Oops, Don’T Forget About The Swim Instructors 2007

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Published on December 20, 2008

Author: Sshook06

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Presentation for state and national aquatic conferences. Focuses on the importance of continued training for swim instructional staff with ideas and examples for training.

Oops, Don’t Forget About the Swim Instructors! Presented by Stephanie Shook, CPRP, WSIT Prince William County Park Authority Prince William, Virginia

Why Train the Instructional Staff?

Why Train the Swim Instructional Staff? Maintain energy & enthusiasm Initial certification class only once Individual skill improvement Improve teaching skills Staff retention Teamwork & mutual respect Consistency of program Customer expectations are high Revenue Makers Develop a career path

Maintain energy & enthusiasm

Initial certification class only once

Individual skill improvement

Improve teaching skills

Staff retention

Teamwork & mutual respect

Consistency of program

Customer expectations are high

Revenue Makers

Develop a career path

Why Train the Instructors? Instructor Class only 1 time! Water Safety Instructor course is the introduction: Swimming & safety skills Photographic eye Providing feedback Lesson planning Adapting skills Customer Service Safe environment “ Real life” discipline issues “ That’s a lot to learn, retain, & put to use”

Water Safety Instructor course is the introduction:

Swimming & safety skills

Photographic eye

Providing feedback

Lesson planning

Adapting skills

Customer Service

Safe environment

“ Real life” discipline issues

“ That’s a lot to learn, retain, & put to use”

Why Train the Instructors? Instructors Need Skill Improvement Swim Strokes & Turns Knowledge of stroke drills Ability to demonstrate drills Safety demonstrations

Swim Strokes & Turns

Knowledge of stroke drills

Ability to demonstrate drills

Safety demonstrations

Why Train the Instructors? Improve & Develop Teaching Skills Adapting skills to individuals Class organization & control Lesson planning to meet timeline Discipline Issues Practice drills – a variety of methods Effective feedback Effective use of pool space Challenging students Involving the parent in the learning process

Adapting skills to individuals

Class organization & control

Lesson planning to meet timeline

Discipline Issues

Practice drills – a variety of methods

Effective feedback

Effective use of pool space

Challenging students

Involving the parent in the learning process

Why Train the Instructors? Staff Retention Increased Confidence Growth & Development Sense of accomplishment & pride

Increased Confidence

Growth & Development

Sense of accomplishment & pride

Why Train the Instructors? Teamwork & Mutual Respect Appreciate difference in styles Loyalty to team Sharing of ideas/networking

Appreciate difference in styles

Loyalty to team

Sharing of ideas/networking

Why Train the Instructors? Consistency of Program Expectations are clear Equal training To Pass or Not to Pass?

Expectations are clear

Equal training

To Pass or Not to Pass?

Why Train the Instructors? Customer Expectations are High Want Results! Water Time! Time spent with child!

Want Results!

Water Time!

Time spent with child!

Why Train the Instructors? $$ Revenue Makers $$ Impact on bottom line Customer retention Train for financial success

Impact on bottom line

Customer retention

Train for financial success

Develop your staff to move up the chain!

Develop your staff to move up the chain!

Career Path of Swim Instructional Staff Placing seeds opens possibilities A path greatly increases the likelihood that someone will decide to walk on it To walk this path, training and growth is very important

Placing seeds opens possibilities

A path greatly increases the likelihood that someone will decide to walk on it

To walk this path, training and growth is very important

Career Path of Swim Instructional Staff Instructor Aide Mentorship Water Safety Instructor Lesson Coordinator Instructor Trainer Aquatic Programmer

Instructor Aides Paid or Volunteer Don’t meet prerequisites Age Skill Don’t want to be “in charge” WIN – WIN Situation

Paid or Volunteer

Don’t meet prerequisites

Age

Skill

Don’t want to be “in charge”

WIN – WIN Situation

Benefits of Instructor Aides Benefits for the Aide Pre-Experience Pre-Training Variety of Instructional Styles Don’t want to be “in charge”

Benefits for the Aide

Pre-Experience

Pre-Training

Variety of Instructional Styles

Don’t want to be “in charge”

Benefits of Instructor Aides Benefits for the Program More individual attention with students Student gets more practice & feedback Extra help for less cost (lower paid) Recruitment of WSI’s Substitute if another teacher is late or is a no-show

Benefits for the Program

More individual attention with students

Student gets more practice & feedback

Extra help for less cost (lower paid)

Recruitment of WSI’s

Substitute if another teacher is late or is a no-show

Benefits of Instructor Aides Benefits for the Instructor using an Aide Leadership & supervisory experience Accomplish more in a class Help with a big and/or challenging class

Benefits for the Instructor using an Aide

Leadership & supervisory experience

Accomplish more in a class

Help with a big and/or challenging class

Water Safety Instructors Certified to teach a variety of levels & age groups Certified to teach Water Safety Presentations Can teach Water Safety Aide classes

Certified to teach a variety of levels & age groups

Certified to teach Water Safety Presentations

Can teach Water Safety Aide classes

Mentorship Can assist the Instructor with Block & lesson plans Skills & drills Communicating with parents Listen to concerns Provide constructive criticism Provide professional encouragement Give practical advice Assigning a Mentor is great development for the Mentor & the “Mentee”

Can assist the Instructor with

Block & lesson plans

Skills & drills

Communicating with parents

Listen to concerns

Provide constructive criticism

Provide professional encouragement

Give practical advice

Assigning a Mentor is great development for the Mentor & the “Mentee”

Lesson Coordinator A “dry” employee Instructor guidance, supervision, & feedback Customer Service Troubleshooting

A “dry” employee

Instructor guidance, supervision, & feedback

Customer Service

Troubleshooting

Water Safety Instructor Trainer Be on the lookout for qualities: Skills & knowledge Varied teaching experiences Maturity Interpersonal skills Leadership skills Role Model Enthusiasm Respect

Skills & knowledge

Varied teaching experiences

Maturity

Interpersonal skills

Leadership skills

Role Model

Enthusiasm

Respect

How to Become an Instructor Trainer Application Training Plan Teaching Experience Options Authorization

Aquatic Programmer Professional Position Need: Organizational skills Patience Willing to take risks Believes in people Enthusiasm It’s a fantastic opportunity for quality staff to aspire to!

Professional Position

Need:

Organizational skills

Patience

Willing to take risks

Believes in people

Enthusiasm

It’s a fantastic opportunity for quality staff to aspire to!

Types of Training for Instructional Staff

Types of Training for Instructional Staff Orientation Teaching In-Service Training

Orientation

Teaching

In-Service Training

Types of Training for Instructional Staff Orientation: Orient to “your” program Before teaching alone Pre-season/change of season Current & returning staff Add a water session, practice teaching, & idea sharing to your orientations.

Orientation:

Orient to “your” program

Before teaching alone

Pre-season/change of season

Current & returning staff

Add a water session, practice teaching, & idea sharing to your orientations.

Types of Training for Instructional Staff Teaching: Co-instructing As a new teacher Experienced teachers Teach with an Aide Teach a variety of levels & age groups Get out of comfort zone Broaden experience Tend to understand & retain more of what we teach to others

Teaching:

Co-instructing

As a new teacher

Experienced teachers

Teach with an Aide

Teach a variety of levels & age groups

Get out of comfort zone

Broaden experience

Tend to understand & retain more of what we teach to others

Types of Training for Instructional Staff Teaching: Assign a Mentor Provides development for both employees Creates a 2-way sense of responsibility Teach Water Safety Presentations Develop “presentation” skills Different experience Customer Evaluations Written feedback from another perspective Establish goals based on feedback Teaching opportunities provide the best learning

Teaching:

Assign a Mentor

Provides development for both employees

Creates a 2-way sense of responsibility

Teach Water Safety Presentations

Develop “presentation” skills

Different experience

Customer Evaluations

Written feedback from another perspective

Establish goals based on feedback

Teaching opportunities provide the best learning

Types of Training for Instructional Staff In-Service Training On a regular schedule Mandatory Fun but focused Develop your goals, then make lesson plans to support them

In-Service Training

On a regular schedule

Mandatory

Fun but focused

Develop your goals, then make lesson plans to support them

In-Service Trainings Use a Variety of Sources: Instructor CD ROM Instructor’s Corner WSI course videos WSI course lesson plans & activities “ Real students” visit Tape of the Olympics Total Immersion Guest speaker Swim Coach Diver Instructor Trainer School teacher Rehab specialist Teambuilding Activities Use your experienced Instructors to lead a session

Instructor CD ROM

Instructor’s Corner

WSI course videos

WSI course lesson plans & activities

“ Real students” visit

Tape of the Olympics

Total Immersion

Guest speaker

Swim Coach

Diver

Instructor Trainer

School teacher

Rehab specialist

Teambuilding Activities

Use your experienced Instructors to lead a session

In-Service Trainings Use a Variety of Formats: Team Scenarios Round table discussions Practice teaching assignments Teambuilding Activities Swim Practice Develop a teaching library

Team Scenarios

Round table discussions

Practice teaching assignments

Teambuilding Activities

Swim Practice

Develop a teaching library

Training Topics

Training Topics Skill practice Better skills = more confidence Drill practice Perform and teach drills for a variety of strokes Safety Methods for teaching and correct demonstration Emergency scenarios: evacuations, injuries, etc.

Skill practice

Better skills = more confidence

Drill practice

Perform and teach drills for a variety of strokes

Safety

Methods for teaching and correct demonstration

Emergency scenarios: evacuations, injuries, etc.

Training Topics What should that skill look like at specific levels? To pass or not to pass? Providing specific feed back How to fix it Maximizing pool space usage Class organization Drills & practice Sharing space with others Making the most of what you have

What should that skill look like at specific levels?

To pass or not to pass?

Providing specific feed back

How to fix it

Maximizing pool space usage

Class organization

Drills & practice

Sharing space with others

Making the most of what you have

Training Topics Provide challenging scenarios & have teams provide ideas/solutions “Works for me” discussion Block plans – plan for a short session, how will they cover all the material Dealing with combined levels Private Instruction

Provide challenging scenarios & have teams provide ideas/solutions

“Works for me” discussion

Block plans – plan for a short session, how will they cover all the material

Dealing with combined levels

Private Instruction

Training Topics Special needs students/classes Use of equipment Explanations – keep it simple Dealing with last minute changes Weather Poop/vomit in pool Pool space changes Substituting without a plan Dealing with discipline issues

Special needs students/classes

Use of equipment

Explanations – keep it simple

Dealing with last minute changes

Weather

Poop/vomit in pool

Pool space changes

Substituting without a plan

Dealing with discipline issues

Training Topics Keeping a class moving/engaged Using games, songs, & toys Puppet shows Teaching individuals in a group class Teaching what the individual is ready for

Keeping a class moving/engaged

Using games, songs, & toys

Puppet shows

Teaching individuals in a group class

Teaching what the individual is ready for

Training Topics Customer Service How to involve the parent(s) Dealing with the parent that’s too involved Giving homework How to tell them that they didn’t pass What to do next Selling programs

Customer Service

How to involve the parent(s)

Dealing with the parent that’s too involved

Giving homework

How to tell them that they didn’t pass

What to do next

Selling programs

Training Topics Broaden the Knowledge Base Recreational Water Illnesses National Aquatic Safety Month VAT program

Broaden the Knowledge Base

Recreational Water Illnesses

National Aquatic Safety Month

VAT program

Motivate Instructional Staff!

Motivate Instructional Staff Use trainings to celebrate! Introduce staff recognition “ Pass the fish” Let a staff member present a topic Round table discussions Employees have a voice Employees contribute

Use trainings to celebrate!

Introduce staff recognition

“ Pass the fish”

Let a staff member present a topic

Round table discussions

Employees have a voice

Employees contribute

Motivate Instructional Staff Include them in “annual” lifeguard competitions Site or agency newsletter Post pictures on bulletin boards Post summaries of customer feedback Solicit their help with problem solving This is a creative group!

Include them in “annual” lifeguard competitions

Site or agency newsletter

Post pictures on bulletin boards

Post summaries of customer feedback

Solicit their help with problem solving

This is a creative group!

Thank You! Contact Me: Stephanie Shook [email_address] 703-730-1057

Contact Me:

Stephanie Shook

[email_address]

703-730-1057

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