As part of the interview process for a job as a swimming teacher or instructor you will often be asked to perform a practical assessment.
This is a common process where you will typically take a small group and show your ability by teaching a lesson.
Don’t be nervous. This is what you will be doing day-to-day if you get the job so consider it a chance to demonstrate clearly what you can do.
How to approach the assessment?
- First of all, find out the size of the group you will be teaching and their ages and ability. This will make planning your lesson a lot easier although it isn’t essential. The employer might want to see how well you can improvise.
- While delivering the lesson, don’t get too caught up on the fact that it is being assessed. Just focus on all the things which make a good lesson.
- Be friendly and positive with the pupils and try to give individual feedback to everyone in the group as the lesson goes on.
- Show your passion for teaching by being enthusiastic, smiley and active, giving lots of visual signs of positive feedback such as thumbs up. You’re trying to make this as fun a lesson as possible.
- Finally, remember this is a lesson so the pupils are trying to improve. Point out faults and aim to correct them to demonstrate your good knowledge of swimming techniques.