This week I visited the pool, not to swim, sadly, but to conduct our annual safety audit. As I entered the building I was overwhelmed with excitement and instantly reminded of the joy that water gives me and the love I have for swimming, teaching and Angelfish.
If I’m honest though, after all this time off, my excitement to get back in the pool and start teaching again is mixed with some anxiety too. And I’m guessing this will be the same for many of our swimmers.
This year has been a roller coaster and so unsettling for all our children with so many lockdowns; home learning, hand sanitising, masks, back at school, more home learning, missing friends, family and all the normal stuff they love to do. It is therefore likely that along with the excitement of getting back in the water they will also be worried about returning to group lessons.
With this in mind, we have designed the format and structure of the first few weeks’ lessons to help our swimmers settle and overcome any worries they might have. At the beginning of each lesson we’ll make sure they understand the focus of the session and we’ll play a game to get everyone relaxed in the water. All groups will remain the same initially to provide our swimmers with consistency and security to build confidence.
Here are my top tips on how to prepare your swimmer ahead of their first lesson
– Teach your child how to put on their goggles independently. You can practise this in a mirror.
– Challenge them on how long they can submerge their faces in the bath and blow bubbles – time them!
– Ask them how they feel about returning and reassure them that us teachers are feeling the same!
– Remind your child that lessons may look slightly different in line with COVID-19 guidance.
– Children have been out of water for some time now so don’t worry if teachers spend a bit more time recapping on those fundamental skills they learnt at the beginning of their journey.
Can’t wait to see you all soon! Jen x
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