Is the teacher dressed appropriately?

Teacher maintained a professional posture during the lesson?


Register taken and accurate against pupil numbers in water?

Teaching environment tidy and safe?

All equipment needed for the session prepared and ready to use?

Class effectively managed for space and ability?


Positioned so that the whole class was always in view?

Positioned so that all pupils could see and hear?

Positioned to be most beneficial to the class? (in water/out of water/static)


Correct technique and effective?

Relevant to content and ability?

Correctly interpreted?


Clear warm up, main theme, contrasting activity structure?

Progressive teaching practises?

Practises tailored to the individuals ability/needs?

Was the equipment used relevant to the individuals ability/needs?

Did pupils spend sufficient time swimming and actively engaged in practises?

Instruction and Feedback

Were instructions clear and understood?

Was the teacher enthusiastic, motivating and demonstrating a positive rapport with the pupils?

Was there individual recognition given to each pupil during the lesson?

Were faults recognised and dealt with in an effective manner?


Did the lesson start and finish on time?

GLL Compliance

Was the lesson observed delivered in a safe manner?

Is the teacher on the GLL payroll as a swimming teacher?

Does the teacher have a completed and signed off SOP & EAP at the centre?

Comments & Action Plan

Development Plan


Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.