A Safer Summer Starts with Swim Lessons

In Partnership with British Swim School
Bss Metrocharlotte Brandedphotos 2 3

Now more than ever, children are turning to the internet to learn new skills. And while there’s a lot that children can do online, there’s one thing they CAN’T do: learn to swim! Swimming ― and especially the techniques critical for surviving a water accident ― is far too important of a life skill to learn without proper instruction from a certified professional.

The sad reality is that drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children under age 5, but the good news is that most drownings are preventable! Studies have shown that participation in formal swim programs can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%!

What factors should you consider when choosing a swim school for your child?

1. Safety & Survival Focus

Water safety and survival skills can save a child’s life if they ever find themselves in the water unexpectedly. To this effect, children should learn to swim without goggles and experience what it feels like to jump, roll and float while wearing regular clothing.

2. Highly Trained Instructors

Instructors should be adequately trained and certified through nationally recognized, reputable organizations. A good swimmer doesn’t always equate to a great swim instructor!

3. Clear Objectives & Achievable Goals

Clear objectives are the foundation of a productive learn-to-swim program. It’s important for children to follow a thoughtfully planned curriculum, with goals and benchmarks to ensure they’re progressing over time.

4. Small Class Sizes

When assessing swim schools, it’s important to find the proper balance in class size. Small groups of 3-5 children provide valuable social interaction while keeping students engaged at all times.

5. Fun Environment

Bottom line: swim lessons should be fun! While lessons should be taken seriously and follow a structured curriculum, students will progress faster when lessons incorporate songs, splashing and fun!


Why British Swim School? British Swim School was founded on the believe that every child should learn water safety and survival skills. Our goal-based curriculum has been taught from coast to coast for over 40 years, always utilizing our fun and gentle methods in indoor, heated pools.