Swimmming Lessons at Streamline Sports Instruction

Whether you’re an athlete, a pregnant mom, or someone who just wants to start a regular exercise, swimming is a great workout to stay in shape and enhance cardiovascular fitness. It’s not too late to start if you don’t know how to yet.

Established in 2014, Streamline Sports Instruction (SSI) envisions providing students quality swim instruction to enhance their skills and eventually achieve desired fitness levels or athletic goals.  It caters to people of all ages and skill levels. SSI has expanded its swim instruction to include triathlon coaching and multisport events.

SSI is a synergy of experienced swimmers—Philippine record holders, triathletes, and national water polo players—who only want to share their passion for teaching and the joy of swimming. It adopts swim methodologies from world-renowned swimming institutions such as Austswim, Total Immersion, and World Aquatic Baby Convention integrated in the curriculum of the swimming program.

SWIM PROGRAM

First swim for infants and toddlers ages one to four years old

Using learning through play, a non-traumatic approach where singing songs, playing games, and using toys is adopted so that it can be fun and enjoyable experience for children. The 30-minute class aims to teach water safety and familiarization skills on buoyancy or treading, dipping their head in the water and holding their breath when submerged, going in and out of the pool safely, and diving and floating on their backs.

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Play allows children to love the water

Aquanauts: advanced swim program for children

Breath control, buoyancy, and propulsion are what the kids will learn first.  Safety and familiarization skills are covered including learning the different swim strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly. The Aquanauts program has the following levels:

Starfish: Water Safety Skills

•       relaxed breathing
•       proper posture in the water
•       dipping head in the water
•       floating on the back

Beaver: Propulsion in the Water

•       flutter kicks
•       floating on back while kicking
•       rotation, gliding, and propulsion

Guppy: Introduction to the Long Axis Strokes (Basic freestyle and backstroke)

•      catch-up straight-arm freestyle drills with flutter kicks for freestyle
•       rotation on the back with arm drills for backstroke

Shark: Long Axis Stroke Refinement

•   advanced freestyle drills, with high elbow, proper arm timing  and rotation
•     advanced back stroke drills, with proper arm timing and rotation

Dolphin: Introduction to the Short Axis Strokes (Breast stroke and butterfly)

•    undulation drills (body dolphins) for breaststroke and butterfly
•       froggy kicks and pull drills for breaststroke
•       arm drills with undulation for butterfly

Race Ready: Swim Squad

It’s all about speed and power through the water without compromising form and efficiency.  The children will gain the confidence to perform in a competitive aquatic environment.

TRIATHLON PROGRAM

Swim-bike-run 101: triathlon workshop for beginners

Basic information on what it takes to finish your first triathlon

•      Training principles for swimming, biking and running, and how to integrate this with your day-to-day responsibilities
•     The importance of having an efficient swim technique to cover longer distances
•       Key information on cycling gear and maintenance, safety, and ideal bike routes for training
•        Having an efficient running form to finish strong
•        Training and race nutrition

Triathlon training program: quarterly packages for triathletes-in-training

Personalized training program and workout based on athlete’s skill and fitness level, and the race or races the athlete is training for. Periodic assessment is done to track progress. Since the swim is the most challenging and technical discipline among the three, at least two weekly sessions are recommended.  The program includes guidelines on training progression, training on tired days, rest days, and missed sessions, description of varying workout intensity levels, and race tips and tactics.

SWIM COACHES

Alvin Ang

After briefly working as a securities trader, Alvin went on to pursue his love for coaching and teaching children to swim, football, and ultimate Frisbee. For the past seventeen years, he has taught swimming to infants and adults ranging from eight months to 70 years old.  He attended various seminars for Total Immersion, Austswim, Red Cross (life-saving), and World Aquatics Babies Convention.  He also worked with Total Immersion Philippines teaching in Manila and Hong Kong.

Alvin, being a passionate sportsman, has competed across swimming, archery, and football up to collegiate level.  He has competed in Ultimate Frisbee at international level and became the first president of the Philippine Ultimate Association. He has taught the sport in various schools and cities and founded, managed, and coached the Discdevils, one of the first Ultimate Frisbee teams in the country.

Coaches are having fun teaching toddlers to swim
Coaches are having fun teaching toddlers to swim

Al Gonzales

Al received his Teacher’s Certificate from Total Immersion USA after being mentored by its founder Terry Laughlin. He subsequently took part in coaching workshops and triathlon camps in the United States as well as in the Asia Pacific.  He also trained under fellow Total Immersion coach Shinji Takeuchi in 2013. His coaching practice is both technical and psychological focusing on how a solid connection between mind and body in the water leads to a better stroke. Al began his journey as an athlete in 2000, when he joined the University of the Philippines Triathlon Club.  As an active member of the group, he took part in several events and was the youngest participant in the 2002 First Philippine Long-Distance Triathlon (first full Iron distance race in the Philippines—3.8-km swim, 180-km bike, 42-km run) held in Batangas. He then went on to compete in races under the Triathlon Association of the Philippines, the International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon garnering medals in his age group, which inspired him towards a coaching career as a swim instructor. He races with REVV Triathlon Team.

Mike Advincula

Mike started swimming competitively at the De La Salle University (DLSU) under the guidance of Olympian and DLSU Green Tankers coach Guy Concepcion. He made it to the varsity team and eventually became team captain.  He then led the swim team to two UAAP championships and won medals both locally and abroad.  He continued to participate in various swim events around the country. Recently, he completed the Caramoan (Bicol) Open Sea/Island Hopping Swim Challenge on July 2015 involving a seven-kilometer stretch where he finished second for his age group.  He is currently a Registered Financial Consultant, an art hobbyist,  and swim coach training students of all ages.

Nonoy Basa

Noy was a competitive swimmer at the age of 10 up to his sophomore year at the Ateneo de Manila University. He competed in various international age-group swim events. He pursued a career in sales and operations, but his passion to teach children and adults of all ages and skill levels prevailed. He has since coached hundreds of triathletes to overcome their fear of the water and become stronger swimmers to accomplish their performance goals.  Noy facilitated a number of Total Immersion adult swim workshops both in the country and in Hong Kong. He is currently a competitive endurance athlete racing with Revv Triathlon Team with numerous podium finishes in aquathlons, open water swims, and triathlons under his belt. Most recently, he was the fastest Filipino finisher in the 2015 Ironman in Melbourne, Australia.

“Swimming is for everyone. You can learn at any age and still be good at it with the right teaching approach,” shares Noy Basa, co-founder and head coach of SSI. “We believe in the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle through sports and learning how to swim is a step towards that direction,” ends Basa.

Noy Basa gives an overview on what SSI does during the media launch
Noy Basa gives an overview on what SSI does during the media launch

For more information, you can check out the Streamline Sports Instruction Facebook page. SSI provides quality swim instruction at the following venues: Makati, Pasig, Quezon City, and Taguig area.  Its address is located at 426 Chateau Verde Condominium, Valle Verde I, Pasig.