Volunteers Needed for UW Health Neurosurgery Swim Clinic July 13



UW Health is looking for volunteers for a Neurosurgery Swim Clinic July 13 at the Parkcrest Pool. If youre interested please see below for more information. 






Hi Volunteers!


First off, thank you so much for volunteering to help out with our first Department of Neurosurgery Swim Clinic. We are excited to have passionate and talented coaches to work with our faculty and staff.

Here is some information to prepare for our fun day. 


Where: ParkCrest Pool, 1 N Yellowstone Dr., Madison WI 53705. Enter through the side gate.





8:50 - 9:20 AM

Volunteer Check-In & Set Up

9:20 - 9:30 AM

Introduction to Swim Clinic

9:30 - 9:50 AM

SwimWest/ThinkFirst Water Safety

9:50 - 10:00 AM

Instructor Introduction, Split into Groups

10:00 - 10:25 AM

Swim Lesson: Session 1

10:25 - 10:50 AM

Swim Lesson: Session 2

10:50-11:30 AM

Free time: games, relays, play

11:30 - 12:00 PM

Clean up 


Numbers: We have about 50 total participants that have RSVPed with about 20 children under 14 years of age.

The groups for children are as follows: Comfort (0-3 years), Movement (4-6 years), Independence (7-10 years), and Refinement (11+ years).

Adult break-out groups include: Session 1: Floats/Treading Water, Free Basic, Free Advanced

                                                                Session 2: Free Advanced, Stroke, Flip turns

There will be about 3-4 instructors with participating adults, and the rest with the children. If you have a preference on what group youd like to help with, please let me know.


Skills: Most of you have great experience as swimmers and/or coaches so I trust your judgement on what you think our participants need. However, in case youd like some ideas:





If you're happy and you know it

splash your hands, turn around, snap your fingers, bob your head, blow some bubbles, kick your feet

Twinkle twinkle little star

back float

Humpty Dumpty

getting in @ "fall"

Alligator, alligator

getting in by name

Motorboat, motorboat

holding onto hands, kids kicking

Red light, green light

sitting on wall practicing kicking

Hokey pokey

right arm, left arm, lips (blow bubble), hair in, whole self in (bob).

Wheels on the bus

wheels (move in circles), windows (bob), wipers (move side to side), horn (slap water)

Ring around the rosie



blow bubbles, listen to sounds, open eyes underwater


arms are spoons eating ice cream



Simon says

kick arms, blow bubbles, splash arms, do a bob, float, high five your friend




11 +

Jumping in/bobs

Warming up/bobs/jumping jacks/ free analysis

warm-up freestyle


wall/kickboard breathing drills

free drills

pushing off wall

freestyle + streamline push off

back drills



flip turns


tread water

stroke/dolphin kick


Adult Breakout Groups


Free basic

Free advanced



Front float

Wall rotation/breathing drills

Shark drill

Back- water cup on forehead

float to flip

Back Float

Kickboard rotation/breathing

Tarzan drill

Back- double arm

jump to flip

Kick technique (flicking from hip)

doggie paddle

Clock drill

Back- 321 drill

kick to flip


side stroke

6 kick drill

Elementary backstroke

wall approach

Pushing off wall


One arm

Back 6 kick drill (rotation)

position on wall/push

Treading water with noodle



Breaststroke over/under


Breaststroke with flutter/dolphin kick


Fly one arm


Fly Phelps drill



If you have any questions on these drills, please let me know and I am happy to explain them and/or walk you through them.

Children are grouped by age initially, however, we are flexible to move people around based on experience level.


Food/Beverage: There will be water, lemonade, and coffee on the pool deck throughout the clinic. Light snacks will be provided on the upper deck of the pool. Pizza will be provided afterwards for the volunteers.


Attire: I would like a majority of the coaches to get into the water, so please bring a swim suit!


Contact Information: Please email me or text me at 262-442-9581 with any questions, concerns, or if you are unable to make it.


Thank you again for volunteering! We are looking forward to a great experience.




Stephanie Armstrong



Stephanie Armstrong, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator

Department of Neurological Surgery

University of Wisconsin Madison

600 Highland Ave, K4/848 CSC

Madison, WI 53792-8660

Office 608.262.6493

Shane Ryan
Owner/ Program Director
Madison Aquatic Club
Operational Risk Management  Chair 
Wisconsin Swimming LSC