During November eight of our volunteers took part in the Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) course, the first step of the qualification journey. These volunteers are from all parts of the club: squads, masters, disability groups and parents.
The course took part over Saturdays and Tuesday evenings, with the volunteers taking part in theory sessions, practical teaching with the teaching groups, as well as learning now to work with non-swimmers. We are lucky enough that one of our members is qualified to deliver the course, Sarah Davison.
During the course the volunteers learnt first-hand what it was like to be a swimmer learning new skills, how they can be linked together, and the impact they have on the swimmers development. In the theory sessions we looked at communication, and built animals from play-doh, how to demonstrate things effectively and the qualities of the teacher. We weren’t sure if the drawings were modeled on Stuart or Steve 😊 We’ll leave that for you to decide!
The good news is all of our volunteers have passed the course with flying colours! So congratulations to Ann Hartland, Mark Salway, Amelie Cooper, Fabs Andre, Katrin Charlton, Megan McCallum, Harry Rienecker-Found, and Roland Brenner. If you see them poolside why not say congratulations!
If it wasn’t for our wonderful volunteers then our teaching groups and other sessions wouldn’t be able to run. If you are interested in getting involved with the teaching groups then speak to Stuart firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Club Manager, Kerry on email@example.com.