Teach Your Children To Swim For Added Safety Around The Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 02-08-2011 in Articles

Before you even install a swimming pool in your backyard, make certain your children know how to swim. It will be so much more fun - and safer - for all of you if your children know how to swim. Before your turn your children loose in the swimming pool, sign them up for swim lessons. Even if your children know how to swim, that is no substitute for having adult supervision.

Check the local newspapers or Internet for places that are offering swimming lessons. You can usually find them at the local YMCAs, or even the area high schools that have swimming pools offer lessons. Check with the local Red Cross for information on lessons as well.

Here are tips for when you're looking for a swim teacher:

  1. Ask your friends and family members for referrals for a swim teacher. You may even be able to find a certified swim instructor who will come to your backyard and teach the children to swim. Referrals are the best way to find a teacher.
  2. Search the Internet for local or community facilities with swimming pools that offer lessons. The school in your community might offer lessons as well, call the district office to see if there are lessons available.
  3. Don't sign your children up for any lessons before you visit the facility to see the instructor in action. Does he or she interact well with the children? Do the children seem to be enjoying the lessons as well as learning from the instructor?
  4. A rule of thumb for a safe swim lesson is that there should be one adult swim teacher for every five students. Make certain that is the ratio you're seeking when you sign your children up. If the classes have more than five students, make certain the student to teacher ratio is no more than five to one.
  5. Introduce your children to the instructor before the lessons begin. It's nice to make certain the two are a good fit personality-wise before the lessons begin.
  6. If you have specific concerns about what you'd like your children to learn during the course of the lessons, discuss it with the teacher prior to signing them up.
  7. Do your homework before registering your children for the lessons. The time and effort you put into it will be worth it.

Taking swimming lessons gives your children a healthy respect for the swimming pool but they should never be left unsupervised.

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