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Swimming Throwback Thursday: Water Volleyball

Swimming Throwback Thursday: Water Volleyball

Throwback Thursday to summer camp water activities with Head Counsellors Sayon and Hannah. After spending the mornings playing sports outside and breaking a sweat in the gym, what better way to cool off the afternoon in than in our swimming pool! Our afternoon consists of one hour of swimming lessons, followed by an hour of free play in the pool. By request, counsellors can set up in-water games like water volleyball (pictured in photo), water polo, capture the flag, etc… But most of the time, kids just want to do cannonballs!

Summer starts in two weeks! Don’t have a camp for your kids yet? Join us for a week full of outdoor and indoor sports, arts and crafts, and daily swimming! Learn more here: http://ow.ly/DITp30c1kvr

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July 26, 2016

 

About Water Volleyball:

Water volleyball is a team sport derived from volleyball in which the games are played in water. The sport is played in the United States, Europe and South America.

Water volleyball is mostly played in swimming pools. The court used varies from 3 X 2m to 6 X 5m in dimensions. A net that runs across the width of the court divides it into two equal halves. Different types of balls are used for playing, but the most suitable is a beach ball which is at least 28cm in diameter.

The sport is played at both recreational and competitive level. For recreational play, a team can have for 1 to 4 players, but in competitions each team should have four players.

Similar to that of volleyball, each play starts with a serve, followed by back and forth returns, until one team scores a point. However, the game play and scoring system works similar to that of table-tennis, where each team alternately gets to serve twice regardless of who scores the point, and the team to first reach 11 is the winner of the set.

There are some variations in, court size, the number of players per team, and the total number of sets played in a match, depending on which country the game is being played at.

Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday – Benefits of Swimming

Today’s SwimTip Tuesday we’re going to discuss one of the benefits of swimming.

As we age the stress of impact on the joints and muscles can become increasingly difficult to bear. Due to the properties of water such buoyancy; we can alleviate a lot of the stress impact has on our bodies over all.

When we swim, doing strokes such as front crawl, or back crawl, we employ the use of streamlining & buoyancy to work with the water to travel. The water acts as an assist and allows us to travel further distances without overuse of various muscle groups, which in turn reduces stress.

When we water-run, in shallow water, we utilize the quality of resistance. The resistance of the water slows down our movement; as a result the feet reach the ground at a reduced speed, reducing overall impact on the joints. When we do deep-water running, the stress of impact is negligible, as there is no floor to make contact with.

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Swimming Tip Tuesday: Running with the buoyancy belt. Deep Water Running

Due to the hydrostatic qualities of water an added benefit to is that the water often can act as an upward massage, allowing increase blood flow. Working against the harmful effects of impact. Waters hydrostatic pressure promotes good cardiovascular health. In simpler words, you can increase your heart rate while taking some of the impact stress off of the body.

If swimming is not your exercise of choice, try deep-water running, or shallow water running. If one is to do deep-water running employ the use of a buoyancy belt (this can also be used in the shallow end). This belt helps one maintain good posture while running as well as is a floating assist. If you find that the buoyancy belt is not sufficient to keep one at a comfortable height in the water, one can either substitute or use a noodle in conjunction. In which case one would straddle the noodle like a bicycle. Be aware of ones posture while using the noodle as a flotation device. Leaning too far forward or backward will engage different muscles and create some back strain if sustained for long durations of time. Posture checks are important during all forms of exercise!

Natation Conseil Mardi

Natation Conseil Mardi: Vous pouvez augmenter votre rythme cardiaque tout en prenant une partie de l’impact des stress de l’organisme.

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Swimming Fit Friday – The Importance of Stretching

Today’s Swimming Fit Friday Post we will discuss the importance of stretching.

Many of us are guilty of neglecting stretching as a part of our regular routine. Though as we age it becomes increasingly important to stretch in our daily lives. Stretching dependent on the duration and intensity can be it’s own separate work out. For example Yoga is highly focused on learning ones body but also on stretching ones body and increasing the general range of motion. Our range of motion is composed of two elements; how well we can rotate and twist around a joint, secondly, how easily are these movements accomplished. The more frequently we stretch our range of motion increases. In the water it is relatively easier to work on expanding our ROM (range of motion).

I’m going to give some pointers on a helpful stretch one can do over time to help alleviate stiffness and reduce pain, which one can do in the water, as well as on land. Though the effectiveness of these movements is greater within the water.

A stretch for those of us with tight hips, or pain radiating down the outer most portion of the thigh the following stretch can help.

The equipment needed for this stretch is a pool noodle. Though it can be done without if one has a very strong scull.Swimming Fit Friday

  • Bringing the noodle underneath ones arms and keeping good posture
  • Place your right foot over top of your left knee.
  • Just above the ankle as well as to the left of your knee apply pressure and ease yourself into a seated position.

This stretch will open up the hips. If one has good balance within the water, try to pick your foot closest to the ground off of the floor – putting the body into suspend. This will further allow you to open up your hips and stretch the IT band down the side of the leg. Hold for up to 15-30 seconds at a time, on each side. If one is doing this as a beginner on land do so while sitting on the edge of a chair to Swimming Fit Fridaymaintain proper form.Swimming Fit Friday

Throwback Thursday

Swimming Throwback Thursday: Complementary Cafe

Swimming Throwback Thursday: Complementary Cafe

Throwback Thursday to juice construction with Max. Some kids view our juice boxes as a tasty treat after swimming. Other kids view our juice boxes as new territory to be explored and new heights to reach. Some kids see a complimentary cafe. Other kids see a vision for our potential to reach the unknown…

All joking aside, nothing says ‘welcome’ more than a lovely cup of tea or coffee. When you’re arriving at AFA, enjoy your wait with all your creature comforts close at hand. Our luxury cafe offers gourmet coffee and tea, assorted fruit juices, natural spring water and light snacks and refreshments. Nothing says ‘welcome’ more than a lovely cup of tea or coffee. That’s why we like to offer you a complimentary drink when you arrive at AFA. It’s just one of the ways we like to say thank you for your loyalty.

 

Aqua Fun Academy looks to leading hospitality services for proper treatment of our guests. Leading hotel providers such as Fairmont, and leading airline providers such as Emirates serve as an example to our own staff on how our guests deserve to be treated. Whether it’s a smile from our staff upon your arrival and greeting you by your first name for that extra personal touch, or a hot cup of tea or coffee, or the presence of the leadership team on site during all pool operation hours to assist you with such diverse requests from makeup classes, to goggle loans.

Another example of our premium service is our play area. At a depth shallower than most bath tubs, our Sunny View play area is a secure zone where swimmers can play and wait before the start of their classes, or even after the end of their classes. For some of our swimmers, the play area represents a comfortable way to ease into the water before starting class, which allows our swimmers to start class in a relaxed, refreshed manner. Parents with infants too young to join our program also frequently splash and wade in the play area. The only requirement is a waterproof baby diaper. If you want to take your baby to a swimming pool then a swim diaper is a must. Even at the beach, a swim diaper prevents your baby from leaving an unpleasant reminder in the sand or salt water. Having the right swim diaper for your baby can make swimming with your baby much more relaxing for you.

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February 24, 2017

Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday Minimizing Energy

This weeks Swimming Tip Tuesday we will discuss minimizing our energy output during swimming.

Whether you are swimming competitively, for leisure, being in the water requires a bit more energy, simply due to the increased resistance one has to work in. It is also a well understood among veteran swimmers that, swimming is about efficiency and energy conservation. In simple words, swimming is about getting the most bang for you buck. The sport of swimming is to craft each movement to generate optimal levels of power and propulsion for the least amount of out put, allowing us to fatigue at a much slower rate in comparison to many other sports.

For those of us, progressing through the life saving program, mastery of our strokes helps us to minimize our energy expenditure. Here are some examples of how to do that for various life saving skills.

The 15meter underwater swim

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Swimming Tip Tuesday: An example of a swimmer in full glide potion.

Pro tips:

  • Utilize the wall; in doing this, one should become spring like bending at the knees and pushing hard off the wall until ones legs are straight. Furthermore we want to keep our hands forward in front of us as if we were doing a superman/ front glide. The longer we can keep our body streamlined the less drag we experience the faster and further we move through the water allows us to minimize the stress of holding our breathe.
  • Breathing techniques; for some the stress on the cardiovascular system while holding our breathe can hinder us. A useful trick, to increase the length of our breath, is to blow our bubbles out of the nose. This can be accomplished by humming – forcing the air out of our nose at a much slower rate.

Any Timed Swim

Pro tips:

  • 1 – Tip one also applies here (please see above). To elaborate on how this helps us during a time swim, we save energy and allow the initial force to most of the work for us.
  • 1a- Flip turns, allow us to utilize the wall explained in tip one (please see above).
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    Swimming Tip Tuesday: an example of flutter kick.

  • Emphasis on how we kick is important. The further apart our legs separate as we flutter kick, the more drag we create, which ultimately slow us down. Keep your kicks small and steady. By doing this we minimize how much energy we waste in recovery between kicks and instead perform more like a continuous motor boat.

Overall minimize how much energy you’re using by holding your glide as long as you can. As well as being a more efficient technique, this is a good way to establish some rhythm and control in your swimming.

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MotivationMonday

Swimming Motivation Monday: Failure

Today’s Swimming Motivation Monday:

Don’t worry about failure, you only have to be right once. – Drew Houston.

It is a well known fact that as an inventor, Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” Before undertaking any new adventure or endeavour, it is vital to check your mindset. Especially if it’s your first time trying something, the likelihood of failure is very high, and you need to be prepared to deal with it. You must have the guts to experiment, you must have the courage to try hundreds of different things and you must be prepared to fail. You must be prepared to learn through failure and put your ego aside. You have to admit to yourself that you’re wrong, that you don’t know anything. At least in the beginning.

It’s easy to call failure after the first setback. But preparing for the unexpected is isn’t just sound judgement, it’s solid life planning. It’s impossible to get everything right every time. The best way to cope with failure is adjusting your mindset. You can either call it a failure, or you can call it learning a lesson. If you choose to think of failure as a teacher, then you can approach the problem again, with updated information and a revised plan that accounts for your circumstances of failure in the original scenario. There’s an old saying, first attributed to German General Helmuth von Moltke, and now used the world over in all walks of life: “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” When plans meet the real world, it’s not the real world that will yield to your plan; you much adapt whatever you’re doing to the circumstances truly at hand. Being caught up in your plans is like being caught up in your vehicle’s dashboard instruments. They provide local information, but they do so without context.

There is nothing out there you can’t accomplish. However, the problem with a negative thought is not just contained within that moment. One singular negative thought can often serve as a catalyst for a chain of negativity. That negativity, if gone unchecked, will lead to pessimism, and ultimately defeatism and hopelessness. The resulting cycle leads to perpetual cynicism, and an aversion to new thought, new ideas, new experiences. A helpful tip is to look for the silver lining in every situation. If you’re thinking negatively because of the fear of failure, remember you only have to be right once. No matter how dim it seems, there is always a way through. Life never throws you more than you can handle.

Remember, the master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

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Don't Worry About Failure

MotivationMonday

Swimming Motivation Monday: Plan A

Today’s Swimming Motivation Monday:

If “Plan A” doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. – Claire Cook.

It’s easy to call failure after the first setback. But preparing for the unexpected is isn’t just sound judgement, it’s solid life planning. It’s impossible to get everything right every time. The best way to cope with failure is adjusting your mindset. You can either call it a failure, or you can call it learning a lesson. If you choose to think of failure as a teacher, then you can approach the problem again, with updated information and a revised plan that accounts for your circumstances of failure in the original scenario. There’s an old saying, first attributed to German General Helmuth von Moltke, and now used the world over in all walks of life: “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” When plans meet the real world, it’s not the real world that will yield to your plan; you much adapt whatever you’re doing to the circumstances truly at hand. Being caught up in your plans is like being caught up in your vehicle’s dashboard instruments. They provide local information, but they do so without context.

There is nothing out there you can’t accomplish. However, the problem with a negative thought is not just contained within that moment. One singular negative thought can often serve as a catalyst for a chain of negativity. That negativity, if gone unchecked, will lead to pessimism, and ultimately defeatism and hopelessness. The resulting cycle leads to perpetual cynicism, and an aversion to new thought, new ideas, new experiences. A helpful tip is to look for the silver lining in every situation. If you’re thinking negatively because of the fear of failure, remember you only have to be right once. No matter how dim it seems, there is always a way through. Life never throws you more than you can handle.

Be ready for anything.

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If “Plan A” doesn’t work

Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday: Mouth Breathing

This week’s swimming tip tuesday is on Mouth Breathing, one the first and fundamental steps in swimming. Before we float, before we kick it’s really important that we understand how to breathe in the water. Often beginners hold their breath scrunching up their eyes and mouth putting, unnecessary stress on the face. It is important to relax, especially our facial muscles while breathing. When putting our faces into the water, try to the leave the mouth slightly open, as we do this, we can allow air to escape in the form of bubbles.Swimming Tip Tuesday

To blow bubbles, there are a couple neat tricks. One of which is pretending to blow out all of the birthday candles underwater. This will allow us to exhale quickly but grasp the general idea. Next we want to make a relaxed fish face, exhaling slowly to the count of 3. Another trick to encourage relaxed breathing is to either hum, or make a motor boat sound with your lips, this will help make very evident bubbles as well as allow the swimmer to learn to control how quickly they release their breath. These tricks help us develop initially while we are stationary.

To get moving, the key to breathing while swimming is timing. Ensuring that whenever we would exhale normally, our face should be in the water, similarly when we need to breathe in we must learn how to bring our faces out of the water. The novice swimmers tendency is to pull their head up, which is great in combination with stroke like breaststroke and butterfly. However in stroke like front crawl lifting our head up causes our body to sink. For more information on body position and breathing refer to our “Swimming Tip Tuesday: Front Crawl Breathing”. Overall ideally we want to bring our head to the side, allowing us to maintain a rhythm, for more information on rhythm during front crawl please refer to our “Swimming Tip Tuesday: Front Crawl Breathing”.

The water is just another place for us to explore our physical capabilities.

Remember always keep your mouth slightly open while breathing!

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Swimming Motivation Monday: Quality

Today’s Swimming Motivation Monday:

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking, – Henry Ford.

It’s been proven that people behave differently when they know they’re being watched. Suddenly there’s a need to display the best version of yourself, whether it’s to avoid criticism, to fit in, or to show off. In today’s super competitive business world it is easy to lose sight at the importance of taking pride in what you do and what you produce. But successful people always perform as if they are being watched. Even when no one is watching, they are watching themselves and hold themselves to that standard. The higher standard forms the foundation of their success, it is a reflection of their peak performance levels. The result is high quality in work, which can also positively affect those around them.

There is nothing out there you can’t accomplish. However, the problem with a negative thought is not just contained within that moment. One singular negative thought can often serve as a catalyst for a chain of negativity. That negativity, if gone unchecked, will lead to pessimism, and ultimately defeatism and hopelessness. The resulting cycle leads to perpetual cynicism, and an aversion to new thought, new ideas, new experiences. A helpful tip is to look for the silver lining in every situation. If you’re thinking negatively because of the fear of failure, remember you only have to be right once. No matter how dim it seems, there is always a way through. Life never throws you more than you can handle.

Someone with determination and an aspiration to do something in life will focus on their tasks, accomplishments and goals, instead of focusing on competition around them. Many a times, people get driven by competition around them. If you are more keen on getting ahead of others, you will never be focused on your goals because you attention is diverted elsewhere. People who are genuinely interested in achieving their goals for their self-satisfaction are those who have real talent and are keen on enhancing their skills and capabilities. This group of people will go far in life. Being the best is a byproduct of your drive to achieve.

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Quality means doing it right when no one is watching

Swimming Tip Tuesday

Swimming Tip Tuesday: Front Crawl Breathing

Our Swimming Tip Tuesday of the week:

When you are swimming, exhale slowly through the mouth, nose or both. Inhale upon rotation of the head.

The most common problem swimmers have with their breathing is not exhaling under the water. If you exhale under the water between breaths you only have to inhale when you go to breathe. This makes things much easier. It also relaxes you and helps greatly with bilateral breathing.

Your exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. A longer exhalation leads to a more relaxed exchange of air. Sustain this breathing pattern for a minute or two and your heart rate slows, your blood pressure drops, and your muscles begin to relax. The more you master this basic skill, the more effective your endurance swim will become. This activity can also be practiced on land.

It is important to be mindful of your capacity in this exercise. If you extend your exhalation farther than your capacity allows, your body will go into survival mode and reflexively gasp on the next inhalation. You’ll need to shorten your next breath slightly in order to compensate. One way to prevent yourself from overdoing here is to focus on creating a smooth transition between your in-breath and your out-breath, and back off a bit if you feel any urge to gasp for air.

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Exhale Through Mouth and Nose