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PumpkinPie2016 Wed 10-Apr-19 07:39:48

Just wondering if anyone has done this and was it worth it?

My son is 5 and has group swimming lessons at the local pool. He has been going a while, absolutely loves swimming and is doing ok.

When they start, they have three foam arm rings on each arm and gradually go down to non.

He can swim really well with one arm ring and so is now working in swimming without any. All good. Problem is, his positioning with no arm bands is hindering him. He tends to look up which then brings the feet down. He'll get it eventually but I don't feel his current group lessons are allowing for much progress for the following reasons:

1. There is quite a bit of waiting around in the lesson, especially when new kids start and obviously take a long time to swim across the pool.

2. His main teacher, who is poolside, is pretty good but the in pool assistant isn't good at all (we used to have a different one) - she doesn't get down to their level I.e. is standing up while they swim so isn't showing him how to position his head.

So, I am thinking some one to one lessons would be better? Less waiting around and I could get one of the instructors who engages more in the pool.

I can't take him swimming myself in term time as the timings don't fit with work. I don't want him to stop lessons as he enjoys swimming.

Had anyone used one to one lessons? Did they make any difference? Or should I try a different group session first?

ThreeAnkleBiters Wed 10-Apr-19 07:41:47

I've found 1-1 lessons great. You get so much more done, less waiting around and everything designed to your child's level.

pinkdelight Wed 10-Apr-19 07:51:18

We wasted so much on group lessons before switching to one to one. Well worth it.

IloveJudgeJudy Wed 10-Apr-19 07:53:08

Definitely go 1:1. DD learnt in no time, after spending a couple of terms in a class. It only took one week of 1:1 and she got it.

HopefulAgain10 Wed 10-Apr-19 07:53:39

My ds started swimming at 2 and I initially thought of one on one lesson but we have a brilliant teacher who really keeps the class of tiny kids going.

I'm surprised at the arm ring method though.
Our teacher started without any floating devices and my son can swim underwater a few seconds to and from unaided.

Amongstthetallgrass Wed 10-Apr-19 07:54:07

Yes you will quicker advancement with 121

Blueowls Wed 10-Apr-19 08:10:55

Do it. We threw good money after bad on group lessons for years. Eventually switched to 121 and it was the best decision ever. We would have saved a lot of money had we forked out for 121 in the first place. Our children were not exactly naturals when it came to swimming though grin

PumpkinPie2016 Wed 10-Apr-19 08:36:38

Thank you for all of your replies - I am going to enquire at the centre today about one to one lessons.

The group lesson is just taking far too long for progress to be seen.

YellowSock Wed 10-Apr-19 08:42:43

I spent a fortune on 1:1 lessons for 18 months for DS who was a good swimmer but messed about in group lessons.... he made little to no progress because his swim teacher and him seemed to become BFFs so I had to watch them chat for half hour.... I eventually moved him swim schools and he is back in a group of 5 doing great, having made more progress in 6 weeks than he did 1:1 for 18 months.

Every child is different but I would say try another swim school before you do 1:1 lessons and see if that helps.

Biffsboys Wed 10-Apr-19 09:44:40

I changed to 1-2-1 and my ds was swimming in 6 weeks after 2 years of group lessons.

EvaHarknessRose Wed 10-Apr-19 09:57:48

If they do intensive lessons in the holidays ie five days in a row, that can be a good option

Aquiline Wed 10-Apr-19 10:03:02

One to one is great, if not exactly inexpensive. I think virtually everyone I know with a child around DS's age (7) is sorry they wasted time on lessons far too early, when the child just wasn't really ready to learn, and could have just been developing water confidence with a parent in the local pool.

Like a pp, I'm surprised the group lesson teacher is using armbands -- I thought this was generally considered very poor practice now, as you simply cab't be in the right position for swimming wearing them? DS didn't ever have any flotation stuff -- maybe one of those pool float right at the very start...?

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