Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Ideal Real Swimming Swimming Reasearch

I Taught Myself to Swim

A history and critique of modern swim teaching technique

I taught myself to swim at the beach. Yep! I’m a swimming instructor that taught himself to swim. When I was a child the technology for learn to swim was very poor. There truly were many people who believed that the best and quickest way to teach someone to learn to swim was to “throw them in the deep end and see what they did”. Fortunately most people didn’t act on it.

I remember my father taking me to swimming lessons during the year and I spent most of the time picking up tips form other swimmers. The teaching was really very poor. I once saw a school teacher trying to teach one of my friends to swim by pulling him along in the pool with a towel.

Even when I first got my teaching license there were some in the teaching community that believed you could teach a child to swim without getting into the water. I thought it was nonsense and insisted in getting in the water and clearly this has been the opinion of most swimming instructors as most schools insist that there instructors get in the pool to teach for most levels.

Learn to swim teaching methods have come a long way since I learned to swim and I’ve watch them develop over the years as a teacher but there is still no consistent researching into what is the best way to teach. The fields are narrowing in that with the advent of internet and video teach methods become more and more similar. Yet still almost every swim school has its own philosophies that differ ever so slightly from each other.

Cover of "Learn to Swim (Dk Childcare)"
Cover of Learn to Swim (Dk Childcare)
One day a swim school will come along that will do proper research. That is they for example will have three classes that all teach exactly the same lesson plan and teaching techniques in every way except one and at the end of each term the results would be compared to see what if any affect it had on the improvement of the students abilities.

I dream of this being done because it would be great to consistently have 4 or 5 year old swimming laps without ever thinking it unusual.

Do you know of any swimming schools that are interested in genuine research?

If you do let me know I'd love to contact them and start a correspondence.


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