What to Expect on the First Day of Swimming Lessons

If you’ve signed your child up for swimming lessons, there are probably a few questions you have about what to expect on the first day. As a parent, you always want the best for your child, so it’s only natural you’d want to know that you are getting your child involved in something that is going to be good for them and safe too. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect on your child’s first day of swimming lessons.
What should I bring?
To give your child the best possible experience on their first day of lessons, you’ll want them to bring everything they’ll need. The first and most obvious item is, you guessed it, a proper swimsuit. Bring a suit that they like wearing or one that has their favourite design on it. Make sure your child is comfortable in their swimsuit, as it is going to make learning a lot easier and more enjoyable. Always bring a pair of deck shoes again let them bring the ones they like to wear.
Will my child have fun?
Of course! Swimming lessons are meant to be FUN and educational, because most swimming schools understand that children do not respond well to learning if they feel they are being forced to take part. Swimming lessons are aimed at making your child feel comfortable and safe to express themselves and have fun. This is especially true of the very first lesson, when beginner level swimmers tend to be the most nervous. You can rest assured that your child will be in good and capable hands on their first day of swimming lessons.
Will my child be safe?
Swimming schools make safety their number one priority, so you can be sure your child will be learning to swim in a safe and supervised environment. Swimming instructors are trained in first aid and are more than capable of taking care of multiple beginner level swimmers at once. The rules that most swimming schools have in place are designed to keep children from hurting themselves, and as long as those rules are properly enforced, you have nothing to worry about.
What happens if my child cries in the first lesson?
When children go to drop off programs for the first time it is not uncommon for them to shed a tear or two. It is normal, the child is in a different atmosphere with and instructor they just met and they are in a pool without mom or dad. Some children cry the first few lessons and it is not because they hate the water, it’s because they are not with the parents. It sometimes takes a few lessons for them to get used to the new environment and the instructor but they do come around and start to enjoy the water and lessons.

Now that you know more about what you can expect on the day of your child’s first swimming lesson, you can be more confident that they are experiencing something that is safe, meaningful, and all around good for them!

When is the right time to start swimming?

As a swim school owner, I always get this question. Most people agree that swimming is an important life skill that is beneficial, even necessary, to learn. To many, being in the water is second nature, like riding a bicycle; to some, however, it is a source of fear and can be daunting. So when is the right time to begin lessons? Our answer is always ‘As soon as possible’; the key is to start young! My children began swimming at 6 weeks old, as did I. Many families worry about the safety of an infant beginning at such a young age, but studies show that infants are perfectly comfortable in the water and maintain aquatic instincts from the womb. Before the age of 2, children often have an under-developed sense of fear – they are constantly challenging new boundaries, from walking, to climbing etc. So why not help them explore the water as well? Positive water exposure is imperative before 6 months and should be incorporated into infants’ crucial developmental stages in order to prepare your little ones for enjoying their swim time in the future. “But what can I do if I’m afraid of water?” This question often plagues concerned parents who may have never learned to swim, or had negative experiences in the past. Sound familiar? This is where the professional expertise of a swim school can help you out. Whether you choose to enter the water with your little swimmer, or have a confident companion go with them while you proudly watch from the deck, you may find that you will learn even more about water safety, water confidence and positive association than your child does. As children grow older, it becomes increasingly more difficult to get them comfortable in the water. With cognitive development, many of their earlier instincts give way to learned thoughts and behaviors. At this point, swimming lessons encompass not only physical skills, but also exercises in self-trust, instructor trust and overcoming the fears that have developed through their experiences. Swimming lessons may be a source of anxiety, although we find that most kids’ fears are short-lived once their instructors help in building their confidence in the water. “What about me?” is a very popular question at our swim school! Many adults spend the majority of their lives avoiding swimming pools, lakes and oceans, possibly missing out on many social events and memories with friends and family. At Davina’s, we firmly believe that it is never too late to learn! When it comes to adult lessons, it is mainly a mental game – our bodies are fully developed and equipped with the ability to swim. There is no real answer to the question “when is the right time to start swimming?” – as realistically, the answer is as soon as YOU are ready!