Philosophy


 

 

Philosophy
The Seadragonz focus on swimming lessons is all about the learner and their needs. The learner’s point of readiness must always be respected and the instructor teaches from this position. If the student is shy, nervous or not ready to learn a new skill then they are permitted to direct the pace at which they learn. To do otherwise has the potential to traumatise a student and have their learning put back weeks or months. Children will learn to love the water if permitted to learn at their pace. To force a child to meet the expectations of an adult is abusive to the child.
Children need to learn trust before they can begin to learn to swim. They need to trust the environment and the teacher. Trust must be earned and cannot be taken for granted just because the adults believe and know it is ok.
At times it may appear as though a beginner is progressing very slowly, but, if we let the learner dictate the pace of learning they learn quicker and feel safer in the environment to try new skills when they are ready and not because they are being forced to learn through fear. Playing with toys and equipment helps children feel safe and learn to be comfortable in the water.