How long will it take my child to learn to swim?

There are many variables that affect the length of time it will take your child to learn to swim. These include their starting ability, your expectations of how well they should swim, previous experience in the water – good or bad, their personal level of risk taking and their attendance to regular swimming lessons.

All children start swimming lessons with different levels of ability, for most the new experience means they are learning more than just how to swim. For some it may be their first experience in a structured class without their parent or caregiver, therefore time to adjust to the new physical and social environment should be expected.

Once your child is comfortable with their surroundings and attending their lessons regularly you will start to notice significant progress. Our teaching method means that new skills are constantly introduced, corrected and repeated to build a strong imprint of how to swim.

It is normal to experience periods of plateau whilst your child is learning to swim, if you have concerns you can discuss this with the lead teacher who can help work out a plan to move forward. These periods can often be resolved with the introduction of a new challenge to encourage, focus and motivate your child.

Swimming lessons should be thought of as a long term process, part of your child’s routine to allow proper development of aquatic skills that will result in a valuable life skill.

Do we need swimming goggles?

Swimming goggles are not a requirement for beginners but once your child is swimming competently and gaining speed whilst swimming we recommend that they are worn to improve vision underwater and to reduce the risk of collisions.

Can my child wear armbands during their lesson?

We don’t use armbands during the lessons; the teachers support children in the water and other buoyancy aids are used.

When and what can my child eat before their swimming lesson?

We advise that any snacks are eaten half an hour before the start of your child’s swimming lesson. Small easily digestible foods are recommended. Children swallow lots of air in the learning process and sometimes the level of energy used during our intensive lessons will cause their bodies to reject any recent food.

My child is nervous about their swimming lesson, what should I do?

Arrive early to the swimming pool; make sure you have everything they need so you can calmly get them dressed ready for their lesson. Take some time to have a chat to the lead teacher so they can discuss any worries your child might have and explain what they can expect for their first swimming lesson, its best to remove the fear of the unknown as soon as possible.

New experiences can be daunting so in some circumstances you may be asked to stay poolside for your child’s lesson to provide some reassurance. Follow the teacher’s lead, they will have seen many worried children who are anxious about swimming.

Do you run term time swimming lessons?

Yes. Neil Bailey Swimming runs a highly successful term time swimming programme – follow the link for further details.