Right: Coach Jack Simon, a legendary swim coach who is now semi-retired, inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007 after spending five decades as a head coach in the USA and multiple other countries including Mexico, Puerto Rico, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. He has had the singular distinction of having a total of 75 of his athletes achieving “Top 25 world rankings”, breaking three world records, and competed in numerous Olympic Games. Left: WAHOO Swim School and Swim America Program Director, Thomas Lee.
Left: Steve Haufler, Head Swimming Coach and Aquatics Director at Orinda Country Club. In addition to his Masters responsibilities, Steve is also a featured speaker at many coaching clinics, and he is considered by many to be a genius at teaching the four strokes and getting kids ready for competitive swimming at GoSwim Productions, LLCHis teaching methods are also known to instill a lifelong love of swimming because he knows how to make lessons FUN!
Left: Mr. Soh Yew Siang, FINA technical open water swimming committee and Malaysia Open Water discipline deputy chairperson. Middle: Coach George Block, President of World Swimming Association, and he is one of the founders of the San Antonio Sports Foundation and of Voices for Children-San Antonio, an early childhood advocacy organization of which he has since been Chairman of the Board. Coach Block served as president of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and in 2000 was awarded the Silver Award of Excellence for 20 years of USA Swimming National finalists. He served as Vice-President of USA Swimming from 2006-2010.
We are delighted to be a part of this significant international event in 2018. It was an honour for both our Swim America & Learn-To-Swim Program Director and Elite Swim Team chief Coach to be in a room learning ASCA Level 4 Coaching Program from these world-reknowned swim coach!
Left: Coach Albert, Penang Swim Team State Coach/ WAHOO Elite Swim Team Chief Coach with world champ!
Left: Olivia Smoliga a world champion who specializes in backstroke and freestyle events.
Right: Coleman Hodges, Production Manager and Good Looks of Swimswam.
Right: John Mix, CEO, and Cofounder at FINIS, Inc.
Other than learning from the amazing legends, we get to gain some insights for parent-toddler and early childhood Learn-To-Swim class conduct & management from the best of the best LIVE!
You don’t miss the opportunity to pose with a world champion, ever!
Right: Coach George Block.
Bringing a little souvenir from us all across the globe for this amazing legend!
Left: Coach PARIS JACOBS, CEO of Machine Aquatics, and American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA)’s first chief operations officer.
Do you want to be a part of this professional coaching program too?
Can’t believe that our childhood dream is coming to life!! ??♀️??♂️
At age 6, my mum put on “The Little Mermaid” on the TV, I’m utterly stunned and mesmerized by the red-headed mermaid.
AND NOW… You can now flip your hair and sing “Part of Your World”, take beautiful pictures and selfies at our 1st ever Mermaid Programme in Penang in collaboration with Mermaid Federation International (MFI).
Learn to swim gracefully and elegantly like little Ariel with the most professional instructors from MFI.
Not only that you get to be a CERTIFIED MERMAID or even MERMAN in this Mermaid Experience course.
What will you get in MFI 0 course?
-Content: Half-day (2 hours)
-Tentative Date: 12.12.2020 (Sat)
-Part 1: Land exercises (Fundamental theory, dry warmup, and stretching, photography session)
-Part 2: Pool exercises (Basic underwater mermaid movements)
This technique-oriented swimming lessons emphasise on the effectiveness of stroke and techniques development. Hence, Swim America enables your child to learn as fast as they could possibly acquire a specific skill, without waiting for those who might need a longer time in development.
Are you constantly worried about your child who doesn’t know how to swim when you are on a holiday?
Rather than staying stuck at home this school Holiday, why not take this opportunity to let your kids LEARN-TO-SWIM?
With JAWS Holiday Program, you can sit back and relax like a boss while supervising your kids around the water!
Why J.A.W.S Holiday Program? ✅ Up to 99.99% of success rate to acquiring at least 1 stroke after JAWS ✅ Comprehensive program structure ✅ Learning through PLAY (NOT your traditional, strict, and dull swimming class) ✅ Water-safety skills
REGISTER NOW BEFORE 30 Nov 2020 to enjoy RM100 OFF! ⏰Time : 9.30AM to 12.00PM (2 hours 30 mins per session) ? Venue : SETIA SPICE AQUATIC CENTRE ⏳ Duration : 8 sessions per intake
? MONDAY – THURSDAY
?Intake 1 : 21 DEC- 24 DEC 2020 & 28 DEC – 31 DEC 2020
? Intake 2 : 4 JAN – 7 JAN 2021 & 14 JAN – 14 JAN 2021
?♂ Age : Open for age 7-17 years old only
?♂Open for ALL LEVELS (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Do you know that swimming is one of the best ways to destress?
This pandemic has brought us to understand the impact of anxiety that is robbing our peace now more than ever. However, we want to bring your attention to the fact that you are worthy, and you are loved.
We understand how challenging it is to deal with an overwhelming sense of anxiety, so here are 4 keys to how you can WALK ON WATER:
?DON’T FIGHT THIS BATTLE ALONE
-Seek help, talk to someone about the issue.
Either it’s a close friend or a loved one, there’s always someone who is willing to listen and constructively pull you out of the situation. If you are not comfortable talking with someone you know, there’s always a community out there who are willing to be there with you through this journey.
BEFRIENDERS Hotline (Penang: 04-281 5161)
MALAYSIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (MMHA) 03-2780 6803
ALL WOMEN’S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM) 03-7877 0224
?There’s always a WAY out
-Understand the root of your anxieties, there can be many situations that bring up anxiousness. As we began to understand the root of our issues, it will help us combat the root of where that came from head-on. Anxiousness is often developed from overactive thoughts. Our thoughts determine our emotions, which will ultimately determine our actions. Surround yourself in a community that will help you grow and flourish. Never seek to resolve any issue despite how small it might seem alone because TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE.
A positive community will help one another up when the other falls, isn’t it apparent that “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”?
?Don’t be too hard on yourself, SET ATTAINABLE GOALS
If you were to write down some of your thoughts, you may be astounded that throughout the day that how much negativity or criticism you can be speaking over yourself. Let me ensure you, the thoughts that pass through our heads are not always true. Declare positivity and set measurable goals from today onwards! Give yourself grace that some days are difficult, do not let fear and worries silence your declaration.
?REGULAR EXERCISING- SWIM IT OUT!
Physical activities have been scientifically proven to increase endorphins level and reduce the negative effects of stress. On the positive side, it helps build up our cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. That’s a total win, for sure!
Remember to BREATHE & TAKE TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE your own mental health being.
One of the Question that we get most of the time during this pandemic season, “Is it SAFE to SWIM?”
Without a doubt, this is indeed a season that got everyone anxious about whether it will ever be safe to be out & around. How do we still remain SAFE and keep our body PHYSICALLY HEALTHY?
According to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical exercise such as skill-building drills at home and individual sports are considered as low-risk sports.
The risk of COVID-19 spread differs and vary according to the type of activity Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/playing-sports.html
Low-risk sports: Individual running events, cross country with staggered starts, golf, sideline cheerleading, weightlifting, bowling, fishing, swimming individual, diving and bicycling as per recommended by the USOPC & CDC with necessary precautionary measures taken. (Source: https://www.childrensmercy.org/health-and-safety-resources/information-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/returning-to-community-activities/recommendations-for-a-safe-return-to-sport-and-physical-activity-after-covid-19/)
Let’s check out what the World Health Organization (WHO) has to say about swimming during this Coronavirus pandemic?!
Q. Am I likely to get COVID-19 is I swim in a swimming pool? Fact: Swimming in a well-maintained, properly chlorinated pool is safe. However, it is advisable to stay away from all crowded areas including crowded swimming pools. Keep 1-meter distance from people who sneeze or cough even in a swimming area.
So, what are we doing to safeguard our community IN & AROUND the pool?
1) Monitoring water’s chlorine content every 2 hours
A pool that is “balanced” has proper levels of pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness. pH: 7.2-7.8, Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm, Chlorine levels should remain constant in the 1-3 ppm range.
2) Swimmers RINSE OFF BEFORE & AFTER swimming, and leave immediately after swimming to avoid over-congestion at the toilet area.
3) REGULAR SANITIZATION of all equipment used. Swimming Equipment are SANITIZED Before & After every Swimming Lesson
4) SEGREGATED SWIM LANES & SWIMMING HOURS exclusively for WAHOO Swim School Students only. Afraid to be sharing a lane with the crowd or public? No worries! Our Swim school students can enjoy swim lanes and lesson area all to themselves! Not to mention, having a BIGGER SPACE to swim in comfort during this season as we have widened up our swim stations to put social-distancing into practice
Segregated lanes and social distancing during swimming
5) CROWD CONTROL & CLASS SIZE CONTROL: Limiting the number of people allowed in the pool & Limiting the NUMBER of Students in one class
Crowd control and physical distancing during swim lessons
6) REPLACEMENT CLASS REQUEST: Swimmers who are sick/ not feeling well/ in contact with people who have been suspected to contract Covid-19/ just traveled back from domestic or international travels would be permitted with replacement class based on submission replacement class for SELF-QUARANTINE purposes.
7) PREVENTATIVE MEASURE: All Coaches are required to have their health checked from time-to-time. All Coaches are required to have their FACE SHIELDS on during classes.
Up, down, left, right EVERYWHERE we SANITIZE.
Fly, back, breast, free every stroke we SOCIAL DISTANCING.
Me, you, he, she EVERYONE WEAR MASKS/FACE SHIELDS
“IS IT SAFE TO SWIM DURING THIS PANDEMIC?”
OF COURSE SAFE LAH!
We also scared to expose ourselves out there knowing that there’s a risk of getting our loved ones infected, you know?!
So, stop speculating, and come to see for yourself.
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” ~ Michael Phelps
One thing about swimming is that it is able to bring our limits and beyond, forcing us to think outside the box that we have limit ourselves to think about what we are capable of. Sometimes our goals might seem so far-fetched and distant, let these little kids tell you otherwise! They are going to let you in with their secret keys to all the four strokes- Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly!
FREESTYLE– a stroke that might look easy to acquire but there’s a lot of coordination required to be able to swim Freestyle effectively.
Check out how our little HEROINES make Swimming FREESTYLE look as EASY as 1-2-3!
Having your best friends to accomplish swimming GOALS together is something every one of us would die for! Even when we have to drink a lot of water along the process, the water also becomes sweet like Ribena! But with their best swimming buddies around, they managed to overcome it after much DETERMINATION & PRACTICE.
2 Freestyle Key Tips:
#1: Freestyle breathing coordination may be quite CHALLENGING at first. Imagine having these lil ones to coordinate their arms, legs as well as breathing with only half of their face out of the water. Roll your head to the side to breathe instead of lifting-up your head!
#2: Swim don’t Sink!: Focus on your head and body positioning. Maintain a good horizontal balance when swimming Freestyle. As you roll to the side for breath, remember to keep your hips and legs close to the water’s surface instead of letting them sink. This means continuous kicking even when you pull and breathe while maintaining a good body position.
BACKSTROKE- A stroke that you can focus less on breathing control
This is the most common problem when swimming Backstroke- Swinging heads!
This Backstroke drill will not only help train your child’s BACKSTROKE, but get ready to uncover the other side of your child when they swim! You will see how FOCUS they are, it will also help cultivate GRIT, SELF-CONTROL, and DETERMINATION.
When we swim Backstroke, we might think that since we have our heads facing upwards at all times, breathing should not be an issue. But, that might turn out to be one of the biggest problems!
Backstroke Key Tip #1: Breathing Control- Develop a consistent Breathing pattern after every complete arm cycle. Avoid holding your breath as it might cause you to SINK! You might think that it’s ok to just breathe as when you are on land, but NOOOOO… Remember to maintain breathing MOUTH IN, NOSE OUT even when swimming Backstroke to avoid the water gushing into your nose.
“Why can’t I float when I’m swimming Backstroke?!” That’s a common one! Backstroke Key Tip #2: Buoyancy- Best tip is just to loosen up and put less weight or focus on your lower bottom. It is also a common misconception that if you are sinking, you have to kick harder which leads to kicking with very bent knees. Remember to kick from the hips rather than the knees.
Next up, the most common question we have at all times is “Why am I not moving forward when I kick Breaststroke?” Unlike any other strokes, breaststroke rely more heavily on its legs movement as compared to the arms.
What are the 2 SECRET formulas for perfecting the Breaststroke (aka “Froggy”)?
#1: Strong Breaststroke KICK: Imagine as if you are KICKING OFF OF THE WALL right behind you every single time you kick. Focus on your feet positioning! Your feet should be turned outwards as you kick in a frog-like motion. The feet should not extend past the width of the knees. GLIDE, DON’T RUSH after every kick, stay still for 2 seconds will allow you to swim Breaststroke more EFFICIENTLY, EFFECTIVELY & EFFORTLESSLY.
Common mistakes of Breaststroke Pull:
Pulling all the way to the back towards the hips
Pulling too narrow
Pulling in Sharp corners (imagine rectangular/ square shaped)
#2: Round Catch during Breaststroke Pull: The shape of your breaststroke pull dictates how well you will propulse forward. During the catch, carve your palms down and inward, make a round shape. As you surge forward, focus on driving your hands forward near to the surface of the water after breath. Allow your body to will follow your hands as it leads the pull.
The butterfly is said to be the most difficult stroke of all. However, we believe good fundamentals and a strong understanding of the basics always help to swim a beautiful Butterfly. So our advice to you if you are keen to learn this….. GET your foundations and basics SOLID! Then you will find swimming Butterfly is actually pretty easy. Let this 7-year-old boy show you how to swim Butterfly in just 1 lesson??
2 Tips to swimming a more EFFICIENT Butterfly:
#1: Keep as close to the surface as possible: It is a common mistake for swimmers to want to tilt their heads up high to take in breath when swimming butterfly. Raising your head up high for breath will only make you more tired and less swim effectively. The key is to create a wave with UNDULATING movements and stay close to the surface. Your chin should barely graze over the surface of the water when catching air on the breath.
#2: Kick from the HIPS, not the KNEES: It is a common belief that if I kick harder, I will move forward faster. Keep your feet and legs together during your dolphin kick. The key is to keep your ankles as loose and flexible as possible. Focus on your glutes and hips movement during the kick, make sure that your heels break the water during every upward kick.
We hope that these swim tips are going to help your swim. If you would like to find out more about our swim programs, feel free to reach us at https://bit.ly/LearnToSwimwithWAHOO. Our team is always excited to be part of your swimming journey regardless your age or which stage you are!
Self-confidence mainly is the perception of competence of oneself based on their accomplishments. At our swim school, we are so privileged to watch many of our children became more confident and self-assured as they learned and progressed to achieve new skills and goals EACH and EVERY lesson.
As parents, our natural instinct is to protect our child from all harm possible but we know the best way to nurture them and help them grow is always to equip them with skills and the abilities to make their own decisions, standing on their own ground.
Although each child is different, it is a CONFIRM + CHOP FACT that swimming can help enhance your child’s CONFIDENCE.
Let this bubbly, confident kid tell you WHY!
Please let Janesh show you how to swim #Butterfly in 1 'year' ??Swimming Butterfly is easy to learn but it is also the hardest to perform. We believe good fundamentals and a strong understanding on the basics always help to swim a beautiful Butterfly. So our advice to you if you are keen to learn this….. GET your #foundations SOLID! Then you will find swimming Butterfly is actually pretty easy.(P.S. just a lil more exhausting than the rest of the strokes only. ?).#LearnLikeAChamp#SwimLikeAChamp
Discover the 3 reasonswhy swimming is a confidence booster!
1. Life-Saving Skill – Imagine in an untrained child’s eyes, jumping into the pool is like jumping out of the airplane. ?✈️? Developing water safety skills give them the confidence of facing their fear in a low impact environment and build confidence in the most unique way!
2. Believing in their own capabilities even MORE– It’s not just FUN when it comes to swimming but when your child gets a hang of what they can do in the water, it will certainly bring them to notice their potential. Bear in mind that having to be able to connect and coordinate every part of their tiny body to float, swim, and dive is NOT as easy as it seems! (even adults like us struggles with it)
3. Fitness, Stamina, Endurance = UPLEVEL! – Swimming works every part of your muscles, it improves coordination, balance, and flexibility. The fun part of it is that water allows children to exercise without even knowing it!
Are you ready to UNLEASH your child’s inner potential?
WAHOO Swim School believes that everyone should have appropriate, relevant swimming skills & water confidence techniques, equipped with a clear understanding on the principles of water safety. We believe in the culture where fun makes the best learning experience, as our aim is not only to teach you swimming but also to make sure that you fall in love with swimming!
As such, we have developed a quality education program suitable for everyone of any age and any backgrounds to learn swimming. These activities are supported by a team of passionate instructors and coaches who place great emphasis on the development of mental and physical aspects of each and everyone.