What Makes a Good Swimming Lesson?

Having a great swimming lesson!

 The qualities of a good swimming instructor will help you source which swimming school to send your child to. Being a swimming coach is no easy task and can be quite challenging at times. Let’s find out what are some of the qualities that make really great teachers excel?

Competency in Teaching Swimming

In Singapore, all swimming instructors are required to take a sequential series of tests that include lifesaving, sports science, coaching and CPR and AED certifications before they are able to get a permit to teach swimming. Always check if the swimming instructor or school you are sending your child to is qualified with demonstrated competency in teaching swimming. Certifications are a great way to determine that. A swimming instructor should also always be continuing his or her education in swimming to keep things fresh. 

Right Concept of Coaching

Always makes sure that you are receiving great quality education using the right concept of coaching. A good swimming lesson is to keep direct and systematic; especially when the student is just starting out. Being direct/systematic towards the progress of swimming also makes it easier for students to understand what they are doing right or wrong. A good swimming instructor should always strive to keep lessons interesting and appropriate while being organized and going through their class structure methodically. 

Experience and Proof of Concept 

Some parents prefer teachers who have more experience in teaching. Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more enlightening than being great at swimming. Some teachers are great swimmers but are unable to emphasize with beginners. A truly great teacher will tailor and place himself in the students’ shoes while also speaking and guiding in beginners’ lingual.

Great Class Management

In a group class setting, there is a tendency for instructors to leave out students while he or she is busy guiding others. After all, it is hard to pay attention to a big group of students in a big pool. Not only does a swimming instructor need to teach effectively, he or she is also responsible for the safety of all his students and that’s not an easy task to manage. An experienced teacher will know how to keep all of his or her students engaged throughout class and that will will take years and years of practice. An good swimming coach knows how to be patient and proactive, alert to why certain mistakes are made. The classes should also keep students constantly active and engaged throughout the session.

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Why Beginner Swimming Lessons Are Essential to Learn Swimming

Family Swimming

Summer is here and you might want to take your family out to the beach or to the pool to swim. If your child does not know how to swim just yet, this is a great opportunity for him or her to start. We have compiled all the information regarding swimming classes in Singapore and its benefits. We recommend that you start teaching your children how to swim at an early age.

The right age to learn how to swim

It is best for a child to learn swimming at the age of 4 – 6 year old. This age range is the best for children to familiarize themselves with the aquatic environment before learning how to fully swim.

**As tempting as it is to kick start your child’s swimming journey, try not to bring them to the pool too early. There are vapors that are released from chlorine in swimming pools which might deem harmful to a baby’s wellbeing.

Finding a swimming school with the right coaching methodology

Swimming coaches have different approaches when it comes to instruction. Your child’s development under water highly depends on the coach that you pick and the method they use. Ask yourself if your child learns better with an instructor who is more stoic and strict or someone who has an easy going personality. What are the personality traits you need in your instructor for your child to figure the best of his or her ability? Once you have decided, enroll your child in a swimming trial class and assess the coaches’ method, style, and ability. Feel free to come down for an absolutely free swimming lesson trial to witness The Swim Starter’s coaches in action. The Swim Starter boasts versatile lessons catered to all levels and the school’s teaching methodology has proven a great success. A good coach will always motivate your child to be the best that he or she can be. When the child improves, the coach will give them credit and inspire them to do better. With constant encouragement and support, children swimmers are able to believe in themselves and excel.

Swimming Tests

In Singapore, it is a requirement for every child to know essential life-saving skills and learning how to swim is one of them. It is mandatory for all Singaporean children to past a basic swimming test to show that they are able to survive in water.  In order to gauge their progress in the water, we need to measure their knowledge and ability through different learning stages. It would be good to find a swimming school that offers tests to evaluate your child’s performance. By doing so, you not only assess your child’s knowledge gains and gaps, but you can also monitor whether the coaches’ method of teaching has been effective. The Swim Starter is the only swim school in Singapore that guarantees a swimming test in just 6 months of learning. We provide swimming coaching for kids at Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris, and Hougang. Try our free swimming class trial now!
There is so much you can do as a family once your kids are comfortable in the water. These activities are not limited to Kayaking, Canoeing, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Triathlons, and Yachting.
Give your child a chance to swim. If your child begins early, he or she will gain a life skill that is rarely forgotten!

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