As parents when we are considering educational schooling for our children we evaluate the school’s curriculum, scholastic testing, progression milestones, teaching techniques, learning outcomes, etc. However, when choosing swim schools many parents choose their child’s school based on convenience and price believing that all swim schools are created equally. It is important to know that swim schools are not created equally and that curriculum varies based on the core competencies and competitive positioning of the given school. When parents are evaluating swim schools for their children it is important to consider what your swim goals are for your child.
Below is a guide to the types of curriculum focus within the swim school industry in addition to special insight into SafeSplash’s world-class curriculum:
For Your Consideration
Do you just want your swimmer to just be able to self-rescue? Do you want them to be comfortable playing in a baby pool or the shallow end of a pool? Do want them to be water safe while learning the four core swim strokes? Do you have swim team aspirations for your child? These are important questions to ask yourself as a swim parent before choosing a swim school.
These schools are focused on teaching “self-rescue”. They teach students to hold their breath underwater, to front crawl with their head down and roll to their back to float, rest and breathe. Schools that fall into this category include ISR (Infant Swimming Rescue) schools. Classes are typically held at a public pool or at the customer's home pool.
Swim teams will sometimes also offer swim lessons. The curriculum in these classes is focused on swim training. Students typically must be proficient at all four swim strokes and be able to swim independently before joining a swim team learning program. Classes are typically taught at large multilane aquatic center and include high student : instructor ratios.
Water Play/Fun & Water Safety
These schools use Water Play/Fun and Water Safety as the pillars of their curriculum. Their primary focus is on child Water Safety while also teaching swim stroke basics through water play/fun. Classes are typically taught in small water corrals. Their customers are typically parent/tot all the way to pre-teen level students.
At SafeSplash our curriculum has been developed by a team of world-class swimmers with over 30 years of teaching experience along with Olympic World Champion and professional swimmer, Missy Franklin. We offer the most balanced approach to curriculum in the industry focusing on high levels of swim safety, high levels of swim technique through teaching progressions with swim fun mixed in to keep our students engaged.
We use the most up-to-date swim techniques to teach students how to swim the correct way right from the beginning! Whether the goal is water safety skills or competing at an elite level, our program is designed to teach all ages and abilities.
Our curriculum consists of 12 unique teaching levels and uses a progressive teaching approach that allows our swimmers to learn to swim comfortably at an individual pace while creating a learning environment that is not only fun but allows for maximum skill retention. We are fiercely passionate about swimming and we are excited to take our swimmers from bubbles to butterfly!
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Robert and his wife Dulcie own, operate, and teach at SafeSplash locations in the San Antonio, TX area.