After Basic Swimming Lessons, What is There?
say they want their child and/or children to learn to swim but as soon
as their child “can swim just a little,” they think their child is now
safe in, on or around the water. Then they think it’s time for another
activity such as soccer, football, baseball, music lessons, after
school programs, etc.
professionals need to understand that aquatics should be a lifetime
activity. They need to understand the benefits of being involved in
professionals need to do serious planning regarding how they can keep
children involved in aquatic programs. One of the important goals for
each aquatics program should be to keep children involved in meaningful
meaningful programs are established, aquatic professionals need to sell
parents on the benefits of keeping children involved in aquatic
programs and activities.
Some Ideas for Youth Aquatic Programs
|More Swimming Classes:
||Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, etc.
|Progressive Skills Program:
|| Featuring a variety of aquatic learning possibilities, including learning lifetime aquatic skills and activities.
|Water Fitness Opportunities:
built on the philosophy of fitness by direction. Disguise the name –
do not call it youth water exercise. Youth Splash is one possible
name. Keep them busy with fun and games. You’ll be surprised at how
tired they will be at the end of the class. The key is – make it fun!
||Help with class. Be an Instructor’s Assistant.
||Wide variety of possibilities including:
- Basic competitive swimming stroke/fun class.
- Join a beginner type swimming team (summer team, i.e., a summer pool fun team).
- The next step is to move them into a regular swimming team.
- Next, into a high level, high pressure team.
* Another option is a recreational team, i.e., innertube polo, water basketball, etc.
||Wide variety of possibilities including water carnival, pool parties, etc.
- Jr. aquatic leaders.
- Jr. lifeguards.
Special Note: This can help you to grow potential future staff members.
|More Opportunities to Enjoy & Other Aquatic Experiences:
- Outdoor aquatic, i.e., boating, fishing, etc.
- Trip to a water theme park.