We headed back to swimming lessons this week. Yes it’s that time already.
Our swim school takes a short break over the three winter months because the pool is an outdoor pool. A bit too nippy for swimming in winter even though the pool is heated. Well actually it’s the getting in and out that’s problematic.
We take private swimming lessons as I worked out how much instruction time my boys receive during the 30 minute lesson, shared with 3 to 5 other students, and it came down to less than 5 minutes. The rest of the time they spent sitting on the side waiting for their turn. For those 5 minutes of actual instruction it would cost between $10 to $15 depending on the swim school.
I decided to look into private classes. For $40 for the half hour my boys could receive private instruction. Sounds costly when you consider the lump sum for the whole term (or worse still three sessions a year) BUT remember that’s $20 a child for 15 minutes of instruction time AND because there are only two children in the pool, the boy who is waiting for his turn can be practising his lessons instead of sitting on the step. That’s value for money!!
If I was paying for weekly lessons, while a tad cheaper, I suspect we would need a lot more classes. By paying for private classes it won’t be long before we can move from lessons to regular trips to the local pool instead.
I know we don’t really need to “purchase” lessons. So many people teach their own children to swim. I was one of these children. I never had formal lessons because Mum and Dad had an inground indoor pool so why would we need lessons. Or so was their reasoning. Plus at school we did 8 swimming lessons a year. (Divide that 30 minutes by thirty kids!!!) As a result I’m a very poor swimmer. I can get myself around in a pool and wouldn’t drown immediately in the ocean or river but I have absolutely no confidence in my skills in the water. I didn’t want my boys to feel like this in the water so swimming lessons were on the top of my “Must Have” list for the boys.
I’m curious to know whether my international readers also rate swimming skills highly where they live. In Australia it’s almost irresponsible to not teach your young children to swim. Lots of people have pools in their backyard or enjoy spending time at the beach or river or local pool. So it’s fairly important that your child can maneuver themselves to safety in the event of falling in. Do kids in your public schools have yearly swimming lessons as ours do? How young do they start teaching swimming? Here they can start around the 6 month age, although I didn’t buy into the baby swim class. I feel it’s lures parents into a false sense of security. But more commonly the children start around age 3.
My boys love their swimming lessons. In fact they love everything about the water. I”m so pleased they feel at ease in the water…unlike their poor mother. Hmmm…but then again do I need swimming skills to sit on the beach and read!