So you’ve decided that it’s time for your child to learn to swim. That’s fantastic! Learning to swim teaches children valuable life skills and lessons that they can use in other areas of their lives. Of course, all of that relies on you finding a way to schedule the lessons into your child’s routine. So how do you go about doing that?
Figure Out the Ideal Frequency
There’s no one right answer for how frequently your child should attend swim lessons. Some children do quite well with one lesson a week, while others do better with lessons two times a week, or even more frequently. Generally speaking, the more water exposure a child has, the faster they’ll learn to swim. That said, don’t overdo it. Children need a variety of activities to grow and thrive. The frequency should also make sense for everything else you, your child, and the rest of your family have going on.
Consider the Class’s Duration
How long a class lasts could impact how you choose to schedule swim lessons. When a child starts swim lessons, they tend to be about 30 minutes long. As they advance, the lessons may become longer. Consider how long the lesson lasts, the time it takes to get to and from the lessons, and any changing time needed when working the lessons into your schedule.
Allow Some Flexibility
It may take a bit of time to pin down what works best for you and your child when it comes to scheduling swim lessons. Be patient with yourself and your child as you work it out. You may find it easier to start with one lesson a week and increase the frequency once you’ve gotten used to the timeline. Keep in mind that what you and your child need may change from week to week as well. Some weeks are just busier than others, and it’s important to give everyone a chance to breathe during those more hectic times.
Once you’ve decided to put your child into swim lessons, the next step is to figure out how to schedule them into your child’s routine. Frequency and class duration should both be taken into consideration when creating your plan. Just remember that it can take some time to figure out exactly what works best for both you and your child. Remember, you can always ask your child’s swim instructor what they think makes sense for where your child is at if you need a little extra input.
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