Ian Hartley and Pilar Fernandez are both university graduates and have been involved with swimming for over twenty years. Both have taught children now competing at national level.
Pilar was a national swimmer in Spain for 11 years, gained her teaching qualification there and has been teaching in London since 1998. In 2006 she finished a second degree, a BA (Hons) in ‘Childhood and Youth Studies’, in order to gain a greater insight into the development of the physical and mental capabilities of young children.
Ian qualified to teach in ‘82 and has enjoyed a vast experience of teaching children of all ages as well as adults. He has developed a Learn to Swim programme for nursery children and for several years was the teacher trainer for the largest private swimming school in London.
With their combined knowledge and teaching experience they have developed an informed and detailed teaching methodology and programme specifically for ‘flow pools’.
The 4Stroke Methodology
Teaching methods in the UK seem to have remained firmly fixed in the last century. The advances in the understanding of the science of swimming now used at coaching level have not been applied to the methods of teaching at the important stroke development stage. As a result many children aren’t taught the essential skills they need to learn to begin to swim effectively.
The 4STROKE swimming methology modernises and simplifies the process of swimming development. The 4 Stage programme has been created to teach children and adults in a ‘flow pool’ from adaptation to full stroke swimming.
Stage 1: ADAPTATION
Developing essential skills to produce:-
Stage 2: PROPULSION
Rolling front to back
Stage 3: ROLLING STROKES
Stage 4: UNDULATING STROKES
A ‘flow pool’ allows the teacher, whether in or out of the pool, to be always right along side their students as they swim. This, combined with the floor and ceiling mirrors means the student receives constant feedback at each stage of development.