If your child is going to spend a lot of time in the swimming pool, it’s important that you find good instruction to help him or her build skills. The process of learning to swim can take quite a bit of time so you should expect to invest some time and money to help your child learn.
There are a variety of instruction options. Many swimming pool locations offer lessons during the summer. Your children may enjoy these because they will learn to swim with other children their age. It’s a great way to make new friends. Indoor swimming pool facilities also offer instruction. The advantage of these facilities is that your child can take lessons throughout the year. This way, they won’t lose the skills they’ve built during the summer.
How can you tell if you’ve found a good instructor or instruction team? First, ask about class size. Large classes are not nearly as effective as smaller ones because your child won’t get as much individual instruction. Good swimming lessons have small class sizes and often have more than one instructor to support your child. There should be plenty of lifeguards present to assist in case of an emergency.
Ask about the instructors’ qualifications and experience. The instructor should be a member of one of the organizations dedicated to swimming instruction such as the US Swim School Association. The instructor should understand how to work with children, which involves patience, positive reinforcement and a supportive attitude. Your instructor should be at least 18 years of age. Ask the instructor about lesson plans so that you can ensure your child will make progress in the swimming pool.
Private lessons may be appropriate for some children, especially those who are nervous. A good instructor will work with the student to help him or her overcome their fears and become comfortable in the swimming pool. Private lessons may also be appropriate when your child is struggling with a particular issue such as endurance or learning certain strokes. They will often make much more progress during a private lesson. Although private lessons are more expensive, your child may make much more progress than he or she might during a private lessons.
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