Trip to Breakheart

A map of the Breakheart reservation

Ages 5 to 12

Say “1, 2, 3, eyes on me” and the children say back, “1, 2, 3, eyes on you,” with their faces turned toward you and looking at your eyes. Or, say “1, 2, 3, Look at me” in a sing song voice.

Relax and be comfortable, while being aware of your surroundings



4 competitive strokes and sidestroke

Rhythmic breathing for Freestyle,as%20you%20complete%20the%20breath.


How to adjust your mask or googles

Skills Review and Reinforcement


abdominal breathing
inflate the chest and hold the breath

Hold for 5 seconds, out of water
Put head underwater and hold for 5 seconds
Individual practice
Group meeting underwater. Can they hear me talk underwater?

Float like a starfish

use you hands to pull yourself through water
doggy paddle

Float on back, Feel weightless!

Can they do a handstand in the water?

Can they swim one of the strokes I demonstrated?

Games to play in the pond

Similar to P.I.G. in basketball, the first player in F.I.S.H. is the leader, and the other players must follow exactly what the leader does. Jump from the side, do a certain dive, perform a choreographed pool number—whatever the task, the players must follow it or be given a letter from F.I.S.H. The first player to spell F.I.S.H loses the game.

Sharks & Minnows
While there’s debate as to the proper starting position of the minnows (in the water or out of the water on the far side of the pool), and variation exists on the proper call to action by the shark (“Sharks and minnows, one, two, three. Fishies, fishes, come to me!” versus “Fiiiishies! Come out and plaaay!”), there’s no debate this classic pool game will be entertaining our children’s children for summers to come. The shark keeps his eyes closed. The minnows slowly walk toward the sharks. At any time, the shark can yell, “Shark Attack!” and the minnows must run to the opposite boundary line without being tagged. If a minnow is tagged, they become a shark. When there are only one or two minnows left, they become the sharks in the next round.

The goal is to be the last swimmer unattached to the human chain of “outed” participants. The octopus begins with one player who tags another player, who then must link arms with one another (hence the growing octopus). As the octopus grows and the number of unlinked players diminishes, it gets trickier and trickier to evade the “tentacle” of players in the pool.

Relay Races – This is a game that speaks for itself. Just have each swimmer race one another across the pool. You can make it more challenging by getting each player to try to get a ball from one side to the other without touching the ball, they will have to start again if they touch it.

Submarine Races
Racers become human submarines as they race underwater to see who can get the farthest without emerging for air. The key to a successful submariner is a strong start, followed by efficient flutter kicks. Some have been known to dive deep early so as not to lose momentum on the surface mid-pool.

Mermaid Splash
Little mermaids take turns swimming like a mermaid with their ankles together, then go underwater and rocket out of the water with their arms in the air (a la Ariel in the Little Mermaid) to see who can jump the highest out of the water.

Pool Pizza
This variation on colors involves one person—the “it” one—being named the chef. Other players pick their favorite pizza topping and group together. When the chef calls out their topping, those players swim to the other side of the pool. If the chef catches you, however, you go straight into the pizza “oven” (the out area, usually on the stairs or along one wall).

Nice to Know

How to get water out of ears
Your inner ear is a curved tube
1) lay on side with one side of ear down, 1 to 3 minutes
2) after a couple of minutes shift your head just a bit, shake head a bit
turn over on other side
repeat 1 and 2 on the other side. You may still have water in your ear, so you repeat the whole sequence again

Saltwater gives more buoyancy than freshwater because of the higher density of saltwater. Buoyancy makes it easy for the body to stay high in water, thus all other factors being kept equal, one can swim faster in salt water than in freshwater.

5 Tips to Get the Class’s Attention
Change the level and tone of your voice. …
Use props like a bell or whistle. …
Use a visual related to the instruction. …
Make a startling statement or give a quote. …
Write a pop quiz question on the board.

Use 3 tones of voice and mannerisms (AKA personas)

Teacher: Normal
Disciplinarian: Pursed Lips and lower voice
Comedian: Varied Cadence – Exaggerated

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