If I only had a nickel for every time a parent asks me if private lessons or semi-private lessons are “best.” 1. First and foremost, there is always the money issue. I understand this. I suggest you find a swim school or instructor that will work with you. I always listen for clues from the parent and make suggestions. If a parent has difficulty affording private lessons, I often suggest that we divide my 30 minute class into two 15 minute classes.  The parent can then split the 30 minute lesson between two children (siblings or friends) to help the affordability factor.  2.  Parents often ask me to teach two children (siblings or friends) at the same time (for the full 30 minute lesson). …