This age group needs a lot of manipulative work to get those fine motor skills well coordinated and require quality swimming classes. Keep the parents in the water – that way, the children are going to get a good half-hour swimming lesson.
Preparing for Lessons Without Parents
In order to get a smooth transition from the parent and child swim classes to children being in on their own have sections of the lesson where the children are given activities without the parents help. During these periods where you have no parental assistance, it is important to be well organised and maintain good class discipline so that the children learn to listen and follow instructions. A good instructor will group the class close together and position themselves so that they are easily seen by all students. By using one of the class to demonstrate it makes it easier for the class to understand exactly what has to be done.
One of the most important lessons teachers can learn is how to properly structure the class utilising the correct skills and being able to communicate effectively with the parents by maintaining a position of strength in the water. Learning to swim should be a positive experience for both parent and child.
There are a number of skills that you need to understand and learn how to teach important elements of the learn to swim process.
4 Skills you Should Learn to Teach Swimming Classes
- Communication with all the children
- Use the parents as assistant teachers
- Keep active when teaching
- Keep communicating and encouraging
Now take a look at this short video to give you an overview of what you need to Know!
Well done, that is the first step to being better prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills to assist your little one through to becoming a confident and happy little swimmer!