Hello, my name is Pearl Krongard and I am a certified swim instructor with the American Red Cross. The basis of my swim lessons are to assess the student’s abilities and comfort in the water, and then to build a set of skills with a variety of creative activities, with the goal of proficiency to float, swim, and dive. Some of the basic skills are:
Breathing properly in the water is the most fundamental skill for success. I work to make these skills automatic for the student.
Basic jumping and diving skills are needed for safely entering the water, and for returning to the wall.
Body position and comfort while floating are important for the student as the basis for swimming.
Develop confidence in breath control and moving through the water in a controlled manner.
Starting with kicking, gliding and arm movements, build confidence and basic skills to get ready for swimming.
Starting with the simplest strokes like elementary back stroke and side stroke, progress through the basics of front crawl and back stroke, and finally through breast stroke and butterfly for the advanced students. As the student becomes proficient, work on longer swims while maintaining proper stroke.
One student and one teacher, are the most effective and efficient method for teaching swimming. Each swimming lesson is tailored to the student and immediate feedback encourages quick and effective learning.
Where two students work with one teacher, are most effective when the two students are at the same stage of proficiency and progress at the same rate. Often, competition between the students improves the learning experience.
Learn to swim for a variety of reasons, and lessons are tailored for the individual student needs. I have taught parents who wish to keep up with their kids, and other adults that have never learned to swim. I have also taught scuba students that wish to improve their endurance for their certification, and I have helped runners and bikers improve their strokes to become tri-athletes.