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I had been hearing bits and pieces about the new RAPs and have just received my copy of Swimming Times (February 2014 issue) and read the article. This is the first time I have been compelled to write to Swimming Times but I have very mixed views with regards to this. Is it going to be like the licensing scheme they tried to implement a few years ago that didn’t work? Still unsure how this will be governed and monitored fairly. I agree a standard has to be met to obtain good quality teachers but saying that, you never see or hear of any teachers not passing, which is quite worrying, as I have seen some shocking teachers from time to time. How did they ever qualify?
Now to put the cat among the pigeons! I am also one of those teachers that believe swimming teachers should be able to swim pretty well with a good understanding of all four strokes. Maybe that should become an industry standard too. I wouldn’t dream of teaching football or golf, which I do from time to time with the family. Yeah, I can kick a football and hit a golf ball (pretty well at times), but I don’t have any proper understanding of how to break it down and teach it to a novice.
I used to do CPD courses, most of which I paid for from my own pocket, but none of my employers cared whether I did them or not and my pay remained the same. Yes, I agree you never stop learning as a swimming teacher and you should always be open-minded about having new, fresh ideas. ‘Never become complacent and always expect the unexpected,’ is my motto. Something does need to be done to make it fair and to have an industry standard, so to speak, but with so many types of swim schools being run by different bodies, I cannot see how this will be done across the board fairly.This is one swimming teacher who will not be rushing into anything and is interested in what other teachers think, particularly those poor souls with the older style qualifications who may face a hefty bill.