Private swim lessons are appealing to many people, but so are group lessons. Sometimes, especially as a parent of a child who wants to learn to swim, it can be tough to know which option is best.
At The Y, we know that every person has a way to learn that is best for them. Our goal is to help you or your child learn the skills you need, so swimming can become part of a healthier lifestyle.
That’s why we offer both private swim lessons and group swimming lessons. Here are some benefits to both.
Private swim lessons
With private swim lessons, an instructor is able to give more individualized attention to the student. This can be particularly beneficial if a child has difficulty focusing on the task at-hand.
In private lessons, a swim instructor can tailor the class to the individual student. This leads to students learning to swim independently much faster.
Often times, private swim lessons are a little more expensive. However, since students learn faster and develop skills more quickly, it can provide higher value for the money.
When you work one-on-one with an instructor, you get immediate feedback and tips to improve. This combined with the fact that most people learn more quickly with private lessons helps many people stay motivated.
Since instructors can focus on one student at a time, private lessons are often shorter than group classes. This can be appealing to people with busy schedules. (Though, it’s not a very popular benefit with the kids!)
Cost of swimming lessons
Since more people can be taught at one time, group lessons are typically less expensive than private swim lessons.
In a group environment, students can witness (or learn) important social skills. Those may include etiquette, listening, patience and acceptance of others.
Waiting your turn
Along with patience, in a group class students have the opportunity learn to wait their turn, as well as have a few minutes of rest in between. Students do have the chance to rest during private lessons, since the instructor will pause if they do. (It should be noted, though, that too many breaks can hinder how fast a person learns to swim.)
Meeting other students and spending time with them is a bonus for some people. This can lead to friendship outside of the class environment.
There are some students that thrive on learning in a group, are more competitive or are acute visual learners. Those can make group lessons a more beneficial experience for them.
Your next step
Private swim lessons and group lessons have benefits that appeal to different people. As you are choosing which works best for you or your child, carefully consider how they may affect your ability to learn.
Private and group lessons are available in a fun, focused and safe environment at your Knoxville Y. We’re here to help you ensure everyone in your family knows how to swim and can add the enjoyment of this healthy exercise to their life.