Are you debating between Private or Group Swim Lessons? We believe each student learns differently and may benefit more from one type than the other, neither one is better. It is important to understand the 2 types of lessons and to be able to choose what works best for your child. Water safety is always a priority, remember, the ultimate goal is to have a child that learns to swim, enjoys the water, and is comfortable with and aware of water safety. The type of lesson is a preference…the endgame is the same.
Many swimming locations/schools focus on group lessons putting several students with one instructor for a 30 minute lesson. At Wembley Club, we limit our groups to a maximum of 4 students with the majority of the groups being 2-3 students. Why? This allows for adequate time for the instructor to correct and guide each student. Depending on the size of the group, individual attention during a group lesson is approximately 10-15 minutes per child. One great benefit of group lessons is encouragement and social interaction with other children at his/her same swimming ability. In a group setting often times students push to excel in stroke development and other skills as they see each exercise as a competition to complete with the other students.
Private lessons allow for the student to have one-on-one instruction for a full 30 minutes. The student sets the pace for the lesson. If the student excels in a skill faster than other skills it allows more time to give attention to weaker skills rather than following the abilities of the other students, like in a group lesson. Students learn at different speeds, this makes private lessons more beneficial especially when initially learning to swim and are timid about the water. Another perk to private lessons is the flexibility in choosing a day and time that fits best with your personal schedule.
Adults who wish to either improve strokes or learn the basics of swimming benefit from private swim lessons. The instructor can work one on one with the individual no matter what the goal is. Some adults have never learned to swim….that is OK and why we are here!
No matter what the lesson type is, ultimately we strive for a comfort level between the parents, students, and teacher that will allow the student to thrive and become an awesome swimmers or improve the skills they already possess.
We are very fortunate at Wembley to continue lessons throughout the year with the pool being covered during non-summer months!
Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out for any swim lesson inquiries. Heather@wembleyclub.com
Wembley’s Aquatics Director, Heather, has been a Bainbridge resident since 1987. In her younger years, she grew up swimming in invitationals and meets at The Wembley Club. She always loved the community, and loved the family atmosphere here. Heather was a diver on the swim team for Kenston High School, as well as an independent club team.
Today, she absolutely loves running Wembley’s pool! She is a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) through the National Aquatics Council. She is also a Red Cross certified Lifeguard Manager.