Looking into swim lessons for the young ones or even you?  SwimRVA believes every child should know how to swim all four strokes correctly.  Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about swim lessons:

1.  How long are swim lessons?

Each organization structures lessons on what they believe is best.  You can expect lessons to be 30 – 60 minutes.  It will also depend whether you schedule group or private lessons. Check with your organization to see how they structure their lessons.

2.  How long will I take swim lessons?

Swim lessons are usually structured in steps or levels to complete to graduate a given program.  Your rate at which you graduate will vary individually.  Some choose to take lessons until they feel comfortable doing certain actions in the water and then discontinue.

3.  How much do swim lessons cost?

The price of lessons will vary.  Prices are usually based on: group vs private lessons, length of the lesson, packages offered, and for some organizations charge different if you are members.  Check out the pricing structure at SwimRVA.

4.  Why should I learn to swim?

Becoming water-safe is essential for both parents’ and children’s well-being. In addition to water safety, swimming is a great activity for recreation that can be enjoyed by all ages.

5.  What age should my child start lessons?

Many organizations offer a parent and child class starting as young at 6 months old.  You should introduce your child to the water and lessons at a young age for best results for lessons.

6.  Should I take group lessons or private lessons?

Many organizations offer both options.  Your learning style will help determine which setting is best for you.  Group lessons are the most popular structure as many organizations keep low instructor to student ratios.

7.  What should I wear to swim lessons?

You need to bring a swim suit and towel (goggles if you want).  Most places require a swim diaper for children that are not potty trained.

8.  What are the advantages of formal swim lessons?

Formal lessons able you to learn the correct technique without developing bad habits.  Also, many safety skills are taught along with swimming skill and techniques.

9.  How many swim lessons should I take each week?

The number of lessons you take per week will depend on what you feel comfortable taking and what is offered by your organization.  Also, your performance level and goals will be factors.

10.  My child has been through swim lessons. What’s Next?

Swimming doesn’t have to stop at lessons.  There are many aquatic activities that your child can participate in such as swim teams and water polo.  If you have an older child looking for a job, consider becoming a lifeguard.  Look in your area to see what aquatic activities are available.