Choosing the Right Swimming Lessons.  

by Pool Builders on 08-06-2013 in Articles

Lots of people learn to swim when they are children, itâEUR(TM)s a skill that we should all have so if your child hasnâEUR(TM)t learned yet it may be time to check out a swimming lesson for children. ItâEUR(TM)s a good idea to do some research before signing your child up for a class, there are many different pools offering many different lessons for many different abilities but how do you know which is right for your child?

DonâEUR(TM)t automatically go for the most convenient pool or the one your childâEUR(TM)s friends all go to. Just because itâEUR(TM)s popular with other children does not mean itâEUR(TM)s right for yours. You need to make sure the teacher is friendly and willing to help and that she uses the correct techniques. Clean, working and well equipped facilities are a must, if you find somewhere that isnâEUR(TM)t very clean looking I would walk straight back out of the door.

Once you have chosen your pool and teacher itâEUR(TM)s important to kit your child out with all the right equipment. Check that there is no uniform or recommended swim suit from the teacher as some schools do this. ItâEUR(TM)s important to make sure the cap and goggles are correctly fitted, too loose and the cap will fall off and water will leak into your childâEUR(TM)s eyes, however if they are too tight it can be very uncomfortable and leave nasty sores around the eyes and forehead.
To avoid the risk of cramp make sure your child has nothing to eat for at least 2 hours before going swimming and if the pool is outside itâEUR(TM)s important to use a high factor, waterproof sun cream to prevent sunburn.

You should always go with your child to a lesson, you donâEUR(TM)t have to get in the pool with them but of they can look over the side and see you sat in the stalls it will help them to feel safe. Always make sure they shower after swimming regardless of how clean the pool seemed. Chlorine can really irritate the skin so it needs to be washed off after a swim.

Your child will most likely be very worn out after swimming and possibly slightly dehydrated too. Make sure they have something to eat and plenty to drink to build energy levels back up.

Swimming lessons should be fun and enjoyable, if at any point it seems like your child is not liking it then please talk to the teacher as she will know how to get your childâEUR(TM)s interest back.

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