Armed with a Kindle with the Swim Drills book loaded I was poolside teaching and coaching swimmers for three hours.
For the last year I have run programmes based on drills in 'The Swim Drills Book' and have relied on lesson plans and sometimes laminated print outs.
Today I took the Kindle
Never before have I found the swimmers so attentive, coming close to the side of the pool to look at the pictures.
Here is a great drill to develop streamlining
They start in what we call 'Dead Swimmer' then straighten up, arms first, then legs into the 'streamline position.' They then kick off, add a few strokes and continue up the pool.
They got, far quicker than my efforts to demonstrate and talk them through.
The pictures say it all.
Is this mobile learning?
Whatever it is, this works.
Next step to blog about in my Swim Coach website www.thewellyman.wordpress.com.
We bought a dozen copies of the Swim Book.
Perhaps we need a dozen Kindles.
Could we have waterproof versions?
And perhaps A4 clipboard in size?
With a wireless link to a poolside whiteboard.
Better still, an LCD screen on the bottom of the pool!
Guzman, R (2007) The Swim Drills Book