At The Y, we know that when children learn to swim they feel confident, empowered and are much less likely to have accidents in or around the water.
That’s why your Knoxville YMCA offers private swimming lessons, led by caring and knowledgeable instructors who are dedicated to helping every child to learn to swim.
Private swimming lessons for kids
If you or your children have had group swimming lessons before, you probably know that they can be a beneficial way for many kids to learn to swim.
The fact is, group lessons are not for everyone. Some children require more hands-on teaching or have needs that require more personal instruction.
Here are a few ways private swimming lessons could help your child.
Conquer the fear
One of the most common obstacles children have in learning to swim is the fear of water (this is true for adults, too). A skilled instructor will be able to help your child get comfortable being in the water by teaching them basic water safety, along with floating, blowing bubbles and other activities geared towards increasing their comfort level.
Overcoming this fear is the most important step to learning and will help them begin to enjoy being in the water.
A child who is taught by a patient teacher will master water skills, gaining confidence in themselves and their abilities. This will help keep them safe in the water by reducing accidents. It also can help them establish a love for swimming, which can lead to a healthier life, long-term.
That confidence reaches beyond the pool and personal life, too. There is evidence that early swimming lessons helps children learn and perform better in school.
100% attention on learning
It is easier to learn anything when the student-to-teacher ratio is 1:1. In a group setting, this ratio increases, resulting in significantly less time the instructor has with each student.
With private swimming lessons, your child will be taught the entire class time. This will make it easier for them to learn and overcome any weaknesses, since the instructor is only focused on them.
Learning, not re-learning
When your child begins private lessons, the instructor will assess their current abilities and start from there. This ensures they learn each skill needed to move the next level. So, if a child knows 3 out of the 5 skills needed at the basic level, the instructor can focus on the two remaining skills.
In a group setting, the group learns and practices together. This can result in your child losing their excitement, since they are kept from moving forward until everyone in the group masters that level.
With private swimming lessons, your child will have one-on-one time with the instructor. During their time together, they will benefit from lessons that are tailored to them as individuals based on their current knowledge and skill.
Learn to swim faster
Every child is different. They each have their own challenges when it comes to learning to swim. Some have a fear of water, challenges learning certain techniques or even issues staying focused on the task at hand.
Many children (especially school-aged) may feel self-conscious about taking swimming lessons. This can lead to embarrassment, which can impact their ability to learn.
These obstacles may prevent them from learning in a group class setting. One-on-one time with an experienced children’s swimming instructor can help them overcome these things and learn the skills they need.
Having children comes with a host of obligations and extracurricular activities, especially as they move into school. These activities can fill up the family calendar and keep it full, which also can increase the amount of running around time.
By being able to schedule kids swimming lessons based on your schedule, you can reduce the amount of stress your child (and you) may experience with a full schedule.
Information about kids swimming lessons
At the Knoxville Y, we have private swim lessons for adults, toddlers and everyone in-between. Your child can learn to swim from instructors who are certified, experienced and compassionate, supporting them as they increase their comfort and skill level.