Posted on August 8, 2017
Ages and stages play an important role in our swimming as they do in any educationally sound program.
Put quite simply, as the brain grows and develops, more connections are possible and therefore more physical skills can be accomplished. With further growth, the ability to link several skills together becomes possible. You’ll notice that our curriculum is age-appropriate to what a child can accomplish. Some skills require the prerequisite of foundation skills; while others also require growth from one developmental stage to the next. Attention spans are quite limited in the young. Even though your child may be tuning in and out at the task at hand, the overall class experience is still most beneficial. As parents and teachers, we are challenged to keep many goals in mind while teaching the young swimmer. When it’s appropriate, we are introducing new skills; at other points, we are strengthening and reinforcing skills that have already been acquired. Our goal is always to motivate and never to frustrate.
Be patient with your child, allow them to develop and establish the foundation skills before pushing them on to the next level. Swimmers need a strong kick and relaxed body position before we add arms; they need strong arms and kick before we add breathing; they need bilateral breathing to be well established before we introduce them to larger and stronger squad groups or competitive swimming.
The journey is as important as the destination.