When children learn to swim, they are strengthening new skills, expanding their comfort zones, and building their self-confidence – all in a relatively short period of time. This is no small feat at any age!
At Tom Dolan Swim School, we do everything we can to create a comfortable and supportive learning environment for all of our students. In particular, we pay close attention to our student-to-teacher ratio. Most children learn best in small group lessons, instead of private lessons or large classes, so we intentionally keep our class size between four and eight students. In this setting, students – whether they’re tentative or adventurous, shy or outgoing – have a chance to thrive.
Here are a few of the many benefits of small swim classes:
- Trust and understanding
Our swim instructors are talented and caring educators who love to share their passion for swimming. When they teach small classes, they connect with their students on a personal level and earning their trust.
- Plenty of time for instruction
In large classes, teachers spend a lot of time just trying to manage wriggling bodies and waning attention spans – and then there isn’t much left for actual teaching. In our small classes, instructors have time to meet the needs of the entire group, focusing on the core curriculum and encouraging individual students where they need help.
- Closer friendships with classmates
Learning alongside their peers has a positive influence on kids, helping them overcome their fears and test out new skills in a safe space. Children also get to know each other better in smaller groups, developing friendships over time with their fellow students.
- Fewer distractions
The more kids there are in a class, the more diversions from learning. Small swim classes minimize the noise and interruptions that can overstimulate and distract students. They offer students a perfect balance of social interaction and individual learning.
- Short breaks
Learning how to swim is fun but also tiring! A small group setting allows students to take brief pauses in between practicing skills, giving them the downtime they need to process new information and catch their breath.
Learn more about what makes Tom Dolan Swim School a great learning environment.