Each child learns to swim at a different pace. Some pick up skills and master them quickly while others take time to get comfortable in the water. No matter what kind of learner your swimmer is, here are some ways that you can help them learn to swim faster!
1. Practice at home
If you have a pool, then you should spend time in it with your child regularly. Make sure they have time in the water without any flotation devices. Wearing those too much can cause them to regress in swim lessons. If you don’t have a pool, there are ways they can practice in the bathtub or even on land, so no excuses here!
2. Come to lessons consistently
Coming to lessons regularly will help your swimmer bond with their instructor and set a firm foundation. As the instructor is able to build trust with the swimmer, your swimmer will feel more comfortable trying new things in the water.
3. Swim year round
The more a child practices a skill, the quicker they will pick it up. Our year-round lessons allow kids to swim consistently throughout the year so they can really hone their skills and master them! Once they start to gain comfort in the water, there’s no telling what they can do!
4. Stay positive
Learning a new skill like swimming takes time and a lot of practice. They probably won’t learn it all in one month of lessons. But with consistency and positive reinforcement, they will get it! Stay encouraging and continue to reinforce how important swim lessons are.
5. Set goals
Help your swimmer set goals for swimming. Working toward something tangible can help motivate them! Goals can be something simple such as going underwater without their goggles on, or jumping in the water on their own.
Sometimes it might seem like a swimmer just isn’t getting it and then something clicks overnight! We have seen swimmers go from zero to hero in one lesson and then there are others who slowly pick up skills along the way. Each swimmer is different, which is why we love our private lessons.
If you have any questions or concerns about your swimmer’s progress, talk to your instructor or the office so we can help!