It is recommended that you start early with swimming lessons. Starting early in life will allow quicker development of swimming skills that could help prevent drowning. And for adults, it’s never too late to learn! Taking classes to learn to swim is very popular amongst adults. Being comfortable in the water allows you to enjoy the many benefits such as the great exercise, water classes, and enjoying time with family.
Classes for Babies and Toddlers
It is recommended that parents try to get their children familiar with the water at a young age. This would include making bath time enjoyable and get them use to the sensation of the water.
The next stage would be to start classes. Most parents wait until their child is 6 months old to start these classes. These classes are usually parent and child formats allowing you to get in the water with them. The instructors will focus on getting your child use to the water and inputting survival skills through games, songs, and toys. Skills will include: comfortable balancing, buoyancy control, and breathing comfortably in water. These classes are usually geared towards kids 6 months old to 3 or 4 years old.
Classes for School Age Children
The formal lessons start for this age group. These classes will focus on fundamentals of swimming as well as teaching safety skills around the water. You child will also learn and continue to improve the different strokes and techniques used in swimming.
Most programs such as SwimRVA’s classes are constructed in a progressive program, meaning that the child will advance through stages as their skills grow. Depending on your child’s background with the water, survival swimming techniques may be their first steps and then advance to learning the different strokes. Keep in mind that your child’s development is linked to how often they practice.
Every child is different which will effect when your child will start. It is important to never force a child beyond where they are comfortable. Crying and yelling are fairly normal but you don’t want to push them to fear the water completely.
Most swim programs will allow for the parents to sit and watch their children. It is recommended that you stay and watch for the first few lessons that they are in the pool without you. This will give them some comfort and ease their minds allowing them to focus on the lessons instead of any fear.
Good luck in your swim lesson journey!
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