How Can I Teach Beginner Swim Lessons?


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In beginner swim lessons, teachers should focus on the proper form for simple strokes, kicking, breath management and floating. Teachers should become certified through the American Red Cross or a similar authority, then arrange to teach lessons in a community pool, private pool or pools owned by their students.

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Some students will be afraid of the water. Some people experience specific fears, such as submerging their heads under water or venturing into the deep end of the pool. For these students, teachers should focus on overcoming the fear, before advancing into more complicated instruction.

Teachers must write lesson plans for each session in the pool. Every lesson should focus on a specific technique or skill, such as holding onto the edge of the pool and kicking or floating in the shallow end. If that skill is not mastered, it should be covered again in a subsequent lesson.

Simple strokes, such as freestyle and backstroke, are important for beginning swimmers. As students advance, they might learn the breaststroke and butterfly stroke.

For children, teachers might use props and games to engage their students and make swimming lessons as enjoyable as possible. Colorful weights, for example, can be dropped to the bottom of the pool. Students retrieve the weights in competition, which teaches confidence and expands lung capacity. However, these types of games are only appropriate for older children (ages 6 and older).

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