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Hi! I'm Mark, creator of Swim Teach

I've been teaching swimming for over 30 years and I built Swim Teach so that I can share all my knowledge, wisdom and experience from the thousands of swimming lessons I have had the pleasure of teaching. Take a look back through my previous newsletters and see what you missed.

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Relaxing When Swimming CAN be done. Discover The Essential Elements

If you are one of those people that find aspects of learning how to swim like floating and breathing quite stressful, or you're a swimming teacher with pupils that just can't relax, then this week’s newsletter is for you! Hi, Mark here. Hope you've had a great week. Being 'at one' with the water helps to ensure that everything we do in the water including swimming is second nature and therefore not stressful. Essential elements of learning how to relax when swimming are: Learning how to...

2 days ago • 1 min read

Can you tread water? How often does it feature in your lessons? Treading water is an important skill to learn for many reasons. Also, this week, fine-tune your teaching practice to be even more outstanding! Hi, Mark here. I hope you've had a great week. This week, we are talking treading water and I give you a free printable download that explains everything you need to know. But first... Calling all Swimming Teachers! Have you seen my definitive guide to teaching outstanding swimming...

9 days ago • 1 min read

Many beginners learning to swim believe that the ability to float holds the key to success, but that is really not true. Most of the best swimmers in the world cannot float. Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. This week, I debunk some of the myths about floating by adding in a few essential tools that beginners need, to learn how to swim. Floating Stationary or Whilst Moving? Floating stationary and whilst moving are two completely different concepts to get to grips with. Some of...

16 days ago • 1 min read

How's your breaststroke breathing technique? Do you inhale and exhale at the right times? My 'How To Teach Breaststroke' book has all the necessary drills and lesson plans if you need to teach it. Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. This week, I am discussing the basics of the breaststroke breathing technique using a drill that will allow you to perform it slowly and fine-tune it. Also, my 'How To Teach Breaststroke' book is here for all you swimming teachers looking for some...

23 days ago • 2 min read

Does your confidence fall apart at the thought of swimming in the deep end? It's a common problem, but it can be overcome. Also, calling all teachers - take the hard work out of planning with some ready-made swimming lesson plans. Hi, Mark here. I hope this email finds you well. In this edition of Swim Teach News, I offer you a possible solution to the common swimming fear - the fear of deep water. ​ Unlock Confidence In The Deep End The most common reason for having any kind of anxiety...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Teaching adults to swim is very different from teaching children. Whilst some of the methods are similar, the approach is completely different. Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. This week, I am talking about adults learning to swim and how a swimming teacher can adjust their teaching style to help. Adults will arrive at the poolside in all shapes and sizes and with different confidence levels. However, one thing that they will all have in common is that they will all...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read
30 minute swimming lesson plan

How do I float and why do I sink? It's a question commonly asked by beginners learning how to swim. Hi, Mark here. Hope all is well with you. This week, we are talking about why we sink. Scroll down and discover the science behind floating and sinking and how it may help you understand more and even help you stay afloat when you swim. Firstly, for swimming teachers, I have a lesson plan for teaching floating and gliding. Teach Your Pupils How To Stay Afloat. The 'floating and gliding'...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Breath-holding is often an all too common-mistake when learning to swim. It can affect other parts of a swimmer's technique and prevent progress. Hi, Mark here. I hope you've had a great week. When it comes to breathing technique, whichever swimming stroke is being attempted, there are two common mistakes that many adults make. Breath-holding Breathing too late What happens when you hold your breath? Breath-holding is an unnatural act for a human being to carry out. That is why some people...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read
30 minute swimming lesson plan

Calling all swimming teachers! How ready are you for the new term and new year ahead? How well-planned are you? Have you got any lesson plans at all? Hi, Mark here. Hope you’re well and ready for the new term. ​ In preparation for the start of term, we take a detailed look at exactly what a successful swimming lesson should include, I give you a free blank template for your own use, and a link to 101 lesson plans in 1 downloadable document. Most swimming lessons have some important parts...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read
How to swim front crawl

One of the most common questions I get asked by adult swimmers is 'why do I get so tired swimming front crawl? Hi, Mark here. Happy new year! I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. It’s that time of the year for new beginnings and starting over. It is also the time of year where we set ourselves new goals and do our best to stick to them. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise but it is easy to become despondent when we get tired so easily and end up giving up. I...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read
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