The Certified Stroke Technician Course was developed as a result of the ASCA’s strong opinion that the most important person in all of American (and world) swimming is the person who first teaches a young person to blow bubbles. Because if that child is not taught to get a proper air exchange, they will never become comfortable in the water and their chance of enjoying all the opportunities that are available to them in and around the water, are greatly diminished.
The Certified Stroke Technician Course is a video-rich digital PowerPoint presentation, and starts with the very basics of teaching balance and air exchange, and progresses through a set of skills designed to teach all four competitive strokes competently. Section tests have been embedded in the course to aid learning, and there is no “final test” as this is to be a learning experience, not a testing experience.
A Certificate of Completion is available from the ASCA for your instructors. We hope swim directors will encourage their staff to take the Certified Stroke Technicians Course, and explore the other articles and opportunities available from American Learn to Swim Teachers (ALTST). This new course will take your instructors between an hour and 90 minutes and is available as a download fo $55 cost (PC or MAC).
All the Best for Great Teaching!