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Independent Writer, Editor, Social Media Strategist at Gary Thill LLC
Googles should be used early on and considered standard equipment for a child taking swim lessons. Fins are effective at moving a person through the motor development phases to an advanced flutter kick. As a result of using fins you will see the more advanced motor patterns earlier and more frequent in the children's motor progress. Your students will have more success with the use of fins in your swim lessons programs. By building a stronger kick and allowing your students to focus on the more difficult task of learning and combining the whole stroke and will allow for a better kick necessary in performing good rotorary breathing.
Pool Manager, Shire of Koorda, Western Australia
Goggles and fins are both great tools in their place. Chlorine is no good for eyes no matter how well the pH is balanced. I get the parent to deal with the goggles so I don't have to muck around with them all lesson, and as for fins: kids respond to a story really well, so I tell them that fins are good for swimming flat like a fish that's why fish have fins and no knees and bendy knees are for 'frog kick', that's why frogs have bendy knees. They soon get it and a laugh! Only a small amount of time is spent with fins, as it is quite harsh on the leg muscles but it is good for streamline and flexibility in the ankles. A plastic mirror is good for those who are a bit fearful of getting the face in, or of exhaling into the water, as they can see themselves blowing bubbles. another great tool! One more story, about putting the face in without goggles...what if you drop your goggles in? How are you going to get them? Nearly all our kids in our state have at least a ten day per year program run by the Education Department which teaches both swimming and water safety side by side in increments and the water safety exersise are deliberately no goggles for exactly the reason of the accidental fall in situation. Great basics for even the most disadvantaged and then keen or competition inclined swimmers can take it as far as they want from there.
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