Are you looking for swimming instructions or pool training for your children? Don't give into the temptation to pick the closest pool without a little research. Your kids deserve the best and safest pool experience to help them learn the basics.
Find a Clean, Spacious Pool Facility
Look for a pool that is clean, well maintained, and relatively free of people during class times. An infamous problem with public pools is that they tend to quickly fill up with gunk and waste particles faster than the filters can clean it out. A crowded pool may be popular, but it isn't healthy. So find a pool that has a good reputation for staying clean and safe, and consider paying a bit more for a pool with more limited access.
Check Training and Certifications
All teachers or trainers in the program should have experience and certification for the job. Ask about credentials, and look up anything you don't recognize or understand to make sure that the certification is real and meaningful. First aid experience and similar additional credentials are often common or required as well.
Look for Multiple Skill Levels and Placement
A great swim program will have multiple skill levels. Instead of dividing kids by age, it will divide them based on their experience in the water, which is a better method of making sure everyone is comfortable and learning. The best programs will usually have skilled instructors that can conduct placement tests to see what kids can do so they are put in the correct group.
Choose Healthy Class Size Options
When it comes to swimming class size, bigger is rarely better. Swimming instruction works best with small groups, or with one-on-one training. The best instructors combine group training, one-on-one advice when practicing new moves, and free time for play – this way, all kids benefit. Look for classes that are small enough to allow for this flexible approach. You may also want to see if the program allows for personal lessons if tutoring turns out to be a good approach for your child.
Make Sure the Pool is Comfortable for Your Kids
Don't sign up for swimming programs before you take your kids to that pool! Let them test the waters first – literally. There are many different pool designs, and while pools generally have a shallow kid-friendly section, not all of them are super kid-friendly. Your child may find that they have trouble getting into the water or climbing back out if the pool doesn't have much support for small swimmers.
Additionally, a trial run can help you test out the water temperature. Pool and air temperature can vary between locations, and some pools may be too cold for your kids to be comfortable.
Does your family love the water? Let's talk about your dream pool today! Contact us at Pierce Pools & Outdoor Visions to get started.