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FAQ Set #2: my child, best age, scared

Q:How much can I expect my non-swimming child to learn?

A. You can expect your child to learn to swim. I don't know how far each student will swim by the end of the season because that depends on a variety of factors such as the comfort level of each individual. The progress of some learners may really amaze you.

Q: What is the best age to start my child in swimming lessons?

A: Whatever age your child is right now. Given the right circumstances, even a young infant will benefit from the developmental swimming approach I use. However, I suggest you wait until your infant is 4 months old before starting. Beyond that, the sooner the better.

Q: My children are already swimming. Would they benefit from more lessons?

A: Yes. Most individuals can gain from stronger abilities in swimming and related skills. Often, children and youth overestimate their swimming ability, and their overconfidence may lead to their getting into very dangerous situations.

Q: My child is frightened in the water. Can you help?

A: Yes. I was frightened as a child, and I had several detrimental experiences in various swimming lessons. After learning to swim and becoming a lifeguard, a swimming instructor, and a parent, I have helped many students (children and adults) develop a comfortable relationship with the water. If your child starts out with serious fears, learning to swim will come much more slowly. I work on boosting the student's comfort level while teaching swimming skills at the same time.

Related Posts:
   1. FAQ Set #1: the program, swimming, strokes (May 02, 2010)
   2. FAQ (Apr 24, 2010)
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