Beginner Front Swim

Beginner Front Swim  #

Introduction  #

The Beginner Front Swim skill teaches Propulsion CompetencyPropulsion CompetencyPropulsion Competency is the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to travel through the water using the movement of limbs in a controlled and efficient manner. Physical abilities associated with this competency include being able to perform gross and fine motor control patterns necessary to swim using different techniques in more than one body position. Cognitive abilities include determining which body position and technique is best suited for the conditions and circumstances of the task at hand, and an awareness of energy expenditure to regulate pace or speed. to students who have not yet developed the ability to propel across the surface of the water on their front for at least 5 yards. Forward propulsion on one’s front is a foundational Aquatic Motor SkillAquatic motor skillsThe category, or sub-domain, of aquatic safety competencies that require physical interaction with an aquatic environment. To develop these competencies, individual skills must be practiced in the water, although supporting education can occur outside of the water. using one’s arms and legs to move from one location to another. At a beginner level, students are taught both alternating and symmetrical arm and leg gross motor patterns but are requested to demonstrate only the pattern that they are most proficient at. The instructor should focus developing the gross motor patterns that each student, on an individual basis, is most capable of performing. The objective for this beginner level skill is to provide the student with one of the skills needed to help them recover from an unexpected entry into a body of water.

Description  #

The Beginner Front Swim skill is defined by the following body posturePostureThe particular way the body is held while doing an activity. Mobility specialists define posture as the way you position your body or arrange your limbs, such as “to stand up straight with your shoulders back and your chin up.” , arm formsFormThe visible shape or configuration of something. Mobility specialists define form as an arrangement of the elements in a composition; the way something (or someone) is shaped or arranged. , leg forms, breathing, and timing characteristics and features.

Beginner Front Swim Description  #

Body

  1. Body positioned on front
  2. Shoulders at or near surface

Arms

  1. Arms move alternately or symmetrically

Legs

  1. Legs move alternately or symmetrically

Breathing

  1. Forward travel not halted to breathe
Beginner Front Swim Demonstration  #

Video demonstration of the skill.

Assessment  #

Scoring  #

The following scoring rubricScoring rubricA guide that includes rating scales and descriptions of one or more criteria used to evaluate the performance of a skill. lists the gradients of key requirements and deficiencies that provide an overall description of different competence levels. A single score is assigned based on the instructor’s judgment of the student’s performance.

Beginner Front Swim Scoring Rubric  #

0

Exhibits any of the following:

  • Swims less than 3 yards
  • Achieves distance primarily due to a push-off or a jump
  • Swims mostly on back, on side, or under the surface
  • Keeps trunk angle, from shoulders to hips, more than 45 degrees

1

Performs the following:

  • Swims mostly on front for at least 3 yards
  • Keeps shoulders at or near the surface
  • Uses arm and/or leg movements

Exhibits the following:

  • Keeps trunk angle, from shoulders to hips, more than 30 degrees; trunk angle may momentarily exceed 30 degrees during a symmetrical arm cycle or symmetrical leg cycle

2

Performs all of the following:

  • Swims mostly on front for 5 yards
  • Keeps shoulders at or near the surface with trunk angled 30 degrees or less; trunk angle may momentarily exceed 30 degrees during a symmetrical arm cycle or symmetrical leg cycle
  • Uses arm and/or leg movements

Exhibits any of the following:

  • Uses only arm or only leg movements
  • Does not use both arm and leg movements continuously or in a regular pattern
  • Halts forward travel to breathe

3

Performs all of the following:

  • Swims mostly on front for 5 yards
  • Keeps shoulders at or near the surface with trunk angled 30 degrees or less; trunk angle may momentarily exceed 30 degrees during a symmetrical arm cycle or symmetrical leg cycle
  • Uses both arm and leg movements continuously or in a regular pattern
  • Does not halt forward travel to breathe