Looking to become a swimming teacher? You’ve come to the right place! We have devised eight qualities that a good swimming teacher should possess, to help you visualize. Enjoy!
- Passion — A good teacher will be passionate about working with swimmers and helping them achieve their goals. If they put 110 percent into their teaching, then they can expect a positive response from their swimmers. A teacher’s passion is what stimulates their swimmers, giving them that push that they need to be great.
- Communication – Have a little think about all the different people a teacher communicates with. Swimmers of all ages and abilities, parents, other teachers and administrators. Good writing and speaking skills keeps information flowing smoothly.
- Knowledgeable in the sport - There’s a lot more to teaching than just standing at the edge of the pool and saying, “Go.” It’s the teacher’s job to keep the swimmers’ visions alive by making sure they understand various training cycles and always want to learn. The teacher must be aware that different swimmers may have different training needs.
- Organisation and time keeping skills – Swimmers want an instructor who turns up to sessions on time and is well prepared. A good teacher Plans their sessions ahead, appreciates the value of goal setting and will guide their swimmers’ to being the best that they can be.
- Integrity – Now this one goes without saying. Good swimming teachers are honest, trustworthy, good role models for kids and like to walk the walk. It is important that swimmers feel they are able to trust their teachers and feel safe during a session.
- Inspiring - An inspirational teacher will motivate their swimmers to be the best that they can be. They will challenge swimmers to do more than they thought was possible, whilst entertaining keeping them engaged and interested. Most of all, an inspirational teacher will teach swimmers to believe in themselves.
- Fun, yet responsible – Swimmers (especially younger swimmers) won’t be able to learn a new skill from someone who can’t relate to them. Along with being fun, the teacher must be extremely responsible, as the swimmers’ welfare and safety is in the teacher’s hands.
- Patient – Everyone knows that patience is a virtue; But as a teacher, this couldn’t be truer! Teachers who have a big ego and expect the swimmers to perform up to their level are not the kind of instructors that parents would want teaching their children. They should never show off but encourage and praise the swimmers when they do something right whilst gently helping them along when they are struggling with a certain concept.