Embracing Instructor Changes

Embracing Instructor Changes: A Positive Perspective on Children Learning to Swim

The role of the swimming instructor is undeniably significant, serving as a guide, mentor, and safety advocate in your child’s learn to swim journey. However, the notion of instructor changes can sometimes instill uncertainty or concern among parents and learners alike. At Pikes Peak Athletics, we ask our instructors to commit to a minimum of 3 months with their classes. While most of our instructors far exceed the 3-month minimum, it doesn’t always feel like enough time for families. Contrary to popular belief, such changes need not always be viewed negatively. In fact, they can bring about unexpected benefits and opportunities for growth. Here, we explore why instructor changes aren’t always a bad thing for children learning to swim, shedding light on the positive aspects that arise from such transitions.

When a child’s regular swimming instructor is unavailable, whether due to scheduling conflicts or unforeseen circumstances, a substitute or new instructor steps in to maintain the continuity of lessons. While some may perceive this as a disruption to the learning process, it presents a unique opportunity for swimmers. New instructors often bring fresh perspectives, varied teaching styles, and alternative techniques to the poolside. This diversity in instruction can broaden a child’s understanding of swimming fundamentals, introducing them to new approaches and strategies. Moreover, it allows young swimmers to adapt to different teaching methods, fostering flexibility and resilience in their learning journey.

Experiencing a new instruction style can be an enriching experience for children, providing them with valuable insights and skills that they may not have encountered otherwise. Each instructor possesses their own strengths and areas of expertise, and exposure to a variety of teaching styles enables young swimmers to identify what resonates best with them. For instance, while one instructor may focus on stroke mechanics and technique, another may prioritize water safety and confidence-building exercises – both are essential. By interacting with different instructors, children can explore these various facets of swimming education, ultimately discovering a teaching approach that aligns with their individual preferences and learning style.

Furthermore, a new instructor offers a fresh perspective that can invigorate a child’s enthusiasm for swimming. Just as a change of scenery can reignite interest in familiar activities, encountering a new instructor injects novelty and excitement into swimming lessons. Children may find themselves energized by the prospect of learning from someone new, eager to absorb knowledge and master new skills. Additionally, different instructors may bring their own unique anecdotes, teaching aids, or games to the sessions, infusing an element of fun and unpredictability into the learning environment. This dynamic interaction not only keeps the learning experience engaging but also encourages children to remain open-minded and receptive to new challenges.

Moreover, instructor changes provide an invaluable opportunity for children to adapt to different teaching styles and personalities—a skill that extends beyond the pool. In the real world, individuals often encounter diverse mentors, supervisors, and educators, each with their own communication styles and expectations. By navigating instructor changes during swimming lessons, children develop crucial interpersonal skills such as adaptability, communication, and respect for authority. They learn to adjust their behavior and approach based on the requirements of the situation, laying the groundwork for success in future endeavors both in and out of the water.

While instructor changes may initially evoke uncertainty, they offer numerous benefits and opportunities for children learning to swim. New instructors bring fresh perspectives, alternative teaching styles, and renewed enthusiasm to the poolside, enriching the learning experience for young swimmers. By embracing these changes, children not only expand their swimming proficiency but also develop valuable life skills such as adaptability, resilience, and open-mindedness. Pikes Peak Athletics will always place an emphasis on the value of consistency with our instructor team but allow for malleability in their personal schedules, recognizing that instructor transition can be a good thing for swimmers too. Ultimately, instructor changes are not setbacks but rather stepping stones in the journey toward aquatic mastery and personal growth.

Jaecie Montgomery | Program Operations Manager

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