I get a lot of questions regarding private swim lessons. A majority of people believe their child will learn faster or be more comfortable in a 1-on-1 setting. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of private swim lessons courtesy of thoughco.com.
Practice Time Factor
Practice is the key to learning, and this is a consideration that comes into play when determining the best class format – private lessons, semi-privates, or groups.
There are a number of factors that will affect practice time in any format, including age, swimming ability, and the instructor’s training and experience. Even with the least experienced of instructors, sufficient practice time will likely be achieved in a private lessons setting. However, with well-trained and experienced instructors such as the ones provided at Dedham Health, private lessons are certainly not required to achieve the practice time goal.
The Missing Peer Learning Factor
The factor that hinders the benefit of private lessons is missing peers. Not only do children benefit from having at least one other child in their lesson for social reasons, but most children also tend to work harder when there is someone giving them “competition”.
Even if they’re not competitive by nature, it’s still human nature to work a little harder when you’re around your peers.
The Cost Factor
My professional advice to any parent who wants their child to become a better swimmer is to pay less (privates are significantly more expensive than groups) and get more (lessons). In terms of which specific class I would choose, it depends on the child’s age and ability level, and what the parents’ goals are for the outcome of the class.
As an Aquatics Director, I want and need to do whatever the customers’ preference is, yet I like to inform them on the pros and cons and help them make an educated decision on what is best for their child.
The Water Safety Factor
From a drowning prevention standpoint, it is difficult to have a safer situation than one-on-one supervision. If you can’t get private lessons, opt for a program that has a small student-teacher ratio and attentive lifeguards. Nevertheless, I encourage every parent, no matter how small the class is to watch your child closely anytime they are in or around the water. There’s no such thing as too much supervision when it comes to our children’s safety in a swimming pool.
For more information on swimming lessons at Dedham Health, visit our website or give us a call at 781-326-2900. Remember, session three has already started but it’s not too late to sign-up!
-Chirs D., Aquatics Director at Dedham Health