Go carefully through this list and use it for each lesson.
This makes your life easier and lets you focus on your lesson rather than organisation.
Before Your Lesson
- Prepare a short lesson plan for each pool session.
Make it fun so your class learns faster.
Refer to the relevant skill pages on this website.
- Wear professional looking swimming clothes, preferably in red and yellow or your team colours.
Set a good example for your class to follow.
- Prepare a list of needed equipment and clothing.
Have it ready for your lesson.
Tell your class in advance what kit they need to bring.
During Your Theory Lesson
- Meet and greet your class.
Make them feel welcome and introduce yourself whenever new members join.
- Advise your class to change into the clothes they intend to swim in before the theory lesson.
This saves a lot of time when you go to the pool.
- Outline the current lesson and what you want to share with them.
Set clear lesson objectives.
- Tell them about any new subject,
show them how to do it,
let them try it until they can do it.
This is called "Tell Show Try Do".
- Finish off by briefing them on everything the need for the pool session.
Remind them to take a shower before entering the pool.
During Your Pool Lesson
- Observe water safety rules throughout your lesson.
- Have a lifeguard supervise your lesson so you can enter the water at any time to demonstrate a skill.
- Maximise "action time" by grouping your class appropriate to the activity and pool space.
- Use fun activities to illustrate a teaching point.
Your class remembers better that way.
End the lesson by bringing the class into a circle and ask for comments and feedback.
After Your Lesson
- Track your class members' progress from each lesson and include this in your planning for the next lesson
- Continuously evaluate your class members and record their award item successes on the
- Evaluate your lesson plan after each lesson and capture good ideas to make it better.
- As you work with the lesson plans and develop experience as an instructor,
add information to the lesson plans that will help you improve this lesson next time.