The Benefits of Private Swimming Lessons
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+ Save time AND money.
Yes, private lessons are more expensive than group lessons on a per class comparison, but the time savings and faster speed of learning will save you money in the long run as you will need less private classes than group classes.
You will need more group lessons to cover the same number of skills you learn in private lessons, which means over time group lessons will cost MORE than private lessons.
Practicing the "homework" I give you in between classes will also help you get the most out of your money allowing you to advance faster through the skills program.
+ FUN CLASSES!
This is listed second because it's one of the top reasons students come to me. SWIMMING SHOULD BE FUN! Not scary! Students shouldn't have meltdowns on the way to swimming class even if they are scared of the water. My students who are scared of the water LOVE my swimming class and look forward to coming to class with me. We work, we learn, we have fun. If my students are miserable then I'm miserable and I don't like to be miserable.
I build trust with my students. I don't lie to them. Once they trust me then the fun really starts and they build the skills they need to overcome their fear of the water.
I figure out to make it fun for adults too. It's harder because my adult student are serious and committed, but I show them that they can work hard to learn AND enjoy the process at the same time.
+ The student is swimming and learning for the FULL class time.
In group lessons there can be approximately 3 - 8 other students in the class. In a 40 minute class the instructor spends approximately 15 minutes giving group instruction and the remaining 25 minutes, divided between 7 students, is only 3.57 minutes of personalized instruction per student.
An instructor is never supposed to take their eyes off of any student so for safety reasons students sit on the side of the pool waiting for their turn to practice the skills taught. Again, each student spends the majority of the class sitting and waiting for their turn. And the instructor is never fully watching any one student as he/she must always keep his/her eyes on all students so as to make sure none of them accidentally go underwater.
+ Students receive customized instruction the whole class.
In group lessons the instructor gives instructions to the entire group. Not everyone in a class has the same learning style or have the same problems learning a new skill. Instructions are given to the group and each student only receives approximately 3.57 minutes of personalized instruction.
+ Some students personalities and/or reaction to swimming are not conducive to group lessons.
I've taught dozens of students whose fear of the water is so overwhelming they require private classes for the undivided attention needed to help them overcome their fear and learn. I use a calming voice at all times and build a strong trust with my students so they know I will never let anything happen to them. I push them outside of their comfort zone to learn, but not too hard or too fast. The goal is to help them learn skills to build their confidence in the water and show them that they can swim and have fun in the water, without traumatizing them first.
+ Learn FASTER in private lessons.
Every swimming student has unique challenges swimming. It could be their level of fear, difficulty learning certain skills, trouble focusing, or any number of other challenges learning how to swim. The combination of focusing lessons on only what the student doesn't know, customizing teaching techniques to each student and addressing each student's unique personality, results in faster learning than in a group class environment.
+ EXPERIENCED Instructor. Learn correctly the FIRST time.
I end up with many students from local year-round swimming schools that do not teach correct swimming techniques. I explain to those students and parents the incorrect techniques that they were taught and the correct techniques that I teach, which are supported by the American Red Cross and the Olympic and all competitive swim teams.
+ Scheduling flexibility not possible in group lessons.
You tell me how many days per week you want to schedule lessons, which days of the week and times you are available and what dates you're unavailable and I'll come up with a schedule that you can fit into your life. Group lessons are a specific set of days and times that are not flexible. If you can't make a class you lose out. With private lessons I schedule around your vacations, dance recitals, and any other important event already on your schedule.
+ I don't believe in the "sink or swim" approach.
I never use this approach as it can cause a major setback in a student's learning and cause trauma. Some group instructors tend to use this approach at times in an attempt to push students at the back of the class forward faster. Or as a way to fulfill their "guarantee" that they will teach you/your child to swim or your money back. It rarely works. Mostly it causes more fear than a sudden ability to swim. I know when a student is ready to go underwater before they do. I encourage and convince students to go underwater themselves. I prepare them to go underwater and give them the power and control to take that scary step themselves and come out on the other end of that fear stronger and proud of their new accomplishment.
+ Private lessons come to you!
Why drive to a school when you have a pool in your backyard or community? Save precious time and ditch the commute and traffic to the swimming schools. These hectic days time is as valuable as money. You can be cooking dinner while your child(ren) learn to swim in your backyard instead of sitting at a swimming school pool watching your child sitting on the side watching other children learning to swim.
+ Private lessons allow adult students to learn to swim without feeling embarrassed.
If you have your own pool you can learn in total privacy. In community pools lessons can be scheduled for mornings or weekday early afternoons when community pools tend to be least crowded, and at times even empty. I've found that adults learning to swim are actually an inspiration to other adults at the pool who can't swim but want to learn and are also embarrassed to learn as they believe they are "too old". "Nonsense!" I say. You are never too old to learn how to swim. Be an inspiration to another adult and learn to swim today.
+ Students don't waste time re-learning skills they already know.
I test all new students swimming ability on the first day. If a student knows all the skills in a level but two, then we focus on those two and move on to the next level as soon as the student is ready. I spend the entire class period, every class, teaching students new skills. In group lessons students can't be promoted to the next level unless they learn ALL the skills at their level. As a result, a student who knows most, but not all, of the skills at their level are bored for most of their lessons. What a waste of time and money! It also lowers a student's enthusiasm for learning.
+ Learn to swim outdoors in the sun!
Swimming schools are all indoor pools for year round lessons. I teach in OUTDOOR pools. Don't we all spend too much time indoors already? Get some sun and fresh air while learning how to swim in an outdoor pool.
+ Get videos of your progress!
A new feature I'm offering this year is videos of my students throughout their lessons. Utilizing a GoPro videocamera I will take some videos above and below water of my students to help them celebrate their successes and illustrate areas they need to improve. Visit my "Gallery" page to learn more about this unique and special feature only I offer to my students.
+ Free safety consultation for your backyard pool
I conduct a safety analysis of your backyard pool and make recommendations to help you keep your family and guests safe in your pool area. Most changes are simple changes and are no or low cost recommendations. There are some surprising hidden dangers average pool owners are not aware of that can easily be fixed.