We have long been aware that swimming is a fantastic sport because of health benefits particularly the cardiovascular system, however, recent international studies on movement education and a longitudinal study on early years swimming by professor Robyn Jorgenson in Australia shows that swimming has many more benefits.
In professor Jorgenson’s study, she concludes that early years swimming builds social emotion physical and intellectual capital. In fact by the time swimming children attend prep in Australia they are often up to ten months further advanced than their non-swimming peers. Check out this report for more information regarding her study.
Since swimming is so beneficial to young children it is important that our swimming teachers are competent confident and able to engage with young children.
Great Swimming Teachers Engage Their Pupils
The best swimming teachers have a mixture of knowledge and communication skills.
An infant teacher’s swimming knowledge should not only grasp the growth and development stages of the child that are featured on World Wide Swim School but they need to identify the swimming skills appropriate to the age group that they are teaching.
In this video Sandy, the swimming teacher at www.laurielawrenceswimschool.com.au not only identifies swimming skills appropriate to the two to two and a half age group being taught but she also showcases her teaching skills by communicating easily with both parent and child.
If you study these swimming parents carefully you will see that they are well drilled in the various skills Sandy wants to be executed, because, in order to develop great little swimmers in your infant swimming program the parents must be knowledgeable and well drilled in teaching swimming to this age group.
They become their child’s swimming teacher.
Realistically, a teacher with five or six little swimmers in the class can only have five or six minutes of actual contact time with each child.
The parents must become knowledgeable they must understand exactly how to perform each swimming drill.
Sandy’s ability to control a swimming class, keep it moving as well as engaging both the parent and the child, while almost becoming a pupil in the class herself, is quite unique.
All swimming teachers can learn something from this video.
The children in this swimming video love the fact that Sandy the teacher actually becomes part of the swimming class kicking and paddling with them.
Simple instructions, as well as fun activities, good visual communication, kicking paddling and safety skills, combine to make a powerful swimming lesson that engages parents and children alike.
If you want to find out in more detail how to enhance your swimming knowledge and become a getter swim teacher then, World Wide Swim School is for you.
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