Recently, Granger Smith, an American country singer and songwriter had a devastating experience. His 3 year old son, River, died at his family’s home. He stated to the media that his youngest son died in a tragic drowning accident. Despite the efforts of the doctors to revive him, he was unable to be revived. No further details were disclosed.
The Center for Disease control published that Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death among children between the ages 1 and 4. Adults, on the other hand, had an average of 390 deaths a year due to drowning. Most of the cases according to CDC are 47% from the residential swimming pool, 27% at the public pool, while the remaining 26% happens to other bodies of water. Severe damages of drowning are often fatal, that more than 50 percent of which requires medical assistance. One of the factors that influenced drowning risk according to CDC is Subpar Swim Skills, or no knowledge in swimming at all.
See how important learning to swim might save our lives, or could save other lives?
So how long do swimming lessons last?
Learners’ comprehension and learning style
The length or duration of swimming lessons would greatly depend on how was the learner be able to comprehend and learn the lesson. This is usually depending on the learner’s age range:
For infants (6-18 months old):
Swimming lesson at this age should only be roughly 30 minutes. At this age, infants love to sing and play, thus combining the lessons with songs is a great way for them to learn fast. Usually the lessons include kicking, splashing and floating.
For 3-5 years old:
At this age, toddler’s style of learning would be faster when done with play. They are active and full of energy, thus swimming lessons must be combined with some activities and games. Within 30-45 minutes, normally children at this age would normally comprehend some basic lessons.
For 6-9 years old:
Typically, the duration of a lesson between these ages is 45 minutes to one hour, depending on how complex or simple the lesson is. This age has longer attention spans and more focused. However, children as they are still enjoy activities and games that may be incorporated to swimming lessons.
For 10 years old and above:
For an adult learner, normally one to two hours a day would a lesson last. This depends on how complex the lessons are, and what shall be the purpose of the lesson. Say, the lesson is for a competition, then longer time lessons are required.
Basically, the duration of the swimming lesson mainly depends on the level of the lesson, should it be from easy, to average, to difficult. The Royal Lifesaving Australia, a swimming association recommends that children must be able to continously swim for 400 m, to adapt to different aquatic situations and enjoy the water. Once the 400 m rule be accomplished, then one can further learn the advance swimming lessons.
Basically, the more often the lessons are, the faster the learning. And the more often the lessons, the more confident and comfortable a learner be. With regular training, all the more a person be able to retain the lessons. Basically, once a week is a good practice. If there be extra time like on holidays, or a vacation, then the better that time be spent to lessons, for faster learning and comprehension.
Teacher’s influence and competence
It takes a good teacher to make a good student. The teacher’s patience and competence would greatly affect the performance of the learner. The training plan of a Swimming school would also greatly matter for the learner’s development. One famous school in the U.S., the International Swim Academy, has a Swim-Float-Swim Method is a perfect program for learners as young as 6 months old to adults to actually learn to swim within short few lessons. This has been proven for over 65 years in their business. Their methodologies have been taught to persons with disabilities as well. They are able to teach their learners usually, for only two months.
Majority of the influence especially to children comes from the Parent or the guardian. Parents play an important role to children’s motivation. During the classes, it is important that they are visible giving positive motivation to their children displaying enthusiasm. In that way, the learner may learn faster. This comes true also when an adult is being motivated by friends or relatives to have swimming lessons. The more the motivation to a learner from important people in their lives, the more urge they want to learn, and the more they get to learn the lesson faster.
No matter how swimming lessons would last, the most important goal is to learn. For learning to swim can save one’s life, and is good for the health as well. Swimming lessons is essential at all ages, even at an old age. It is never too late.