My thoughts were that perhaps I try to make things fun, made sure that my students near the basics and then advanced to the more challenging aspects of a swimming style. I wanted to make them feel involved, a part of something and most of all I wanted them enjoy the experience and prepare them for the real thing one day - the ocean.
As every teacher as their own style and approach to teaching I think the central theme for my teaching is I taught how I would like to be taught if I was learning how to swim myself. I thought about how it would be received on their side as a student, i.e. putting myself in their shoes.
So my technique to teaching is to teach as you would like to be taught.