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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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Top 5 ‘Need To Know Basics’ BEFORE Learning Swimming Technique - Plus, A Lesson Plan For Boosting Confidence

Are you a beginner? A boost to your confidence will skyrocket your swimming abilities. Are you a swimming teacher? Check out a confidence-boosting lesson plan. Hi, Mark here. I hope that you’ve had a great week and all is well. I am starting the week off with some confidence boosting. This week, I am covering the basics of learning to swim that need to be tackled before fine-tuning any actual swimming technique. Essential Confidence Boosters For Beginners 1. Discover your level of buoyancy...

2 days ago • 1 min read

Do you think you've got your front crawl timing and coordination all wrong? There is a good chance it is actually okay. Confused? Read on. Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. What Exactly Is 'Timing'? When we talk about timing, we usually refer to the number of leg kicks per arm pull cycle—that is, how many times our legs kick in the time it takes for our arms to complete one arm pull cycle. Which Timing Pattern Works For You? Some timing patterns will suit some swimmers better than...

9 days ago • 1 min read

How is your breaststroke timing and coordination? Download a free drill to help perfect it. Teachers - do your pupils make a mess of it? Scroll down to find my 'How To Teach Breaststroke' guide. Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. This week, we are talking breaststroke timing, and I have a great printable timing drill for you to help you get things right. Breaststroke timing and coordination is a continuous alternating action where one propulsive phase takes over as one ends....

16 days ago • 2 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. I also have a new book dedicated to Teaching Adults How To Swim. Adults will arrive at the poolside in all shapes and sizes and with different confidence levels. However, one thing that...

16 days ago • 1 min read

'Teach Your Child To Swim Through Games and Play' uses the power of play to teach swimming. My very popular book for parents is being downloaded every day. Have you got your copy yet? Also, this week, why is going underwater a gradual process? Oh, and last week's offer is STILL ON. Get it before it ends! Hi, Mark here. I hope you've had a great week. Be one step ahead of everyone by using the power of play to teach your children basic swimming skills. Teaching them to swim could not be...

22 days ago • 2 min read

Could your breaststroke kicking technique be smoother and more efficient? Teachers, have you got 101 Lesson Plans yet? Hi, Mark here. Hope you've had a great week. In Swim Teach News this week, I break down breaststroke leg kick into 3 steps to hopefully help make it a little smoother and easier to learn. Also, calling all swimming teachers - do you want your lesson planning done for you? You won't want to miss my amazing offer. Scroll down to find it. Breaststroke Legs: Step By Step... We...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Swimming teachers are commonly asked about sinking and floating and why it does or does not happen to a person. Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. This week I am answering a question I was asked about sinking when swimming front crawl. Scroll down and you will find links to my awesome front crawl resources. My ebook for beginners to improve and some drills and a 'how to teach' guide for swimming teachers. I received a message online that went like this: I find myself sinking when...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read
swimming lesson plan for basic front crawl arm technique

Front crawl arm technique needs to be smooth, streamlined and continuous. The arms must also move in perfect harmony with the rest of the swimming stroke. Hi, Mark here. I hope you’ve had a great week. In this edition of Swim Teach News we are looking at front crawl arm technique and a basic exercise to help practice and fine-tune the movement. If you're a teacher, I have a lesson plan that will help beginners master the basics of the arm action - scroll down to find it. Arm pull technique...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

"If I kick harder then I will stay afloat and swim further." ...a common misconception among beginners learning to swim. Relaxed and smooth is the key to an effective and efficient front crawl leg kick. Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. In this edition of Swim Teach News, we are looking at front crawl leg kick technique and a basic exercise to help practice and fine-tune it. If you're a teacher, my resource library is packed with drills and lesson plans to help make your teaching...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

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...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read
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