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Become more fluid in the water with Swimming: Steps to Success. This comprehensive guide provides progressive instruction to help you master several swimming strokes and skills: backstroke, front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, back crawl, trudgen, floating, diving, sculling, and underwater swimming.
Step-by-step instruction and 195 illustrations break down each stroke to the basic arm and leg movements and their timing. The multiple drills in each step include a scoring system to gauge success and determine readiness to advance to the next skill.
Part of the highly successful Steps to Success Series, with more than 1.5 million copies sold, Swimming: Steps to Success is the best tool for learning to swim at your own pace and an excellent resource for mastering skills through the advanced level.
Step 1. Buoyancy and Back Float
Step 2. Basic Backstroke
Step 3. Prone Float and Crawl Kick
Step 4. Crawl Stroke and Breathing
Step 5. Breaststroke
Step 6. Sidestroke
Step 7. Back Crawl Stroke
Step 8. Butterfly Stroke
Step 9. Trudgen Strokes
Step 10. Surface Dives and Underwater Swimming
Step 11. Standing and Kneeling Dives
Step 12. Universal Sculling
Step 13. Additional Strokes, Stunts, and Games
David G. Thomas has been a swimming teacher and coach since 1948, when he became a water-safety field representative for the American Red Cross. In 1955 he became swimming coach and aquatics director at Berea High School in Berea, Ohio. Eight years later he moved to the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he was director of aquatics and swimming coach until retiring as professor emeritus in 1985.
Thomas gained nationwide prominence in 1972 by producing a textbook, teaching guide, exams, and visual aids for training swimming pool operators. The Swimming Pool Operators Handbook and the other materials were published by the National Swimming Pool Institute as the basis for its Certified Pool Operators program.
Since retirement, Thomas has focused much of his attention on writing. He has published numerous articles on aquatic subjects and is a contributing author to several books on swimming pool design and operation, including Professional Aquatic Management. He is the author of Teaching Swimming: Steps to Success, Advanced Swimming: Steps to Success, Competitive Swimming Management, and the video Water Is Friendly: The First Step in Learning to Swim.
A consultant in aquatics and pool design and operation, Thomas lives with his wife, Virginia, in Anderson, South Carolina. He swims each day for fitness.
“This edition of Swimming: Steps to Success is even more thorough than the second, covering a wider range of skill levels. Its complete, step-by-step progression is an excellent way to learn to swim, improve technique, or master the strokes and skills. The author's unique system of checking and scoring success for every aspect of every skill provides motivation to help readers reach their goals."
Member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Former multiple-term president of the American Swimming Coaches Association