DDSC Poolside Volunteer Training Programme

Aims of the project:

To increase the number of volunteer poolside helpers available to the club, helping to break down number ratios and providing support and feedback to the swimmers in and out of the pool.

Training starts, with you completing an online course, this will give you the basic knowledge and understanding of the four swimming strokes. Each week will start with a theory session before a club session 5.00-6.00pm and then a swimmer development session 6.00pm-7.00pm.

Who can apply?

Age 16+ swimming experience is useful but not essential, as we would provide ongoing training, in such a way that would prepare you for teaching/coaching qualifications, should you wish to do them in the future.

What’s the cost?

We will be funding your initial online training courses, (£50) for this all we ask is for an initial 3 month commitment of a minimum of one hour a week.

Online Course content

This course contains videos and interactive activities which are designed to enhance your learning experience.

You will learn about:

  • The stroke cycle for front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
  • The progressive practices used to teach the four strokes
  • How to assess and correct common faults

After you complete each section there is a knowledge check. These are included to help you gauge your progress and provide feedback on your learning, they are not assessed. We have also included downloadable resources for you to retain for reference.

The modules on each stroke course should take about three hours and the whole set will take around 12hrs in total to complete. There is a lot to take in so please don’t try to complete it all at once. We recommend taking breaks in between online sessions to think about how you can implement what you’ve learnt.

At the end of each module, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding of the specific stroke fully in the final assessment. Those who achieve at least 80% will be able to download an electronic certificate at the end

For more details and to apply, contact Dave by email: