Category: Teaching methods
Swimming Lessons for Adults in London
Swimming lessons for adults have been provided by Turner Swim in London since April 2013. We operate from luxurious 5-star hotels at Le Méridien Piccadilly and Marriott County Hall between Westminster and Waterloo. Before clients join us we are often asked what is unique about our adult lessons and how we designed our programmes. Equally current clients sometimes ask why we just teach swimming to adults and what it is that we enjoy most. Hopefully this blog helps clients to understand a little more about what we are all about!
Adult swimming lessons differ greatly from those delivered to children. All of our instructors qualified to become Level 2 Swimming Instructors with either swimming governing bodies the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) or Swimming Teachers Association (STA). During our qualification courses however, all of the tuition we received was based on teaching children and there wasn’t an adult to teach in sight! This is unfortunately very much the industry standard.
So the first unique aspect about Turner Swim is that all of our instructors receive extensive in-house training in teaching and coaching adults. We have designed all of our programmes ourselves and our methods are a proven success. If an aspect of our teaching haven’t worked in the past then during our 5 years of operating, we have found better ways of achieving our goals. Turner Swim’s founder Andrew began teaching adults back in 2009 when he was teaching finance to investment banking graduates.
One-to-one adult swimming lessons
One-to-one swimming lessons enable us to teach our clients at their own speeds and styles of learning. Adults learn very differently. Whilst a visual demonstration might be a perfect teaching solution for one client, another may prefer a detailed explanation. Equally some adults prefer to be praised a lot, helping them to gain confidence, whilst other clients expect a very honest and direct approach. Our swimming instructors are very experienced, so can quickly understand the type of learner that they are working with. Our swimming lessons for adults are exactly that; we are teaching you as an adult through conversations, technical analysis and we aim to bring enjoyment to your swimming!
We very much recommend that for all adults who can swim less than 100 meters front crawl, take one-to-one lessons. Having a lesson tailor-made to a client’s specifics help adults to vastly improve. All of our hotel based adult swimming lessons are on a one-to-one basis.
Swimming instructors for adult lessons
During summer 2018 we plan to be providing up to 130 one-to-one adult lessons each week in London. In addition we are offering a number of group open water swim coaching courses. The huge advantage of delivering as many sessions is that several of our instructors teach adults full-time with us. The specialisation enables our instructors to be specifically trained for teaching adults.
Our in-house instructor training covers topics such as teaching from the same programme content and recording each client’s progress. We also train instructors to have the correct positioning for demonstrations. Our in-house e-learning site for instructors helps immensely with their training. The aim of our extensive training is for clients to be able to receive the best lessons possible with consistency between instructors. Personal interaction, relationship building, technical analysis and the ability to give clear explanations are invaluable attributes that all of our instructors possess.
Our instructors’ enjoyment
For all of our instructors, teaching swimming lessons for adults is their profession. They aren’t here doing a few hours here and there in between their studies or other professions. Our instructors often comment to one another as to how much they enjoy teaching swimming lessons for adults. It is often because there is much more of an interaction and personal relationship built when teaching adults. The instructors enjoy explaining why we are teaching what we are teaching. For Andrew, he particularly enjoys the moments when client’s begin to really relax in the water, seeing their initial worries turning to smiles. Ultimately though all teachers and coaches enjoy their profession most when they see progress. Through Turner Swim’s methods, practices and instructor personalities, we help adults to achieve the results they are after!