Swimming is a widely popular sport and activity with great health-related fitness benefits. Yet a significant percentage of children are unable to swim with any degree of skill, meaning not only are they missing out on health benefits, but they also are at risk when in water. Part of that risk comes from receiving either no instruction or no differentiated instruction. Children receiving swimming lessons are commonly grouped by age or grade and many lack the basic skills required for their age levels. Assessments and Activities for Teaching Swimming solves this problem by offering differentiated instruction for every participant in any class or programme, based on each participant's aquatic developmental level.
Monica Lepore is a professor at West Chester University, Pennsylvania. A master teacher of adapted aquatics, Dr. Lepore has been an American Red Cross water safety instructor for more than 25 years. Luis Columna, is an associate professor in the exercise science and physical education department at Syracuse University. Lauren Friedlander Litzner is a health and physical education teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Part I. The Art and Science of Teaching Swimming; Chapter 1. Teaching Strategies; Chapter 2. Assessment: The Foundation for Swimming Instruction; Part II. Aquatic Activities for Everyone; Level 1. Getting Off to a Fun Start; Level 2. Developing Initial Skills; Level 3. Building on Basic Skills; Level 4. Introducing the Breaststroke, Backstroke and Diving; Level 5. Learning the Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, and Sidestroke; Level 6. Longer-Distance and Competitive Swimming.