National Swimming Teacher Award
- To set and maintain the highest standards for those who wish to participate in the teaching of swimming on a professional or voluntary basis.
- To ensure best practices are followed from both safety and child welfare points of view.
Course Content / Syllabus:
- General Information
- Health & Safety
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Learning & Skill Development
- Integration of those with Disabilities or Additional Needs
- Scientific Principles of Movement in the Water
- Swimming Strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Inverted Breaststroke, Life Saving Side Stroke
- Other Aquatic Skills Relevant to the Teaching of Swimming
- Stroke and Aquatic Skills Analysis
- Practical Teaching
- The course will consist of a minimum of 40 contact hours, to include theory and a minimum of 8 hours practical poolside teaching.
Preferred Pre-Course Requirements and Recommendations:
- Candidates must hold a Water Safety Ireland Assistant Swimming Teacher Award or equivalent.
- Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
- Candidates must provide proof of having completed at least 20 hours of practical teaching under the direction of a fully qualified Swimming Teacher.
- Candidates must have completed and hold a valid recognised Child Welfare / Code of Ethics course.
- It is the responsibility of all organisations that provide services for children or vulnerable adults to ensure that those representing them undergo the process of Garda Vetting.
- Ideally, Swimming Teacher candidates who are members of institutions or leisure facilities will already have been Garda Vetted.
- Candidates who undergo the Swimming Teacher qualification independently of an organisation or leisure facility, must ensure that they are Garda Vetted within the organisation or facility where they will be helping to deliver swimming lessons.