Swimming isn’t always something to learn on your own. In fact, almost everyone needs regular swimming lessons at least to get started. Many more still require swimming lessons for advanced and competitive swimming skills.
The real problem with swimming lessons is that not all swimming instructors are good at teaching it. If you don’t have a good swimming instructor, you may find that you’re still struggling with basic strokes after months.
If you’re unsure whether you’re getting good swimming lessons, test your instructor with the following five questions. If any of these questions is negative, you may want to consider switching instructors.
Take a look!
#1 – Is the Instructor Professionally Qualified?
Every instructor should be required to have a certain level of training for the class that they are taking. There are different qualifications for teaching children, adults, beginners, advanced swimmers, instructors, and so on.
If you haven’t seen it yet, ask to see your instructor’s professional qualification to confirm that they have the knowledge and experience to teach a class of your experience level. If they do not, ask for an instructor who does.
#2 – Does the Group You were Placed in have a Balanced Level of Experience?
Your peers should have approximately the same level of experience that you have. Some may be slightly higher than you while others slightly below, but you should be close enough that no one gets left behind.
If you find yourself feeling slow in comparison to the rest of the class and your instructor has done nothing about it, you may want to request a change of class entirely. On the other hand, if you find the same issue in another class, you should probably change venues too.
#3 – Does the Instructor Get Angry with Slower Learners?
Whether it is directed at you or another student, a swimming instructor should never get angry over someone who doesn’t get the exercise quite as fast as most. Some of us are just slower at learning how to swim. It isn’t the fault of the individual.
If your instructor tends to get irritated by a student who is trying their best but still lagging behind, report the instructor immediately. Not only should you get a new instructor, but also that instructor should get the sack!
#4 – Are You being Taught Water Safety?
Water safety is as much if not more important than learning strokes. If your instructor is teaching stroke after stroke but not providing you with any water safety training, then they aren’t doing their job right. It is the purpose of every swimming instructor to teach us both technique and safety in and around the water.
Without water safety training, you and others around you could get hurt because you weren’t aware of what you should or shouldn’t do. While it is true that many of the water safety rules are quite obvious, they should still be drilled into our heads just in case.
#5 – Do You Feel Safe?
The most important question to ask is do you feel safe with your instructor? If you don’t feel safe, for any reason at all, change classes. If the reason you don’t feel safe is because you are scared of the water, your instructor should be informed and help you through that fear.
However, if the reason you don’t feel safe is because you don’t trust the instructor to protect you, you should find an instructor who you can trust.
Last and most importantly, if the instructor has made disturbing advances on you during your classes, even if you only suspect that is what it is, report them immediately. Whether it was a false alarm or not, it is important that no one ever feels this way while with a swimming instructor, or anyone else for that matter.
It is always better to be safe than sorry!