Dear Coach Fitz: I’d like to sign up for swim lessons in the new year and have been debating whether to take group classes or private lessons. How would you advise deciding between the two?
That’s a great question, and the answer depends on what’s important to you, what your goals are and what your schedule is like.
Here’s how we typically differentiate between the two types of swim instruction, and these guidelines apply to both adults and kids.
Group Swim Classes
With group classes, we find that you’ll:
- Enjoy a social element with a cohort atmosphere.
- Learn from watching others and hearing the coach’s feedback to the other swimmers.
- Feel less pressure because others in the class will take their turn swimming, too.
- Proceed through the class at a predictable pace.
- Save some money over private lessons. Even if you come multiple times per week, it’s still financially reasonable.
Private Swim Lessons
With private lessons, generally you’ll:
- Proceed at your pace. If you need more time, take it. If you can move more quickly, do it.
- Have the full attention of the instructor for the entire lesson. You can proceed more rapidly because of the individualization and additional practice and repetitions.
- Relax more if you have anxiety, are self-consciousness or get distracted in a group setting.
- Have more flexibility if your schedule is less predictable or you want to do a less regular schedule (go 3 times one week, skip 2 weeks, etc.).
- Benefit from highly tailored or advanced lessons if you’re looking for specific refinements, such as qualifying for a state meet or getting a PR in your IRONMAN swim).
If you’re still not sure which is best for you, I urge you to email us or give us a call at 773-342-7250. We’re happy to talk through your specific situation with you.
Hope to see you on the pool deck!