SwimSafe Da Nang instructors brush up on their skills

Rosanne Podmore and instructors practising survival sculling

Rosanne Podmore and instructors practising survival sculling

By Amy Peden, TASC, Da Nang Vietnam

On Saturday, September 19th, SwimSafe Da Nang conducted a refresher course for our 19 head instructors, prior to the commencement of the after-school program.

The training was held at Ngo Gia Tu school, in the Son Tra district, one of the 10 portable pool venues throughout Da Nang city. Training was conducted by Ms Rosanne Podmore, an AUSTSWIM qualified teacher of 21 years, with 11 years experience with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia.

Instructors reviewed specific skills in the SwimSafe curriculum, including front and back glide, and front and back float. Special emphasis was placed on the survival strokes of survival back stroke and survival sculling. The four hour training session also included a chance to observe and critique the abilities of 10 students from Ngo Gia Tu school.

The training was greatly enhanced by the skills and expertise of Ms Podmore, as well as the willingness and enthusiasm of the students from Ngo Gia Tu. Each of the children was presented with a pair of goggles as a thank you for participating.

The aim of the refresher course was to give the head trainers extra teaching skills which they can then take back to their respective teaching venues and share with their fellow SwimSafe instructors.

Ms Podmore said “the teachers are already doing a great job. This training is about providing instructors with some slight technical modifications to the things they are already teaching, such as starting position; body position in the water, to further improve their results”.

The after-school program is due to commence on Monday September 21 and will run for the next 6 weeks.

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