April is Adult Learn to Swim Month
Want to host an April is Adult Learn to Swim program at your pool, but don't know what to do first? Check out these guidelines, created with the help of successful ALTS Month organizers. The USMS National Office can help, too, but get out your calendars and get started here:
- Have a point person in place (LMSC) – The LMSC should have one person whom interested teams and volunteers can get in touch with for information and support.
- Team and volunteer commitment (LMSC) – The LMSC point person should send an invitation to all teams, encouraging them to get involved. All committed teams should be on the list by mid-month, with a coordinator representing each team.
- Facility commitments (teams) – Facilities should be secured by the team coordinator. Some facilities will want remuneration for rental or staff salaries.
- Set program dates and times (teams) – Once the commitments are made by facilities, the teams should set a schedule based on what the facility can offer.
- Promotion (teams) – Each team should make an initial announcement using media, social media and word-of-mouth to start a “buzz” about this offering.
- Develop registration process (teams) – With the support of the point person, the team coordinator will determine the easiest way to input students into the available lesson spots.
- Create a master schedule template (teams) – Once the registration process is in place, the team should have a single master schedule that keeps track of lesson dates, volunteer availability and students in each class.
- Volunteer instructor training (LMSC) – The team coordinator should arrange with the LMSC point person a class time with an ALTS-certified instructor to review the Volunteer Teacher Manual with the team volunteers.
- Implement registration process (teams) – Make an announcement when registration will open.
- Confirm instructor commitments (teams) – Be prepared for volunteers to change their availability. Although people take this seriously, life will intrude on people’s ability to help.
- Logistics (teams) – As the lessons approach, team coordinators should talk with the facility representatives and determine what will happen when students come for lessons. The path to the pool should be easy and welcoming.
- Inform or remind local media (teams) – Try to generate more “buzz” by reminding all local media that the lessons will be starting soon.
- Call the USMS office (LMSC) – Make sure Holly Neumann in the USMS office knows the details about each participating team. This should be collected by the LMSC point person and sent as a single document.
- On the day of classes, review rosters and make sure the facility is prepared (teams) – The team coordinator should go over class details and be prepared well in advance of the arrival of the first student.
- Have FUN and enjoy the great work you are doing!