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Interview with Frank Kennedy
One of England's pre-eminent swim teachers, Frank Kennedy of the UK's Swimming teacher.com, specializes in the fearful swimmer.
Relaxnswim caught up with him to discover what he does to help his students learn to swim so quickly and safely.
RelaxnSwim: Let's say you've just met your new, fearful student. How do you begin the lesson?
R: Alright, so your student has just told you about her fear of water. You have an idea of her history, and she sees that you are listening to her. What comes next?
R: How is breath-holding taught in the UK?
R: Why would students want to breathe in before putting their faces in the water?
R: Your student has taken a breath and is holding it, face in the water. What about bubbling?
R: Hm, how do you keep water out of the nose?
R: When are rhythmic, continual breathing skills introduced to the swim lesson?
R: Does this mean the the student swims on one breath, then stands up?
R: Develop the stroke, then add breathing last, right?
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