With the warmer weather on its way, it’s important to remind parents how learning to swim is a life skill as drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children aged 0-4yrs old.
Choosing the right swim school for your child is as important as learning how to swim, not only does it provide great health benefits but it equips children with a skill for life! It increases children’s knowledge and skills for water safety and allows them to enjoy swimming safely.
Here are our top tips to follow when choosing a swim school:
Friendly and Approachable Staff:
Swim staff should provide a welcoming atmosphere to ensure your child feels comfortable and safe in the water. They should strive to meet your needs and be available to answer any questions or concerns.
Well maintained and clean pool facilities:
Swim schools should instil regular maintenance and cleaning programs to ensure pool water is clear and well sanitised.
It’s important to ensure all staff are qualified with a nationally recognised swimming teaching/coaching qualification.
Water Safety Skills:
It’s essential that your swim school is teaching your children appropriate safety, survival and basic rescue skills in all lessons. Water safety should always be the number one priority!
Appropriate Skills and Lesson Activities:
All lessons should be suitable for your child’s age, development and ability. It’s important to repeat skills to ensure they learn and remember them before moving onto a new activity.
A Motivating System of Rewards:
Rewards systems are a great method to encourage children as they progress through swim school. This motivates children of all ages to try their very best every lesson!