Swimming participation in the United States rose to 58 million in 2005, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. A popular activity for both fun and fitness, swimming is now easier to learn, enjoy, and use as exercise with Water Fun. Including more than 100 stunts, skills, games, and workouts that may be tailored to meet specific needs, this book has something for every age and skill level.
To help beginners gain confidence in the water, basic water exercises that may be performed in a vertical position are provided, along with workout options that do not require participants to be fully submerged in the water. Water Fun also includes activities for exercisers who want to transition from water exercise to swimming. Athletes, along with instructors, coaches, and athletic trainers, will also find sport-specific and cross-training activities to enhance their conditioning regimens.
With a complete collection of individual and group activities that require little, if any, equipment, Water Fun has everything water exercisers need to become more comfortable and skilled in the water.
Water Fun DVD!
The activities from the book Water Fun come to life in the Water Fun DVD. These aquatic activities are ideal for participants of all ages and skill levels because they're easy on the joints, they don't cause heat stress, and—most important—they're fun! The majority of the 57 activities included on the DVD occur in shallow water and require little, if any, swimming skill. Terri Lees hosts and narrates this DVD that is divided into five segments:
-Levels of Performance
-Partner Stunts and Skills
-Water Games That Train
Each segment includes several activities, and instructors are encouraged to create their own variations of these activities following basic safety guidelines. The name and objective of each activity are clearly shown to help instructors ensure that participants get the most out of every activity. Underwater photography is used extensively on this DVD to make the activities easy to learn and teach.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to Water Fitness and Swimming
Why Water Works
Swimming: A Life Skill
Chapter 2. Activity Selection and Modifications
Testing for Readiness
Using the Fitness Activity Finder
Adapting Games and Stunts for Individual Needs
Using Equipment to Enhance Play
Chapter 3. Aquatic Program Safety
Participant Personal Safety
Chapter 4. Water Fitness Activities and Workouts
Effective Water Use
Chapter 5. Water Games and Relays
Individual and Partner Stunts
Individual and Team Events
Sample Games Workout
Chapter 6. Swimming Activities and Games
Using the Swim Activity Finder
Water Adjustment and Warm-Up Activities
Stunts and Skills
Appendix A Equipment for Water Fun and Safety
Appendix B Aquatic Equipment Supplies
Appendix C Associations Serving Aquatic Safety and Aquatic Exercise
Appendix D Skills Assessment Grid
About the Author
“...this work is much more than simply a book full of various drills, activities, and games. I think that many aquatic practitioners, both novices and experienced instructors, will want to add this text to their professional libraries.”
International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education