The POWERSWIM method of teaching was developed to make learning how to swim easy, fun and fast.
The name POWERSWIM was chosen based on the method’s ability to empower students.
With POWERSWIM students are not encouraged to depend on floats and boards, but rather encouraged to let go and become independent of these from the get go.
Learning through Experience and Positive Reinforcement
All our instructors are trained using the POWERSWIM method of teaching, which is based on the principles of positive communication and experiential learning. At Advanced Aquatics we believe that the process of learning should be enjoyable, so we encourage everyone to go at their own pace and teach using only positive reinforcement techniques.
We also think that students learn best when they are encouraged to explore why some techniques work and some don’t, so they better understand their interaction with the water through the instinctive process of trial and error.
This manifests itself in the language our instructors use (positive words and constructive criticism only), to the way we teach (explanations coupled with demonstrations and encouragement of students to ‘feel’ for themselves.
Learning Your First Stroke
Following a series of steps, we begin by making sure students master the art of holding their breath, buoyancy and floating, and then progress on to body positioning, arm and leg movements.
We then use what we have learnt to teach the student how to do a full stroke, after which our instructors will continue to monitor and refine any mistakes and get students to go through interactive drills until they get it right.
All our instructors are trained to be able to spot the mistakes and nip them in the bud when they first surface, so students do not carry them forward.
We also utilize group activity, partner observation and interactive drills during our lessons.
Adapting Our Teaching Style to Different Groups
Instructors trained using our POWERSWIM teaching method also learn how to adapt teaching styles to the age group of the students. Young kids learning how to swim will have a ball of a time as games and an emphasis on interactive make lessons both stimulating, encouraging and fun.
Teens and adults on the other hand will get a more verbal approach with more explanations on why certain techniques work, making movement through the water more efficient and easy whilst others may make it harder and slow you down.