A swimming teacher is typically employed by a community pool, municipal park, or recreation department, or may even work at a fitness center which operates its own pool facility. Most swimming teachers work with young children, adult swimming education has also become prominent.
Much of what a swimming teacher does involves helping students, usually children, get used to the water and understand the basics of swimming safety. Teachers will typically use safer, shallow pools for teaching and colorful flotation devices to aid students in buoyancy as they grow more comfortable. These teachers teaches work up through basics like treading water to rough-paddling and kicking exercises until students are ready to swim without flotation aids.
With older children and adult students, the swimming teacher will focus on teaching proper stroke techniques, including breathing methods for freestyle, breaststroke, and the butterfly. The teacher will also work with students to learn endurance swimming methods, and may help interested swimmers lay a foundation of skills to help them pursue an advanced swim team or lifeguard position in the future.
To work as a swimming teacher, one must first have basic first aid certifications in CPR and any required lifeguard licensing within his/her jurisdiction. Many employers prefer those with prior pool experience as a lifeguard or junior lifeguard, as well. Teachers with aptitude and experience with younger children are in high demand in this field, as the majority of swim classes focus on this age group. They can expect to work regular business hours during the week in a public swimming pool environment.
Swimming Teacher Tasks
Teach technique specific drills to improve the skill level of the students.
Will teach water safety knowledge and inform students about safety procedures.
Instruct and coach people of all ages to perform a variety of different swimming techniques.