To ensure people are qualified to assist qualified Swimming Teachers on a professional or voluntary basis.
To give candidates a basic technical and practical knowledge for the teaching of swimming to
groups of 6 pupils under the direction of a fully qualified Swimming Teacher.
To provide candidates with an understanding of Health and Safety issues in swimming pools.
Candidates must be a minimum age of 16 years prior to the course starting date.
Ideally, candidates will have a Water Safety Ireland Swimming Teachers’ Life Saving Award or Safety 4 or equivalent before starting the course.
While not essential at the start of, or during the course, all candidates should have achieved the stated life-saving standard before they begin to work more independently.
If it is not possible for a candidate to achieve or obtain the stated life saving criteria the qualification must only be used when a Pool Lifeguard is present and under the direction of fully qualified Swimming Teacher.
The course will consist of a minimum of 24 hours theory and 8 hours poolside practice.
Candidates must have an attendance in excess of 95% of the scheduled hours to complete the course. An attendance register will be kept by the course provider to support this requirement.
Course Content / Syllabus:
The Assistant Swimming Teacher Award comprises 10 units, as follows:
- General Information
- Health and Safety
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Learning and Skill Development
- Integration of those with Additional Needs
- Scientific Principles of Movement in Water
- Six Strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Inverted Breast Stroke and Life Saving Side Stroke
- Other Aquatic Skills relevant to the Teaching of Swimming
- Stroke and Aquatic Skills Analysis
- Practical Teaching