In a couple of short months school will be out for the summer. Huh? Spring Break is already over in some parts of the country.
Have you called your favorite swim teacher or swim school for private lessons? It is not too soon.
If you do not call, text or email your favorite swim teacher or swim school you may not be able to get the dates and times you desire. You may even be placed on a waiting list.
I have complied a list that I hope will help you with scheduling your swim lessons:
-When you call your swim teacher or swim school please have all the information (dates and times) you would like. Do not call just to see how much lessons cost. Having the dates and times will avoid a lot of phone tag. Have a calendar in front of you when you are scheduling your swim classes.
-If the dates and times you desire are already booked ask to be put on a waiting list or ask for a referral.
-Do you or your child need a pair of goggles? Work with your swim teacher or your swim school to be sure you get the right fitting goggles. It is imperative to have good goggles, especially for your first swim lesson.
-Do not hesitate to ask your swim teacher or swim school any questions you may have. We want you and your children to have an enjoyable swim experience.
-Bring warm, comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home. Yes, even on a hot day. Bring a big warm towel. Leggings for girls are not a good idea. They are too tight and a struggle to pull up when they are damp. You do not want a locker room meltdown. We want your swim lessons to be pleasant from the time you arrive to the time you leave.
-Please…..be on time. Even early is very welcome. When you are not on time it cuts into your swim lesson time. Also, when you arrive late you and your child are not in a good mood. It shows when we are teaching them how to swim.
-Please do not ask if it is “ok to run a couple of errands” when your swim lessons are in progress. No, it is not ok. What if something happens? Your child could slip and fall on the deck. Liability issues are involved.
-If you need to cancel, and it happens, please cancel as soon as possible.
-And lastly, a few words about expectations. All students, young and old alike learn at different levels. Sometimes parents have unreasonable expectations. How long will it take for my child to learn? That is a difficult question to answer. The answer depends of many things –i.e. their anxiety levels, stranger and separation levels, comprehension level and did they pick up swim fears from others. Swim lessons are a commitment. Please be patient with the learning process.
Choose your swim teacher and swim school wisely. Ask for referrals from others. Remember experience is priceless.