I had put private swimming lessons off for a long time. Mainly due to the cost. My theory was that if you pay out for group swimming lessons for long enough then your child will eventually learn to swim.
But there were two problems.
Firstly there was middle man. Swimming pools at the best of times are noisy and full of echos. Add on 60+ kids and a load of instructors then it can be really confusing. Add to this that he was quite happy with the pretty young pool helper helping him swim on his back meant that he wasn’t really progressing. I was mainly paying for his to be helped around the pool when he actually didn’t need it.
Then there was me.
Every afterschool swimming lesson bought me to the verge of a breakdown. I was horrible. I shouted. Then shouted some more. Getting three boys changed at once was a nightmare. You would think I would calm down when the boys were in their lessons, but no. I just got angry with the other parents. Thinking it was fine to cheer their kids on and block your view. And don’t even get me started on the showers afterwards. My blood is boiling just thinking about it.
So we took the plunge and went for private lessons. We used a company called Swim Expert. We have had our ups and downs with various refurbishments and instructor illness but, with these matters pushed aside, they have got middle man swimming.
I am happy that all of the boys can swim. We are having a little break from lessons now as I feel that little man needs to become stronger before we will see much more improvement. But when we start again it will be private. For them and for me.
Have you tried private swimming lessons. Have you found them helpful or a waste of money? Are group lessons fine for you?