FAQ: What Kind Of Lessons Can I Book For A 2-3 Year Old?
Following our previous FAQ blog “PARENT AND BABY GROUP CLASSES VS 1:1 LESSONS“, we thought it would be helpful to dig a little deeper into the offerings we have for children aged between 2-3 years…
When a child reaches the age of 2 years, SwimWay offers the opportunity to book into 1:1 lessons, as long as that child has plenty of previous experience in the water.
When clients request to book a 1:1 lesson for their child aged between 2-3 years, the first question we ask is “have they had previous lessons before?”. If the answer is no, we will ask a series of further questions to ascertain the child’s confidence and capabilities, but if they have never had lessons before it is advisable to book into the parent and baby programme first. Even if it is for a single term before changing.
However some children who have not had lessons before do have a good amount of experience from holidays, etc., so we are always open to trying them in the 1:1 lessons if the parent/guardian feels it is appropriate.
From the moment we receive a request for lesson for a child aged 2-3 years, we would usually ask questions along the following lines:
Has your child had lessons before?
How long did they have lessons for?
Have they had any swimming experience at all?
Are they comfortable in the water?
Can they put their head under water?
Will they be happy to get into the water without a parent/guardian?
Based on the answers we receive, we will be able to determine whether parent and baby classes or 1:1 lessons would be more suitable for your child.
Sometimes you’ll find the younger children have some difficulty settling into the 1:1 lessons at first. If they are used to a parent/guardian getting into the water with them, it can be a little scary for them to get in with only the instructor. However, our instructors are very experienced in making the little ones feel calm and comfortable in the water, and after a couple of lessons the kids are ready and raring to go! Of course, some children simply are not ready for the lessons, and our instructors will inform the office if this is the case. We will be in touch on these occasions to discuss alternative availabilities in our parent and baby programme.
Some parents are keen to have their children swimming with a friend, as the social aspect of the classes are understandably very important. However, SwimWay has a very strict policy of no 1:2 lessons for children between the ages of 2-3 years. Children of this age require far more support and hands-on instruction than those over the age of 3 years. Having two children who require almost constant support throughout the class restricts the instructor’s ability to take the children through the necessary skills and criteria of the programme. Providing any less support than is needed can result in a health and safety risk – something we will not consider.
There have been the odd occasions where a child is perhaps one or two months away from 3 years of age, and has been in our parent and baby programme for a number of terms. A child like this would be able to swim in a 1:2 lesson if:
Their regular instructor gives the go ahead
Their partner has a similar level of experience
Their partner is older than them, but by no more than 3 or 4 months
If you think you may fall under this category, and would like to book a 1:2 lesson, do not hesitate to contact us and we will review.