From your first lesson, there is one question every parent is very likely to face.
“Did I get my badge?”
Everyone – parents and our swimmers – talk about moving up to the next level. And they should! It’s a big deal and a major accomplishment to progress through our levels at LittleAqua, perfecting the techniques, strokes and skills across the rainbow.
But sometimes, it can be hard to know why your child isn’t moving up or to understand what skill they are stuck on that could be holding them back from making progress.
You might see your swimmer kicking, rolling or covering awesome distances in the water but they are still in the same level – week after week. So, whats going on? And it can seem like your swimmer isn’t making progress as fast as other children – especially when you see friends and classmates move up while your child (or children) are still at the same level.
At LittleAqua, we understand how this can feel - particularly for your swimmers. However, we work on what the swimmers needs in that moment, in that lesson as well as the overall level. That means, we want each and every child to learn, have fun and – most importantly – excel at the skills so they can move up and earn that certificate or badge!
So how do you know if your child is learning at an appropriate level? Here are five things to consider:
In swimming, as in most things in life, consistency is key. And in swim lessons, being able to do a skill over and over (and over again) in a consistent and competent manner, is one of the ways our instructors determine if your child is ready to move up a level. If your child can sometimes do a little kicking independently but not every week or if they’re learning bi-lateral breathing but can’t quite breath to the correct side each time - these are the signs they’re not quite ready. We need to see your children being able to do these types of skills consistently, because we build on them from level to level.
Swimming outside of lessons once a week is a fantastic idea, and it’s not only fun but it means your children get to practice their skills in the pool – meaning they might be able to move up faster! However, once a week might not be enough for a child struggling with a skill or two in their current level. Practice makes permanent, so find some time in the water outside of lessons to make sure your little star has plenty of time to practice their skills.
Intensive Crash Courses
For many little swimmers, its ONE skill that gets them stuck in a level and weekly lessons can mean it might take a while to master it well enough to advance. Luckily, we have a fix for that! Our Crash Courses (which is a swimming lesson a day, every day, for a week!) can give your swimmer the boost and extra pool time they need to master that skill.
Timing and Pace
Every child learns at a different pace. For many children, taking lessons week after week is a slow-build. It might look to a parent as if their child isn’t learning but believe us: they are. Sometimes, the growth comes all at once with a skill or stroke being mastered in a short amount of time when it just “clicks.” That’s why we repeat the skills and strokes over and over and use our instructors knowledge, compassion and trust to bond with our swimmers.
Our Scheme and Instruction
We’ve structured our scheme to meet the needs of every student, knowing that each child’s swimming journey is unique. We work hard to make sure each swimmer gets plenty of individual attention and we want all children learn through fun and games – which is how they learn best. Every lesson in the pool is one step closer to your child learning to become safer in and around the water, and trust that we know how precious your time and money is –we want to see those extraordinary results too!
LittleAqua Swim School
At LittleAqua Swim School, we want every family to have the ultimate swimming experience each and every lesson. We teach babies as young as 3 months old and specialise in getting the non swimmer confident in the water. Check us out! We have locations across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.