Instructor Training Challenge: Leading the Blind with Commands

Name

Leading the Blind with Commands

Core Skill

Communication and Leadership

What

This is a challenge that tests the participants’ ability to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as to lead and guide others in a difficult situation.

How

  • Put 3 towels on the ground, or 3 pieces of paper. Have them at least 5 feet apart and not in a line.
  • Form partners.
  • One partner is blindfolded. The other partner must use their words and specific commands to get the partner that is blindfolded to walk to each towel and stand on it.
  • The challenge is failed if the blindfolded person doesn’t stand on each towel in less than 1 minute, or if the commander uses “umm, ahh, like, okay?” more than 2 times in a row.
  • Use short simple commands with specific steps needed.

Difficulties participants might face

  • The participants might face difficulties in giving or following commands that are precise, concise, and unambiguous.
  • The participants might face difficulties in trusting or building rapport with their partner.
  • The participants might face difficulties in coping with the stress, frustration, or confusion that might arise from the challenge.

How this challenge relates to swim instruction

  • This challenge relates to swim instruction because it helps the participants develop communication and leadership skills that are essential for teaching and coaching swimming.
  • This challenge also relates to swim instruction because it simulates a scenario where the instructor has to guide a swimmer who is visually impaired or has low visibility in the water.

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You’ll see three color-coded sections that will serve as a resource and reference for Aquatic Professionals and the management leadership that support them.


Levels information:

  • Testable skills definition and details
  • Quick test criteria
  • Instructor need-to-knows
  • Manager pay attention to
  • Pool location suggestions
  • Level specific tips for better instruction

Covering the following levels: Parent Tot, Guppies, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4


Training:

  • Timeline expectations for 8 modules
  • Module expectations for staff and leaders
  • Leadership actions and goals
  • Participant goals
  • Activity, Activity, Challenge block plan for each module
  • Peer teaching guide and evaluation for staff training

Follow this guide in a full 6 hour training day or break it up into the individual modules for smaller in-service type trainings.


Problem Solving:

  • Tools for working with swimmers, parents, and staff
  • Guides on giving feedback, talking to parents
  • Quick examples and images for context
  • Walk-through for better management
  • Leadership guides to being a better manager
  • Recommendations for personal growth in aquatics

Develop the skills and knowledge to further your management abilities. Learn how to lead your peers, separate yourself from the crowd, and be an effective manager of swim instructors.


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  • Use a simple and clear level structure that covers all the essential swimming skills from Parent Tot to Level 4.
  • Train your instructors on how to set expectations, review skills, set up classes, use command language, give feedback, use teaching methods, address fear, and use peer teaching.
  • Solve common problems such as level assessments, evaluations, parent communication, fear, and staff management.
  • Use swimming and meditation as a way to improve your well-being and performance.

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  • The PDF is a handbook for lesson coordinators who are responsible for fun and effective instruction in swimming lessons and swim teams.
  • The handbook is a complementary book to Teaching Swimming: Fun and Effective Instruction by Jeffrey Napolski, who is also the author and illustrator of this handbook.
  • The handbook covers the following categories and topics:
    • Level structure: It explains the different levels of swimming skills from Parent Tot to Level 4, and the testable skills, pool locations, instructor knowledge, and supervisor tips for each level.
    • Training: It provides guidance on how to set expectations, review skills, set up classes, use command language, give feedback, use teaching methods, address fear, and use peer teaching for instructors.
    • Problem-solving: It offers advice on how to deal with common problems such as level assessments, evaluations, parent communication, fear, and staff management.
    • Personal growth: It encourages lesson coordinators to use swimming and meditation as a way to improve their well-being and performance.

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