By now most of your pupils should be able to push off the side, perform balanced floats and able to take at least three consecutive breaths synchronized with correct arm and head rotations. They should also have mastered proper kicks and have good forward momentum. Most of these components are easily mastered separately; however, it's quite another thing for adult and teenaged beginner swimmers to remember how to perform them as continuous moves.
This lesson is devoted to having your pupils swim the Front Crawl either across the pool width or lengthwise, if the pool doesn't have a "deep end." If it's necessary to swim lengths in a pool with a deep end, have pupils work with partners who will prevent them from swimming into water that's over an inch above their waists.
1. Have class push off side with face down and performing in order--the float; kick; then the arm stroke. Critique until all perform correctly. (This gives you an opportunity to double check everyone's positions, strokes, kicks and forward momentum.)
2. Have class perform One Perfect Breath at least 3 X. Critique.
3. Class performs two Perfect Breaths 3 X. Critique.
4. Class performs three or more Perfect Breaths. 4 X. Critique.
1--Have class push off side choosing either One Perfect Breath position or face down, and performing correct arm strokes, kicks and rhythmic breathing.
2--Class will practice the Front Crawl laps until end of lesson. Critique individually and throughout.
Refer to illustrations below:
Chapter Nine-B--Floats/Breathing; Indiv.
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