How To Teach Swim Lessons
Teaching swimming lesson can be a rewarding experience for both the teacher and the student. It takes about 30 hours of swimming lessons to teach the average child how to swim. With this in mind, it is important to make the time in the water enjoyable for the student and to create an atmosphere where he can experience success.
- Evaluate the student. This is especially important with a new student to determine ability. This also make it possible for you to outline the future lessons, choosing what to focus on and what can be skipped. For example, lessons would not be the same for a child who is scared to put his head under water and a child who can't keep his head above water long enough to pay attention.
- Demonstrate a new skill. It is important for the student to see an example of what you expect from them. Even something as small as opening your eyes under water will show the students that it is not only possible, but with practice, it will become easier. Depending on the age and skill level of the swim lesson students, you may need to demonstrate the skill several times.
- Break the skill into parts. When it comes to teaching something like a new swim stroke, teach one part of the stroke at a time. Start with what the hands should be doing and then move on to the kick. It even helps to allow the student to practice each part individually, hands in front of them making the motions and then holding on to the side of the pool or a kick board to practice the leg movements.
- Use the skills learned in a game to end the swim lesson. Because you want the end of each lesson to end on a positive note and you want them to look forward to coming back again, play a game that allows practice of the day's skill or skills. Even a race between students or teacher and student can be fun and provide an opportunity to practice.