Swimming Teacher Resources
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Toward the end of the school year when the weather warms up, take your high schoolers swimming! They perform various cardiovascular activities in the pool, beginning with a warm-up activity and followed by stretching, precardio, cardiovascular, toning, and cool-down activities. Different swim strokes or gentle movements are suggested for the warm-up. Immerse your class in the swimming pool!
Students investigate some of the common do's and don't's while swimming at a pool. They demonstrate their understanding of pool safety rules. Students discuss dangers of a swimming pool and how to avoid them.
Cardio Swim Day
Students participate in a cardiac workout in the swimming pool. Individually, they record their own intensity by using heart rate monitors and noting their rate of perceived exertion. They discover which swimming stroke keeps their heart rate up and complete a worksheet.
High schoolers participate in a series of aerobic exercises in water to help improve fitness.
Stroke Length Does Matter
A guide for competitive swimmers to take a look at how stroke length contributes to swimming efficiency. There is a PowerPoint and several websites for the swimmers to visit to gather information. They then keep track of their swimming strokes, counting, timing, and charting their progress. Finally comes the analysis of their swimming efficiency.
Surfin' USA Lummi Stick Routine
"Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learning how, come on and safari with me." One of the Beach Boys more famous songs that is bound to get your class up and moving. This dance has basic dance steps and the added dimension of using Lummi sticks. Teach this high-energy dance and have fun!
Life and Death Situations in Swimming
Learners practice dealing with different water emergencies such as: "survival floating," and using a life preserver to pull others to safety.
Swimming Survivor Challenge I
Young scholars review and/or learn basic Red Cross swimming skills. On the first day, the class is divided into Tribes based on the hit T.V. show Survivor. Each team has a task sheet that must be completed.
Swimming Survivor Challenge II
Students review Red Cross swimming skills and practice safe use of a spinal board for a potential spinal injury in the water; students use head-chin support and head-splint techniques for in-line stabilization with a partner.
Probing an Aquatic Ecosystem
Learners explore populations of ecosystems. In this middle school science/math lesson, students observe an aquatic ecosystem over a four to six week period, collecting data on temperature and pH values as well as qualitative observations. Learners explore the effect of changes in pH and temperature on the ecosystems.
Measuring the Volume of Water Discharge for a Stream or Canal
Students study how to measure and calculate the volume of water flowing down a stream or canal and use simple tools to make measurements. Next, students determine how many people cold live off the volume of water measured. Finally, they will identify the effects water diversion has on the environment.
To Germ or Not to Germ?
Students study pH and learn how to conduct a science experiment. In this investigative instructional activity students complete an experiment using pH and calculate the germination percentage.
Wild Water Trivia
Students demonstrate proper swimming skills in an authentic environment. They use proper technique for whichever stroke is chosen while retrieving answers. They then bring it back to the shallow end and place it in the hula hoop.
Water Safety Checklist
Students discuss water hazards and how to stay safe. For this safety lesson, students read handouts and complete a water safety checklist to help themselves and their families.
Swimming Survivor Challenge II
Students practice safe use of a spinal board for a potential spinal injury in the water. They use head-chin support and head-splint techniques for in-line stabilization with a partner.
Physical Education: Tag - You're Wet!
Students play a version of water tag under close adult supervision. In waist high water, several students are "it" and the remaining class members have to get to the other side of the pool without being tagged. The first student to make it safely across five times is the winner and becomes "it."
Aquatic Exercise - Object Retrieval
Middle schoolers are introduced to a variety of exercises to do in the water. In groups, they swim in the deep part of the pool to retrieve objects at the bottom. To end the lesson, they practice techniques to help them breathe and grab the object.