It is very common for students to perfect one part of the skill (the kick for example) but then as they are concentrating on learning another dimension (such as turning the head correctly to breathe), often the ‘perfected’ part of the skill suddenly looks ‘worse’. This is a very normal part of the learning process, and does not signify regression. With time and practice, these skills will solidify and all parts of the skill set will begin to work together seamlessly.
If you are concerned with how your child is progressing in our program, we invite you to speak with our Supervisors (in the red shirts) at any time. We are more than happy to let you know how your child is swimming, discuss your concerns, and explain what you should expect next.
Myth: “I can’t start bringing my child to lessons yet because they are too scared”
Fact: You won’t know until you have tried. We often hear of parents who have delayed starting lessons because their children are too scared, or not showing an interest. However, rarely is this fear alleviated by avoiding swimming lessons. Instead, getting children into lessons which are fun, make them feel safe, and prove to be a positive experience will begin to override these fears.
One of our most received concerns is “they will scream the house down!” but we can assure you that for every time we have heard that, there are very few occasions where this has actually transpired. And for those children who are upset, it doesn’t phase us! Our Supervisors love to help students settle in to their classes, and are experts at replacing tears with smiles, as well as ensuring that the rest of the class is not disadvantaged.
If you are still unsure, we recommend booking in to a casual class – just one class with no further commitments. Give it a try and you may be surprised!
Author: Josephine Moss (Swim School Coordinator)