posted on Apr 22, 2018
Parents are proud of their child’s’ achievements. With each new task, skill, or lesson completed, a sigh of relief and reassurance escapes the concerned parent. Soon, admiration and excitement for further progress begin bubbling to the surface as your child’s development becomes more apparent. At the beginning of the week, they wouldn’t set foot in the water and are now taking on mild submersions with a happy face. A month ago, your child screamed every time a back float was introduced. Now, they lay still as you gently guide them around the pool. Progress is encouraged, expected, and celebrated. However, with the prospects of developing a more advanced curriculum may come to some frustrations and impatience. You can see your child is doing well, you can see your child is developing a strong foundation of water knowledge, so you begin to wonder and question why your child is not being moved to a higher level. Not all aspects of your child’s educational curriculum can be seen through the glass lobby window.
At Small Fish Big Fish, instructors are trained to be perceptive to certain techniques and skills your child will need to master to assimilate into higher level classes. For example, the back float is a key component for survival purposes. It also serves as an introductory posture for roll-over turns, which lead into side breathes. Learning the proper form of certain tasks could mean the difference between your child being a good swimmer and an excellent swimmer. As your child’s skill level increases, so do the difficulty of the tasks they will be asked to learn and practice during their lesson times. The opportunity to fine-tune your child’s abilities will create a strong foundation in their skill sets and the reassurance that they are capable of handling new and harder tasks based on their success at previous entry-level skills.
For each swimming, a level is a list of techniques, moves, skills, strokes, or actions those swimmers must complete with proficiency and mastery to be considered to get their swimplomas. It may be difficult at times to distinguish what your child’s skill level criteria are and aren’t. You may catch yourself thinking, is it necessary to have good breath control at this level? Is movement a key component in their curriculum? Will my child be learning strokes in a Level 2 class? Requesting to see the curriculum your child’s swim lessons are based on can alleviate some of the questions you have and reassure you that your instructor knows exactly how to go about assisting your child in their pursuit of expertise.
Communicating your feelings about your child’s curriculum progression allows staff and instructors the opportunity to explain their decision making and even make you aware of some areas in the educational plan your child may be struggling in. For example, you see your child can back float without support for 10 seconds. You believe that constitutes that your child can back float. However, your child’s instructor knows that a strong back float is a necessary skill set to have mastered before they enter the next level and decides to keep them for that reasoning. That is a 100% valid reason for your child to not be graduating into a new skills level. Trust the instructors with your child’s progressions as you have with the responsibility of teaching your child how to preserve their life.
The staff, management, and instructors at Small Fish Big Fish understand that your children are, in fact, children. Our hopes for our rigorous curriculum and strict level progressions is that your child has the proper knowledge, experience, and stamina to succeed in the advancements of their training. Our main priority is your Childs safety. Our main goal is to instill confidence, self-discipline, and well-being through the life-long sport of swimming. The prospects of reaching a higher level should never overrule in the development of proper swim techniques.
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