Are You Ready to Take Your Child to Swimming Lessons?  

by Pool Builders on 02-23-2014 in Articles

Swimming is an amazing sport that kids really love and enjoy. Most children start lessons when they are about five years old. As a parent, you will want to make sure that both you and your child is fully prepared for their first lessons.

The School

The first thing you have to do is find a school where you feel comfortable and that will support your child. This means they are responsible and have all the necessary equipment and facilities available. Do also check that the pool is hygienic and that the instructors are all properly qualified. Do speak to your friends and family members in trying to get a recommendation on which school to go to. This is even better if they have children who are going themselves, meaning your child will immediately have a buddy.

Equipment

You also need to make sure you have everything your child needs. Start with a waterproof bag, so that you don't find yourself or your car get wet after the lessons. Always bring a bathing costume and a towel. The instructor will tell you whether or not your child needs goggles. Floatation devices are usually provided by the swimming school itself. Whether or not you choose to wear a swimming cap is up to you. They don't generally keep hair dry and many children really detest them. As such, most parents would usually choose to bring a good shampoo instead.

Your Attitude

The last thing to bring is a supportive and encouraging attitude. Your child will be just as nervous as you and they want to please you more than anything. Do not have unrealistic expectations and don't compare your child to other kids in the group. They will learn at their own speed and will get there eventually. What they want from you is to know that they have done well.

Interestingly enough, it is often on parents' attitude that things go wrong. They make their children feel as if they could have done better, learnt to swim quicker or do anything else that was different from what they did. You have to realise that swimming is a confidence building exercise as much as anything else, and you have to make sure your kids have the confidence to continue. This means that whatever they do is fantastic and amazing and that you should show them this at all times. Even if they are stuck in the ducklings lessons for months on end, they are still doing great.

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