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Continuous Lessons: Why You Shouldn’t Take a Break During Winter

“It’s just too cold”, “We are so busy”, “We don’t swim much in the winter so we’ll just wait until summer to start lessons again.”  Any of these sound familiar?  These are just a few of the reasons given why some families put swimming lessons on hold during the winter months.  I know what you’re thinking.  What’s the big deal?  So they take a few months off…they’ll just pick up where they left off…right?  The truth is, taking breaks between lessons can negatively impact your child’s progression.  There are several reasons why having your child take continuous swim lessons are so important:

 

  1. Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

Did we mention consistency?  This is the most important aspect of continuous lessons.  Once kids start the process of learning to swim, consistency is key. At Wisconsin Swim Academy, we know that taking long breaks can mean loss of skill, loss of muscle memory and will slow down your child’s progress. Most importantly, taking long breaks will set back the learning process and will most likely result in your child having to acclimate to the water again or relearn previously learned skills upon resuming lessons.

  1. Taking a break can mean quitting

We know it’s not intentional, but sometimes taking a break from an activity can mean never going back. There are many reasons as to why parents don’t continue with lessons: funding, time, or a lack of interest from the child. But it’s important to have your child continue lessons.  Learning to swim takes time and repetition.  

  1. Confidence=Safety

Taking an extended break from swimming lessons can mean a loss of confidence from your child.  And a child who is not confident in their swimming abilities may not be able to stay calm or remember what to do when an emergency situation arises.  Staying current in lessons, will help your child keep those safety skills at the forefront, thus giving you peace of mind.  Remember that drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death in children aged 1 to 4.

At Wisconsin Swim Academy, we recommend scheduling for as many sessions as possible to secure your spot.  You are never required to keep that spot as long as you cancel before the start of a session. We offer multiple child discounts, referral discounts and free payment plans. To schedule your child for lessons, please email us at swim@wiswimacademy.com or call 920-427-8286. We can’t wait to hear from you and remember…Just Keep Swimming!

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