The Shaw Method Teacher Training Course from Art of Swimming
The Shaw Method Teacher Training Course is not only the door to a stimulating and highly sought after profession, it is also an exciting opportunity for personal growth. This course is the only one endorsed and run by Art of Swimming, and led by Steven Shaw himself.
Graduates of the Course will be able to teach Shaw Method. They will be able to demonstrate and teach the full progression for all four strokes to individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. They will be able to teach through hands-on guidance and direction in the water and on dry land.
On successful completion of the course and swimming teacher level 1 and 2 programmes from either the ASA or STA you will be eligible to join the Art of Swimming register of Shaw Method swimming teachers. Membership of the register will enable you to practise as a Shaw Method teacher anywhere in the world.
There are three parts to the training (see below). Requirement for the Foundation Course will depend on your previous knowledge of Shaw Method. The two-part Training Course involves a total of 40 hours of contact time and at least 60 hours of non-contact time when students will be expected to work on their own swimming, to organise and deliver case studies. The training includes one-to-one work in the pool as well as group tuition both in and out of the water.
This part of the course covers learning to swim Shaw Method and is tailored to you according to your previous knowledge of swimming Shaw Method. It is made up of a series of private lessons, workshops or tuition on a short break. If you have had previous Shaw Method instruction with Art of Swimming it may not be necessary to complete the Foundation Course before progressing to the Teacher Training Course.
The Teacher Training Course is offered in two parts
The first part of your training course last five days and covers everything you need to know for teaching individual lessons. This includes dry land activities, assessing a pupil's needs by completing a questionnaire and observing their swimming (a Shaw Method SwimCheck), working in the water, giving effective demonstrations and manual guidance, techniques for building water confidence, working with those learning a new stroke, helping competent swimmers to swim more efficiently using Shaw Method, how to maintain your own good use in the pool. The course also covers an introduction to the Alexander Technique and how it informs a Shaw Method teacher's work in the water. Tutors will also provide you with guidance on how to chose and put together case studies required as assessment for this part of the course.
The second part of your training runs over six days and covers everything you need to know for teaching a variety of different group lessons – ranging from confidence building to triathlon and open water swimming. You'll learn how to lead a group lesson, how to integrate dry land practices, how to work with varying abilities in the one class, how to facilitate partner work, how to work with an assistant in the water. You'll also learn how to adapt your classes for children and Mandy Hudson will lead sessions on how Shaw Method can help swimmers with a wide range of medical conditions and for rehabilitation. You will cover how to market and develop your swimming business.
The final day of the course is reserved for assessment. This will include five separate observations of your teaching (including groups and individuals) and a short written test. Three pupil case studies covering a range of swimming abilities from Part 1 of the course will also be taken into consideration. You will be required to pass all three assessments to qualify.
Once you have completed the Foundation Course and Parts 1 and 2 of the Teacher Training and you have completed the ASA or STA Teacher Training Courses Levels 1 & 2 you will be classified as a Shaw Method teacher.
Teacher training – London
Thu - Mon, Part 1/2 : 07th Feb - 11th Feb 2013, Nuffield City, London UK
Thu - Tue, Part 2/2 : 11th July - 16th July 2013, London UK
Teacher training – London
Thu - Mon, Part 1/2 : 27th June - 01st July 2013, London UK
Thu - Tue, Part 2/2 : 12th Sept - 17th Sept 2013, London UK
Please call the office to secure a place and to receive more info about the training.