The course programme for the improvement of professional competence for the sports teachers of general education schools “Learning proficiency by implementing the curriculum in the field of health and physical activity – swimming”, September, October 2020

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The purpose of the programme is to increase the professional competence of sports teachers of general education in the subject “Sport and Health” under the training module “Swimming” in the formation of swimming skills and safe behaviour skills, planning a new curriculum, teaching and learning in the classroom to change the pedagogical approach in the learning process. The courses are free of charge.

As a result of mastering the programme, the participants will expand their understanding of proficiency, of what the learning process should be like in order for the students to get competence in matters of safety (knows, analyses and assesses risks in various life situations, makes informed decisions about safe behaviour and takes responsibility for them) and how to incorporate such a process into the “Swimming” training module of the “Sports and Health” subject; as well as how to expand water safety knowledge, swimming skills and safe behaviour skills in possible dangerous situations on/near the water.


Haralds Lučkovskis, chief specialist in first aid issues at the State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS).

Topic: “Training in first aid and water safety within the framework of the training course”

Gunta Falka, teacher with 27 years of experience, coordinator in the field of health and physical activity in Riga, methodologist of the base of pedagogical practice for students of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE), consultant for teachers of Education and Information Services of Riga City (RIIMC).

Topic: “Learning for proficiency by implementing the learnt content in the field of health and physical activity – “swimming””

  • Competency-based education.
  • The purpose and specificity of the field of study of health and physical activity.
  • What should the teacher do to provide the students with modern proficiency education?
  • Immersive learning and feedback.
  • Horizontal and vertical cooperation.
  • Curriculum module – Swimming.

Gustavs Zālītis, swimming coach for children, adults, as well as people with special needs, developer of the interest education programme “Swimming lessons for grade 2”, lifeguard with the certificate of the International Beach Lifeguard Association and experience working on the beaches of Jūrmala, world champion in winter swimming.

Pāvels Murāns, swimming coach, sports and swimming teacher, Latvian swimming record holder, participant in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Agnese Gedrovica, swimming coach for children and adults of all ages, lifeguard certified by the International Beach Lifeguard Association.

Toms Jēkabsons, swimming and sailing coach for children and adults, water sports enthusiast, manager of “Liepāja Olympic Centre” swimming pool and SPA, president of the Latvian Windsurfing Association.

Kristaps Vaģelis, swimming coach and interest education teacher for children from the age of 5. Organiser of the open water swimming competition “Ciecernieks”.

Topic:  “Theory, good practice examples and practical work in the swimming pool”

  • The necessity of learning water competence and swimming skills as a life-saving skill.
  • Negative statistics on the number of drowned people, mechanisms for its improvement in Latvia and the world.
  • Physical characteristics of the body in water, myths and truth about human abilities in water.
  • The importance of the preparation process before swimming lessons, top 10 questions to address and explain to students and parents.
  • Use of swimming equipment during lessons. Necessary material and technical support for the student.
  • The importance of informative work with parents.
  • Basic principles of safe behaviour near and on the water, survival skills in water, actions in an emergency situation, helping someone in trouble based on personal experience, understanding the complexity of the task.
  • Learning the basic elements – star, floating, etc., explanatory work about the need to learn the elements based on personal experience, understanding the complexity of the task.
  • Completion of the final tasks by the students in order to determine the ability of teachers to complete tasks, to learn the levels of adaptation of tasks according to the abilities of their students.
  • Learning the ways of swimming, learning physical exercises in water, identifying problems during performance, correction.
  • Practical recommendations for conducting lessons.
  • Recommendations for maintaining children’s interest in acquiring water competence – games, toys, lesson plan recommendations, practical work in the swimming pool.


  • Valmiera (Vidzeme Olympic Centre swimming pool) – 17 and 18 September
  • Liepāja (Liepāja Olympic Centre swimming pool) – 1 and 2 October
  • Balvi (rescheduled from Daugavpils) (Balvi swimming pool) – 15 and 16 October
  • Riga (rescheduled from Bauska) (“Elektrum Olympic Centre” swimming pool) – 22 and 23 October
  • Riga (“Elektrum Olympic Centre” swimming pool) – 29 and 30 October

Overview of the courses in Valmiera:

Overview of the courses in Liepāja:

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