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Go Swim Butterfly Basics with Steve Haufler

Posted by Barbara Hummel on Sep 13, 2011 04:00AM

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"Steve Haufler is one of the finest coach-teachers on the planet."  -- American Swim Coaches Association

"The Mirrors, Tools, and Toys video with Steve Haufler is a must for the library of every coach, especially coaches of developmental and age group swimmers.  The drills are easy to teach and for swimmers to quickly learn.  Just "Go For It" with Go Swim and Steve Haufler."  -- Bob Steele, author of Games Gimmicks Challenges for Swimming Coaches

"The progressions Steve uses are so good that I use all of his GoSwim DVDs with my University of Iceland students to show them sound teaching progressions in teaching swimming to children.  His DVDs are not only informative, interesting and extremely effective in training swimming coaches and teachers but also taught from the heart.  These discs are a must for any serious coach/teacher."  -- Hafthor Gudmundsson, former Olympic swim coach and assistant professor in swimming skills, University of Iceland. 

Steve Haufler is widely recognized as one of the best stroke teachers in the world.  In GO SWIM BUTTERFLY BASICS, Steve shares his secrets for teaching an efficient and fast butterfly to swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Steve's teaching progression, based on more than 30 years of experience as a coach and learn-to-swim instructor, has proven effective for thousands of swimmers, from beginner to advanced, age group to Masters.  It really works, and in this video he makes it accessible for every coach and every swim instructor.  

By watching Steve as he gives unrehearsed lessons to real swimmers (age 6, 7, and 8), you'll learn:
* A simple, 5-step progression for teaching correct butterfly body position...arm action...kick...timing...and breathing.
* How to use the progression when you're teaching butterfly from on deck.
* How to modify the progression when you're teaching from in the water.
* Steve's favorite drills, phrases, and teaching methods for fixing the most common butterfly stroke problems.
* How to teach the all-important underwater dolphin kick.
* Steve's "bag of tricks" for fine-tuning the butterfly stroke and for getting swimmers ready for top performance.

By watching master instructor Steve Haufler, you will come away with a butterfly teaching sequence that works...and with dozens of inventive and creative ideas for teaching what is considered to be the most difficult stroke.  Once you try Steve's progression, and see the results, you'll know that you've reached a new level as a teacher and coach.  You'll gain confidence that you can teach ANY swimmer to have an efficient butterfly.  

STEVE HAUFLER, head coach of the Orinda Country Club in Orinda, California, is considered by many to be a genius at teaching the four strokes and getting kids ready for competitive swimming.  His teachig methods are also known to instill a lifelong love of swimming, because he knows how to make lessons fun.  Steve's young students (some as young as 5 and 6) progress rapidly from lessons to swim team.

GO SWIM BUTTERFLY BASICS was written, filmed, and produced by the team of GLENN MILLS, a member of the 1980 USA Olympic Swim Team, and BARBARA HUMMEL, veteran of two Olympic Trials.  Both are coaches, learn-to-swim instructors, and World Top-Ten Masters swimmers.

Archived Comments

Responded Sep 13, 2011 03:27PM

Do you have it in a downloadable format?

Responded Sep 13, 2011 03:35PM

Not yet, and it won't be downloadable but it will be streaming soon. Keep watching the site for another announcement on this in the next couple week. Thanks.

Edited Sep 13, 2011 03:35PM
Responded Sep 13, 2011 03:53PM

Looking forward to getting this DVD, thanks Glenn and Steve.

Responded Sep 14, 2011 04:09PM

Must resist the urge....

Failed. Didn't take long

Count me in :P

Responded Sep 15, 2011 08:12AM

OMG< the girl in the purple suit is good!
*forwarding the link to my coach*

Responded Sep 15, 2011 06:29PM

Wow mm interesting coaching indeed - wish he coming to England and checking out my strokes...

Responded Sep 20, 2011 05:45PM

hello, what options are available to get this DVD other than through postal delivery? my postal service is very slow, and i'm at a "peak" learning moment in my butterfly where i could really use this. thanks.

Responded Sep 20, 2011 05:54PM

Currently, the video is available only in DVD format. We ship via Priority Mail from the US Postal Service. Barring any delays in customs, international delivery is generally 7 to 10 days.

Responded Oct 10, 2011 04:24PM

Any idea when this video will be streaming online? I prefer the online versions of the vids and am looking forward to this one.

Responded Oct 10, 2011 04:59PM

I'm guessing, and hoping... two weeks.

Responded Oct 11, 2011 05:26PM

DVD's at our house don't last.. ( I think they have legs as they keep on disappearing ) I hope the 2 weeks timeline will happen... I'm really looking forward to download this...

Responded Oct 11, 2011 05:49PM

Hi Anita... important clarification... not download, streaming. You'll need to be connected, but it's proven to be a good service for those who have taken advantage of it. We're working on it. Thanks.

Responded Oct 12, 2011 02:21PM

Hey Anita,

I've found the streaming format to be far more useful than either a download or DVD. My GoSwim library is available at a touch, 24/7 in my pocket via wireless, or a desktop click away online.

Responded Oct 17, 2011 05:05PM

Thank you, and yes I meant streaming. It's easy to access on my iPhone and iPad or desktop ....
I have two of Seve Haufler's streaming already and they are VERY handy.

Responded Oct 18, 2011 08:52PM

Question: Which is the correct or best hand entry for the freestyle? I wish there was instruction w/ these videos. I was taught the old style in college & now I'm having to relearn it. Thanks for you input. I really enjoy the videos. Thanks for these..

Responded Oct 18, 2011 09:25PM

Hi Linda. The video at the top of this page is a "trailer" for the full video. Click the "add to cart" button at the top of the page and you'll get a TON of instruction! ;)

Doing a quick search for freestyle hand entry in the search bar brought these up:

Hope that gives some options. Thanks.

Responded Oct 25, 2011 02:33PM

Hi Glenn,
Just wondering if you have any update when is the online streaming available.

Responded Oct 25, 2011 04:43PM

Getting closer and closer to November... which is our target date for something very new. Working very hard, so just another week... or two. Very soon though.

Responded Mar 02, 2012 03:40PM

I'm passing Reemi's question on to you as our resident butterfly guru. Is she describing what you call "the dreaded double bump?" -- Barbara

Hi Barbara! Want to ask you... is there only one hips up movement in one butterfly cycle?..
I think I sometimes do 2 of them, but now I am not sure how one fly cycle should be. ... -- Reemi Wentzel

Responded Mar 15, 2012 08:42PM

Ay.. sounds ugly "dreaded double bump".. looks like a camel in the desert.... I am still working on many details in my fly technique.. the more I practice and watch here the more I experience little imperfections in my fly. I think Steve Haufler's lessons will assist me in making some changes.
Helas.. could not get my video sent. Still having fun flying.

Responded Apr 16, 2012 04:49AM

Great to meet you and Steve in person today. Wow! All that passion and enthusiasm and great tips for teaching by all instructors at the coaching clinic. Just about priceless! Thank you very much for the site and quality work. Your visual aids here seamlessly match what our head coach says to all his swimmers every day.

Responded Sep 04, 2012 08:57AM

I going crazy for Swiming,,, I wish i had a friend to teach swiming...

Responded Sep 03, 2013 05:43AM

What do you like the style of cavic or phelps?

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