Teaching your children how to swim is a wonderful gift they’ll appreciate for a lifetime. Parents often have a lot of questions as they sign their kids up for their first swim lessons, so we’ve put together a series of FAQ blog posts. (This is Part III; be sure to check out Part I and Part II as well!)
How many lessons per week should I sign my child up for?
We recommend one lesson per week as a good starting point. This gives your child a regular schedule to become comfortable in the water and practice new skills. When you’re ready, you can opt to add a second weekly lesson, which will further build your child’s confidence and technique. We also offer a 15% discount for adding a second lesson per week.
Should my child take lessons seasonally or year-round?
To learn to swim properly, it’s essential to have year-round instruction. We like to compare it to learning to play a musical instrument: if your child took piano lessons only three months out of the year, they wouldn’t make much progress (and would have to relearn basic skills every year). It’s the same with swim lessons; keep them up throughout the year, and your child will benefit enormously. And don’t worry – our climate-controlled facility is temperate all year, with welcoming 91-degree water!
My child is nervous about starting lessons; what do you recommend?
It’s very common for children to hesitant or fearful before they start swim lessons. Swimming is a new experience for them, and it’s important to be patient and give them time to get their feet wet – literally and figuratively! Our supportive instructors know how to guide new swimmers gently through the process of getting acclimated to the facility, the pool and the lessons. Some kids push past their fear the first class, jumping right in; others take weeks before they feel comfortable getting in the pool. Give it time, and before you know it, your child will be happily gliding through the water.
How many children are in each class?
Our classes have between four and five children, depending on how old your child is. We find that new swimmers learn particularly well in a group setting, as they mimic others practicing skills, listening to instructions, and working together. We keep the groups intentionally small, so instructors can give plenty of personal attention to each swimmer.
Can I stay and watch my child’s class?
Absolutely! We highly recommend that you stay and watch your child’s lessons; for kids under the age of 5, all of our parents stay. We have a comfortable pool deck with plenty of seating, as well as a separate air-conditioned viewing room for parents keeping an eye on multiple children. Kids love to show you what they’re learning and how well they’re doing.
Learn more about classes at Tom Dolan Swim School.