The first day of swim lessons can be a little scary for even the bravest swimmer. We certainly understand how difficult it can be as a parent to watch your toddler scream and cry as soon as their feet hit the water for lessons. While some kids take to the water right away, for others it may take a few weeks to a couple of months before they start to feel comfortable in the water. While our instructors are trained to handle this, there are a few things mom and dad can do at the pool and at home to help make swim lessons a more enjoyable experience for your little one.
At Swimtastic (and our sister schools SafeSplash & SwimLabs) we believe in the power of positivity. Positive reinforcement doesn’t just focus on a swimmer mastering a skill set. Our instructors are specifically trained to identify any element of the swim lesson that has elevated and impacted that kiddo in or out of the water. It’s not uncommon at Swimtastic to see lots of smiles, hugs, high-fives, and thumbs up...but wait there’s more!
Our swim families are stellar, and we love seeing our swimmers every day at the pool! Each swim instructor looks forward to lessons and seeing their swimmers weekly. The relationship between swimmer and instructor becomes stronger and stronger over time, which is why we always strive to provide consistency each week.
Imagine getting ready for lessons, driving to the pool, arriving on deck to be told: “sorry, your instructor is absent.” Bummer, and double bummer for the parent, swimmer, and staff. We totally understand the strain it puts on our swimmers when an instructor is out. Trust us, as a team, we feel the strain trying to cover the shift, learn about the kiddos, review class notes, and all while trying to provide a quality lesson. But have no fear! There are ways to handle the substitute situation and rest assured that your swimmer is still in good hands with a substitute teacher.
What Do You Need to Pack for Swim Lessons?
Have you ever gotten to an activity like swim lessons at Swimtastic and you think you have everything you need, but as soon as you arrive it is so clear you are not prepared? I have always prided myself on being organized since I have had children, but even when I think I have everything I NEVER do. I always think I am “one of the moms” that has it together but it is blatantly obvious I do not. When I take my kids to any sort of activity I am always the mom with things falling out of my bag and someone behind me saying “hey you dropped this.” Or I am the mom that is digging in the bag looking for that one thing you didn’t pack, like an extra hair tie. After tearing apart your whole bag you realize you don’t have one and take your ponytail down and give the hair tie to your daughter. So now your whole bag is on the floor and your hair is a complete mess because that ponytail you were rocking was hiding the un-brushed hair from this morning. A complete picture of a mom who does NOT have it together. This is all okay and no one judges you at Swimtastic but why not make it easier on yourself?
If you are like me, taking your kids to swimming lessons for the first time can be stressful. From your kid crying of fear and your anxiety going through the roof, I decided to make a list of things to remember so you will be the parent that has it together instead of the one that is picking up debris.
Staff Series #2: Practice Makes Perfect!
This month’s topic: What are some tips you could give to families to help their child practice swimming at home?
Read below for some tips from some of our veteran instructors from the Swimtastic Franklin location!