The demand for swimming teachers grows by the day, as more and more people venture into swimming for recreation, sport, or health and fitness. Firstly, further education leads to Professional Development for swim teachers, and can ensure you stay up-to-date with the skills you need to help your students thrive.
To remain relevant in the aquatics industry, swimming teachers must regularly sharpen their teaching skills and remain up-to-date with the current needs of swimmers. To continue your professional development, a swimming teacher or coach must excel in certain areas. Under the following headings, we discuss how further education leads to Professional Development as well as what our Professional Development Academy can do for you.
Continue your education and learn how to adapt
The market demand is constantly evolving, and swimming teachers and coaches need to remain flexible to these changes. It’s important to be aware of your swimmers and their individual needs, and seek professional development to assist you in great teaching methods. You should aim to undertake ongoing Professional Development throughout the year to remain abreast of current industry trends. You can achieve this by subscribing to our online learning platforms, reading our published articles and attending our monthly webinars.
Have multiple skills
Swimming ranges from teaching infant and preschoolers, school-age children, adults, and junior squads. All of these age groups require a different set of skills. A swimming teacher who continues to develop their tool box of skills is a well-rounded teacher!
Great communication skills for Professional Development
A great swimming teacher listens to their students, learns their strengths and weaknesses, and ensures they are on the right path. How you communicate and instruct your students is very important.
Moreover, even swimming teachers with a lot of experience may need to undergo continual professional development training to improve their skills and remain up-to-date with trends.
Supportive and inspiring
Every beginner needs some inspiration and support to learn effectively. A swimming teacher must help swimmers believe in themselves. You role is to provide a safe, supportive and fun experience for your swimmer. We want our swimmers to have a positive experience in the water. Learn more here.
Organized and passionate
A great swimming teacher always has a well-structured lesson plan, which promotes the development of teaching skills. As a result, swim teachers who follow their methods, ensure swim lesson ideas are suited to each individual swimmer. The appropriate lessons are tailored to each individual class, rather than duplicating lesson plans that are inappropriate for class ability levels. Read more here.
Swimming students need a confident swimming teacher who is not afraid to try new things. When teachers radiate this confidence to their swimmers, it is evident in the progress of their students. Children starting out in swimming can be nervous at first, and unsure of the water. However, if they have a confident swimming teacher, they will feel at ease and grow in confidence themselves.
Set goals for yourself and your students. You must give it everything you’ve got in order to achieve each goal, that way the results will always show. It’s important to prioritize this attitude to your swimmers too, and encourage them to have goals of their own.
Teaching people how to swim is a very rewarding role. Swimming teachers play an important role in education and development of children. This can be across a range of areas including physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. Read more of the research undertaken here.
Our Professional Development Academy is industry recognized, and our partners include the ASCTA, AUSTSWIM, ASSA, NZSCTA & USSSA. The PD Academy recognizes PD Hours towards license renewal.
To learn more, visit our website at https://worldwideswimschool.com/swim-teachers/