Every year in the United States, nearly 800 children under the age of 15 die in drowning accidents. Nearly half of those children are under the age of 5 years old. At Safety 1st Aquatics, we are committed to irradicating these tragedies once and for all, as well as providing people of all ages the skillset they need to not only be safe in and around the water but to also have a fulfilling relationship with the water and its associated activities.
Of course, this is a large goal to achieve, and the process of closing the gap between water incompetency and water competency in the United States comes down to one simple step – learning how to swim. If a child does not know how to swim, the risk associated with falling in water deeper than they can stand becomes substantially greater. However, if they know how to swim, the risk of drowning goes down tremendously.
This is why we have set up our business in such a way as to provide nationwide service across the entire United States. Our clients who work with us receive professional service, and we always fulfill our promise. However, learning to swim is something that requires yours and your child’s participation, and how you and your child participate can have an impact on their success in swim lessons.
For the average adult looking to help their child get the most out of swim lessons, there are a few tips that can set your child up for success. Beginning with understanding the process and what they will need, as well as different mental strategies that lead to improved learning capabilities. Let’s dive in!
How to set your child up for success in children’s swimming lessons
When you are looking for children’s swimming lessons, you will first fill out a registration form. This will include information such as
- Who are the lessons for?
- Contact Information
- Description of person for whom the lessons are intended
- Intended Start Date
The part we’d like to draw your attention to is the “Description of the person for whom the lessons are intended.” The reason being that when our instructors receive this description of your child’s skillset, they will be reading it thoroughly to know exactly how to approach lessons with your child. If you do not fully describe your child’s skillset, the instructor may not be able to prepare properly. However, if you explain what level of competency your child is at as well as other helpful information, the instructor can approach the lessons accordingly. Essentially, if you want to set your child up for success, set their instructor up for success first by giving them the information they need to help your child as much as possible from day one!
You will then be contacted within 72 hours to schedule their first lessons!
After you schedule your child’s first lessons with our certified swim instructor that has be assigned to them, you will need your child to be prepared for those lessons. This means you will need get them the proper gear that they will wear throughout the duration of their lessons. They will need:
- A swimsuit – a proper swimsuit will fit them comfortably and not inhibit or restrict their movement. Too loose, and it will become heavy and baggy when in the water, resulting in them being obstructed from moving freely. Too tight, and them will not be able to move freely either. Find something that fits them comfortably, and you’re all set!
- Goggles – getting pool water in their eyes can sting tremendously. It’s not good for their eyes, and it’s not good for their lessons either. Remember, when they are in the pool with their instructor, this will be a time of focused learning. Any discomfort, therefore, will stunt the learning process and cause a distraction. If you want them to get the most out of their lessons, find a pair of goggles that fits snug on their head and comfortably around their eyes. That way they can focus on learning and not stopping water from getting in their eyes.
With that gear, they are all set for lessons! Now let’s get into the stuff that will help them maximize their results!
Mindset is Everything
We at Safety 1st Aquatics understand that learning to swim can be a daunting task, especially if your child is a beginner. However, helping them develop the proper mindset is key to them getting the most out of their lessons. Here are a few ideas you should instill in them throughout their lessons:
- Honesty – being honest with their instructor is essential to helping them teach your child properly. If they feel uncomfortable with what they are learning, it’s very important to let the instructor know.
- Trust – our swim instructors are heavily vetted for a reason. They know what they are doing and they are more than capable of helping your child. It is important that your child trust their instructor and listen to what they say.
- Self-Belief – in addition to trusting their instructor, they have to believe in their own ability to learn. If they find this hard, try asking the instructor about others they have helped teach to swim, and rest assured that if they can teach others, they can teach your child as well, and they have what it takes to learn.
- Understanding Failure – In learning to swim, there really is no such thing as failure. There is only undeveloped skills. If your child is struggling with a technique, this is only a sign that they must practice more, and as your instructor understands them more, they will adapt to what struggles your child may have and improve the learning process for them.
- Get excited! – Learning to swim may be hard, but knowing how to swim is EXCITING! As your child learns, keep in their mind all the benefits they will gain from learning to swim, and remind them constantly that once they learn, they will have this skill for the rest of their life!
Are you ready?
There you have it: everything you need to set your child for success in children’s swimming lessons. The proper way to fill out the registration, the gear they’ll need, and the mindset that’ll help them learn in a fun and efficient manner. If you are ready to sign them up, head over to our registration page and begin implementing what you learned!
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you at the pool!