ichael Fred Phelps (born June 30,1985) is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events for a male. In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were in individual events ,tying the single Games record.In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.
Phelps is the long course world record holder in the 100-meter butterfly,200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200-meter free style and 200-meter individual medley. Phelps’s international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award seven times and American Swimmer of the Year Award nine times as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sports man of the Year award. After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles.
We believe that swim instruction is based on the motor skills of swimming (kicking, stroking, and rhythmic breathing). In addition, and more importantly, we feel that our swimmers need to mentally understand the properties of water; the how’s and why’s. We feel it is paramount to develop the whole person mentally and physically. Understanding the properties of water helps the swimmer with the readiness to swim.
This is why our participants, in addition to learning personal safety, stroke technique, and rescue skills, also learn how we float, why we need to have certain body positions, why we breathe rhythmically, how we achieve balance in the water, and why we need to feel the water; just to name a few of the things we teach. But it’s not all work! We’ve taken our time in selecting the most competent instructors, who we then train to introduce these concepts in fun and imaginative ways!
This combination of teaching physical and mental concepts has made our program a success for nearly 30 years and ensures each participant has the opportunity to become safe, comfortable, and confident in, and around, the water.
All Michael Phelps Swim School staff members complete an exclusive training program. The program covers the philosophy behind the style of teaching, the fundamentals of the curriculum of each “level”, and tips on how to construct a creative lesson plan [around the curriculum].
SwimSafeCertified is a tri-safety clinic that was developed in collaboration with triathletes and open- water swimmers. It is designed to build confidence in open-water events through an exclusive, interactive instruction curriculum that will help competitors prepare to swim.
SwimSmart is a one-on-one “fitting” session designed to help build power, conidence and efficiency in open-water. Addressing stroke deiciencies, SwimSmart will help you minimize your time and effort in the water so you can maximize your energy across the entire race.
Our staff is what makes our program successful. We put a high priority on hiring the best and brightest employees, who consistently demonstrate enthusiasm for working with children.
Our swim schools currently employ over 100 employees who all share in Michael’s vision to grow the sport of swimming and promote healthy and active lifestyles. In any given week, we serve the needs of over 1,000 families.
Our core curriculum founder [and former swim teacher of Michael Phelps] was a former school teacher and holds a degree in child psychology.
All MPSS swim teachers go through a custom Michael Phelps Swim School in-service training session. This is in addition to certain priority requirements and credentials they bring to the table. Our teachers build relationships with each participant, ensuring individual needs are met.
All staff members are required to participate in a thorough background screening process prior to employment.
4 Stages Of Social-Emotional Development
4 Stages Of Cognitive Theory
BUILDING COMFORT, CONFIDENCE & FEEL FOR THE WATER