If you live in the Toronto area, you are probably aware of the many swimming lessons and swimming programs available to families who would like for their children to learn how to swim. With so many programs available, it can be difficult to choose the one that is best for your family. When choosing a swimming program for your child, keep these ideas in mind in order to find the perfect fit for your family.
Be sure that any place you choose to enroll your child in swimming lessons are employing instructors who are certified and qualified to do so. The instructors should hold a swim rescue award that meets the Ontario Health Regulations, a swim instruction qualification as determined by the employer and a First Aid and CPR certification from a recognized society including: The Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St. John’s Ambulance or Canadian Ski Patrol. There are other advanced certifications that are not required for basic swim instruction but can be a sign of a well-qualified instructor.
Class size might also impact your decision on which swimming program to enroll your child in Toronto. Classes should be smaller in order for the instructor to properly teach and supervisor, typically around 2 – 5 children in each class for smaller children and up to 10 for more advanced children. Of course there are programs that offer one on one instruction as well. Knowing how your child will learn best, either in the group class or individually, will help determine your decision.
While you understand the importance of your child learning to swim, you also understand that the class time needs to make sense for your schedule, as well as your child’s. For example, if you work long days choosing a class that is held on the weekend might be the best option for you. Maybe choosing a morning class will help avoid conflicting with your child’s nap time. Alternatively, choosing a weeknight time allows you to keep your weekends free for family time and can help your child refresh for the following day with a fun and active activity.
Observe the Lessons
Observing the swimming lessons are very important for parents to feel comfortable with the school of their choice. There are many benefits to observing a class and it will help you understand the process. You can see how the teacher works with the students, how many lessons are going on at once in the pool area, and how the instructor transitions from one class to the next. Your child can also see how lessons are handled and what to expect during their swim school instruction. This also allows parents to see where they should be dropped off, picked up, etc. to learn the class flow. This helps both the parent and the child to be more comfortable with the first swim lesson.
If you are in need of a quality swimming program in the Toronto area, explore the options that Zodiac Swim School has to offer. They have a wide range of swimming programs for kids in Toronto and are ready to provide quality swimming lessons to your child today!