When teaching someone to maneuver safely in the water, I strive for calm and fluid approaches. Over the years, I have found it's more important to ensure a new student is calm and oriented in the water before drilling proper form. Once a student can fully submerge and "crawl" around in the water, I can then start to hone and refine their stroke technique.
While I can teach more advanced swim stokes like butterfly and bilateral breathing, I focus primarily on learn to swim classes for kids ages 2-10. At this age, I believe instilling water safely and confidence in the water effectively takes priority.
Knowing how to swim is an important life saving skill, and it is my goal to pass this knowledge onto as many new swimmers as I can.