Tips from Beth (1)

When addressing kids use FOUR words and use their language.


As a puppet controlled from the ceiling


Press the shoulder down

Catch as if popping your head over a garden wall


Times achieved at lower distances must be achieved at longer distances.

On every break say what you need to say in 2 to 4 words

Every swimmer has a different make-up and body.


Shoulder not deep. Nose on the water to breathe vs shoulder too deep and mouth goes under water.

FC Kick Problems

So kick like a football

Hips always too low

Legs lazy

UW phase

Like going down a flume tunnel and follow the line

Surface like a submarine


Hand out

Head in neutral

No go zone in front of hands

Must push down to the waist

Breathe early

Palm up/thumbs in air

Squirrel Nutkin pose

Flick at back

FLY Kick

If they’re kicking as the arms go in the other kick will follow.


The ‘do nothing glide’


Personal Survival

Swimming is a life skill

Be wary of cold water

Understand hypothermia

N.B. Retention of body heat

Treading Water

H.E.L.P. (Heat Escape Lessening Position)


Entering the water

  • Straddle jump
  • Track jump

Treading Water

  • Breaststroke
  • Cycling
  • Flutter
  • Eggbeater

Wearing Clothes

Climbing Out

  • Palms Down
  • BR Kick

Code of Ethics

Following ASA guidelines the club expects poolside helpers, assistant teachers, teachers & coaches to follow and abide by a code of ethics.

This covers such things as:

Put the well-being & health & safety if members above all other considerations.

Comply with all ASA codes.

Work without discrimination of any kind.

Respect each other.

Obided by the pool rules.

Obey the spirit of the sport’s rules.

Keep it appropriate to the age, ability & experience of the individual.

Have the certificates for the qualifications you say you have

Treat information on others in confidence

Be clean & smartly turned out.

Do not drink or smoke before or during teaching sessions or competitions.

Seek ways of and be willing to increase the development of your current qualifications.

Emergency Action Plans

The EAP part of Normal Operating Procedures at a pool will cover:

  • Overcrowding
  • Disorderly behaviour
  • Lack of water clarity
  • Fire/Bomb threat
  • Lighting failure
  • Structural failure
  • Serious injury

Coaches & Teachers need to know:

  • Where to locate the emergency kit
  • Rescue kit
  • First aid/resuscitation kit
  • The duty supervisor
  • Phones

Exercise care when using electricity

Rescue Techniques

Reaching rescue:

  • attract attention
  • kneel down/ lie down
  • throwing

Safety Code

  • Permission to enter the water
  • Permission to leave the class
  • Whistle code

Consider the following with your swimmers:

  • Appropriate swimwear
  • Jewellery
  • Ability


(cold, sore eyes, ear infection, open wounds)

The following may swim:

  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Shoulder & knee injury


  • hitting head
  • fracture
  • deep cut
  • grazes
  • bruising

Report incidents in the accident book

Normal Operating Procedures

An NOP is the detailed description of the day-to-day operation of a pool. Centre manages through to swimming teachers ought to be familiar with the procedures.
From a teacher or coach’s point of view the duty manager remains in control and will direct all operations in the event of an emergency.

Let’s consider the list of items that must be considered:

  • The first aid room & its contents/stocking
  • The first aid reporting procedure
  • Duties of recreational assistants & life guards
  • Communications within the centre (radios/public address system/alarms)
  • Emergency procedures
  • The nature of the pools
  • Glare
  • Responsibilities of the lifeguard (behaviour/rotations/supervision zones/awareness of risks)
  • Bather loads
  • casualty recognition
  • First Aid awareness
  • Procedures with schools
  • Safe Diving Policy

Procedures are also given for gala hire & pool parties, float sessions & aqua aerobics.

From a coach & teacher’s point of view:

  • they must be suitably qualified
  • whilst responsible for the safety of their children in the case of an accident they must not leave swimmers unattended but call over a member of the pool’s staff.
  • they should know the position of safety equipment, 2 way radios & emergency alarms.
  • wear the club uniform so that they are immediately identifiable