When it comes to swim lessons the #1 thing that holds people back is price. Many parents combat that by opting in for the cost effective group lesson. Now, to clarify; we are not trying to bash group lessons, or state that one service is better than the other. We identify group/private lessons as two different services, and treat them as such. What that means is, our recommended service is going to vary based on the needs of the student. So if you are wondering what service is best for you, keep on reading!
Group Lesson Benefit #1: Immediate Low Cost Option For Swim Lessons
We have a motto in our industry that time in the water always beats no time in the water. If you don’t have the budget for private lessons, but still want formal instruction, group lessons are a great option. The upfront cost to group lessons are usually lower than private lessons, which might make swimming more accessible.
But being more accessible does not always mean cheaper, which brings us to our next point.
Private Lesson Benefit #1: Faster Results = Less Time In Swim Lessons.
Private lessons allow the instructor to pinpoint exactly what the student needs. Often, group classes move forward despite understanding due to time constraints. This leads to private lessons learning at a much faster rate. If the student learns at a faster rate, chances are you will actually save in the long run.
If you have the budget, and are looking to learn fast, private lessons are almost always the route to go. If you have time, (perhaps you are starting in the winter) group lessons are a great option. But one option to consider if you are looking for a cost effective option is to combine both options strategically. We often recommend a private lesson for every 4 group classes. This option is a happy median between the two. This is because you get the cost of a group class with the added benefit of a supporting private lesson to keep you on track!
Group Lesson Benefit #2: Compliments “Group Learners”
If you have a child who thrives in a group environment then we recommend group lessons. Sometimes seeing other children their age excel inspires them to excel as well. If this sounds like your child, sign them up for a group lesson!
Private Lesson Benefit #2: Compliments “Timid Swimmers”
If your child has a fear of the water, the one on one attention is sometimes exactly what they need. Private lessons allow the student to learn at their own pace. If your child is a little more reserved, taking a step back from the group lessons could make the child more open to learning.
The best option is going to depend on the personality of the student. A group setting might overwhelm a timid student, and a private lesson might not push a group learner.
Group Lesson Benefit #3: Introduces Students to a Group Learning Environment.
For many parents, swim lessons are actually their child’s introduction to formal education. Being in a group lesson allows the child to get familiar with this kind of learning. It also allows the child to establish friendships, and promotes interactions.
Private Lesson Benefit #3: Supports Students Looking to Learn Independently.
If you are not as concerned with an introduction to education, and are more focused on swimming, private lessons take this one.
We hope this article has given you an inside look to what service we recommend. Just like all education, it’s not that one learning style is better, it’s just that everyone’s needs are different.