How long will it take for my child to learn to swim?

Every child is different, and all children learn at a different pace. Think about swimming lessons as a long-term process which will teach your child a skill for life. Consistency is important in assisting your child to learn to swim.

What should I expect for my first lesson?

On your first day, try to arrive at least 15 minutes early. This will allow your child to be relaxed before their lesson, and familiarise themselves with our centre. Upon arrival, please visit reception and our receptionists will show you where your class will be. When the class before you has finished, your child will be able to enter the pool once instructed by the teacher.

What do I do if my child is terrified of the water?

Take small steps, allowing your child to feel in control in each stage. Start by sitting and playing on the side of the pool with your child. Slowly, but surely, your child will build confidence and be happy to join their class in the pool.

How can I best help my child?

  • Be supportive and reassuring before each lesson
  • Arrive early enough to get ready for lessons at a relaxed pace
  • Remain within view of your child during their lesson, make eye contact with your child, praise specific efforts that your child has made
  • Trust your child’s teacher and allow them to deliver the instructions during the lesson

Who do I talk to about my child’s progress?

The Pool Deck Supervisor is available to talk to you about your child’s progress. If you’re unsure who this is, see reception and they can help you.

Is my child likely to pick up illness or infections from the pool?

Children are at no greater risk of picking up an illness than from any other public place. Our facilities and water are maintained to a high standard.

Should I continue swimming during winter?

Absolutely! We find that students who continue swimming through winter are more likely to progress to higher levels at a faster rate. Students who have a break during winter often regress and need to relearn some of the skills they have been taught.

Do you use floats?

At Coulter Swimming, we use floats to allow your children to gain water confidence and be actively involved throughout the whole lesson. Our use of flotation aids over many years has resulted in a program that all non-swimmers can enjoy.

Do you offer private lessons?

We do offer private lessons, but these are subject to the availability of teachers and teaching space. Please enquire at reception.