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#1 just thought

Posted 25 August 2019 - 12:04 PM

How long does the child usually stay at the same level?
How do children progress to squad swimming at the age of 6, 7, 8 years old?
What schools have good instructors to progress the child's swimming with feedback in Eastern Sydney?

#2 BornToLove

Posted 25 August 2019 - 12:58 PM

DD attends the local council pool for swimming lessons. They over weekly lessons during term and swim intensive lessons (daily lessons) during school holidays. Classes are capped at 6 kids.

DD has moved up levels every 6-12 months and at 9 has qualified for squad. Part of why she’s advanced so quickly was for nearly 18 months she had semi private lessons (only one other kid in the class). She’s also done a few intensive programs when she’s been close but not quite ready to move up. Usually swimming lessons daily for a week is enough to get her up to scratch.

#3 Mose

Posted 25 August 2019 - 01:01 PM

Ok, so I am not in eastern Sydney.

But, I do observe that swimming proficiency is very variable from one kid to the next even at the same school.

The school will do what they can, but physical aptitude, interest and effort also play a huge role.

My 9 y.o. nephew just got offered to go to squad (doesn't want to). 7 y.o niece has one level to go. 8 y.o son has four levels to go, and I will probably pull the pin before he gets there, as it is clearly pushing something uphill for all involved, despite lessons every term since age of 3.

#4 MarciaB

Posted 25 August 2019 - 01:31 PM

Depends on so many things.

Do you do year round lessons?  Do you do holiday intensives (that can really turbo-charge things if you feel like progression is slow) - or even things like going to a public pool in holidays and practicing a few things.

I am in inner-west Sydney, but have a dd who is a competitive swimmer and another who is now retired but teaches learn to swim.

Eastern Suburbs - will depend on where you are exactly?  eg I know of a good school in Rose Bay (KRB Aquatics) and also Maroubra. St George also good.

Look for a swim school that has a swim club attached that encourages beginner swimmers at club meets (usually Friday nights or Saturday mornings).

#5 just thought

Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:35 PM

Yes, we do year round lessons. It certainly helps the health of the swimmer. Sometimes we do holiday intensives, and tried to swim twice weekly but it does not seem to help.

Teachers change often, every week or couple, and some of them seem tired. Maybe it depends on the winter season. Does it matter if the teacher is always the same?

Thank you, will check these locations. Do you mean Maroubra Swimming School https://www.maroubra...ngschool.com.au ?

#6 Mose

Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:21 PM

Is there a particular reason you want them to push through to squad quickly? Or is it something they want?

We have had terms of lots of teacher movement, and others of same teacher several terms in a row. My observation is that my child doesn't do noticeably better one way or the other, but doesn't mean the same would be true for yours.

Hope you find a good fit soon.

#7 just thought

Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:53 PM

Compared with other kinds of sport the swimming progress seems slow and not as engaging/satisfactory.

The child is fit and can swim 50, 100, 150m on his own but in the swimming class they keep him in a 12m lane. I am looking for ways to develop  the child's swim skills effectively. Now in fact I am concerned that instead of gaining skills the child may start to lose interest in swimming.

How often does your swim school shares feedback about your child's progress or any tips for self-practice? Verbally or in writing/online? Do you have to ask or they offer this information?

Mose, do your nephew and niece go to different swim school than your son? If yes, may it be the reason their progress differs?

MarciaB, thank you for suggesting to look for swim school - swim club combination. Looks like there are races during classes but no attached club in www.maroubraswimmingschool.com.au/ What swim school in Maroubra do you mean? And there are two swim clubs - Drlc Maroubra SC and Randwick City Swim Club - located in Des Renford Leisure Centre. Are there two swim schools, too?..

We look forward to the ocean swimming season :-)

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