®
    • Went from a ‘Must See’ to a ‘Note’
    • Would not hold back a child because they did not “understand” the messaging
    • Still exists on the worksheet and has been embedded into core plan & lesson plans
  • Glides
    • Added to help the progression from floats to strokes
    • Strong feedback heard from affiliates to incorporate this progression
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Endurance Swim eliminated and replaced with Interval Training
    • Long distances promote deterioration of strokes and reinforces bad habits
    • Shorter distances break up the skill into smaller chunks and promote fitness
    • Equal or greater distance achieved
  • Flutter kick on the back introduced first
    • Reinforces proper body position and kicking efficiency without concern for breathing techniques
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Surface Dives
    • A lifesaving skill, therefore it was moved into Canadian Swim Patrol
  • PFD
    • Previously taught PFD ‘Survival Skills’ were removed and incorporated into the ‘Must See’ under the ‘Entries & Exits’ stream.
    • For example:
      • In Swimmer 1 – Jump into deep water wearing PFD is evaluated with the ‘Must See’- Correctly fitting PFD donned on land
fitness swimmer
Fitness Swimmer

New!

  • The Fitness Swimmer Program is for swimmers of any age who want to improve their overall physical fitness in the water. Fitness Swimmer provides a structured approach to physical fitness based on accepted training principles and practices including interval training.
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Fitness Swimmer Content includes:
    • Pace clocks and timers
    • Stretches for swimmers
    • Kicking interval training
    • Swimming interval training
    • Workout – 300 m
    • Workout design
    • Distance swim
    • Sprint swim
new resources
NEW RESOURCES
  • Award Guide
  • Teaching Swim for Life
  • Worksheets
  • Progress Reports
  • Core Plans
  • Lesson Plans
  • Certificates
award guide
Award Guide

Award Guide contains content for all levels

teaching swim for life
Teaching Swim for Life

Companion reference that contains teaching tips, stroke charts, stroke drills, lesson plan templates, core plans for all levels, and content for effectively teaching Fitness Swimmer.

activity trace the progression
Activity: Trace the progression
  • Topics: Entries & Exits, Surface Support, Underwater Skills, Swim to Survive Skills, Movement/Swimming Skills, Fitness, Water Smart Education
  • Using your Swim for Life and Canadian Swim Patrol Award Guide – trace the progression through all levels (Preschool – Canadian Swim Patrol)