Your First Lesson – 10 Helpful Tips

Your First Lesson – 10 Helpful Tips



With summer approaching swimming is a crucial skill especially when your off on those sunny summer holidays. So for those that are looking too or have recently joined SwimNE here is 10 helpful tips to ensure a great start to your swimming journey………..



1. Make your Child feel at ease – Make them aware of the importance surrounding why we learn to swim and how it will keep them safe in the water. If you have holidays approaching then use this as an incentive.

2. Visit the pool beforehand – Any water experience whether it be with family or friends is a great start for your child and will allow them to gain a feel for the water. If possible drop in to see the pool your child will be swimming at to make yourself familiar with the surroundings.

3. Leave armbands at home – We will provide floatation devices such as SwimFins and Woggles so the earlier you can make your child forget their armbands the easier and more effective the lesson will be. Armbands restrict movement within the water and can hinder progression.

4. Attend Early – If possible, try to arrive early so that you can watch a class beforehand and you may even get to see your child’s teacher in action. Seeing the pool and teacher before the start of your child’s lesson is a great tool to put their minds at ease.

5. Visit the toilet – As it says in the title this is key to ensuring your child gets into a routine of going to the toilet prior to the start of lesson so they do not disrupt the flow of the lesson midway through.

6. Speak to instructor/Co-ordinator before the lesson – This allows the child to identify their teacher early on and resolve any difficulties or queries you may have.

7. Praise your child for getting in! – It can be intimidating for a child to start swimming in a new class or at a new venue especially in an unfamiliar environment. They need to feel comfortable and put trust in their instructor which will only build over time. Therefore any achievement including getting into the water should be encouraged.

8. Reassure your little one – Make your child feel at ease. Reassure them that they are doing really well and not to worry. A few tears can be a natural reaction for some children when they encounter new situations, so some simple reassurance, encouragement and support can soon alter this.

9. Avoid pressure from the side – Please avoid the temptation to teach from the side. A Simple thumbs up, applause and positive gestures will boost your child’s confidence. Extra pressure and conflicting messages will not.

10. Give lots of praise – Congratulate and praise your child once the lesson has finished, this will give them great confidence and the desire to come back next week!

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