How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Their Swimming Lessons
Get into a regular schedule.
As with every skill your child will learn from reading to gymnastics to swimming – practice makes perfect! The best way to cement your child’s swimming skills is to attend classes on a regular basis, once or twice a week, all year round. Swimming skills need to be practised and repeated so that they become part of your child’s memory and eventually swimming will be second nature to them.
Arrive at classes on time
Running late is stressful for both parents and children. To help start your child’s lesson smoothly try to arrive with time to change and have everything ready before the lesson starts. Relaxed children make better swimmers.
Watch them swim and encourage them before, during and after classes
Children love their parents watching them learn to swim! By watching you will see your child’s progress and can encourage them after their class. It’s amazing how telling your little swimmer what a brilliant job they did and how great their freestyle looks can make them strive even further.
Is your child in the right class level
Aquastar Swim Schools have a continuous assessment process. Our teachers are always looking at their students and assessing their ability to make sure they are at the correct level. As well as this, specific assessment weeks are carried out by the Deck Supervisor. Children are able to move up at any time during our program.
If you’re new to Aquastar we offer a free trial class. We can also assess your child’s ability over the phone or with our self-assessment form and allocate a class according to the parent’s description of ability. During the class, your child is assessed and if the level is incorrect we will find them an alternative appropriate class.
Take them swimming outside of classes as much as possible
The more exposure your child has to water the more confident and happy they will be in it. Either take them swimming by yourself or enrol in Aquastar’s school holiday intensive program. Holiday programs are a perfect way to get some fast progress or focus on a specific skill that a swimmer has been struggling with.
Make swimming fun
Swimming shouldn’t have to be just laps around the pool. Incorporate water play into your pool visits. Learning how to move freely and playing in water builds confidence.
Talk to your child’s teacher, ask what they can improve on and how you can help at home
Your swimming teachers at Aquastar are here to help. You can regularly have a quick catch up with our Deck Supervisor before or after a class to ask them how your child is going and what you could do outside of classes to help them improve further. After the Deck Supervisor assesses your child during the term they will come and speak to you about your child’s progress.
Get to know the benefits of swimming lessons if you’re unmotivated to continue taking your child to classes
Besides being great full body exercise and a fun, social environment, swimming is a vital survival skill that every child in Australia needs to learn. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 and accounts for the largest percentage of drownings in Australia. Australia’s Royal Life Saving Society’s research also concluded that too many children are quitting swimming lessons before they have learned sufficient survival skills. The average age to achieve 25m survival backstroke isn’t until 10 years of age! Swimming lessons are not like other sports lesson. Swimming teaches your child how to take care of themselves in water and could save their life. Swimming lessons are a necessity for all children!
Continue to reinforce the safety rules around swimming
Your child’s safety is our top priority at Aquastar, but it never hurts to remind your child about swimming rules so that they’re prepared for later in life.
- Remind them to slip, slop, slap, slide when swimming outside
- No running around a pool
- Only go into a body of water with adult supervision
- Watch your friends and make sure to alert an adult if there’s a problem
- If you feel tired or start to cramp, get out of the water and rest
- Remember to get out of the pool and use the bathroom if you need to
- Don’t go into the pool if you’re sick, you could make others sick too
- Swim between the flags when you’re at the beach
- Close gates behind you when you go into an enclosed pool area