Level 2 Aquatics Certification

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Level 2 Aquatics Certification

The following questions are based on information for the Level 2 Aquatics training. The first 10 questions are based on the Level 2 Aquatics training and the last 20 questions are based on Coaching Special Olympics Athletes. You must click START to enter the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How does an athlete learn a skill kinesthetically?
    • A. 

      By examining pictures or watching videos of a sport

    • B. 

      By seeing, feeling, and doing

    • C. 

      By taking more time to process and retain information

    • D. 

      By applying the skill in a variety of environments

  • 2. 
    What is the most recognizable genetic condition associated with Special Olympics athletes?
    • A. 

      Hyperactivity and photosensitivity

    • B. 

      Grand mal seizures

    • C. 

      Asperger syndrome

    • D. 

      Down syndrome

  • 3. 
    What percentage of athletes exhibit one or more of the autism spectrum disorders?
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      15

    • D. 

      20

  • 4. 
    What must a coach do to help an athlete achieve a skill?
    • A. 

      After a competition, evaluate whether the skill was achieved.

    • B. 

      Have the athlete apply the skill in a game-like situation.

    • C. 

      Give the athlete more playing time during a game.

    • D. 

      Separate the skill into tasks.

  • 5. 
    What is the best approach to communicate effectively with athletes?
    • A. 

      Use the same words or phrases to elicit a desired action.

    • B. 

      Use “don’t” commands so the athletes do not hurt themselves.

    • C. 

      Use at least 4-part directions to include the entire action, not one- or two-part instructions.

    • D. 

      Use directional references often so athletes can acclimate themselves to the terrain.

  • 6. 
    Why is it important to teach athletes to follow the Governing Body & Special Olympics Rules?
    • A. 

      Competition will be inconsistent regardless of where the athlete is competing.

    • B. 

      Athletes need to be exposed to a variety of rules so they can compete in different settings.

    • C. 

      Athletes need to know that National Governing Body rules take precedence over Special Olympics rules.

    • D. 

      Athletes will be better prepared if they know and are comfortable with the rules.

  • 7. 
    What does the term “staging” mean in Special Olympics events?
    • A. 

      It’s when the athletes perform on a stage, such as in gymnastics.

    • B. 

      It’s the location where the athletes gather with fellow competitors prior to competing.

    • C. 

      It’s an area where parents can sit with their children to watch the competition.

    • D. 

      It’s the area where coaches instruct athletes on what to do if they encounter a potentially vulnerable situation.

  • 8. 
    Which quote is the Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath?
    • A. 

      “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”

    • B. 

      "It's not that you won or lost but how you played the game.”

    • C. 

      “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

    • D. 

      “You can't just beat a team, you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again.”

  • 9. 
    What is the best example of encouraging good sportsmanship?
    • A. 

      When an opponent makes a basket or scores a goal, have the team say, “Nice shot!”

    • B. 

      Recognize mistakes and immediately penalize the athlete for them.

    • C. 

      Question the ruling of any official who makes a controversial call.

    • D. 

      Yell instructions to your athletes as they are playing; this will provide constant instruction.

  • 10. 
    What is the best strategy for encouraging athletes to achieve their personal best?
    • A. 

      Help athletes discover that their personal best may be different from others’, but they all help the team.

    • B. 

      Reinforce the accomplishments and efforts of the athletes who won their event.

    • C. 

      Instruct your athletes to go half-speed in divisioning rounds so they are better positioned to win the finals.

    • D. 

      Deliver elaborate post-competition speeches that praise the athletes.

  • 11. 
    What is the best method for communicating instructions during the competition?
    • A. 

      Constantly yell tips for improvement from the sidelines.

    • B. 

      Keep words brief and positive, focusing on what should be done.

    • C. 

      Tell athletes what NOT to do so they will not make mistakes.

    • D. 

      Use new and different words to reinforce what the athlete already knows.

  • 12. 
    What approach rewards efforts and achieved goals, while fostering positive attitudes?
    • A. 

      Limiting responsibility to avoid the risks of independence.

    • B. 

      Showing and teaching good sportsmanship and respect for officials, opponents, teammates, coaches, and other athletes.

    • C. 

      Providing ongoing instructions to athletes while they are competing so they don’t forget them.

    • D. 

      Having athletes arrive immediately before competition so they do not stress about quickly changing environments.

  • 13. 
    There shall be at least one certified lifeguard at training and competition for every 25 swimmers whose sole function is to guard.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    In any freestyle event, athletes may swim any stroke they wish and may change strokes during the race.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Unified relays must follow the same training guidelines as traditional relays: Unified partners and athletes must train together for 8-10 weeks.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    For flotation events, each athlete is responsible for his/her own flotation device.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Stroke violations/disqualifications are made when a kick or arm motion deviates from the correct combination of the stroke, for instance, a breaststroke arm motion with a scissor kick.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    What is a legal flotation device during competitions?
    • A. 

      Aqua jogger

    • B. 

      Inner tubes

    • C. 

      Water wings

    • D. 

      Kickboard

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 19. 
    What swimming stroke must start with two hands and two feet touching the wall?
    • A. 

      Freestyle

    • B. 

      Butterfly

    • C. 

      Backstroke

    • D. 

      Breaststroke

  • 20. 
    In assisted swim events, an in-the-pool assistant is allowed to?
    • A. 

      Touch, guide or direct the athlete but may not support or assist the athlete’s forward movement

    • B. 

      Swim in front of the athlete and help pull them forward

    • C. 

      Swim behind the athlete and help push them forward

  • 21. 
    Special Olympics Minnesota aquatics competitions have a closed competition policy.  What does this mean?
    • A. 

      Only athletes are allowed to enter the pool

    • B. 

      Coaches may coach from the pool deck but not the stands

    • C. 

      The only individuals allowed in staging and the pool deck are athletes and event staff. Coaches are not allowed beyond staging or to coach.

  • 22. 
    In which stroke must the arms alternate motion from side to side?
    • A. 

      Breaststroke

    • B. 

      Butterfly

    • C. 

      Backstroke

    • D. 

      Freestyle

  • 23. 
    Typically, why might an athlete have low self-esteem?
    • A. 

      The athlete is irritated by bright lights or certain colors.

    • B. 

      The athlete avoids being touched.

    • C. 

      The athlete has had a history of negative experiences such as being ignored or left out of activities.

    • D. 

      The athlete is suffering side effects from medication.

  • 24. 
    Why might athletes have difficulty with the social aspects of training?
    • A. 

      Many may be too sedentary and unaccustomed to physical activity.

    • B. 

      Typically, they are all antisocial and cannot learn to interact on teams.

    • C. 

      Their families cannot afford the equipment for them to participate.

    • D. 

      Training is too complex.

  • 25. 
    What is the advantage to using the demonstration component of instruction to illustrate a skill?
    • A. 

      The athlete hears you explain the skill by using one- or two-part instructions, and then it’s clear what is expected of them.

    • B. 

      The athlete sees what they're being asked to do and is able to follow the instructions.

    • C. 

      The athlete receives one-on-one attention from the coach.

    • D. 

      Since combining the four components is nearly impossible, it is the best way to teach an athlete a new skill.

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