Swimming lesson safety

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Safety plays a huge part when instructing lessons in the water, and it can be a good idea to have a checklist to follow so you don't miss anything vital when planning or teaching lessons.

The following checklists are a snapshot of what needs to be considered, they can be used as a base and should be added to and personalised as necessary.

On or before the first lesson:

  • Communicate with parents effectively so they are aware of dismissal time & place etc.
  • Check the venue for hazards, especially where the class will be held and where students will be gathered.
  • Check all equipment/aids to ensure they are in good working order and safe condition.
  • Check emergency/rescue equipment and first aid facilities.
  • Set aside time at the start of the class to explain rules and emergency procedures to all students. Point out lifeguards (if any) and important aspects of the venue to be aware of e.g. deep water.
  • Assess student’s ability in safe and shallow water before moving to the deep.

Before every lesson:

  • Have an appropriate rescue aid handy.
  • Keep the whole class in view at all times, never turn your back on students.
  • Organise equipment prior to the start of the lesson & keep tidy to avoid creating a hazard on pool deck.
  • Check your class list and record attendance.
  • Revise rules and emergency procedures.

During every lesson:

  • Check the number of students frequently.
  • Control water entries and exits carefully.
  • Ensure everyone has sufficient space when carrying out strokes and activities.
  • Avoid backwards skills in both directions or too close to pool edge.
  • Conduct activities from deep to shallow water.
  • Arrange extra supervision if required (e.g. introducing students to deep water).
  • Do not dismiss the class until the end of the lesson and always ensure all students are out of the water and back with parents/guardians before exiting the water.

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