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The Professional Development Academy is designed to enhance swimming teachers’ knowledge, share ideas and build a community of people who are dedicated to delivering swimming lessons of the highest standard. The Academy demonstrates your commitment to your ongoing professional development and all members will receive a listing in the Swim Teachers directory which is a trusted resource for parents who are seeking a reputable and highly-trained swimming teacher for their child.

The Professional Development Academy will also provide you with new training content monthly including lesson plans, training videos, educational articles and access to interactive webinars, which will ensure you have all the up-to-date tools you need to become a world-class teacher. You will have access to over 50 comprehensive training modules in the Professional Development Academy including:

Infant Aquatics Curriculum (Early Years Swimming Program)

  • 0 – 4 Months Home Preparation
  • 4 – 8 Months Curriculum
  • 8 – 12 Months Curriculum
  • 12 – 18 Months Curriculum
  • 18 – 24 Months Curriculum
  • 2 – 2.5 Years Curriculum
  • 2 – 3yrs Timid Beginner
  • 2.5 – 3 Years Curriculum
  • 3 – 4 Years Curriculum

Class Structure

  • 4 – 8 Month Group Teaching
  • 8 – 12 month Group Teaching
  • 12 – 18 Months Group Teaching
  • 18 – 24 Months Group Teaching
  • 2 – 2.5 Years Group Teaching
  • 2.5 – 3 Years Group Teaching
  • 3 – 4  Years Group Teaching

Learning Pathway (Early Years Aquatic Journey)

  • 4 – 8 Month Milestones
  • 8 – 12 Month Milestones
  • 12 – 18 Month Milestones
  • 18 – 24 Month Milestones
  • 2 – 2.5 Year Milestones
  • 2.5 – 3 Year Milestones
  • 3 – 4 Year Milestones

Learn To Swim (Learn to Swim – 4 Years and Beyond)

  • Beginner Swimmers
  • Confident Beginners
  • Intermediate Swimmers
  • Intermediate Swimmers 2
  • Intermediate Swimmers 3

Strokes (Stroke Progressions)

  • Butterfly
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Freestyle

Stroke Development

  • 30 Minute Stroke Development
  • 45 Minute Stroke Development
  • 60 Minute Stroke Development
  • 90 Minute Stroke Development
  • Dives, Breakouts, Finishes & Turns
  • Effective Coaching For Stroke Development

Baby Swimming

  • Baby Swimming – Chapter 1
  • Baby Swimming – Chapter 2

Benefits of the Professional Development Academy

With access to over 55 modules and 160 resources, these professional development training tools developed by Laurie will assist you to:

  • Understand what a good program should include
  • Understand children’s physical development
  • Learn what children are capable of
  • Learn how to develop lesson plans
  • Deliver a world class swimming lesson
  • How and why you should involve parents

As a member of World Wide Swim School, Swim Teacher Members can access logo, imagery and messaging to place on their website, social media, newsletters and printed materials linked to their swim teacher position.

With the latest technologies available World Wide Swim School is able to bring Laurie’s wealth of knowledge directly to every swim teacher through the Professional Development Academy. The Academy will provide you with:

If you have any questions, please contact us or visit our ‘Your Questions Answered’ page.