How to Choose the Right Instructor for Baby and Infant Swimming Lessons  

by Pool Builders on 01-22-2014 in Articles

If you want to give your child baby swimming lessons, you are making the right decision. However, you do have to make sure that you only work with instructors that are licensed and well trained. The reality is that your child will be learning essential survival skills, which means that they have to be taught well. With the following hints and tips, you should be able to do just that.

Tips to Find a Good Instructor

1. Shop around. You should be able to get lessons from a range of different pools, leisure centres and personal trainers. Speak to your friends and ask if they particularly recommend anybody. Word of mouth advertising is always the best there is. At the same time, visiting your local leisure centre and sitting in the spectators' gallery during some of the lessons is also a great idea, as this will give you a chance to really sample how a lesson is run.

2. Sit down and actually have a chat with the instructors before you agree to sign on. Ask questions that you feel demonstrate that you can trust this person with the care of your child. Even if a lesson is only for about half an hour, they will still have to be responsible for your child during that time. Make sure you also ask after their qualifications and experience.

3. Find out how the lessons are run. How long are they, how many lessons should your child have, how big the groups are and so on. You should also ask whether there are different levels and if so, how your child can progress between these levels and whether they will receive certificates for this.

4. Indeed, assessment is very important. How does your instructor determine whether or not your child is picking up the skills they are supposed to be learning? Do they have exams, or do they just monitor and observe behaviour? What will your child have to demonstrate in order to prove they are competent enough to move on?

5. Last but not least, think about the cost. Group swimming lessons are usually cheaper than one to one lessons. Not just that, but some would suggest that group lessons are actually better than one to one lessons, because it will also teach your child some essential survival skills.

With these hints and tips, you should be able to find a swimming instructor with whom you feel comfortable. You can, of course, still remain present during the lessons, observing from the side lines.

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