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World-class courses for swim teaching now in India
Sports management consulting and strategic advisory firm Winning Matters Consulting Pvt. Ltd., which is headquartered in Bangalore (India) in 2013 conducted an extensive research project on Indian swimming across 5 major cities to understand the participation patterns.

Amongst the key findings was the fact that there was a huge gap between the number of participants who attend traditional learn-to-swim courses and those who continued participating in the sport thereafter.

Further analysis on this point indicated that the teachers lacked essential skills required for swim teaching and the methods used in swim teaching were unstructured, unsafe and most importantly not fun.

Research of international best practices in swim teaching pointed to Australia where swimming is almost an integral part of their culture. Australia’s structured approach to swim teaching has resulted in high participation numbers at different levels along with many Olympic medals thereby making swim teaching a highly respected and rewarding full/part-time career. This has also ensured that swim clubs and swim schools are professionally managed and are lucrative economic assets.

Hence, Winning Matters Consulting has partnered with AUSTSWIM – Australia's national organization for the teaching of swimming and water safety along with being the industry standard in Australia for swimming and water safety teachers to improve the quality of swim teaching in India. The engagement would be handled by Swimming Matters, the sub- division headed by Olympian swimmer Hakimuddin Habibulla (Hakim).

“AUSTSWIM is an internationally recognized and respected organization that has set the highest standards of swim teaching. We are sure that Indian swim teachers and Indian swimming will greatly benefit from these courses. The extremely positive feedback from the candidates and organizations that participated in the courses and awareness sessions has been encouraging,” said Varun Paliwal, Co-Founder & CEO, Winning Matters Consulting Private Limited.

For the initial introduction of AUSTSWIM and the Australian way of swimming and water safety teaching, Ceri Weeks – who was awarded the 2012 National AUSTSWIM Presenter (Trainer of swim teachers) – was in India during the month of November 2013. She conducted the foundation AUSTSWIM course (Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety) for 16 candidates (the maximum limit) in Bangalore and Mumbai that included swim teachers and coaches from Dolphin Aquatics, India’s top swim team, based in Bangalore.

Ceri is back in India till February 15th to conduct the foundation AUSTSWIM course for the next batch of candidates and create more awareness about the Australian way of swimming and water safety teaching in Mumbai and Bangalore. The course in Mumbai was conducted at the YMCA Swimming Pool from January 20th to 29th. The course in Bangalore is currently underway at the Ramakrishna Hegde Swimming Pool.

The special course tailored for India includes:

  • Three days of Theory + Practical sessions
  • Five days of supervised swim teaching
  • One day for CPR training and assessment
Gordon Mallet, CEO, AUSTSWIM Limited, had this to say “AUSTSWIM has great pleasure in partnering with Winning Matters Consulting to train teachers of swimming and water safety and raise awareness of the importance of water safety for the community in India. The outcomes will mean that future generations of children will be safer around water and there will be a stronger basis for the development of the sport of swimming in India.”

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