Second Swimming Lesson Handout – Free Style

swimming blue water

My second swimming lesson handout contains step by step instructions and images for the front crawl.

The front crawl, sometimes called freestyle, is the stroke most people think of when they say swimming. Your body is flat and straight, with a rotating movement around the mid-line. Your head position depends on your buoyancy. Most swimmers keep the water line between the eyebrows and hairline; however, someone with little buoyancy may have to lower the head a little to raise the hips to the best level.

You can review it the entire handout by clicking the link below.

Freestyle Handout


First Swimming Lesson Handout – Breaststroke

I am giving private swimming lessons this fall and wanted to provide my students with reference sheets for them to take home and review to reinforce what we covered in class that day. I found some coaching tips and instructional videos on-line, but didn’t find anything that was written for an adult that is new to swimming, so I am writing my own.

My first swim lesson handout covers one of the most popular recreational strokes: The Breaststroke. I started with the breaststroke because of it’s popularity and because I think it is one of the least complicated strokes. In the breaststroke the arms and legs are doing similar activities simultaneously. Hands and feet together during the glide. Hands and feet out to the sides during the power portion of the stroke followed by hands and feet coming back together during the power portion of the kick. Since I am not much of an artist, I borrowed some wonderful illustrations from  the 1992 edition of the American Red Cross Swimming and Diving manual. You can see the results in the link below.

Breaststroke instructions

I also found this helpful video instruction on you tube.

Baby blanket draped over child's rocker.

Baby Blanket Designed by Julia

On March 18 I purchased 3 balls of Bernat Pipsqueak super-soft baby yarn to crochet a baby quilt.

Multi-colored yarn I purchased for baby quilt.

Multi-colored yarn I purchased for baby quilt.

I used up an entire ball and realized I did not have enough yarn to make the blanket the size I wanted it to be, so the following day I went back to Hancock Fabrics to pick up three more balls. When I got to the store I found they were out of the color I was looking for. I decided to switch from the 5 colored yarn to a blue/green/white combination and make some rows all white while others are multi-colored. I purchased 6 of each (more than I needed to make the blanket).

100% Polyester - machine washable and dryable

100% Polyester – machine washable and dry-able

I picked this yarn because it’s super fuzzy and machine washable. I think that’s very important for a baby blanket that I hope will see a lot of use. Babies are notorious for messing on their blankets.

I had planned to include the detailed directions in this post, however, I got carried away in the process of creating and forgot to take photos of the first few steps. Then I misplaced my notes and I don’t recall how many chains are in the first row, so I’m going to guess.

I do know for sure the Hook size: I/9mm

  • Chain 79
  • Foundation Row: In the 4th chain from the hook, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. *Skip two chains and then in the next ch, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. Repeat 25 more times from * to end, then in the last ch, work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the same ch.
  • Row 1: Turn, ch 3 and work dc, ch 1, dc in each of the chain 1 spaces from the previous row (center of each “V”). At the end of the row, finish with a dc in the last space (ch 3 turning space). [If making rows from different colors change color now.]
  • Repeat row 1 until  desired length (mine had 50 rows). If you want to use two different colors change color every two rows.

Blanket after 50 rows completed.

Blanket after 50 rows completed.


Using the yarn from the 48th row, I double-crocheted around the entire blanket, putting 2 or 3 double-crochets in each corner so edging doesn’t curl too much.

double crochet around edge

Working with remaining yarn – chain three

work double crochet

I will try to do a better job of keeping track of directions for my next project.

finished blanket

Finished blanket

Time to fold it up and place it in bag for transport to expectant parents J & C.

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Updated 7/27/2015

I would like to introduce Callum James G! He was born at home on May 29th @ 11:15pm. He was 21 inches long and weighed 7lbs 8 oz.. From the photo below taken in July, I believe he likes his blanket.

Baby with blanket

Callum appears to like his blanket

Callum and blanket

Callum and blanket