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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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The 2 Most Common Breathing Mistakes When Swimming - Are You Guilty?

'Why do I get so out of breath when I swim?' - one of the most commonly asked questions in the pool. There are 2 very common breathing mistakes that many beginners learning to swim are guilty of. Hi, Mark here. I hope you've had a great week. When it comes to breathing technique, whichever swimming stroke is being attempted, there are two common mistakes that many adults make. Breath-holding Breathing too late What happens when you hold your breath? Breath-holding is an unnatural act for a...

13 days ago • 1 min read

Are you getting out of breath long before you think you should be? Which breathing technique is the right one for you? Also, swimming teachers, the definitive guide to teaching outstanding swimming lessons is here. Grab your copy today! Hi, Mark here. I hope all is well with you. This week we are talking about breathing techniques. I've been asked a lot of questions lately about breathing techniques. Questions like how, when, how often and why do I get out of breath so easily? Let's dive in...

20 days ago • 1 min read

How do I float? Why do I get so tired? Am I too old? As a beginner learning to swim, you have many unanswered questions, and as a teacher, you are constantly being asked them. There are a few that get asked more than others. Hi, Mark here. How are you? I hope all is well. How can I stand up mid-swim? How can I swim without getting tired? How Do I Float? These are just some of the most common questions I get asked. I have listed the most common questions and links to more detailed answers. I...

28 days ago • 2 min read

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...

about 1 month 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...

about 1 month 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....

about 2 months 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...

about 2 months 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...

about 2 months 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...

2 months 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...

2 months ago • 1 min read
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