Instructor Training Challenge: Name and Food Match

Name

Name and Food Match

Core Skill

This challenge tests the participants’ memory and observation skills.

What

The participants will try to remember and match the names and food preferences of everyone at the training.

How

  • At the beginning of the training, have everyone introduce themselves and say one food they won’t eat.
  • Write down the names and foods on a board or a paper for everyone to see.
  • After some time, erase or hide the board or paper and divide the group into two teams.
  • Have one team member from each team come up and try to match the names and foods of everyone at the training.
  • The team member can ask one question to anyone at the training, such as “What is your name?” or “What food won’t you eat?”
  • The team member has to match as many names and foods as possible in one minute.
  • The team with the most correct matches wins the game.

Difficulties participants might face

Some possible difficulties that participants might face are:

  • Not paying attention or forgetting the names and foods of everyone at the training.
  • Not asking the right questions or using the Question Exchange effectively.
  • Getting confused or mixed up by the similar or unfamiliar names and foods.
  • Feeling pressured or nervous by the time limit or the competition.

How this challenge relates to swim instruction

This challenge relates to swim instruction in several ways:

  • It helps the participants practice their memory and observation skills, which are important for remembering and recognizing the students and their needs.
  • It helps the participants improve their communication and questioning skills, which are essential for interacting and engaging with the students and the parents.
  • It helps the participants build rapport and trust with each other, which is beneficial for creating a supportive and collaborative work environment.

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