Our private swim lessons for babies and toddlers are between 10 and 20 minutes long depending on age and ability. While this may seem like a short time for adults used to engaging in activities for much longer, there are several reasons that make 10 to 20 minute swimming lessons are optimal.
First, small children have short attention spans with an average child having the ability to concentrate for 2-5 minutes per year old they are. This means most two years old can concentrate for between 4 and 10 minutes. Effective instruction occurs during this time when your child remains engaged in the swim lessons.
Second, repetition is a powerful way to master a skill and is utilized in our program to maximize learning potential. As well as strengthening connections in the brain, repetition has strong emotional implications for young learners. Children enjoy repetition because it helps them feel confident with a new skill and allows them to actively participate. Children use repetition to practice skills and to predict what happens next while building confidence, a sense of security and self-esteem. By using a repetitive format with variation, we can draw on the confidence, security, and connections the child has already established to support learning a new skill.
Third, swimming is a work out! Water is nearly 800 times denser than air and each kick, push, and pull is like a mini resistance workout for your child. Learning is less likely to occur when your child is fatigued during swim lessons.
We have seen the increased effectiveness of short, frequent lessons on our students’ ability to learn to swim and are confident you will agree once you see our results!
AquatiKids of Atlanta Swimming School offers private one to one swimming lessons for babies, infants, toddlers, and children from 6 months of age to 6 years of age as well as group lessons to graduates of our private lessons. To schedule swimming lessons for your infant or child, please visit our website or call (404) 913-5385.