What to Know Before Your First Lesson

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We at Bowler Swim School are excited to start teaching your student and hope they feel the same way, however we understand that starting lessons can be a hard and scary thing for many of our students.  We will meet them with genuine enthusiasm, which they may or not reciprocate. Regardless, here are some tips to help prepare you and them.

Get to the pool early.  We suggest this for every lesson, but especially the first.  By having adequate time to get settled in, it will help the student feel less rushed and frantic.  It can allow them to watch the bit of the lessons that are before them and notice other students in the pool who are enjoying themselves.  Being to the facility early allows them to look around and become familiar with the place which can lessen any anxiety.

Talk swim lessons up.  Don’t even acknowledge that lessons might be hard or scary.  It may seem a good idea to bribe your student with some reward for going a good job in their lesson.  This can pose problems though, as it indicates to the student that the lesson will be something that they need to “survive”.  Instead tell them about how much fun swim lessons are, that they will get to play with toys, and jump in the pool, and slide the slide, etc. If they are expecting that they will have a good time, they are much more likely to.

Leave the googles at home.  We teach without goggles until a student is working to refine their strokes. We chose to do this primarily for your student’s safety.  In the case of an actual emergency, the likelihood of the student having goggles on and on correctly is quite slim.  We don’t want all our progress in the pool to be forgotten because the student doesn’t know how to react when they are in the water without goggles.  Secondly, goggles tend to waste lots of time during a lesson requiring instructors to spend much of the lesson assisting them with tightening them or removing the fog, or draining any water from leakages.