Fun and games – Swimming PoolBranche

Over the last few weeks, I have come across the word ‘fun’ in every possible way. With colleagues, it is primarily about fun swimming and with job applicants about fun at work. Of course, these are also closely related. When teachers enjoy their work, this is reflected in their lessons. They are enthusiastic and bring out the best in the children. Which in turn contributes to children’s enjoyment of swimming. But what’s really fun?

Fun and games – Swimming PoolBranche

What’s fun?

For me, it’s about having fun and having fun. Having fun is also about feeling satisfied, feeling safe and being seen. To experience this, a number of basic psychological needs must be met: Relationship, autonomy and competence. These needs cannot be separated from each other because they balance each other, so to speak. The need for autonomy can only be met if the relationship is so good that one can trust each other and give each other space to do things themselves. The same is true, from good relationships, you build self-confidence to be able to perform certain tasks independently. The same goes for feeling competent. You can only fulfill this need for competence if there are people around you who support you in your professional development, and if you have space to try things out independently and learn from them. If you want teachers to really enjoy their work, these basic needs will be met as best as possible.

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Swimming fun

The same, of course, applies to the joy of swimming. If we want children to really enjoy our education, then we need to ensure that the same basic needs are met with them. To build a good relationship, it is important that the teacher is always close to the children in the water and accessible. In addition, children must have space to work independently and experience that new things will work. So make sure there is room for individual learning help so kids get tips and directions when learning swimming strokes and skills. For me, working in groups is more than just a way to make learning how to swim and motor skills easier. As a ‘bycatch’, a child’s basic psychological needs are also met ‘naturally’. The children can build a good relationship with the teacher because he is always close. While working independently, children are allowed to work together, which has a positive impact on the relationship between the children themselves. At the same time, children grow in development and self-confidence when they experience that they can do it themselves. And because the teacher always has to help only part of the group to learn and improve, the differentiation can be made better and the number of success experiences increased. Which in turn contributes to the sense of competence. Especially if you can also practice independently afterwards with practice material that is already known.

job satisfaction

In short, working in groups is a very simple solution that ensures that the individual child’s basic psychological needs are met as well as possible. And that, in turn, is the best basis for real swimming fun. Not just to have fun, but to feel joy from within. How nice. Working in groups ensures an optimal motor learning process and true swimming fun: Children who learn to swim well become swimming skills and safe to swim, and also in a way where swimming fun is at the center. I would say, give it a try and maybe it will also contribute to your own job satisfaction.

Our grandchildren swim often because the pool is always close. And within the confines of safety and with the parents within reach, they are allowed to know for themselves what they are doing, who they are doing it with, how long they are doing something, and what materials they want to use. The ideal way to have fun and have fun!

This column is written by Claartje Driessen and appeared in Swimming PoolBranche # 83


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