My first swimming lesson

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For many a first swimming lesson can be both an exciting and daunting experience for parents and children. We have put together some tips to help make it a fun experience.

It all starts at home! You are a fundamental part of the whole experience of your visit to the pool. How have you spoken about the pool? Have you only spoken of the dangers of swimming pools? For some children this is enough to make them scared. As parents you need to be mindful when talking about swimming and pools. Especially important is your approach to arriving at our pool. How do you approach new adventures?

We need to be aware of sounds, images etc.

How do you approach new adventures – take your time with your child


Making sure your child is decked out with the right gear is very important. Quality goggles will not only help them see under water, it will also make them feel more comfortable and help with their confidence.

A swimming cap or even a headband is recommended if your child has long hair that tends to get into their face, especially if it likely to get into their eyes.

Has your child ever had a swimming lesson? If Not, it is a great idea to familiarise your child with their swimming outfit. Anyone who’s ever worn a swim cap knows it can be uncomfortable to begin and may take some time to get used to. A dress rehearsal may also give your child something to look forward to. 

Luckily we come to you so running late should not be a problem however, children not being dressed for their lesson could cause a disruption. Try to ensure that your little swimmers are ready 10-15 minutes prior to the commencement of a lesson. This will give you the chance to be relaxed and do all those last minute things,  such as going to the bathroom or wiping that runny nose. 

We encourage you to support your child while they’re learning to swim. However, it’s important to remember that the teacher will require your child’s full attention during the course of their lesson. If your child is easily distracted it is a great idea to have siblings away from the pool area, and any other distractions which may arise.

We have some rules in place for the safety of our little swimmers. These rules are in place for the safety and comfort of our swim school as well as your family, so please follow them. Make sure your child is supervised before and after their lesson and teach them not to run near the pool area and only to enter the water when told to do so. 

Swimming lessons are a significant part of your child’s development, but it is essential that they enjoy their swimming lessons. If your child has told you they do not enjoy their swimming lessons please tell the teacher, we will make the necessary changes for a better result.