1. SafetyThis should be your priority when it comes to enrolling your child in a swimming lesson. Ask the facilitators about their precautionary measures about drowning; how many lifeguards are in the area? How many facilitators are there in a class? How often do they clean the pool?There should be at least 2 facilitators in class; one can teach swimming, while the other one keeps an eye on the children to avoid drowning.
2. AgeMany parents enroll their babies as early as 3 months old because they say babies are naturally born survivors. Once thrown in the water they will automatically struggle to float and breath.Ideally, children should start swimming lessons when they can follow simple instructions. In reality, toddlers do not achieve milestones at the same time; so if you think your child can follow simple instructions then you can go ahead and enroll them.
3. Be mindful of the risksNo matter how good a swimmer is, there is always a possibility of drowning. Always keep an eye on your kids whenever they are inside the water. They may slip and fall in the pool and while they are unconscious, they may drown.
4. Avoid large classes If possibleChoose a date where classes are not in demand. If the class is smaller it is easier for the facilitators to keep track of your children’s performance. It is also easier for them to keep your children safe during swimming lessons.
5. Watch but do not distract.For parents, swimming lessons are an important part of their kids' personal and social development; that is why we want to watch them learn their first stroke or learn how to float. Parents are allowed to watch but do not distract them by cheering almost every second. Also, do not distract them by threatening them when they commit a mistake.
- Use floating devices properly.