10 key factors to consider when choosing your child’s swimming classes in Dubai
A child’s first swimming lesson and experience of a swim school will set their future attitude towards water. This is why it is so important to choose the best swim school to ensure your child’s first impression of swimming is a positive and enjoyable one.
With the wide range of swimming academies available in the UAE, we understand that picking the right swim school for kids is not the easiest task for parents. Let’s have a look at some of the factors you as parents must consider when deciding on the best swim school for your child.
1. Water Safety
As a parent, you want your child to be water safe, both in and around water. Look for a swim school and instructors that follow focused not just on swim techniques but also broader water survival competency skills. Make certain that a swim school you’re considering is highly invested in the safety of your children before enrolling them.
2. Progressive Swimming Programme
Do you want your child to just learn self-rescue skills? Or, do you want to see your child as part of a swim team in the future? It is important to look for a swimming Academy that caters from beginners right to squad swimmers. This will help kids to not only learn to swim but to continually refine their swim techniques. Learn more about the swimming/aquatic progression at Hamilton Aquatics HERE.
3. Qualified Swim Teachers & Coaching Staffs
The swimming teachers and coaching staffs’ responsibilities include analysing swim techniques and determining skills levels, developing individualised swimming programmes, educating swimmers on various techniques and styles and overseeing your child’s swimming training. How do you know if a swim school has the qualified swim instructors to complete those responsibilities effectively?
At Hamilton Aquatics all our swimming instructors and coaches are Swim England qualified who undergo monthly training ensuring the best delivery of our programmes.
4. Pool Size
The size of the swim school’s pool is a big factor when it comes to making a swim school decision. This is important because if your child outgrows the pool and wants to continue to take lessons you will have to find a new swim school for your child and repeat the process all over again. The downside of this might be that your child may like their swim venue and the coaches but must now switch because they need to change schools.
At Hamilton Aquatics, our swimming programmes are designed so that your child stays at the same venue as they move up swim levels. This ensures that they are always comfortable within a familiar environment.
5. Swim Lesson Ratio
Choosing the right class size is more about balance than anything else. if there are too many students at one time your child may not get the attention they deserve, too little students and they may lose the chance to meet and interact with new friends to share their swimming journey with.
6. Swim School Locations
Location can be a great influence when choosing a swim school for your child. You do not want your child to waste time on the commute to swimming lessons or be too far from home. It is always convenient if you can find the right swim school for your child in your locality. We are fully aware of the busy lives of people in the UAE, especially if you are a parent, which is why at Hamilton Aquatics we offer over 25 plus convenient swim locations across Dubai for parents to choose from.
7. Swim School Culture
Science says the foundation for a child’s cognitive growth is rooted in two key factors: a safe environment and learning through guided play at any age. Thus it is very important to consider the culture and values of a swim school before making a final decision.
At Hamilton Aquatics, we’ve created an inviting and safe place where kids overcome their fears, learn to swim, respect the water and have lots of fun while doing it. We are aware there’s no greater feeling for than the pride that comes with witnessing your child accomplish new skills — that’s why we’re always celebrating our swimmers. Every little dose of achievement adds up to build their self-esteem and to give them the courage to dive in.
8. Swim School’s Facility
Where the swim school operates in another important factor to consider. It is important to get a feel of the kind of safety your child will be in. A swim school facility should be well maintained, with pools heated to a comfortable and ideal temperature all year round. All of our unique and premium facilities are designed to enhance learning, fun and safety for every child the Hamilton Aquatics’ family. For kids, it’s an invigorating and fun place to be with best friends, make new friends and cultivate a love for swimming. For parents, it’s a comfort in knowing your child are safe, nurtured and growing.
9. Fun Factor
Learning a new skill in a fun environment makes it easier and interesting for kids. Does the swim school look like a place where your child is going to have fun are they going to dread going to their lessons? This is where having a free trial session usually helps a lot. We have designed all of our aquatic programmes ensuring it includes the fun and engaging elements and we must admit that it does feel great to see all the smiling faces at our swimming lessons all the time.
10. Swim instructors and staffs who cares
If you have a child who takes time to open up to people they don’t know, are the coaches encouraging and willing to work with them at their pace, or does it seem that your child is going to have a hard time adapting to the new atmosphere? Whichever the case, it is important that you pick a swim school where your child is going to be the most comfortable.
Our swim coaches and academy as a whole is very encouraging and dedicated to your child’s growth in the water. Not only, we do ensure swimming lessons are fun but our swim instructors work towards advancing your child’s potential in the water by bringing them up the levels accordingly and becoming an all-around better swimmer whether it’s to swim at home or to compete in local, state, and national competitions.
Hear what the parent in the UAE has to say about Hamilton Aquatics’ as a swimming Academy.
“Hamilton Aquatics is the home of building real athletes, not only from sports point of view , but also building matured characters who will contribute of building healthy and advanced society. I have 2 sons and 1 daughter and our family is part of Hamilton community for more than 11 years, and more to come. I have read some of negative comments on review threats and realized most of it comes from learn to swim or beginners squads , having the experience with Hamilton for more than 11 years put me of a position to give fair view and advise to all parents, my older son started swimming 14 years ago, my second son started swimming when he was 3 years old and my daughter started when she was 4 years old, in order to reach competition level and later National, regional and international level it’s a very long process and if you don’t do it right within a very professional long term program you will reach nowhere.
As a family we had all kinds of ups and downs during swimming life , my older son quit swimming last year on age of 17 after he reached to point of no further development and switched to boxing , 2 months later he won UAE title of youth boxing 75KG after beating the Asian Champion with a KO, his coach said the main reasons of Osama doing that in very short time are the mentality, dedication, stamina, body shape and endurance he got as a swimmer.
My second son age 14 reached to National, regional and international medalists and a member of PT/Elite squads after years of dedication and hard work.
My younger daughter 10 years old she is part of the performance pathway following the steps of her brothers. All of that in addition to being role models to their peers at schools and society wouldn’t happen without bending members of Hamilton Aquatics community.” – Ahmed Kandil
These are our ten tips on choosing a swim school that is right for you and your child. If your child is looking to learn how to swim or become a better all-around swimmer you can fill up our contact form and our staff will be happy to speak with you and give you all the information you need to sign up for classes.