Everyone has it. It is innate. If you look at history, we did not evolve to have fin-like hands and feet. We were made to run away from our predators, not swim away. When you take a person who has never been in the water before, you will notice a curiosity, an excitement and a fear. These are all natural traits. The most difficult thing to overcome when it comes to swimming is the fear itself. Fear prevents the brain and the body to learn at a certain rate and if overwhelming, can become detrimental. The more exposure to swimming however, the fear will eventually dissolve. The higher the fear level, the more difficult it will become to learn.
FEAR LEVELS (grading systemt to determine level)
1. Minimal: cautious with submerging face; winces when water hits the face; lifts head up when attempting to swim.
2. Mid-Level: verbally emphasizes discomfort when face is splashed; cranes neck to avoid touching the water; body is stiffl clings to instructor.
3. High-Level: cries, screams, cowers, grabs/scratches/clings, stiffens; beyond reasoning.
HOW GROUP LESSONS CAN HELP
The purpose of group lessons is to have the student be amongst his peer group. "Peer pressure" can work in the student's advantage and facilitate learning. It is up to the student or the student's guardian to determine if group lessons are an advantageous learning environment.
All children group lessons will focus on advancing the student to the next level. Level advancement will not be made until the child is capable of flawlessly demonstrating competency in his/her current level.
If your child cannot perform all that is listed in a particular level, then he/she would be in the lower level until proficient.
PRIVATE and SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS
Private and Semi-private lessons give the student more individualized attention and instruction. It is recommended to take private or semi-private lessons if the student(s) has a high fear level, doesn't work well in groups, needs to advance quickly in order to obtain a certain goal, or be at or about the same level as his/her peers.