Learn to Swim

A guide to the Learn to Swim Programme

7 ways to support your child through their swimming lessons

The Swim England Learn to Swim team have put together some top tips that parents can do when their child is enrolled in regular swimming lessons and progressing through the Learn to Swim Programme. 

  1. Go for a family swim with your child. We understand that parents are busy, but family swims are a fun activity that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. It will also help children develop their swimming ability quicker and long periods of time out of the water will result in a loss of stamina and ability. We found that nearly 60% of parents and guardians of children aged 7-11 haven’t been swimming with their children in more than a month.
  2. Celebrate their swimming milestones. Having fun and rewarding children will keep them motivated for their lessons. The Swim England Learn to Swim Awards are designed to give children regular celebrations of their swimming milestones on their way to achieving these minimum standards of swimming competency.
  3. Pay attention. If you go to observe your child swimming, make sure you are ready to give them a wave and lots of encouragement. Putting away your mobile will tell your child these lessons are important.
  4. Download the My Learn to Swim App. Parents can download the free My Learn to Swim App. Children unlock more characters and stickers as they progress through their Swim England Learn to Swim swimming lessons. Parents can also better understand what their child is learning in their swimming lessons.
  5. Timing is key. Everyone is so busy, so make sure you book lessons for a time that is easy to stick to around your family commitments.
  6. Regular reports. Parents should expect regular updates on their child’s progression either through reports or verbal feedback. If your child is struggling in lessons, talk to the swimming teacher and ask what you can do to help encourage them to keep progressing. If they haven’t started swimming lessons yet, ask for a consultation – and visit the pool before lessons to get your child used to the environment.
  7. Lessons are fun. Learning how to swim should be fun, so check with the lesson provider before you book a block of lessons, that games and activities are regularly included within their programme of teaching.

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