SPOR07051 2017 Swim Teacher Practice

General Details

Full Title
Swim Teacher Practice
Transcript Title
Swim Teacher Practice
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Paula Ryder
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BAPPL_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

This module aims to provide students with a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of teaching swimming. The module takes students through teaching swimming to all ability and age groups including an element of teaching lifesaving and survival skills.

Eligible students will gain industry recognised qualification - Irish Water Safety Level 2 Swim Teacher Certificate.

Pre requisite for certification: Students must hold the Assistant Swim Teacher certificate and have taught 15 sessions since their Assistant swim teacher training.


Learning Outcomes

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


Examine the fundamental principles of aquatics and report on anatomy and physiology as applied to aquatic activity.


Devise plans, schemes of work and deliver teaching classes for all age and ability groups using a variety of teaching methods.


Review the acquisition of a skill, provide feedback to swimmers and base teaching practices on the ability of the swimmer


Analyise the technical aspects of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Lifesaving backstroke and lifesaving sidestroke under the BLABT format.


Debate the topic of growth and development; its effect on swimmers and appropriate training focus/methods for each stage.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Direct instruction - Lectures.

Questioning and discussion

Preparation and delivery of lessons

Guided exploration

Essay writing

Peer feedback


Independent study

Module Assessment Strategies

An attendance requirement is set at 75%

It is possible that the student can complete continuous assessment and not receive external certification.

Active participation in each session

Submission of brief essays on technical aspects of swimming.

Completion of logbook inc, lesson plans, evaluations, stroke analysis & worksheets

Practical teaching assessment

Written technical paper - external awarding body require 60% to pass



Repeat Assessments

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

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

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 attend the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Assemble the technical aspects of the main swimming strokes, survival skills and other aquatic activities


Discuss child protection and code of ethics procedures


Apply theory covered on the course to teaching aquatics to swimmers of all ability groups from non swimmer through to advanced.

Prepare schemes of work and lesson plans for individual sessions ‑ teaching methods, group organisation, teaching practices, teaching points, time management and motivation techniques


Explain the basic stages of human growth and development and their effect on aquatic activity ‑ physical, emotional, social, cognitive maturation, acquisition of a skill, energy systems


Identify Long Term Athlete Development principles

Examine Health and safety issues with regard to the teaching of swimming in a swimming pool environment, including the principles of Normal Operational Plans, Emergency Action Plans, Risk Assessment, Insurance matters, Duty of Care, Personal and Pupil Hygiene.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 25 % Week 6 1,4
2 Logbook submission Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5
3 Practical performance Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 25 % OnGoing 2,3,4
4 IWS Technical paper Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 25 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Swim Teacher Theory 3 Weekly 3.00
Practical Swimming Pool Practical Teaching session 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Irish Water Safety Swim teacher manual. Required for each student.

Irish Water Safety Level 2 Logbook. Required for each student.

Swimming Teaching and Coaching. Swimming Times: LTD. Hogarth (1998)

Swimming drills for every stroke. Guzman, R. Champaign: Human Kinetics (1998)

Swimming Games and Activities: For Individuals, Partners and Groups of Children. Noble & Creegan. A& C Black (2004)

URL Resources





Other Resources

Swimming DVD's

YouTube links on swimming

Additional Information