Swimming Lessons In My Private Pool is what people need when they want to learn to swim or get used to being in the water.
Most Leisure Centre’s offer swimming lessons in groups. Some people find that once they get into the water the noise from children and other things distract them from understanding what they need to do. So swimming lessons become tedious and many people do not return after the first lesson.
Because it is not cost effective for the leisure center industry, learners are encouraged to take adult swimming lessons in a group of say, 6-8 people with only one teacher present. This means that a person who cannot swim needs an aid to help them remain ‘safe’ in the water, otherwise the teacher would be in trouble trying to keep her/his eyes on all the students all at once.
The aids used are called a ‘float’ also a ‘woggle’ or ‘armbands’. The float is normally a white polystyrene flat oblong piece of equipment that the non swimmer holds onto to keep themselves up at the front whilst the legs dangle down in the water.
The woggle is round in diameter and long (about 6ft) and is used under the tummy or hips to keep the person up in the water whilst they use the float or armbands.
Armbands are normally used by children and can be given to adults also.
Whist a person uses these ‘aids’, and they keep the person relatively ‘safe’, the understanding of how to develop water awareness is lost simply because of the artificial feel for the water.
The most common complaint regarding armbands is when a male is having adult swimming lessons they are encouraged to put these demeaning aids around the top of their arms in public, causing them to feel very embarrassed. As a result many men will not return again to put themselves in that position again!
To have control of the water a person needs to be ‘in the water’ not on top of it. These aids keep a person on top of the water so they are subjected to the constant movement (that the learner creates) of the water, as a result they do not feel in control. What also happens is their legs are very low in the water and when asked to kick the person holding the float kicks against a huge amount of density causing them to get out of breath very easily.
When teaching adult swimming lessons I give the student dignity by allowing them time to explain why they are nervous, frightened or why they are out of breath after swimming one length.
In my private swimming pool when I conduct swimming lessons, I use no floats and thoroughly explain how a person can gain control of the water by using their natural buoyancy and other parts of the body as weights which allows the person to feel part of the water
Of course this takes time to understand and, because my swimming lessons are one to one, each student can take their time to practice the techniques.