The purpose of this book is to promote effective quality teaching so that swimmers have the best possible learning experience throughout the course of their aquatic journey. It is designed to hone the skills required to teach swimming at a higher level, providing teachers with the essentials of what we consider to be good principles of teaching (which is known as pedagogy), combined with a knowledge of swimming and aquatic skills. It is written in conjunction with Ellie Purvis, a highly skilled and specialist tutor.

Target audience

This book is aimed at:

  • providing technical content for candidates learning to teach and coach swimming at Swim England Levels 1 and 2, for Swim England Swimming Teacher certification
  • swimming teachers who are recently qualified
  • experienced teachers who are looking to participate in continuing professional development (CPD)
  • school teachers (both specialist and non-specialist)
  • instructors delivering the RLSS Rookie Lifeguard and Survive and Save programmes

Principles of the book

The book is focused on the ‘what’ and ‘how to’ aspects of swimming teaching as its main principles. It has five key themes, each organised into a chapter. These blend the latest knowledge and skills, including the most up-to-date educational research. A greater emphasis is placed on how to teach in each area, and practice exercises are introduced in a progressive order.

Chapter 1: The Knowledge and Principles of Teaching Swimming

Chapter 2: The Application of Effective Principles into Teaching Swimming

Chapter 3: The Effective Teaching of Non-Swimmers

Chapter 4: The Teaching of Competitive Strokes

Chapter 5: The Teaching of Aquatic Skills