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Swim Lessons for Kids: Finding the Right Program for Your Child

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Swimming is an important skill for your child to learn, not only in terms of safety but also for their general confidence. Learning to swim opens doors, from a range of water sports such as surfing and kayaking, through to school sports events, camps, weekend activities and more.

Finding the right swim program for your child is crucial to ensure they have a positive and safe experience in the water – so how do you ensure they are receiving the best tuition?

Qualified and experienced teachers

First and foremost, your child’s swim teacher should have qualifications and experience. To become an accredited teacher, individuals need to complete a ‘Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety’ course through one of the leading swim teaching and water safety organisations in Australia – AUSTSWIM, Swim Australia or LSV (Live Saving Victoria). This course covers various aspects of teaching swimming, including water safety, stroke development, and communication skills. A good instructor should also be patient, encouraging, and able to create a positive learning environment – after all, you want your child to have fun!

Age and skill appropriate lessons

Look for a swim program that caters to your child’s age and skill level. Some programs offer parent-child classes for very young children, while others focus on teaching specific swimming strokes to older kids. It’s important to ensure your child is in a class where they feel confident rather than out of their depth, whilst still developing and furthering their swimming ability.

Class sizes are important

Being in a class at the correct level for their skills is one thing, but it’s also important to make sure your child’s swim class isn’t too large. Smaller class sizes often allow for more individual attention and personalised instruction, meaning your child is likely to get more out of them and develop their skills faster.

A safe environment

When it comes to the water, safety should always be the number one priority. Swim teachers should have CPR and first aid certification, as it is a requirement of undertaking an AUSTSWIM course – and this should be kept up to date. These certifications ensure the swim teacher has essential skills for handling potential emergencies in and around the water, helping to safeguard your child in the pool. As an added safety measure, pools should also have lifeguards on duty.

Choose Aquastar’s ‘Learn to Swim’ program

Aquastar Swim Schools ticks all the boxes when it comes to finding a suitable swim program for your child. Our ‘Learn to Swim’ program is run by qualified, experienced teachers who place an emphasis on safety and enjoyment – and we offer classes ranging from those suitable for infants, to beginner lessons and also those for older kids who wish to hone their stroke. With small classes sizes, you can ensure your child will receive the attention they need to progress through the levels, while our range of locations means there’s sure to be a program near you! To find out more about Aquastar’s ‘Learn to Swim’ program, click here.

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