I swim like a fish - freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly (well, not as well as I used to). Grew up in the water, on swim team, etc.. I have never however instructed others in swimming.
I have a friend who is about my age and unable to swim / fairly uncomfortable with the water, and I'd like them to be able to overcome that. Difficulty factor: friend is unemployed and the costs of lessons even at the local YMCA are fairly prohibitive at the moment.
I would like to get tips / tricks / online materials / etc. that can help me break down the basics of at least getting comfortable in the water and then learning the freestyle crawl.
I've taught skiing before and I'm aware that the best instructors are those that can successfully break things down and explain them in simple / memorable ways that make sense to the student. I know how to teach the beginning pieces, and help people develop through into intermediate and advanced technique - little tricks like pressing on the top of the boot, hold your hands like you are carrying a tray of drinks, push down on the big toe now, etc.. That said, after a couple of tries in the pool, I seem to have a mental block towards breaking down swimming technique the same way.
Please note that while I am open to suggestions on instructor training courses for myself, attending one of these isn't an option for me either in the immediate future. I'm instead interested on what I could learn to become a better tutor in the meantime. I'm pretty certain my friend could learn to swim quite quickly if I was better at this. TIA!
Final clarification: I know the best option is for my friend to be taught by a qualified instructor, but as stated above, for purposes of this question, assume this is not currently an option. I know enough water safety to not put my friend in danger during this process. I have found a couple of helpful pointers here, here, and here, but am looking for helpful hints to make me a better teacher of an adult student.