Errol: I was fascinated by your swimming history. Yes, let's go to the pool and get yourself back in the water, and when you do:
Could you please post a video of YOURSELF Winging-It? So we can see that and add to our bag of tricks teaching everyone to swim?
Another fascinating, utilitarian stroke is the so-called combat sidestroke because it's a survival stroke and it's the one the SEALS use and it's a great way to teach sculling, you can do it with your face out and you can really talk about reducing swimmers' drag in the water. Slice and glide. I try to have some different things to do when people are getting bored and need something else to focus on, and with the ones who can make it two lengths or so, this could be a good one to try.
Happy Martin Luther King Day tomorrow, everyone!
Before I start quoting: who gets the credit for "EACH ONE, REACH ONE, TEACH ONE" ?
I so agree. I had so much fun teaching my Adult Beginner class yesterday at the Lynn YMCA in Lynn, MA!
One brave lady told me, after she started kicking over the shallow end with a kickboard, "I nearly drowned 4 times and I am afraid," but she put all her stress into determination, relaxed her body and floated and glided and kicked up and down that pool. She is going to succeed!
To start the class, I just took her hand and we walked doing circle swim in the shallow end and talked about how scary it is, and how deep the water gets, and how to use her free hand to scull and pull herself through the water. All it takes is the time and the caring for EACH ONE REACH ONE TEACH ONE to be true.