Principles

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  • Simplicity is key.  Meet the needs of the student First and Foremost.

  • We as parents and teachers have no greater duty than to uplift and advance the hearts and minds of children.swimpromo2

  • Children are powerful learning machines and are only limited by our imaginations.

  • Children hunger for two things; knowledge and our approval. Feed them information and reward them with your joy when they learn.

  • Our ability to lead will define the child’s ability to follow.

  • If we believe they can, they will believe they can.

  • Realizing, “I Can do it”, is usually the last thing anyone needs to learn before they start doing it.

  • Children will learn Joy or Fear from their Adults.  Teach Joy!

  • Putting water-wings or floats on a non-swimming child is like giving crutches to a crawling infant.

  • Children learn to stand and walk through their own experimentation and without us holding them.  We will teach them to swim when we let them learn to rely on themselves – because they can.

  • Children do not differentiate between play, work, study, or rest.  Let them think it’s all in good fun (play), while we see it as precious opportunities to teach, guide and train them.

  • Humans are animals – When you grasp the reality of animal instinct, you connect with one of the most important teaching tools available.

  • If you want your children to love something, reading, swimming, sports, music, etc., love it in front of them.

  • For the child, the appeal of any toy, game, or learning aid is based on the enthusiasm of the adult playing with it.

  • Children should be given choices not control.  There is a vast but simple difference.

  • Three attributes are required to accomplish anything.  Good Instruction – Natural Talent – Perseverance.    If any of these is lacking, a greater amount of the others will compensate.  The accomplishment is the same, be it on the first or tenth attempt.

  • We need to justify a child’s feelings, not their fear.

    • Example:   The child cries out in the night, “Help me, there’s a monster under my bed!”

      •    Justifying Feelings:  Parent says, “Yes, my child.  I’m here and I understand you’re afraid.  It’s okay.  Come with me, turn on the light, and lets look under the bed together and see – There is nothing to fear.”  Reality Trumps Irrational Fears.

      •    Justifying Fear:  Parent says, “Okay, I’ll sit on the end of the bed and protect you from the monster until you fall asleep.”  Irrational fears determine our actions.


 

Other Tips -

  • Rule #1 -  Watch your kid!
    How to keep your child safe around the water – Watch your kid!
    How to keep your child away from trouble throughout their childhood – Watch your kid!
    Watch them, don’t hover.
  • Rule #2 -  Don’t put Babies in hot tubs.
    Hot-tubs are typically heated to around 101o–105o.  As soon as you submerge their femoral artery (the thighs) the child’s body temperature starts to increase.  Most hot-tubs have 15 minute timers because even adults will be overcome if submerged too long.  Symptoms will be apparent in adults long before their safety is at risk but small children cannot express their discomfort.  By the time they faint serious injury may have already occurred, without warning.
    Feet in, splashing and dipping them is not submerging.

  • Rule #3 -  Beware of Water Hypoxia.
    Ingesting, (drinking) too much water can be fatal.  This is a very rare but serious condition and should be understood.  Children should be discouraged from drinking pool water to the point of forbidding their entry if they persist.  Luckily, they have a much lower gag-reflex and are seldom subject to this condition.  


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