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Sea or River Teaching in Lake

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The best procedure, after going through the land drills, is to select a sloping shore with a sandy bottom, the pupil being supported, as in the bath method, with the instructor on the outside, or deep side, walking in line with the shore, or to wards it, never away from it, being careful not to stumble or in any way take his or her attention off the pupil, as the slightest suspicion of neglect induces nervousness, which must be avoided, as it deters good progress being made.

For teaching at the seaside, avoid rough weather or waves breaking over the pupil ; many promising youths get a setback even from this seemingly small cause. Of course, this more par ticularly applies to juniors, whose timidity is the worst feature to overcome. It is always advisable to ascertain which way the tide runs, i. e., down or up the coast, at the same time selecting a spot frequented by swimmers. Never go to secluded

places ; there may be sand holes, or springs caus ing deep recesses, which are treacherous and dangerous, and the pupil, on trying to recover his standing position, would get a shock; and although he would be quite safe with an experienced swim mer, it leaves a nasty impression behind. The same precautions have to be taken when giving instructions in river or lake.

There are many side issues on this all-important question of teaching, but it may reasonably be assumed the simple methods advanced for learn ing the breast stroke will prepare the pupil for the more advanced strokes of the art. At the same time, it is well to bear in mind the breast stroke develops the chest and respiratory organs, which increases circulation and strengthens the body generally.