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Teaching Teenage Girls To Swim
I would like some advice on teaching teenage girls to swim. I have volunteered to teach some teenage girls at my school how to swim. I am an English teacher...) The problem is that most people in South Africa learn to swim as children and I am not sure how best to teach teens. Any tips? Thanks!
The most important point to keep in mind at all times is safety and control of your class. Especially as being and English teacher you probably have very limited experience teaching swimming.
I would strongly recommend having a lifeguard present on the poolside throughout your swimming lessons if possible. If that is not possible at least have another responsible adult with you as back up because you will not be able to leave the poolside in the event of an emergency.
If they are non-swimmers they must be taught in water depth that they are able to stand in and the maximum number you should have in one class about 6 pupils. That is a safe number to manage and teach.
If they are able to swim, even if they have very poor technique, you may be able to get away with a larger number of pupils. Possibly up to 10 in the class but only if they are swimmers and strong enough to swim out of their depth.
As for the difference between teaching teens to teaching children, it is the same no matter what subject you teach.
It is all down to your language and the words you choose. How you explain things and how you put your teaching points across. You can explain stuff in a more mature way and with more details to teens compared to the simplified way you have to teach children. I guess teaching English is very much the same.
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