SPOR06060 2022 Fundamentals of Aquatics

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Full Title
Fundamentals of Aquatics
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Aileen Brennan, Paula Ryder
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

This subject aims to introduce students to the aquatic environment as part of the leisure industry. It will provide students with the necessary skills to carry out front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke and butterfly to a basic level. Various fundamental movement skills will be practised in an aquatic environment. Play with purpose activities will be explored.

Student’s attendance and initial swimming ability will have an effect on their achievement of the learning outcomes.

All ability groups are catered for from non swimmer to advanced.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe where aquatics fits in the leisure industry, explain pools rules, safety and pool hygiene procedures.


Demonstrate front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke and butterfly to a basic level.


Perform fundamental aquatic skills.


Produce basic stroke analysis by identifying elements of stroke technique in a live setting and by using video.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Classes will be delivered in a swimming pool. Regular active participation is expected from students.

Direct instruction

Drills and practice across the varied strokes and skills

Role play - As part of play with purpose movement activities and games in water

Peer teaching - As part of play with purpose movement activities and games in water

Stroke analysis - Live on deck and using video analysis

Flipped classrooms - Recorded theoretical aspects to complement activities in the pool and to aid completion of written work.

Independent study/practice 

Module Assessment Strategies

100% Continuous Assessment:

  • Written report on aquatics in the leisure industry, pool hygiene and safety practices.
  • Video stroke analysis 
  • Two water based practical assessments

Students undertaking repeat assessments will be marked out of a maximum of 40%.

Repeat Assessments

If the learner has not actively participated in the module throughout the semester they will have to repeat attend the module.

If the learner fails the module they will be required to submit written report and/or take part in practical assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

LO 1

Describe aquatics and swimming as it fits within the leisure industry.

Comply with and discuss the reason for pool hygiene procedures.

Describe common pool rules in swimming pools.

LO 1 & 3

Operate safe entries safe exits and demonstrate ability to ensure personal safety in the water.

LO 2 & 4

Perform front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke and swimming drills associated with learning the elements of the stroke under the BLABT format. 

Describe stroke elements in a stroke analysis in a swimming pool environment and using video.

LO 3

Demonstrate water confidence building activities and fundamental movement skills. These skills include; floating, rotation, submerging, swimming underwater, push and glide, surface dives, sculling.

Explore movement in the water through play with purpose activities.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % Week 6 2,3
2 Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 30 % Week 15 2,3
3 Individual Project Continuous Assessment Project 30 % Week 10 1,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Swimming Pool Practical swimming classes 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2019-09-24 Swimming Games and Activities Bloomsbury Sport
ISBN 1472973852 ISBN-13 9781472973856
Required Reading
2017-03-01 The Swimming Drill Book, 2E Human Kinetics
ISBN 9781492508366 ISBN-13 1492508365

The best-selling drill book in the sport is now updated, expanded, and improved. More than 175 drills, accompanied by detailed illustrations, will help coaches and swimmers master every skill. Drills for strokes, starts, turns, and finishes, as well as for buoyancy and body balance, breathing and kicking, and sculling, are bolstered by new chapters on poolside strength training and open-water swimming.

Recommended Reading
2012-07-25 Swim Smooth: The Complete Coaching System for Swimmers and Triathletes *Wiley Nautical
ISBN 1119963192 ISBN-13 9781119963196

Transform your technique and become a better swimmer with this remarkable new approach to freestyle swimming

Written for both fitness and competitive swimmers, Swim Smooth contains the latest breakthroughs in swimming to help you radically improve your speed, enjoyment, and success. Hundreds of full-color photographs and three-dimensional graphics help you put theory into practice while detailed advice offers help for intermediate, advanced, and elite swimmers alike. The book's approach lets you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your stroke and drills and training tips let you make the most of your time in the water.

Swim Efficently. Swim Fast. Swim Smooth.


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