Our son’s dibs on Streamline’s Aquanauts Swimming Program
Is it just us, or the wild summer heat is getting more intense by the day? Won’t it be neat to just swim the summer away? Aside from our Baler trip last February, we haven’t really gotten the free time to swim let alone hit the beach.
Thankfully, last week, our son was able to enjoy swimming with the Streamline team at the City Club pool in Alphaland.
Health Benefits of Swimming
Our family has always believed that swimming is one good sport to promote overall health. Why, it was highly recommended by my husband’s doctor when he had to deal with asthma. Truth be told, swimming does not just promote good respiratory health but it also helps our bodies gain muscle strength since more muscle groups are utilized as you move through the water as it helps with overall flexibility.
And it doesn’t stop at our overall physical health. A research by Mindlab International reported that taking a regular dip at your local pool could make you feel happier. More studies suggest it also helps with stress relief and self-esteem.
According to a Journal of Physiology study, blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14% when men submerged themselves in water up to their heart. Though this could mean more brain activity for you, don’t get your hopes too high. The real magic is with the kids! In an Australian research, it showed that kids who took swimming lessons were able to master language development, fine motor skills, confidence, and physical development sooner than those who didn’t. Essentially, making us smarter! A handful and one benefits. I really should have taken that dip too. 🙂
It was a couple of years back when our son had his first swimming lessons. He already knew how to swim but we hoped for him to be better at it and overcome his fear of deep waters. He did learn and got better with his strokes but the fear of deep waters stuck with him.
Watching these manly coaches singing nursery rhymes to kids is a sight to behold.
I say this because I used to cringe and panic when I saw crying babies and toddlers being thrown in the water as they were coached alongside my son, 2 years ago under a different swimming program. I was ready to jump in the water and rescue the poor baby! I tell you, the kids weren’t the only ones traumatized. If only I wasn’t too scared of the coach’s deep voice who I already hear at the back of my head telling me to back off. Haha!
This is not the lone thing that sets Streamline apart. Streamline Sports Instruction also has a combined local and international teaching experience of over 40 years. Their coaching team is a synergy of various swimmers — Philippine record holders, triathletes, and national water polo players — who share a passion for teaching and the joy of swimming. The methodologies of world-renowned swimming institutions such as Austswim, Total Immersion, and World Aquatic Baby Convention have also been adopted and integrated into the curriculum of the Streamline Sports Instruction swimming program.
The People Behind Streamline Sports Instruction
Nonoy is a competitive swimming from when he was 10 up to when he was a sophomore at Ateneo; a Triathlete; He is currently a competitive endurance athlete racing with Revv Triathlon Team, with numerous podium finishes in aquathlons, open water swims, and triathlons under his belt. Most recently he was the fastest Filipino finisher in the 2015 Ironman in Melbourne, Australia.
Alvin left the corporate world as a securities trader to pursue his love of coaching sports for children’s swimming, football and ultimate frisbee. For the past 17 years he has been teaching swimming to infants and adults, ranging from 8 months to 70 years old and has attended various seminars for Total Immersion, Austswim, Red Cross (life saving) and World Aquatics Babies Convention (WABC).
Al received his Teacher’s Certificate from Total Immersion USA after being mentored by its founder, Terry Laughlin; was the youngest participant in the First Philippine Long-Distance Triathlon (First full Iron distance race in the Philippines – 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, 42 km run) held in Batangas in 2002. He now races with REVV Triathlon Team.
Mike led the swim team of De La Salle University to 2 UAAP Championships Team, and won medals both locally and abroad. He continues to participate in various swim events around the country. Recently he completed the Caramoan (Bicol) Open Sea/Island Hopping Swim Challenge last July 2015 involving a 7- kilometer stretch where he finished second for his age group. He is currently a Registered Financial Consultant, art hobbyist and swim coach training students of all ages.
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Streamline Sports Instruction Swim Programs
First Swim: Infants and Toddlers (ages 1 to 4 years)
We use a learning-through play, non-traumatic approach where we sing songs, play games, and use toys for the children to have fun and for them to have an enjoyable experience. The 30 minute classes aim to teach the following water safety and familiarization skills:
• Buoyancy or threading
• dipping their head in the water and holding their breath when submerged
• going in and out of the pool safely
• diving and floating on their backs
The Aquanauts: Learn to Swim/Advanced Kids
Breath control, buoyancy and propulsion are what the kids will learn first. Once these safety and familiarization skills are covered, learning the four strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly) comes much more easily. The Aquanauts Program consists of the following levels:
Starfish: Water Safety Skills
• relaxed breathing
• proper posture in the water
• dipping head in the water
• floating on the back
Beaver: Propulsion in the Water
• flutter kicks
• floating on back while kicking
• rotation, gliding, and propulsion
Guppy: Intro to the Long Axis Strokes (basic freestyle and backstroke)
• catch-up straight-arm freestyle drills with flutter kicks for freestyle
• rotation on the back with arm drills for backstroke
Shark: Long Axis Stroke Refinement
• advanced freestyle drills, with high elbow, proper arm timing and rotation
• advanced back stroke drills, with proper arm timing and rotation
Dolphin: Intro to the Short Axis Strokes (breast stroke and butterfly)
• undulation drills (body dolphins) for breaststroke and butterfly
• froggy kicks and pull drills for breaststroke
• arm drills with undulation for butterfly
It’s all about speed and power through the water without compromising form and efficiency. Your kids will gain the confidence to perform in a competitive aquatic environment. We’ll get them race ready and be the best swimmers they can possibly be!
It took me a whole lot of convincing before I got my son off the water that day. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in the water. Before I even had the chance to ask him his thoughts about this kind of swimming lesson as opposed to the one he was in, he spelled out the ways he loved Streamline way better. He went blurting out that it made a lot of difference that he wasn’t forced to do anything he thinks he’s not ready yet – making him enjoy the water more and actually want to learn further.
Kudos to Streamline Sports Instruction for their well-designed swimming program! I’ve seen for myself how it worked with those kids they taught that day. I saw how the otherwise apprehensive babies went from scared to playfully flapping their cute little extremities all over the pool. Now, I’m only too regretful I didn’t brave the brazen sun that day. They teach adults too and I only know too well that I need their kind of coaching to overcome my fear of water. 🙂