Swimming Ain’t Easy: 4 Successful Swim Lesson Tips

This post sharing my go-to swim lesson tips was written in collaboration with Goldfish Swim School Winter Park. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Swimming Ain't Easy: 4 Successful Swim Lesson Tips - Bianca Dottin

We’ve been a part of the Goldfish Swim School family for 6 months now. I honestly can’t tell you how much we love it there. Our first few lessons were rough. Tatiana was afraid to get her face wet and hd a hard time grasping the concept of holding her breath. Her instructors were amazing at helping her progress at her pace during every single lesson. One of the best decisions that we’ve made is enrolling Tatiana into swim lessons these past few months. She’s learned so many skills. In the last 6 months, she’s come so far. So far, in fact, that she was Star Student for the month of January.

Learning how to swim and becoming a star student isn’t easy though. It takes time and patience, but it also takes discipline and a good support system. If you’re thinking of joining the Goldfish Swim School family, here’s a few successful swim lesson tips.

Swimming Ain't Easy: 4 Successful Swim Lesson Tips - Bianca Dottin

4 Successful Swim Lesson Tips

1. Practice at Home

One of the things that I love about taking lessons at Goldfish is that after every lesson, the instructor gives your feedback. You’re able to take that feedback and do what you please but if you want your child to excel, I suggest practicing with them at home. Practicing at home is how we got Tatiana to get more and more comfortable with putting her face in the water.

2. Cheer them on from the sidelines

Being at every lesson is so important. Your child needs to know that you’re there for them cheering them on. Be ready to give them your own feedback after every lesson and encourage them to keep trying until they master those skills.

Swimming Ain't Easy: 4 Successful Swim Lesson Tips - Bianca Dottin

3. Go to family swim nights

Family swim nights are the perfect opportunity to have fun and polish those swim skills with your child. They get everyone in the family involved and makes your child love swimming even more. Tatiana loves spending time together as a family during swim night.

4. Encourage them to have fun during lessons

Have you ever been to a sporting event where parents are so hard on their kids that it doesn’t seem like they’re having fun anymore? I have. It’s awkward and I knew that I definitely didn’t want to be that parent. We encourage Tatiana to have fun during her swim lessons every chance we get. Of course it’s important that she’s actually learning but we always want to make sure that she’s having fun so that she doesn’t lose interest or focus. If your kids are having fun, they’ll want to keep going back to swim lessons.

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  • Reply
    02.23.18 at 11:32 pm

    My kids take swimming in the summers. These tips are perfect. I encourage them to have fun and they do. We need to find a place year round.

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    02.26.18 at 3:00 am

    They just opened up one in my area and I was curious about this. Nice to hear your experience was great and these awesome tips!

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    Lia World Traveler
    02.26.18 at 3:17 am

    Excellent tips. I’ve had my kids in the pool since they were babies and these tips still apply.

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    Antoinette Cain
    02.26.18 at 4:39 am

    I made it a point to make sure that both of my kiddos learned how to swim. They’re great at it. But me? Not so much lol.

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    02.26.18 at 2:40 pm

    My kids know how to swim, but I STILL haven’t gotten them formal lessons. I need to get on that.

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    Mimi Green
    02.26.18 at 2:50 pm

    I need something like this in the DC area. My teen is a solid swimmer, but I need my 6 year old to learn.

    She wants to learn and isn’t afraid to get her face wet. This hair though.

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    02.26.18 at 2:59 pm

    I love the idea of family swim nights! It makes learning a lot more enjoyable.

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    Francesca Murray
    02.27.18 at 1:07 am

    I wish I had stuck with swimming lessons as a kid! It’s so much more fun to learn as a child, unless you have one of those pushy parents who suck the fun out as you described. I’ve seen that too!

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    Sabrina Clark
    02.27.18 at 1:37 am

    I love this! I don’t know how to swim, and keep telling my self I am going to learn and take lessons! I will be sure to put these tips to good use! Thanks for sharing!

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      Bianca Dottin
      02.27.18 at 2:21 am

      I didn’t learn until I was in high school and it was a lot harder.

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    Karen Akpan
    02.27.18 at 10:57 pm

    We moved to a new home and got a pool and it was time everyone at home learn how to swim including me. my husband and 16yr old could swim, but my 4yr old and I couldn’t. I enrolled him in one on one private lessons and in just 10 days he was swimming like a Fish. Freaking amazing. I practiced at home all summer and I am proud to say I finally learned how to swim. lol. Swimming is so essential 🙂

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    Arnitris Strong
    02.28.18 at 8:15 pm

    Swimming is such an essential skill. Thanks for the reminder!

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