Guest post by learn-to-swim.com
When it comes to teaching people how to learn to swim, instructors obviously rely on theÂ practical work that they do in the pool. As multimedia technology continues to develop, though,Â it is wise for instructors to make use of other tools in their teaching such as online videos andÂ DVDs.
Teaching can be tough
Teaching people how to learn to swim can be a very rewarding job indeed. After all, swimmingÂ not only helps to make people safer around water, but also opens up a wonderful, challengingÂ sport. Swimming is a great activity for fitness, helping improve both strength and cardiovascularÂ health. It has also been shown to help with mental conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Learning to swim can also be a passport to other challenging sports such as triathlon, scubaÂ diving, or sailing. But teaching students can also be very demanding, with people learning inÂ different styles and at different rates. Maintaining progress in some students can also be tricky,Â with motivation levels often dropping off after a while. Being able to call on years of experienceÂ as an instructor is handy in such situations, but not every teacher has such depth of knowledge.
This is where multimedia tools such as DVDs are invaluable. Showing online films or DVDsÂ to students can help them to better grasp concepts and techniques. It also allows them to seeÂ the full range of certain movements and strokes, which can be difficult when they are actuallyÂ in the water. It also helps instructors to better demonstrate certain activities. After all, standingÂ by the side of the pool is not the best place to show students how to learn to swim. WatchingÂ films can also help to motivate students whose commitment may be draining. Films can actÂ as an inspiration, showing students just what they can achieve in the future. Films also can beÂ watched at home or on a mobile device, meaning that students can revise concepts for how toÂ learn to swim at their leisure.
Educational films can also be useful for other people than instructors. Anyone who worksÂ around water, whether it is the pool maintenance staff, lifeguards or swimming clubÂ administrators should be aware of safety issues. DVDs and online videos can be a very usefulÂ way of disseminating information regarding health and safety issues as well as other mattersÂ related to swimming. Instructional videos do not merely deal with how to become a betterÂ swimmer, but also how to be a safer swimmer. Thus, using DVDs and instructional videos is aÂ vital part of teaching people to learn to swim. Instructors should ensure that they use multimediaÂ tools to better aid their students. As well as helping those who want to learn to swim, anÂ instructor can also reflect on and evaluate their own performance much more effectively with theÂ aid of multimedia tools such as DVDs.