U CAN Teach
  • The course, U CAN Teach supports the next generation of teachers and coaches.  

Time Devotion

  • Version 1.0's length of course for U CAN Teach is 18 to 20 hours.

Pathways to completing the course U CAN Teach

  • Coaches and students can take the course directly.
  • Or, coaches and students can get the same content within the Stage 4 modules.

Candidates devote an hour of time in classroom lectures learning and talking about the basics of teaching swimming lessons, lesson planning and leadership. Then candidates spend time in the pool in a swim class assisting a sanctioned expert teacher from The Swim Academy or ISCA's Lifespan Aquatics Programming.

Pre-requisites:

  • Age 13 or older,
  • and Stage 3 or equivalent

Objectives:

Explore the option of teaching swimming lessons. With a large focus on development of youth leadership, this program provides candidates the opportunity to grow into mature individuals. Much of the program content teaches candidates how to use tools learned in each of the modules.

This program is not a pre-requisite for the Full Teacher Course.

Cost: $10 registration fee.

Resource Materials

I Can TEACH Facilitator Supplement

I Can TEACH Workbook

Laminated Skills Grid

Evolution and Pathways

I Can Teach was included as part of the I Can Swim Fast materials.

Now, the I Can Teach stands on its own.

U CAN Teach offers two outcomes:

  1. competitive, and/or 
  2. aquatic leadership.

Goals

  • Get youth, ages 13-to-16, teaching experiences and to provide leadership training. 
  • Keep the youth in the water and engaged with their swim programs.
  • Get adults and youth to become swim instructors. 
  • Teaching another often teaches the teacher too.

Benefits

  • Junior Leadership
  • Junior Swimming
  • Teachers Helpers

Topics

  • Goal Setting
  • Training
  • Dryland activities, which ties into the fitness model
  • Skills of swimming, starts, turns and finishes
  • Stroke correction and evaluation
  • Video use
  • Nutrition and healthy lifestyles
  • Leadership skills

Extra Topics

  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Game play

Pre-Course Preparation

All pre-course work listed must be completed and brought to the course on day 1. The Master Teacher who is leading your course should be reaching out to you via e-mail to assign the topics for the I Can Swim and Child Development presentations. 

If you are a registered student for the course and you have not received your assignments within a week of registering for the course, please contact the office staff of ISCA's Lifespan Aquatics Programming at LAP@SwimISCA.org or 540-904-2666.

Assignment 1 – U CAN Teach Presentations

Create a 5-10 minute presentation to teach to the fellow students in the course on your assigned I Can Swim topic(s). You must adhere to your assigned, specific topics. The presentations are to reflect the information in your course materials for the topic(s) you are assigned and should take into consideration the Key Learning Objectives listed for your topic(s). Be prepared as your presentations are reviewed and evaluated by your peers and the Master Teacher. Evaluations grade:

  • Presentation Style, 
  • Interactive Teaching,
  • Quality of Instruction and
  • Overall Effectiveness in achieving the Key Learning Objective(s).

Presentations will be given as indicated throughout the course outline.

Assignment 2 – Child Development Presentations

Create a 5-10 minute presentation to teach to the class on your assigned Child Development topic. The presentation should reflect the information in your course materials for the topic(s) you are assigned and should take into
consideration the Key Learning Objectives listed for your topic(s).

Presentations will be reviewed and evaluated by your peers as well as the Master Teacher.

The evaluations will look at:

  • Presentation Style,
  • Interactive Teaching, 
  • Quality of Instruction and
  • Overall Effectiveness in achieving the Key Learning Objective(s).

Presentations are given as indicated throughout the course outline.

Assignment 3 – Create Your Own Icebreaker

Create a unique icebreaker to be delivered to the class. The icebreaker should be interactive, get everyone moving and introduce information about the candidates to the class. Please bring all materials required for your
icebreaker to each day of the course. The Master Teacher is going to call on you at some point during the course to present your icebreaker.

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