Qualities of a top teacher
Swimming teaching and coaching is an active and challenging role demanding special skills and commitment. But what qualities make you world class?
Well, we asked a few teachers and coaches for their views so we could complie an ultimate list for those seeking to be the best at what they do, and found some common themes.
So here are seven quick tips and suggestions to help you become a world class swimming teacher or coach.
- Continue to learn and adapt - continual professional development (CPD) sessions are a key part of your improvement. Aim for at least 4 sessions a year to keep things fresh.
- Keep lessons interesting and appropriate - you do it day in day out. There are some great CPD seminars where you can learn how to vary sessions to keep them fun and check out the Games packs here.
- Share and find good practice - speak to other teachers to find out what they are doing.
- Be fully qualified - nationally recognised qualifications provide you with the basic tools to do the job and progression through the levels of ASA courses will qualify you from becoming a support teacher right through to a senior coach.
- Be safe and have the backing of a professional institute such as the Institute of Swimming (IoS).
- Be tech-savvy - the best teachers make sure they are taking advantage of technological developments. Online study options, although not providing the benefits of interaction with others, are a time and cost effective route to boosting your knowledge and at the end of the day, improving your job prospects and earning potential.
- Be multi-skilled - it makes sense that to make yourself more employable you should have the ability to cope with whatever is thrown at you. A truly world class teacher is trained and knowledgeable in lots of different things – ranging from school swimming, disability, aquafit, adult and child, and even maybe mini polo.