Yes, summer is here. Did you sign up for swim lessons? Swim lessons are filling up fast. You will want to get the best dates and times for your family.
Here are some swim lesson tips:
-Take a tour of the pool. Make sure that the pool is safe. It should be clean, well maintained and show posted safety rules.
-Are the locker rooms and bathrooms clean and well maintained?
-Avoid classes that are too big. Having fewer children in a group is better, especially if the children are young and beginners. The swimming instructor is responsible for the whole group and should be able to have all the students within arm’s reach at all times.
-Find out how many children are placed in various levels and what is expected of your child in class. Children should be grouped with others in their age range and skill level.
-Deeper water should be marked, so parents (and children) can avoid the area.
-Parents, please do not distract your child during swim lessons. Please stay back and let the swim instructor do their job. For example, your child may be a ‘wall hugger’ and you may feel you need to encourage them. Swim lessons are a new experience for your child, making it normal for them to be scared in the beginning.
-You can encourage them later when the pool is open to the public. This is the time to provide encouragement and motivate your child. Also, talk to the swim teacher about how to help your child. Please do not give up. Consistency is the key.
-Do you have a baby or toddler? Sign up for a Parent/Baby/Toddler Class. This class is a wonderful way for you and your child to learn all the water safety skills. There is no greater joy in learning to swim than with your own child. I guarantee it! 🙂