I just started a position as a Fitness Coordinator at a Senior facility. This aquatics instructor is very sweet, but we have recieved many complaints. She also is going through many physical issues and always tells us how she “needs to get in the water”. Her skill level is very low also and attendance in her class is low also. These are all reasons to pull her from the classes. We are looking at cutting back her schedule for Fall, but she will still have two time slots. Suggestions on how to handle this are welcome. I have some ideas, but hoping for clarification and other ideas!
Among the most fundamental safety guidelines in aquatic training is the requirement that aquatic instructors have a full and unobstructed view of trainees. The instructor can be in the pool only if he or she trains one-on-one with a client, or in a semi-private group with no more than two trainees. This is mainly for safety purposes (so that an instructor can be able to quickly spot and respond to any trainee having health or safety problems) and for instructional purposes (to be able to clearly see the movements of trainees so that an instructor can be better able to judge how each trainee is responding to instructions). These two very important goals simply cannot be done as efficiently, clearly, and safely while being in the pool with participants.