When it comes to running a good quality Aquatics program, one thing is clear – consistency is important for success! There are many parts of the program that will benefit from this consistency.

STAFF

Clients form an attachment or bond with the staff that they come into contact with each lesson. Not only do they feel comfortable with their ‘regular’ staff member but they feel a comfort and familiarity in seeing that person each week. Many parents surveyed at swim centres cited a change of staff as one of the reasons for their unhappiness at swimming lessons.

The staff in question can range from administration/office staff and deck supervisors to swimming instructors. Keeping staff consistent on a weekly basis will ensure that swimmers names and abilities are known and progress is tracked. Changing staff each week can be a hindrance to swimmers development as teachers may not be aware of their skills and miss out on pushing them to their full potential.

PROGRAM

If all instructors are teaching the same curriculum or program, this will help all swimmers at your centre progress. If a swimmer needs to change times due to other commitments, or participates in multiple lessons per week, the consistency of these lessons should remain the same. Swimmers will easily understand the instructions of all teachers and not become confused at drills/skills taught within each lesson if the program remains consistent.

In keeping the teaching curriculum the same, it is important to note that the teacher’s personality should not be stifled – they should be allowed to flourish in their lessons and give swimmers excellent learning opportunities within while teaching appropriate skills and drills for the program.

ATTENDANCE

Swim schools should insist on partnering with parents and swimmers in attending lessons regularly. If a commitment is made between the swim school and parent/swimmers to be consistent in their attendance, swimmers will have the chance to improve more rapidly than their peers who are inconsistent. WorldWideSwimSchool recommends 2 lessons per week for maximum benefit and skill acquisition.

As staff consistency is important, so too is attending the same lesson every week. World Wide Swim School does not recommend make up lessons for all of the same reasons discussed in the STAFF section of this article. Routine can be an important part of the learning process and this can be affected if lesson times and days are continually changing.

There are many other times and places that require consistency for swimming lessons – ensure your teachers continually learn and use the best practices with dita Swim and the World Wide Swim School. I recommend this as the leading swimming resource for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, adults, squads & instructors developed with my methodology. Videos, photos, games, media, lesson plans, courses, best practices, continuing professional development & powerful teachers hub. 

– Laurie Lawrence

 

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When instructors connect with students & family it forms bonds from your school directly into the community…

Forming bonds with students and families is such a simple way to get your swim school recognised and respected.

 

How to form bonds with each student and family?
  • When hiring new staff prioritise choosing teachers/instructors/coaches that are genuinely warm and friendly people that can hold conversation well 
  • If your staff need help here prioritise this area of their professional development  introduce techniques to hold conversation well (see tips below) 
  • Encourage all staff to remember parents’ and students’ names – this may require them to use mind tricks or to take notes in their smart device during the class/at end of class to look back at before the next class

Note: while this may be time consuming and hard to change it will become easier, it will become ingrained into the heart and culture of your school.

5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO HOLD A CONVERSATION:
  1. Invite them to talk:
    • Try making a recommendation – i.e. something the student could improve on when practicing
    • Start with some common ground, chat about some community news, or ask for for help during the class if a parent is watching
  2. Ask questions – a great question will make them think, laugh, and like you, all at the same time:
    • Avoid “yes” and “no” questions. A question like, “Did you like the new move that we went through in today’s lesson?” will get you either a “yes” or a “no” but may not launch a meaningful conversation. Instead ask, “What did you think of the new move we went through today?” This type of question will get a longer answer
    • Be proactive and do the asking first, have some ‘tried and true’ questions that parents/students respond well to
    • People love to talk about themselves, find out what they’re passionate about (i.e. their children or the reason the person has taken up swimming lessons) and the conversation will go naturally and easily. This is the easiest way to build a connection
  3. Talk about a subject that makes you feel passionate and persuasive – as a swim teacher/staff member you’re likely to be passionate about swimming and helping others – talk about your favourite techniques, stories of success etc.
  4. The secret to confidence in conversation is to use pauses throughout the conversation – people unconsciously mimic how quickly the other person is talking… if you talk slowly, they will talk slowly, and the conversation will last longer – the secret to talking slowly is being confident, not nervous
  5. Use your sense of humour easily by: practicing entertaining stories, keep track of funny or amusing things that happened to you – and rehearse the story you want to tell with friends
  6. Focus on these body language queues: use great eye contact, stand tall, smile warmly
  7. Don’t look at your phone while talking – give them complete attention
  8. Make introductions of parents and students to new people: be the creator of friendships and community

 

Feel free to share this post with your staff (sharing buttons are below) – challenge them to try one of these techniques this week. Prioritising this area will enable you to position your school as a pillar of the community. Ensure your teachers continually learn and use the best practices with dita Swim and the World Wide Swim School. I recommend this as the leading swimming resource for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, adults, squads & instructors developed with my methodology. Videos, photos, games, media, lesson plans, courses, best practices, continuing professional development & powerful teachers hub. 

– Laurie Lawrence

 

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“Everybody has heard the old saying that a picture paints a thousand words. Demonstrating a new skill is an important component of teaching.”

Children have different ways of learning which the education experts have roughly grouped into three basic styles – Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic.

It is estimated that 80% of what we learn is through our vision.  This statistic tells instructors that it is very important to use demonstration within their lesson for our swimmers to watch and learn.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF DEMONSTRATION?

Demonstrations have two important purposes:

  • To increase student understanding of the concepts demonstrated
  • To increase student enjoyment of class

HOW TO USE DEMONSTRATION EFFECTIVELY

  1. Pick your student (ensure you choose a student that does well in that activity)
  2. Gather your class so all swimmers can see
  3. Use simple instructions when speaking
  4. Ask swimmer to show the class and discuss as they demonstrate
  5. Show praise when done

Your other students will see this demonstration and have a better understanding of what you want them to do. It also makes them strive to do their best, so that maybe next time they will be the one to be picked for a demonstration.  Children love to feel special and being picked by their instructor and showing their peers a skill or drill that they are doing well will not only give them praise, but also show parents watching how well their child is doing.

Try to use demonstration within your lessons over the next few weeks and watch how your swimmers respond to this.  Ensure that you pick many different swimmers to be your demonstrator as not to show favouritism.  There should be something that everyone in your class is good at – even if it is something easy such as kicking on the ledge.

Using demonstration in your teaching is a very effective tool when working with swimmers of all ages and abilities – ensure your teachers continually learn and use the best practices with dita Swim and the World Wide Swim School. I recommend this as the leading swimming resource for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, adults, squads & instructors developed with my methodology. Videos, photos, games, media, lesson plans, courses, best practices, continuing professional development & powerful teachers hub. 

– Laurie Lawrence

 

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Laurie Laurence swim school training & compliance

How did Laurie become the legend who just got inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame?

This is a feat Laurie has achieved by relentlessly chasing every challenge and task in his life with enthusiasm. Laurie did not build his life and career by focusing on himself. He inspires confidence and belief in others so they can achieve their ambitions.

Three key character traits Laurie used to create an atmosphere for success in his swimmers and business ventures:

  1. Instil discipline and persistence into completing small daily tasks with excellence to achieve your big win
  2. Be enthusiastic in your work and your interactions with others, be the infectious presence that propels others forward
  3. Defy the odds, get excited to achieve the impossible… nothing easy is worth doing
Laurie Laurence swim school training & compliance

 

Laurie’s story:

Laurie grew up around the Townsville Pool his father ran → this sparked his desire to become a swimming coach → after coaching in his home town Laurie travelled to the U.S. to study under the coaches of some of the world’s biggest swimming champions → Laurie came back to Aus and coached swimming greats for over eight Olympic games → his Olympic coaching achievements include 10 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals → Laurie went on to harness his entrepreneurial talents starting a chain of successful swim schools, partnering with dita Swim to build the world’s first cloud-based training and compliance system to deliver unparalleled online training and compliance for swim school owners and instructors through his “World-Wide Swim School”  → he collaborated with the Australian government to prevent drowning and water safety → his greatest accomplishment has been in the promotion of swimming and preventing the tragedy of drowning through his internationally acclaimed Water Safety Programs.

Laurie has gone on to not only receive this remarkable gold medallion, he has also been awarded:

  • Two awards from the International Swimming Hall of Fame for Infant Aquatics and International coaching
  • Platinum coaching status for coaching many swimming greats who broke world records, won World and Olympic gold medals
  • As the top motivator and coach to many swimmers over eight Olympic Games where Laurie guided them to numerous gold, silver and bronze medals.

 

For Laurie no challenge is too great, no task impossible

“Things of value don’t come by luck, they’re won by pain, persistence and sacrifices… success is the celebration of your preparation.”

You can create an atmosphere for success in your work life, with your friends, family and your passions. I want to focus on just one of these character traits: to be excessive in my enthusiasm as I work and in my conversations.

Take the opportunity today, choose a trait of Laurie’s you aspire to and incorporate it into your conversations, your thoughts and your world. Which character trait do you need to create an atmosphere for success in your business, your team and yourself? How can you help others win?

dita Solutions is a division of Consolidated Productions Limited formed back in late 2003 when now company director Laurie Lawrence came to us and shared a vision to train swimming teachers over the net. From this point we went on our way to designing and building our own cloud based learning management system from scratch, because at this point there really was nothing else satisfactory in the market that could deliver the requests that Laurie gave to us.

 

Today we have a suite of products under the dita Solutions branding:

  • dita ChildCare Compliance
  • dita Shopping Centre Compliance
  • dita Contractor Compliance
  • dita Compliance Induction Training

 

We have invented three key components which are used for each of our products: Player, Manager and Creator.

The online Player makes learning really simple for the user with its rich media content and easy navigation – there is no getting lost in the Player. To be able to manage your own staff and their training, we created Manager which is also very simple to use and gives you complete control of all your training modules online for your entire organisation. Creator allows our clients to create, update and control their own training modules without having to involve third parties.

 

My name is Ben Pedrazzini and I am the Managing Director of Consolidated Productions limited, the company behind dita Solutions. We have been working together since May 1994 and when my old coach Laurie Lawrence came to see us, we then started this exciting journey. Along the way we invited like-minded individuals with skills in areas where we lacked to come on the journey with us and today.

 

We have built strong relationships with our clients by looking at their wants and moving our development to complete their requirements to the benefit of all our clients. Being a cloud based solution, every time a client asked us for something new, we listen, engage and then deliver to their expectations, otherwise we continue until it is complete, then we release the benefits to all our clients.

We are proud of the way we have built strong relationships with key partners and clients. Without these strong relationships we would not be the company we are today and we strive to keep this as our focus in the future.

 

When we first came up with the acronym DITA it stood for Dynamic Interactive Training and Assessment but now we feel we offer so much more than this so we just like to be known as dita.

The World Wide Swim School is an educational, innovative and interactive website where parents and swimming teachers alike can gain knowledge and information on how to teach swimming to children and adults of all ages.

 

The World Wide Web has given Laurie Lawrence, Australia’s water safety guru, baby teaching expert and gold medal Olympic swim coach an opportunity to:

  • Share 40 years of successful swimming teaching techniques that have taken swimmers from raw beginners to Olympians and Olympic Medallists
  • Educate parents on successful swimming teaching techniques used to teach babies and children to swim
  • Provide a quality resource for swimming teachers
  • Contribute to improving the quality of swimming teaching around the world

 

http://worldwideswimschool.com/