Why do parents send their kids to swimming lessons?
Hundreds of parents lose their beloved children every year in the water. As a matter of fact, nearly 400 children under the age of 15 die every year from drowning in the pool or spa. Unfortunately, and quite tragically, knowing how to swim for many of them would have been the difference between an inconvenient tumble into the pool and a tragic death. This is a potential fear that every parent faces, especially if they have a pool or if their kids go to visit a friend’s house for the weekend. It is imperative that parents take this seriously as to avoid ever having to experience a situation like this, because it CAN be avoided. But it’s not only the parents that want their kids to know how to swim, but the children also want to learn for their own sake as well.
Let’s face it, most kids know how to swim. If your child does not know how to swim, this could be cause for numerous social and psychological troubles in their lives.
When a kid grows up never having learned how to swim, water phobia, the fear of being in or near water, tends to develop over time. The embarrassment they feel when thinking of their friends finding out they can’t swim can overwhelm them, and will only get worse as long as it is not addressed. Every pool party or beach day for the rest of their lives will become a stress-inducing ordeal that not only would be mitigated if they had been taught how to swim when they were young, but the problem itself would not even exist. Children DESERVE to learn how to swim. It is a problem that can easily be overcome even in early infancy. It is a problem that should not be allowed to persist any longer in society, and children should be taught to conquer this with the right guidance once and for all, or face the consequences. With this in mind, it becomes obvious…
Children MUST learn how to swim… but what is the best way for them to learn?
Although a lot of parents opt to teach their kids to swim themselves, most parents don’t have the time. And if you can’t teach your kid to swim yourself, then what are your options?
The next move would be to take your kid to group swim lessons. Group lessons are a good option for many parents. They allow your kid to learn to swim, alongside peers under the guidance of a certified swim instructor. Not only that, but on a per lesson basis, they can be quite affordable. And if things go well, the kids in the group may turn out to be friends outside the pool. This can turn out to be a good activity for a kid to partake in. However, group swimming lessons are not the best option out there for several reasons.
Group lessons, although popular, do have significant drawbacks that might make you think otherwise.
Group lessons do not allow for focused attention on an individual kid. Usually, group swim lessons are the same lessons for every child for the duration of the lesson, no matter where each individual child is at in the process of learning how to swim. If your child is the one to fall behind, they may be the one that holds the group back. This may be extremely uncomfortable for the child.
In addition, group swimming lessons require specific availability for all parties involved. This limits the flexibility of scheduling. In a world as busy as ours, flexible scheduling to ensure lessons are received in a timely fashion can be the difference between a child taking years to learn how to swim and learning in a few weeks. This is only some of the several drawbacks of group lessons, and the amount of good that can come out of group lessons is limited by the restrictions caused by a group setting. At this point you might be asking, “What is the best option to teach my kid to learn how to swim? All things considered.”
Private, In-Home Swimming Lessons Are the Quickest, Most Effective, and Most Affordable Way to Teach your Kid How to Swim
Private Swim Lessons are easily the best option for teaching your kid how to swim. A Certified Swim Instructor, in home, guiding your child through the process of learning how to swim might seem like overdoing it. But after you go through the pros and cons list, I think you will agree that Private Swim Lessons are the best option. Here they are:
- Focused Attention
- A group session lacks the undivided attention that your child may need in order to accelerate their learning curve in the water. In private lessons, your child is made the center of attention, and any adjustments, specifications, or changes to the way the lesson is implemented can be made according to the feedback from your child. A professional instructor will be able to work with your child, and make sure that they learn what they need to learn in order to move the next step in the lesson. In a group lesson, this is not a priority, and every child receives only minimal attention.
- More Affordable
- Although private lessons are typically more expensive than group lessons per session, private lessons require less money to get your kid from point A to point B in the long run. In a group session, your child will learn much slower. Being in a group swim lesson means missing out on the undivided, focused attention mentioned above. If your child falls behind or misses the technique that was described, they will lack that skill, and the instructor may not notice that the child missed a critical part of the lesson. Private lessons are designed to not allow this to happen.
- Children are More Comfortable Learning this Way
- If a child is struggling during a group lesson, and their peers are not, they may feel pressured to continue without telling the instructor they did not master the previous technique. Private lessons make this problem avoidable, by removing the peer pressure naturally brought on by group lessons, children feel free to voice their concerns and comfortability with what they are learning. Swim instructors also have the opportunity to observe the child they are teaching and developing a personal awareness of the child’s unique capabilities and progress in the lesson. The child will never feel as though they are being left behind, and will certainly feel heard throughout the process.
- Flexible Scheduling
- When an entire group must get together for swim lessons, several different parties must match up their schedules. With private lessons, the flexibility comes down to only two parties making time for the lesson. This allows for maximum flexibility and ensures the child will get the frequency of swim lessons they need without losing progress from not being able to schedule lessons.
- A Child Can Learn to Overcome Fear With Guidance
- Similar to the point about comfort, a child can have a lot of fears surrounding the water and the activity of swimming. Even in the presence of an instructor, a child may still be quite frightened. A group instructor may have a hard time addressing each child’s specific fears surrounding the water and their abilities, whereas in a 1-on-1 setting, an instructor can be sure, through observation, what the sticking points are with the child and help them through whatever they may be struggling with. Once a relationship of trust has been developed between the instructor and the child, progress can quicken and psychological barriers surrounding swimming can be removed with more ease.
- Being with a Certified Swim Instructor in a 1-on-1 setting is absolutely the safest way to go about swim lessons. Receiving undivided attention, the instructor is there for the child every step of the way and will quickly identify a child’s weaknesses and where they are lacking in ability. The swim instructor is always in a close enough proximity to step in at a moment’s notice if the child is struggling to stay afloat, but with a step-by-step process starting from the very beginning that builds on each previous step to go through a smooth progression, dangers of that happening are reduced to an absolute minimum. Not only that, but the mere presence of a competent instructor can provide the child with the affirmation they need to fully commit to the techniques they are learning and “go for it”.
- The Quickest and Most Efficient Way to Learning the Lifelong Skill of Swimming
- Group Lessons can be effective, but they take longer, they don’t address specific issues or needs, and they overall can limit the progress a child makes each lesson. Private lessons remove these problems entirely, the fastest, most effective, most customizable approach to teaching kids to swim than anyone could ask for.
If children are taught to swim, they avoid a life of troubles that could be avoided if their parents had taken it upon themselves to make sure their kids learned to swim. For the nearly 400 children under 15 years old who die every year drowning, they were never taught to survive, or even thrive, in the water, and unfortunately, all it would have taken was some swim lessons in order to have the skill of swimming for the rest of their life. Group lessons, at a minimum, are capable of producing competent swimmers. However, if you are looking for the best approach to teaching your kid for the cheapest price, as described, then you know by now that private swim lessons are the way to go. At the very least, make sure your child learns to swim, they deserve to know how, and they will thank you for it one day.