Swimming Lessons: Private vs. Group

What kind of swimming lessons would better suit your learning needs? We understand that there may be several considerations such as cost and coach-student ratio. This article seeks to furnish you with more information to help you with your decision making process.

Private Swimming Lessons

Private swimming lessons would provide you with the flexibility of choosing the location, timing and class size. However, the flexibility does come with a price, which makes the private swimming class more expensive than a group swimming class.

It is important to highlight that the use of location for swimming lessons is highly dependent on the facility management. For example, some condominiums may charge the instructor a monthly fee or require the instructor to pay a deposit in order to coach at the pool. You will have to be prepared to bear such fees for the convenience of using your condominium pool. In addition, pools that belong to clubs tend to partner with swimming schools, which mean that you can only register with the partnered swimming school for lessons.

The timings for the lessons are subject to the availability of swimming instructors. You may have difficulty getting instructors at popular timeslots. We would also advise you to choose your preferred timeslot and stick to it, as it would be unfair for the instructor to constantly rearrange his schedule.

Class size is determined upon registration when you sign up together with your friends. Unlike group classes, instructors cannot take in other students other than those already in your class. As such, private classes are usually small in size with excellent coach-student ratio.

Group Swimming Lessons

Group swimming lessons are managed by the instructor or the swim school that you sign up with. They will set the timing of the lessons, as well as the location. These lessons are open to the public for registration and are only limited to the maximum class size set by the facility management, the instructor or the swim school. All you have to do is to find a group class at your preferred pool and sign up.  To give you an idea of the maximum class size of swimming classes, Sport Singapore stipulates that swimming instructors conducting lessons in their pools can only have a maximum of 10 students at any given time.

Another benefit of a group class is that students get to make new friends in class and learn a new skill together while having fun. Group swimming lessons are also less taxing on the wallet.

Now that you have a better idea of what private and group classes have to offer, we hope that you will be able to make better-informed decisions when registering for swimming lessons. May you have an awesome experience learning swimming!