Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Scottish Swimming raises teaching standards with new qualification

“Having good teachers isn’t good enough we need great teachers who can impart their knowledge and skills in an engaging and informative way to make learning to swim our red letter gift and make it a fun, enjoyable and memorable experience.”

Scottish Swimming’s vision to ensure that ‘everyone can swim’ was given another boost today with the official launch of its new swimming teacher qualification, SSTQ, at an event at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, which was attended by Head of Active Scotland, Andy Sinclair, as well as a number of swimming teachers and tutors from across Scotland.

SSTQ replaces the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) which is being phased out from March 2020. The new qualification will provide the latest breed of swimming teacher a more practical and modern approach to the training, resulting in more teachers having the right knowledge, skills, values and behaviours to teach larger groups of children or adults with minimal supervision.

Director of Development for Scottish Swimming, Sharon Macdonald, explained the new approach. She said:

“Having good teachers isn’t good enough we need great teachers who can impart their knowledge and skills in an engaging and informative way to make learning to swim our red letter gift and make it a fun, enjoyable and memorable experience.”

The change has come about following an extensive teaching & coaching review. With 85% of recent UKCC Level 1 teaching swimming candidates aged between 16 and 25 years, it was recognised that the way courses were delivered didn’t meet the needs of employers and didn’t always engage with the candidates.  The courses have now been adapted to make them more technology driven with pre-course online learning and lots of practical experience poolside, resulting in a National Award which can be embedded into an SQA course such as an HNC or HND.

Fiona Wernham from sportscotland also commented on the new approach. She said:

“Scottish Swimming are ahead of the game with the new SSTQ.  With UKCC coaching/teaching courses ending next year, swimming have set the pace for change and developed a modern, practical based course which meets the needs of their learners and will deliver teachers with more practical based knowledge and skills.”

Scottish Swimming’s vision is Everyone Can Swim and being able to swim is not only a vital life skill it its critical to us achieving our strategic objectives as well as helping many other organisations and the government achieving health outcomes.

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