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How should classes be organised?

In infant to preschool  program’s classes should be grouped according to growth and development. The child’s development on land will have huge implications on the learn to swim program and determine the suitability of skills to include in the lesson framework.

One children turn 4 years of age and above children should be grouped by ability level. Homogenous grouping creates the ideal teaching and learning environment. Teachers can develop a lesson plan that’s appropriate for everyone in the group, give equal attention to all, ensure maximum practice time in the lesson and avoid behavioural distractions during class.

Before swimmers commence they should be assessed by teachers so that they can be scheduled into an appropriate class. This should be done outside of formal lessons to avoid class disturbances.

What is the purpose of coloured rings in a lesson?

Rings are great to incorporate into the swimming lesson. We use these to maintain infant’s grasp reflex, build strength and enhance their general physical development.

Why do I need a rubber floating mat?

Up until five or six months, infant’s love to lie on their back in the water. Once they can sit up they seem to want to discard this skill. A floating mat can be introduced to give the infant the opportunity to lie and relax on their backs. Most infant’s even love to crawl along the mat to mum. This fosters independence and adventure.

What are the important elements of a lesson plan?

A good lesson plan should consist of:

  • Warm up
  • The main body of skills
  • Any new skills
  • A conclusion or final activity

What is the best position for a teacher in a class?

The teacher remains central to the class to ensure they can see all children whilst keeping the class moving. The teacher moves from individual to individual keeping them moving, correcting and encouraging both the children and the parents.

What if I don’t have a ledge?

A ledge can be made out of many things. Try using;

  1. Steps
  2. Someone’s body
  3. Ramp
  4. Deck level pool

Be creative – use what you can to make the child’s swimming experience interesting and fun. Ledges are a great way to encourage independence so try to improvise if you do not have access to one.

When should an infant master turns?

Ideally, we want the children to be able to turn unaided by 18 months. If children are just joining your program, it may take some time for infant to turn without assistance. Remind the parents to not force or hurry their child. With time, practice, and patience the child will soon learn.

What teaching equipment do I need for infant lessons?

Although we regard water as the main stimulant, it is important that you as a teacher are well equipped with other items to make your swimming lesson stimulating and fun. Keep in mind we want to continue educating the children via their senses- specifically sight, sound, and touch.

You need a:

  • T-shirt
  • Coloured cup
  • Large, colourful, appropriate toys
  • Rings
  • Floating rubber mat

Why should a parent wear a t-shirt in lessons?

Wearing a loose t-shirt in the water will give the baby something to grip and hold on to. This is very important for encouraging independence in the child. It is important to maintain the infant’s natural grasp reflex and build their independence and self-confidence. Independence may one day save a child’s life. Explain this to the parents.

World Wide Swim School’s training modules and resources have all been developed to educate the swimming industry, children and parents about water safety and best practices, by using Laurie’s world-renowned philosophies. 


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