FAQ For Someone Who Want To Swim For Life
1Why is swimming lesson important for my kids?
Swimming is not just a sport, it is a form of life, exercise and survival. The world is made out of more than 70% of water and one of the best recreational activities worldwide is playing by the beach, relaxing by the pool and experiencing ocean life via snorkelling or scuba diving. As such, learning to swim gives a child confidence to participate in such water activities and as they get older, they learn to appreciate such a skill. Parents themselves do not have to worry when their kids are playing in the water. Lastly, swimming has other benefits such as good all round exercise as well as teaching children important characteristics such as critical judgement (when to swim and when NOT to swim), discipline, confidence and perseverance as they undergo swimming lessons/training.
2What’s the approach the coach will use to teach ?
Coaches are trained to use a personalized approach to each child. No 2 children are alike and we are aware of this. As such, our coaches are trained to provide the best teaching approach to enhance a child’s learning. For example, first time swimmers will be given a lot of care, attention and motivation in order to elevate their fears of the water. They will also be given a lot of mental support and encourage to take part in their own progress. As the child progresses and they become more comfortable and confident with the water and his/her personalized coach, the child will then be taught social skills, teamwork and a reward system. How they interact with other children, how to stay focussed to the training regime and how to aim for more will all be emphasized as the child progresses further. There will also be personalized changes depending on the child’s personality. A shy child will get a more encouraging approach whereas a bold, passionate and energetic child will get a more fast paced and challenging approach to suit his/her growth.
3Where is the class ( choice of yourself at your best convenient and even your one choice of time)
At Swim For Life, When and where is never a restriction. We believe in a student’s and his/her parent’s comfort and convenience. Many studies have shown that children learn faster and are more confident when taught in a familiar background. As such, our aim is to guide a child effectively and to do so, we always are happy to know if a parent prefers to have classes in their own pool, be in a common residential pool or a private pool. We do not mind the travel time as long as a child is comfortable. Their learning and growth are our first priority.
4What can my kid learn
Initially, we aim to get the child to familiarise with the water and overcome any existing fears of the water (if any). As the child progresses, we guide him to learn proper swimming techniques. These techniques are not only fun but they are the best techniques to swim be it for survival, for exercise or just for fun. Once everything has been taught, the student can further branch into advanced swimming sports such as competitive swimming, water polo, springboard diving or synchronized swimming (so called going ‘pro’). If going ‘pro’ isn’t in list of interest, then swimming can be advanced to the recreational side such as scuba diving. Lastly, first aid swimming rescues, life guard training and coaching are also an option. In conclusion, there is an endless pathway to pursue in the field of aquatics. It is all up to the choices of the child and the parent. We will be here to guide you through any of your interests
5What is the duration for each lesson?
Each lesson will be exactly 1 hour. To further elaborate, depending on the level of the student and their mood on that day, warmup sessions will range from the first 5 – 10 minutes. The rest of the time will be dedicated to the swimming techniques. If the coach feels that the student has performed remarkably well or has achieved milestones that are further than intended, the student will be rewarded with a ‘game’ session for the last 5 minutes which focuses on applying the things that the student has learned during the lesson in a fun way as a proof that the student has mastered the lesson for that day and deserves a higher level of application of his/her skills.
6Are all your instructors certified?
All our instructors are not just competent swimmers themselves, they are also certified in coaching as well as life saving. In fact, it is a minimum requirement for all our coaches to at least master all 4 swimming strokes (breast stroke, freestyle, back stroke and butterfly stroke) and have a certified water life saving certificate to ensure your child is in safe hands should there be even the slightest form of water related emergency. All certificates the coaches have are displayed on our website and recognized by their respective boards. More qualified coaches also have certificates in coaching or child education.
7What is the size of your group classes?
We specialize in 1 to 1 coaching as well as group classes. Our group classes can range from a minimum of 3 students to a maximum of 5 students. We guarantee that there will not be more than 5 students per group class to ensure each child gets adequate care, attention and guidance. We are a staunch believer of quality and not quantity.
8What do I need to bring for my lessons?
All a student has to bring is a well fitted swimming suit (not too large or small as this may disrupt the comfort and performance of the child). Goggles of right size are also needed alongside a swimming cap if the student has lengthy hair. Swimming boards, fins and other swimming materials will be provided by the instructor but bringing your own equipment such as these are always welcomed as the student may take pride in the things he/she owns and will further encourage the student to swim. In conclusion, a proper swim suit, goggles and/or swimming cap are a must for each lesson.
9Will there be any make-up lessons?
Private 1 to 1 lessons are replaceable provided the coach is given sufficient heads up regarding the cancellation of the class beforehand (1-week notice) and the instructor is available for the next proposed replacement lesson. Group lessons are not replaceable as the group will have a fixed time, group and venue already. The only exception to replace a group lesson will be that the student will have to join another group session which has an available spot. This is to ensure that our promise to you that we provide quality swimming lessons be kept.
10What are the differences between group and private lessons?
In general terms, private lessons offer more personalized attention to the student. The coach is given more room to manoeuvre around the needs of the student as he/she has undivided attention for that one particular student. The student’s potential and weaknesses can also be targeted more effectively and a tailor-made regime is more achievable in a private lesson as compared to a group lesson. Private lessons are encouraged for students who require utmost care and attention as well as lots of guidance. On the other side of things, group lessons provide a livelier social environment for a student to learn to swim. We understand that some students require peer influence to perform and this is what group lessons are targeted to do. Group lessons are geared towards the general performance of the group. If the group is fast, the students can be pushed faster.
11How long will it take before myself / my child will be able to swim?
Its typically hard to answer this question as each student has their own learning pace. Not to mention some students have their own fears and personalities we have to cater for. Generally, however, through our many years of experience, a student will learn to swim rather proficiently by the 8th month once we have taught him/her a breast stroke. It also depends on the level of proficiency you want to aim for when it comes to swimming. Naturally, the longer time you spent swimming and learning more in depth techniques, the more confident and proficient you will be at swimming.
12Will a water phobic be able to learn swimming?
Definitely our answer to this is a yes. In fact, we specialize in it. We know what its like to deal with a student who is naturally fearful of the water and a student who was been traumatized by water due to previous experiences. We are well equipped to help these students to not only overcome their fears but also to learn to enjoy the water.
13Is it compulsory to take the ASUM assessment test?
No. it is not compulsory. The ASUM assessment test is purely elective. It is a test to certify your proficiency in swimming. In other words, it is an assessment to give proof that you are a swimmer. If such a certification does not attract you and you are just taking lessons purely for the goal of swimming and other purposes, then this assessment is not for you, nor would we force it upon you to take it.