Water familiarization classes can commence from the age of three months old. As each child is at a different development stage, there is no set time to commence. Early participation provides a good grounding for developing water confidence and familiarization, exploration and independence.
Visit the venue with your child to allow them to become familiar with the surroundings.
Talk enthusiastically about the lessons and the fun things they will be involved in. Remember your child can feel your fear as well your excitement.
Each session will introduce skills through imitation and practice. Instructors utilize games, songs and routine to help your child learn. The class should be relaxed and friendly.
It is usually recommended that children eat an hour or more prior to the class.
If you have any concerns you should check with your doctor prior to starting the swim classes.
Is difficult to say how long each child needs to learn to swim, as it depends on so many things.
In order to help gauge how long your child might need to become an independent swimmer, consider these factors below:
1. CONFIDENCE IN WATER
How comfortable is the child in the water? Are they hesitant? Are they happy and playful in the water?
How often the child is in the water. Do you have a swimming pool at home? Do you swim with your child often? Do you have time to take your child swimming and practice what have being learnt in class?
Consistency and dedication to classes make a huge difference. Sporadic attendance and missed lessons make progress much harder for the learner.
4. CONFIDENCE WITH INSTRUCTOR
How comfortable the child is to work with the instructor in the water without parents in the pool. If the child is happy to do the exercises with the instructor, it makes it easy to progress quickly. While we don’t push students to do anything they are uncomfortable with, and we support them all the time, those with generally less anxiety about being in the pool with instructors and other students will generally make progress earlier. We do our best to make all students feel at home!
5. COGNITIVE AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The developmental stage and prior experiences of the swimmer is also an important factor. In some children, the instructor needs to build trust first, and only when trust is established the learning progress will show results and improvement.
6. MOTOR DEVELOPMENT & BODY STRUCTURE
If the child has health issues (past severe ear infections, asthma, etc.) this can influence the pace of learning. In terms of body structure, many swimmers have different levels of natural buoyancy. Buoyancy is the capacity of float, and biological differences between different children does impact how easily they take to swimming.
With all these factors in mind, it is challenging to predict how long each child will take to become an independent swimmer. But, they can all do it! Each child is unique, and our instructors are well trained to support, inspire confidence and encourage the fastest pathway to success.
Whenever the customer cancels a class, including bad weather, we are flexible in giving a recovery class within 2 weeks. If the course cannot be taken within those 2 weeks, the course cannot be refunded.
Class is based first on age and second on skill. In the first class attendance, the instructor will assess your child. After that, we will discuss the suitable class for your child.