We Are Different
Floaters is unique in it’s approach to swimming teaching. No one does it the way we do. Or gets the results!
So, what’s different – that you can’t get anywhere else!
WE HAVE A SWIMMING TEACHING PROGRAMME!
It sounds simple and obvious, but surprisingly, most swim schools do not have one!
We discovered many years ago that there was no standardisation out there nor any programmes that we could adopt, so we built our own: it’s called SwimCare© and developed from the best swimming teaching programmes and experts from around the world.
Did you know that the majority of children cannot “swim” until they are about 5/6years old? If anyone tells you different, ask them to define “Swimming”!
WE KEEP CURRENT and UPDATED
We analyse all the major competitions (World Championships, Olympics etc) to see what the very best swimmers are doing and how their strokes are changing. We then “reverse engineer” so we can teach what is needed at the early stages to build the learning foundations that get pupils moving toward this elite level.
Constantly challenging accepted practice is key to what makes us different!
Do other lessons look haphazard, disorganised with a lot of jumping about and not so much learning to swim?
We understand that learning to swim is not just about how you move your arms and legs about!
It also needs to respect every individual, their personality & how they learn, take account of suitable pool space, pupils’ language and social development, their confidence and dependability on support, time needed to absorb increasingly complex information, parental support and so much more.
Beware of paying for ”Supervised Water Time”
OUR TEACHERS ARE TRAINED WELL ABOVE QUALIFICATION LEVEL.
Current qualification courses only teach new teachers to a technical stroke level that is about half way through our programme (JI1?) and many do not cover essential skills (diving, treading water, starts, turns, balance. etc)
So there is a massive gap in teacher knowledge in many swim schools.
ALL of our teachers go through an extensive training and mentoring process with Floaters, before we let them loose on real pupils.
WE DO NOT TEACH PUPILS TO PASS AWARDS.
Where swim school tell you they teach the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming or the STA equivalent, they probably do not have a teaching programme. These are Award Schemes, not Teaching Programmes.
Think of it this way: If a teacher coaches his pupils to know everything in a History exam, they will all get A** but will only know the answers to the 5 questions – and very little about real history!
If the pupils are taught to swim properly, they can pass any award out there.
WE ONLY TEACH WHAT WORKS.
Sounds obvious of course, but many out there are burdened with a lot of stuff that they have learned on their qualification courses that is entirely irrelevant and that they will never need or use when actually teaching.
Ask yourself: Does everyone float? If so, how? Is breathing the most important element of swimming? Can 3year olds start to learn the basics of butterfly stroke? Do you kick with your legs or feet? Why is sculling so important? Are only arms and legs used to swim?
We know the answers to all these and hundreds more questions.
All this seems quite straight forward. It is (whilst only touching the surface).
The key however is knowing how to put it together; what to teach to whom and when; how to communicate complex information in an age appropriate way; how to monitor, appraise and assess; how to design and build a delivery framework; etc.
It is the understanding of these things (and many more functions that are unique to us) that makes SwimCare so successful and only Floaters has it!!.