When choosing swimming lessons, there are several factors to consider to ensure you find the best fit for your needs and preferences:

Class Size and Ratio: Smaller class sizes and lower student-to-instructor ratios often provide more personalized attention and instruction. This allows for better feedback and correction of individual techniques. You will find teacher ratios/class size range in size from 3:1  to 1:16.

Instructor Qualifications: Look for instructors who are certified by reputable organizations such as the ASA or Swim England. Senior staff should have certifications in lifeguarding, CPR and first aid.

Facility Safety: Ensure that the facility where the lessons are held are clean and have well-maintained facilities, and appropriate safety equipment for lessons.

Lesson Structure and Curriculum: Swimming lessons schemes and schools are not all the same. Most swimmers aim to be safe and to enjoy time in the water. Understand the lesson structure and curriculum to ensure it aligns with your goals and skill level. A minimum expectation should be to be taught 3 or 4 strokes , deep water confidence entry and exit safety diving and a few basic life preserving skills. Some programs may focus on basic water safety and survival skills, while others may offer more advanced techniques for competitive swimming or specific strokes, which can be too much for some children.

Age and Skill Level: Some schools assign lessons based on age? PoolSchools offer an assessment to swimmers over 4 years old who have had lessons independent of parents/adults to ensure we put them into the correct ability level. Some programs cater specifically to infants and toddlers, while others may focus on adults or competitive swimmers.

Availability and Schedule: Consider the availability and schedule of lessons to ensure they fit into your routine.

Cost and Value: Compare the cost of lessons with the quality of instruction and facilities offered. While cheaper lessons may be appealing, they may not provide the same level of expertise, class size or safety standards.

  • Cancelation policy can be up to one term.
  • Are the classes termly 10, 11 or 12 week courses or spread over 50 weeks. Consider how many classes you may miss when paying for 50 weeks?

Reputation and Reviews: Research the reputation of the swimming school or instructor by reading reviews and asking for recommendations from friends, family, or online communities.

Trial or Observation Classes: Some programs may offer trial classes or allow parents to observe lessons before enrolling. This isn’t often beneficial as 1 session in a new place can make a swimmer feel overwhelmed and that first go might not be a huge success so it could put you off. Ask about short courses or holiday crash course, which can be great ways to start swimming. Signing up for a term gives you a good insight into how a school operates and you will get the chance to progression. PoolSchools don’t offer trials.

Specialised Programs: If you have specific goals or interests, such as competitive swimming, water aerobics, or diving, look for programs that specialise in these areas.

By considering these factors, you can choose swimming lessons that provide a safe, effective, and enjoyable learning experience. The PoolSchools team are available to answer any questions you may have. Good Luck!