Individual Swimming Lessons vs Group Lessons -Which is Better for Your Child?

When it comes to teaching your child how to swim, a lot of parents have a dilemma between enrolling them in group swimming lessons or getting a private swimming instructor. Both of the options have their advantages and disadvantages, and the only way to make a good and well-informed decision is to get familiar with both. To help you out, we have covered the most important aspects that you need to take into account when choosing between the two types of instruction.

Advantages of individual swimming lessons.

Private swim lessons are often done in one-to-one style, with just the child and the swimming instructor present. Here are some of the benefits of private swimming lessons for your kids.

Customized learning

The most significant advantage of private swimming lessons is the opportunity for the swim instructor to tailor the class to the student completely. Group lessons often have a set to-do list of things that need to be shown and learned during a class, so your child might have to skip on improving something that they are struggling with to keep up with others and the pacing of the group swimming class.

One-on-one attention

Working with an instructor individually might be the best way to build trust and confidence in the water for the kids apprehensive about the water. The instructor’s presence and support can help them feel safer and work to become more comfortable without the crowd of other kids, who might be feeling more confident. In addition, if your child usually has a harder time focusing on the task at hand and needs constant interaction and supervision, one-on-one attention is very likely beneficial for their swimming progress.

Time efficiency

Swimming instructors can get much more done in a shorter amount of time when the sessions are just with one student since they can give that student all of their attention. Private lessons are often only half an hour long, while group lessons usually last for about an hour or longer. If you have a busy schedule or if your child has a short attention span, this is an excellent option for you.

Advantages of group swim lessons

Group lessons can have advantages as well. Here are some of them.

Your child socializes in a different environment

With other kids present in each group swimming lesson, your child will be able to socialize with them and learn valuable social skills, such as following instructions, waiting their turn, healthy competition, and learning how to win and lose.

Lower Cost

Group swim lessons are often a lot cheaper than private lessons since the expense is spread among more participants (or rather their parents). This is a great option for parents who are on the budget, but they still want a professional to teach their child how to swim, or for those who feel like their child just needs basic introductory swimming lessons.

Peer Learning

If your child is a visual learner, they can watch other swimmers performing drills to understand the skills they are learning. Because more swimmers are present during a class, your child will have a few minutes of rest, that they can use to observe, before doing the next drill.


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