What if my child is not enjoying lessons?

  • [Posted: June 13, 2018]


    It may surprise you to learn that many of our successful swimmers had a ‘speed wobble’ in the initial weeks. Some children find it hard to settle in or don’t enjoy their lessons as expected.

    If this is the case for your child, we recommend that they take a break from swimming for a few weeks. Don’t force them to continue if they are truly unhappy. This time can be used to get to the source of the problem and to think about how to move forward.

    If your child is young, perhaps they find it difficult to wait their turn or process instructions in the pool. In this situation, there’s no harm in waiting for a couple of months before trying again.

    Perhaps a situation outside of lessons is distracting your child. Ask yourself:

    1. 1. Have they recently recovered from an illness? Might they be coming down with an illness?
    2. 2. Are there any changes at school (a new teacher, perhaps)?
    3. 3. Is there a new arrival at home?
    4. 4.Are they having any difficulties with their friends?
    5. 5. Is there something else worrying them?


    Spend some time talking with your child. Try to discover what the problem is and decide on a course of action together. And, of course, please feel free to contact us. Your child’s instructor will happily chat with you about ways to further help your child to adapt and have fun.

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