SPOR06045 2016 Swim Fundamentals

General Details

Full Title
Swim Fundamentals
Transcript Title
Swim Fundamentals
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Paula Ryder
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Applied Sport SG_BAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

This subject aims to introduce students to the aquatic environment as part of the leisure industry. It will provide students with the necessary skills to carry out front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke and butterfly to a basic level. Various fundamental movement skills will be practiced in an aquatic environment. Play with purpose activities will be explored.

Student’s attendance and initial swimming ability will have an effect on their achievement of the learning outcomes.

All ability groups are catered for from non swimmer to advanced.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


The student will be able to explain pools rules, methods of safe entry/ exits and pool hygiene procedures.



The student will be able to demonstrate front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke and butterfly to a basic level.


The student will be able to perform fundamental aquatic skills.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Classes will be delivered in a swimming pool. Regular active participation is expected from students.

Direct instruction

Drills and practice

Role play

Peer teaching

Module Assessment Strategies

100% CA

  • Active participation in practical class on a regular basis
  • Oral Theory questions on pool hygiene and safety practices
  • Completion of two water based practical assessments

An attendance requirement is set at 75% Students undertaking repeat assessments will be marked out of a maximum of 40%.

Repeat Assessments

If a student has not actively participated in the module thoughout the semester and cannot show that they have met the learning outcomes they will have to repeat the module.

In order to be eligible for repeat assessment the student must show evidence of medical appointment/cert.

If students fail all continuous assessment, at the end of the semester they will be required to take part in a practical assessment and submit a written paper.

If students fail part of continuous assessment they will be required to submit written report OR take part in practical.

Students undertaking repeat assessments will be marked out of a maximum of 40%.


Indicative Syllabus


Comply with and discuss the reason for pool hygiene procedures

Describe common pool rules in swimming pools

Operate safe entries safe exits and personal safety in the water

The students will demonstrate water confidence building activities and fundamental movement skills. The students will explore movement in the water through play with purpose activities.

The students will perform front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke and swimming drills associated with learning the elements of the stroke under the BLABT format.





Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 20 % Week 6 2,3
2 Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 30 % Week 13 2,3
3 Oral Theory Questions Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 10 % Week 4 1
4 Active Participation in practical sessions Practical Practical Evaluation 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Swimming Pool Practical swimming classes 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-10-01 Swimming Games and Activities: For Parents and Teachers A & C Black Publishers Ltd
ISBN 1408112817 ISBN-13 9781408112816

Tried and tested by teachers for over 15 years, Swimming Games and Activities is packed with games and ideas for teaching children the basics of water competence. With over 200 graded games and activities, it provides enjoyable ideas to stimulate children of all ages and includes: - confidence-building games for non-swimmers and beginners - more challenging activities such as sculling, treading water and diving to help more advanced swimmers develop their skills - practical advice for teachers on lesson planning, using music, running a gala, teaching survival skills and testing a child's progress.

Recommended Reading
1998-03 Swimming Drills for Every Stroke Human Kinetics Publishers
ISBN 0880117699 ISBN-13 9780880117692

Competitive swimmers know that even minor flaws in stroke technique can mean the difference between first and last place. Swimming Drills for Every Stroke gives swimmers the edge. Author Ruben Guzman presents 91 essential drills for reaching perfect form in the backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and butterfly. Accompanied by helpful coaching tips and focus points, these drills enable swimmers to develop more efficient technique for faster times in every event. Swimming coaches and swimmers at all developmental levels can use this handbook for all four strokes as well as for starts and turns. Swimming Drills for Every Stroke will make practices more productive and competitions more successful.

Recommended Reading
Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (Guidance booklet) by The Health and Safety Executive (2003) Paperback HSE Books

Recommended Reading
2008-06-30 Fitness Swimming, Second Edition Human Kinetics
ISBN 0736074570 ISBN-13 9780736074575

Want more from your workout? Whether you seek to improve your technique, trim your times, swim greater distances, or simply improve your fitness level, Fitness Swimming will help you achieve your goals, all in full-color.

Expert swim coach Emmett Hines has created 60 new workouts and 16 sample programs, each arranged into suggested training zones to correspond to your fitness level and performance goals. Over a dozen cutting-edge technique drills help you progressively build an effective freestyle stroke. The text covers stretching, warm-up and cool-down methods, heart rate zone targets, expanded instruction for stroke efficacy, progressive drills, conditioning tips, and fitness assessments. Fitness Swimming has all the information you need to chart progress and maintain peak performance.

Recommended Reading
2012-07-25 Swim Smooth: The Complete Coaching System for Swimmers and Triathletes *Wiley Nautical
ISBN 1119963192 ISBN-13 9781119963196

Transform your technique and become a better swimmer with this remarkable new approach to freestyle swimming

Written for both fitness and competitive swimmers, Swim Smooth contains the latest breakthroughs in swimming to help you radically improve your speed, enjoyment, and success. Hundreds of full-color photographs and three-dimensional graphics help you put theory into practice while detailed advice offers help for intermediate, advanced, and elite swimmers alike. The book's approach lets you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your stroke and drills and training tips let you make the most of your time in the water.

Swim Efficently. Swim Fast. Swim Smooth.


Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Introduction to Swimming Teaching and Coaching. Johon Lawton 1995

Swimming Games and Acitivities. Alan Creegan. 1988

URL Resources



youtube links on swimming strokes

Additional Information