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Why we require children to attend lessons unaccompanied in our Kids Programme

Teaching young children how to swim is a rewarding experience that requires careful consideration of the learning environment. Through years of experience, I have come to firmly believe that unaccompanied swimming lessons are highly beneficial for children aged 3 years and older. In this blog post, I will discuss the advantages of unaccompanied lessons and provide tips for parents on how to ease the transition for their children.

Developing Independence and Confidence

By participating in unaccompanied swimming lessons, children have the opportunity to develop independence and build their confidence. Separating from their parents or main caregivers allows them to navigate the learning process on their own, fostering a sense of self-reliance and empowerment.

Establishing Trustful Relationships

Unaccompanied lessons enable instructors to establish caring, trustful, and respectful relationships with their students more quickly. With the absence of parental presence, children are more likely to accept and trust the guidance and instructions provided by their swimming coach. This facilitates a smoother learning experience and better progress in acquiring swimming skills.

Promoting Water Safety Awareness

One of our foremost priorities is to promote water safety among young swimmers. Unaccompanied lessons create a controlled environment where children can explore the consequences of water without relying solely on their parents for safety. This approach helps them develop a healthy respect for water and significantly enhances their water safety awareness.

Tips for Parents on Transitioning to Unaccompanied Lessons:

a. Acknowledge Separation Anxiety:It is important for parents to understand that separation anxiety is natural and expected in young children. There may be a transition period during which children may resist attending lessons alone. However, it is crucial for parents to allow their children to gradually adapt to this change and trust in the learning process.

b. Firm Communication and Physical Transition:When children are clinging to their parents and refusing to join the lesson, it is helpful for parents to firmly communicate that they will return later or need to use the restroom. Physically placing the child in the coach's hands can also signal the transition. Once the child is with the coach, it is advisable for parents to be out of sight for the duration of the lesson.

c. Minimize Focus on Crying:Children may initially cry when separated from their parents. However, minimizing the focus on their cries can help reduce their distress. Coaches can hold the child in the water to prevent them from trying to climb out and run away. Engaging the child in conversations about other students or topics of interest can divert their attention and promote their participation.

d. Gradual Participation:It is common for children to take some time to warm up to unaccompanied lessons. Most children start participating actively within 10 to 20 minutes. Consistent repetition of the above strategies, along with the child's growing trust in the coach, will eventually lead to their full engagement and enjoyment of the lessons.

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