Choosing the Right Swim School  

by Pool Builders on 10-25-2011 in Articles

Pools are a great place to spend your free time during the warmer months. But if you don't know how to swim the water can be a dangerous place. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there is an average of nine drowning incidents per day. In the United States drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children. By enrolling your children in a swim school can make all the difference in the world.

Determining which swim school to send your children to can be a little tricky. There are a lot of factors that you have to consider. One of the first things you need to consider is your children's comfort level. No matter where you choose to take your child for lessons, the children have to be comfortable with the surroundings. Not only do your children need to be comfortable with the surroundings, your children should be comfortable with the teacher. Trust is important. When your children are in the water they have to be able to trust that the teacher isn't going to let them get hurt. Someone that they are not comfortable with is not going to earn that level of trust and that can be dangerous.

You also want to consider what type of swim school it is. While it might be nice to have an outdoor pool to have class in it isn't necessarily the best idea. If the classes are held outside then they are dictated by the weather. If it's stormy or too cool out then your children won't have class. Outside classes also are at risk of weather related ailments like sunburn or catching a cold. Most of the time, an indoor pool is the better option. It gives your children a controlled environment. This also allows them to have a consistent schedule in order to build their new skill.

No matter if your children are attending an indoor swim school or an outdoor you have to consider the skill level of the teacher. Is the teacher a strong swimmer? You don't want someone who is mediocre trying to teach this skill to your children. But not all skilled athletes can teach. Not only does the teacher need to know how to do it well, and properly, the teacher needs to be able to convey the information. You need to thoroughly check out the teacher before you hire one to train you children in the water.

Getting lessons is a great way for your children to gain the skill level and confidence they need in the water. Being a strong swimmer is important for anyone who wants to spend time in the water. Finding someone who can teach your children the skill can be difficult. Take your time evaluating your options before you make a decision.

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