Membership Benefits: Online Courses

Swimming Ideas currently has 4 online courses.

2 of the online courses are intended for teaching and learning new material: Level Structure and Teaching Swimming.

The other 2 courses serve different needs.

Downloads, Tools & Tutorials is a “holding” course where you can find all your downloadable files like lesson plans, visual skill sheets, workbook PDFs and ebooks.

The Swim Instructors 2024 is an update course intended for people that went through Teaching Swimming and Levels Structure in the past and need to refresh their knowledge.

Periodic training and skill work is crucial to constantly improving and finding mastery.

This is a brief guide into the benefits of our online courses and how they can make your life easier.

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Level Structure

  • Comprehensive level structure: The online course provides a reference for new and veteran instructors to see all of the swimming levels and testable skills with related challenges and activities. This helps instructors plan and deliver effective and engaging swimming lessons for different age groups and abilities.
  • Consistency and quality: The online course offers knowledge and a guide that provides consistency across an agency. This ensures that all instructors follow the same standards and expectations, and that all students receive the same high-quality instruction and feedback.
  • Teams membership: The online course grants a Teams membership that gives every member of your staff access to this online course. This allows for easy collaboration and communication among instructors, as well as access to additional resources and support from Swimming Ideas.

For every “Level” there are topics for every “testable skill” or benchmark skill, or what do you want the swimmer to do.

Each lesson topic, or Testable Skill, includes the following elements:

  • Clear language on the testable skill; specific details about what we’re looking for when doing an evaluation.
  • Bonus goals for each skill
  • A list of activities you can do to achieve or accomplish the associated skill
  • A list of games and challenges you cand do to teach or work on the associated skill.

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Teaching Swimming

Teaching Swimming” is a comprehensive and interactive online course that will help you become a better swimming teacher. You will learn:

  • All 15 essential swim skills and how to teach them. You will learn how to teach the basic skills of swimming, such as breathing, floating, kicking, and gliding, as well as the four main strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. You will also learn how to teach advanced skills, such as diving, treading water, and flip turns.
  • Effective ways to manage and run a swimming class. You will learn how to plan and organize your lessons, how to communicate with your students and their parents, how to create a safe and positive learning environment, and how to assess and evaluate your students’ progress and performance.
  • The benefits of the Rotation method and different ways to engage students. You will learn how to use the Rotation method, a proven technique that helps students learn faster and more efficiently by rotating them through different stations and activities. You will also learn how to use games, songs, stories, and props to make your lessons more fun and engaging for your students.
  • How to solve common problems like fear or hesitation. You will learn how to deal with common challenges and issues that you may encounter as a swimming teacher, such as students who are afraid of water, who have difficulty learning a skill, or who misbehave or lose interest. You will learn how to use positive reinforcement, feedback, and encouragement to help your students overcome their fears and frustrations and enjoy swimming.

This online course is suitable for teachers of all levels and experience. It includes:

  • More pictures, videos, and animated images. You will be able to see and hear how to teach swimming in a clear and vivid way. You will also be able to watch real-life examples and demonstrations of swimming teachers and students in action.
  • Interactive quizzes and exercises. You will be able to test your knowledge and understanding of the course content and receive instant feedback and explanations.
  • A certificate of completion. You will be able to download and print a certificate of completion after you finish the course. You will also be able to add it to your resume and portfolio as a proof of your professional development and achievement.

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Reference, Guides, Inspiration

With an All Access membership, you get access to a variety of online courses that cover everything from the basics of swimming to the advanced techniques of teaching. These courses are designed by experts who have years of experience and knowledge in the field of swimming education. They will help you:

  • Learn the essential swim skills and how to teach them. You will learn the 15 core skills that every swimmer needs to master, such as breathing, floating, kicking, gliding, and the four main strokes. You will also learn how to teach these skills in a clear, simple, and effective way, using the best practices and methods in the industry.
  • Handle any situation with confidence and ease. You will learn how to deal with common challenges and problems that you may face as a swimming instructor, such as fear, hesitation, resistance, or misbehavior. You will also learn how to adapt your lessons to different age groups, abilities, and learning styles, and how to provide constructive feedback and encouragement to your students.
  • Make your lessons more fun and engaging. You will learn how to use the Activity, Activity, Challenge formula, a proven technique that helps students learn faster and more efficiently by rotating them through different stations and activities. You will also learn how to use games, songs, stories, and props to make your lessons more enjoyable and memorable for your students.

The online courses will make your life easier because they are:

  • Aligned with the Swimming Ideas lesson plans and guides. You will be able to use the same language, skills, and progressions that are used in the Swimming Ideas lesson plans and guides, which are also included in your membership. This will ensure consistency and quality across your lessons and your staff, and make it easier for you to plan and prepare your lessons.
  • Available anytime, anywhere, on any device. You will be able to access the online courses whenever and wherever you want, on your phone, tablet, or computer. You will be able to learn at your own pace and convenience, and revisit the courses as many times as you need. You will also be able to download and print the course materials and certificates of completion.

Become a member now and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to improve your skills and knowledge as a swimming instructor. You will save time, money, and energy, and you will be able to teach better, more fun, and more effective lessons. Join us today and see the difference for yourself! 🏊‍♂️


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