I recently enrolled my 6-year old in swimming lessons that are taught at the local high school. I ‘m really killing two birds with one stone; he’s having fun swimming during the summer and he’s leaning how to swim. Initially, I planned on teaching him how to swim on my own, but I think that the involvement of other kids and the scheduled swimming practices will help to motivation him to stick with it. If you’re thinking of enrolling your child in swimming lessons, maybe my experience might help you make up your mind.
The Beginning Level
When I first signed my son up, I had to determine what swimming level he was. The levels ranged from kids who had no experience whatsoever to kids who could swim, but wanted to learn different strokes. I placed my son in the first level, because he had no experience being in the water on his own. In this class, which is taught in water that’s 1 to 3 feet deep, he’d still be able to touch the bottom of the pool.
At the beginning of the class, the instructor told the kids all about pool safety. He explained that running near the pool was off-limits, because you could slip and fall and hurt yourself. He also showed the kids the lifeguards that were and patrolling the pool. Because he was dealing with young kids, the instructor talked about safety in a fun, child-like manner. The kids giggled and answered his questions and were obviously having fun.
During the first class, five kids got assigned to one instructor who would continue to teach them throughout the entire two-week, level one course. The instructor stayed in the water with the kids the entire time. He would get them comfortable with being in the water by playing games with them, such as “Simon Says.” A game of “catch the teacher” and dancing in a circle while singing “ring around the rosy” was also included in the fun activities. The class is intended to get kids used to being in the water. This beginning level doesn’t teach the actual swimming strokes yet. Once kids are comfortably with holding their breath, putting their faces in the water and blowing bubbles, they get to move to level two, which is taught in a deeper area of the pool where students can’t touch the bottom anymore.
Knowing how to swim is like riding a bike; once your know how to do it, you’ll always know how to do it. Swimming can potentially safe your child’s life if he ever falls in a pool or out of a boat. Having a child who knows how to swim is also beneficial to parents. It sets your mind at ease whenever your child is in or near a pool.