SPOR07054 2022 Aquatics: Level 2 Swim Teacher Practice

General Details

Full Title
Aquatics: Level 2 Swim Teacher Practice
Transcript Title
Aquatics: Swim Teacher
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
07 - NFQ Level 7
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 SG_BSPOR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business

This module aims to provide students with a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of teaching swimming. 

Eligible students will gain industry recognised qualification - Water Safety Ireland Level 2 Swim Teacher Certificate.

Prerequisite for certification: Students must hold an Assistant Swim Teacher certificate and have taught 15 sessions since their assistant swim teacher training.


Learning Outcomes

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


Examine the fundamental principles of aquatics and report on anatomy and physiology as applied to aquatic activity.


Analyse the technical aspects of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Lifesaving backstroke and lifesaving sidestroke under the BLABT format.


Differentiate the stages of growth and development; its effect on swimmers and appropriate training focus/methods for each stage.


Review the acquisition of a skill, provide feedback to swimmers and base teaching practices on the ability of the swimmer


Show plans, schemes of work and deliver teaching classes for all age and ability groups using a variety of teaching methods.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Direct instruction - Lectures.
  • Questioning and discussion
  • Preparation and delivery of swim lessons
  • Guided exploration
  • Essay writing
  • Peer observation and feedback
  • Reflective practice
  • Video stroke analysis
  • Blended/ Flipped classroom
  • Logbook
  • Independent study
  • UDL

Module Assessment Strategies

  • An attendance requirement is set at 75%
  • It is possible that the student can complete continuous assessment and not receive external certification.
  • Active participation in each session
  • Submission of brief essays on technical aspects of swimming.
  • Video stroke analysis with commentary on faults causes and corrections
  • Completion of logbook inc, lesson plans, evaluations, stroke analysis & worksheets
  • Practical teaching assessment




Repeat Assessments

  • In order to be eligible for repeat assessment the student must show evidence of medical appointment/cert.
  • Students undertaking repeat assessments will be marked out of a maximum of 40%.
  • If a student has not actively participated in the module throughout the semester and cannot show that they have met the learning outcomes they will have to repeat attend the module.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Assemble the technical aspects of the main swimming strokes, survival skills and other aquatic activities.
  • Discuss safeguarding and code of ethics procedures.
  • Explain the basic stages of human growth and development and their effect on aquatic activity ‑ physical, emotional, social, cognitive maturation, acquisition of a skill, energy systems
  • Identify Long Term Athlete Development principles
  • Examine Health and safety issues with regard to the teaching of swimming in a swimming pool environment, including the principles of Normal Operational Plans, Emergency Action Plans, Risk Assessment, Insurance matters, Duty of Care, Personal and Pupil Hygiene.
  • Apply theory covered on the course to teaching aquatics to swimmers of all ability groups from non swimmer through to advanced.
  • Prepare schemes of work and lesson plans for individual sessions ‑ teaching methods, group organisation, teaching practices, teaching points, time management and motivation techniques.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay/Video stroke analysis Coursework Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 7 1,2
2 Logbook submission Coursework Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5
3 Practical performance Coursework Assessment Performance Evaluation 40 % End of Semester 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Swim Teacher Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Supervision Swimming Pool Practical Teaching session 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012-07-25 Swim Smooth *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.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Water Safety Ireland Swim teacher manual. Required for each student.

Water Safety Ireland Level 2 Logbook. Required for each student.

Swimming Teaching and Coaching. Swimming Times: LTD. Hogarth (1998)

Swimming drills for every stroke. Guzman, R. Champaign: Human Kinetics (1998)

Swimming Games and Activities: For Individuals, Partners and Groups of Children. Noble & Creegan. A& C Black (2004)

Journal Resources
URL Resources





Other Resources

Swimming DVD's

YouTube links on swimming

Additional Information