A for Athlete


Swimmers will be asked to keep their own performance times, heart rate scores and more. Water polo players who are too rough get ejections, game ejections, red cards, etc.

Application of Technology[]

The A for Athlete wiki will be expanded.

Attendance on a notebook computer will be daily.

Photos and video will be in continual use.

Career Flexibility[]

Aquatics has opportunities for lifeguards, instructors, EMS, managers, coaches, publishers, reporters, timers, starters, pool operators, etc.

Civic Knowledge[]

Pool ownership is often with a public entity; PPS, Citiparks, County, State Parks. Health Department influences.

Code-Switching (fitting your demeanor to the situation)[]

Cheering wildly at meets for buddies to go fast, yet being so quiet as to hear a pin drop at the start of the race so all can hear the commands is one giant code-switching opportunity in swimming.


Communications in a splash filled setting with 25 others is not nearly as easy as a classroom. Listening to instructions is a challenge. Sign language and body language is a part of coach/athlete communication.

Community Involvement[]

Guests will visit the practices, such as college coaches. We'll host meets and interact with other elements of the camps (Jr. Lifeguards, Olympic Sports, Sport Management).

Creative Thinking[]

Water polo is about being creative to get the ball past the opponent and in the net.

Cultural Awareness[]

Swimming and water polo are world-wide, Olympic sports. We'll deploy a swim progression crafted in New Zealand.

Deductive Reasoning[]

Building strokes (for example backstroke) with drills and skills is going to give more power and faster times. Over kick and get your legs too tired to swim a half-mile would not lead to a good result.

Embracing Diversity[]

Kids in the camp are going to be from all around the city with all different types of skills. We'll help each other and work as a squad.


Taking turns and getting out of the way of others is necessary in the swim practice. Playing dirty is never rewarded in the water polo games.


What goes in the lunch room, classroom and playground can't always work in the swim pool. We make waves. Disruptions can be flash points for danger – like pushing or jumping in on or near another. Safety is paramount in all activities.

Global Awareness[]

The Earth is 4/5th water, and being aware of water is necessary for life.

Goal Setting[]

Scoring a goal in water polo is hard work. Getting a city-championship as a competitor takes months of practices. Improving one's time is do-able.

Healthy Decision-Making Skills[]

We don't run on the pool deck because it hurts to fall and bump your head. Everything we do at the pool is about being healthy, strong and not causing an injury or getting injured – or worse. The swim pool is the best place to learn and reinforce healthy decision making.

Information Accessing[]

We'll build best times and results and compare them to norms and past performances. Who improved the most? Who holds the record today?

Interviewing Skills[]

Every day includes a team meeting to get strong understandings and get everyone headed in the same directions.

Leadership Skills[]

Team captains help in water polo games. Lane leaders are valued in swim practices. Exercise routine leaders lead in warm-ups.

Lifelong Learning[]

We'll learn about aging and the history of our sports. We'll also be a site for teach-the-teacher so that visitors can come to understand what we do with our models as it is much better than what is done with the American Red Cross and typical Learn To Swim programs. Our YouTube videos and wiki pages will aid other teachers in other parts of the nation to get an understanding of our methods.

Long-term Planning[]

Swim seasons have different phases for a focus on training: aerobic, endurance, skill development, speed, races, recovery. There are better times to do different types of practices so as to have a great end of season performance.

Managing Information[]

Heats, times, races, results, scores, and rankings make swimming the most data rich setting in sports. We'll manage this information daily.

Media Analysis[]

The video library from Tropical Penguin software has hundreds of videos that we'll review, critique, duplicate, evaluate and integrate into our practices and our wiki pages.


Coaching, timing, cheering, recording and having fun – are always activities. Swimmers always are working on multiple skills at the same time, from kicking to stroking to breath taking.


Among peers, negotiation happens frequently: “You play goalie this quarter, I'll be in the net next quarter.”

Personal Finance[]

In the moment of a practice or race, personal finances mean nothing. Rich or poor does not matter to the clock nor the ball. However, in terms of access to travel, championship meets and system-wide benefits (weight equipment, etc.), fees need to be collected or funds obtained. If you want to go out to eat after the meet, be sure to bring $20.

Problem Solving / Logical Thinking[]

Making meet line-ups for intra squad games is a complex problem. Who swims in what relays. Who subs in for who? Who can cover their best player?

Project Management[]

Building a swim meet and aquatic carnival for the end of camp is our main project management task. Each athlete is a project that needs self management so great gains can be charted.

Public Speaking[]

Team meetings are good public speaking opportunities. Reports on the A For Athlete wiki are also speaking events.


Gaining access to the kayaks is about responsibility. Also, editing of wiki pages breeds great levels of responsibility.


Pushing oneself to just get to the other end and stay off the bottom is self-motivation in a primal way. Kids will come to understand that hard work of yesterday causes soreness today but means the future efforts are going to be more easily performed.


Video stroke analysis and hydromechanics help swimmers improve in a more perfect stroke / form.

Social Interaction[]

Teams and workout groups get to understand and respect each other in tight places where limbs are flying. Times exist for chatting and mingling, while other times are serious for kicking and high energy effort.

Systems Thinking (interaction between parts of a whole)[]

The body is a system from finger tips as paddles to blood to muscles for power and air to breath. We'll learn about the body's systems.

Teamwork / Collaboration[]

This is water polo's top skill, perhaps.

Test-Taking Strategies[]

Every day the campers will be challenged with tests and measurements.

Time Management[]

Races and times in swimming and shot clock in water polo are serious time management skills.

Working Independently[]

Swimming is all about being independent. Same too for being in a kayak. The swimmers log book is also a major task for self-evaluation and independent work.