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Lily Pads

Congratulations Sue from Central Swim School, Alexandra on this great idea for your preschool classes. Sue has incorporated a pond of flowers into her lessons which her children love! Made from foam discs and plastic flowers the children collected their water cans, submerged under the pond edge and watered their flowers as well as themselves and each other.

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Noodle Hoop

A noodle hoop is a great piece of equipment to have in your toolbox. It is easier for swimmers to see on top of the water so is great for diving into or up through.

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Equipment Baskets

Keeping equipment tidy and free from tripping hazards is very important in the aquatic environment. These plastic baskets are perfect for keeping everything together, to drain and also used as signage. You could have a picture and name of the instructor to make it easier for your customers on their first day.

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Flutterboard Barbells

Check out these hand carved barbells from QSS AC Baths Swim School. They were carved from old flutter boards that were to be thrown out, a great way to reuse equipment! The barbells work well for walking through the water, learning to float or wherever else your swimmers may need support.

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Lane Rope

Looking to create separate teaching spaces in your pool? Try making your own lane rope from noodles, thread the rope through the middle and tie at the end of the pool.

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Flipper Sizer

Sometimes organising flippers can be a bit of a hassle. This tool is a quick and easy way to measure what size flippers your swimmers need. Place your heel in the groove and see what colour bar your foot matches up to – then find the flippers with the same colour strip of tape and you’re away!

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Using the Rail, Pool Edge or Step

Activities to do with the rail/pool edge or step in the pool; Hold on to blow bubbles, walk around the pool to explore, monkey walk, hold & float/kick with face in water, glide to it, practice freestyle breathing technique.

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Equipment Kicking

Experiment with everyday pieces of equipment as floatation devices – equipment such as balls, buckets chilly bins may one day save your life.  Also great to introduce into everyday lessons for use with kicking for something different.

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Using a Mat

There are lots of activities to do with a mat for all ages; make waves and swim through, kicking on top front and back, kicking underneath on back, surf on it, row, row, row your boat, sausage rolls, tunnels, run & jump, swim under length/width, fishies in the water, humpty dumpty, sink it. What else can you add?

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Fins

Lots of our younger swimmers struggle to put fins on. Try folding the back of the fin over and then the swimmer can push their toes right in. It’s then just a matter of flipping the back up into place.

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