Private Swimming Lessons - Have You Thought About Them?

by Pool Builders on 09-15-2009 in Articles

Life can be tough these days for young mums, at home with the toddlers or new baby and seemingly no time to get everything done. You have a toddler or two and really want to give all the children the best experiences in life.

One of these experiences is learning to swim. Here in Brisbane, Queensland, summer is fast approaching and more time will be spent in the pool. One of the things which stops families fully enjoying their backyard pool is that the children do not know how to swim.

You feel frustrated that you do not know where to start or what to do. Are you teaching them the correct way? Will you be instilling bad practices in them? Will you frighten them so that they'll have a bad experience and be reluctant to enter the water again? Do you know the safety rules that you must instill in your children and all children who use your backyard pool?

Do you know what safety rules to make and how tough must you be when children are in the pool and look like they're "having fun." Many adults experience a crisis of conscience-e.g. "Should I stop this behaviour now and not be seen to be a 'cool' parent?" "What could this behaviour lead to?" Most adults who have little experience of having many children in and around a pool at the one time are unaware of the inherent dangers that exist when peer pressure and exuberance take hold.

This is where private swimming lessons can help, provided by a qualified swimming teacher. You can talk to your swimming teacher one-on-one and set up the basic ground rules to adhere to no matter how many children you have using your pool.

Bringing the swimming teacher into your own home means that there's no need to try to pack everybody up and venture out to an outside institution, where one child's lesson might be an hour apart from the next child's lesson and at a day which is convenient to the swim school, not you.

A private swimming teacher can come to your home, at a time which suits you. There will be no noise from countless other lessons going on at the same time. Your child will receive one-on-one attention and allowed to advance at his/her own pace.

You could even make your private swimming lessons a social occasion and ask a friend to come over with their child too. Get Grandma to be there to supervise the baby and other children not in the pool for their lesson.

Children up to about the age of 4 will need to have mum or dad in the pool with them. The major advantage is that the child feels safe and secure with you, as their primary carer and teacher and you will be learning, "hands on", what to do when the teacher is not there, to reinforce the skills taught during the lesson. You will learn how to hold a baby/child in several different ways so that they feel secure in the water.

So, with the hot weather fast approaching, consider private home swimming lessons for your family.

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