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Abstract Title

Water Practices : Learn To Swim trough Multidisciplinarity in Sesc Vila Mariana

Abstract Theme

Physical activity and health

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Abstract Authors

Presenter Graziela Higino de Moura - Social Service of Commerce (Sports and Phisical Activities) - BR
Bartira Pereira Palma - Social Service of Commerce (Sports and Phisical Activities) - BR

Presentation Details

Poster Exhibition Site (Local): Yellow - 23        Date: 2 September        Time: 8am to 7pm        Presenter: Graziela Moura

Abstract Resume

Sesc - Social Service of Commerce is a private institution, nationwide, established in 1946 on the initiative of trade and service entrepreneurs which are responsible for its maintenance and
management. Its purpose is to promote a social welfare, improvement in quality of life and cultural development of workers in the trade of goods, services and tourism, as well as the community. It is
part of its action field to develop projects and programs to enhance sports and physical activities experiences, and that can raise awareness of the importance of continuing practicing to improve
quality of life and wellbeing. In this direction, in 2013 the institution started a reflection on the swimming course contents. The result was that learning to swim could not be limited to learning
the four traditional swimming styles (crawl, backstroke, breaststroke e butterfly stroke). Thus, after discussions, it was decided that the course would be named “Water Practices”, which considers the
numerous motor experiences that the aquatic environment may offer. At SESC Vila Mariana, in the south of the city of São Paulo, the new approach was implemented in January 2015. Multidisciplinarity is
one of the new approach principles, so a variety of new contents was included in the course, basically water sports, such as water polo, synchronized swimming, variations of the traditional swimming
styles. The wide variation of contents facilitates learning of new skills and improves students’ retention. In this process, the learning of new skills is facilitated by a skill that has already been
learned. This is called transferable practice. Additionally, rating of students by skills levels was replaced by rating by age because the experiences of one student can help in the learning process
of his colleagues. At first, the students were resistant to the changes. They were afraid that the new approach would not allow the learning of the traditional swimming styles technique. This way,
some important points were listed in order to promote greater acceptance by students: 1) to include new contents gradually, 2) to present historical and cultural aspects of the sports modalities, 3)
to explain that the new approach may improve the learning of swim styles technique due to transferable practice, 4) to offer classes based on the new approach open to the public and, 5) to participate
in swimming competitions and other events to promote interaction among students, and so that the course more experienced students understand that the new approach would still allow participation in
these type of activities. In January 2016 it was observed that, despite of the changes, there were not reductions in the number of students. There was also an increase in students interested in
participating in external events, such as competitions, including beginner students. In conclusion, the new approach increased interaction among students, respecting their individualities and
facilitating learning.

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