be safe, be fair, be brave
The most obvious reason we teach children to swim is for water safety and fitness, but the swimming pool can mean a lot more to a swimmer.
The swimming pool is an ideal place for students to begin building the tenacity and resilience that we all need to learn how to bounce back from everyday challenges.
From learn to swim to squad training swimming takes tenacity. Just when you begin to master a new skill we add another, more difficult element. It forces a swimmer to try, try, try again and with the right support system, teaches a child the grit that helps us keep trying without giving up.
Little Big Swim believes that we have a responsibility to build a child’s social and emotional wellbeing. Coaching is often a relationship where we can foster trust and help build self-confidence.
When children join our swim school they commit to being part of three core values that we often discuss during our swim time.
Being safe is looking after yourselves by following safety rules: waiting for permission to enter the water, no running or jumping.
Being safe is looking after others by keeping an eye out for danger and teaching younger swimmers through your individual example how to stay safe.
Be Fair: Fair is not getting the same thing or an equal portion. Fair is each swimmer getting what they need to feel successful in the water.
Fair to the teacher is behaving in a manner that makes their teaching space effective.
Fair to other swimmers is encouraging their efforts, keeping your hands and feet to yourself and other courtesies.
Fair to yourself is cutting yourself some slack on the days that swimming is hard, giving yourself the time to master a new skill, committing to give your best work when you’re in the pool and understanding that your best will vary week to week. Fair to yourself is not comparing your swimming to others but observing your own personal bests.
Be Brave The water is an awe inspiring place where we witness daily acts of bravery.
Learning a new skill in the water takes the quiet confidence to know that you will get it wrong for a while before you master it. Being brave in this case is having the tenacity to give it a go. We have supported a great number of swimmers from being scared to put their faces in the water into swimmers with really lovely stoke and endurance. Being brave doesn’t mean not being scared… being brave is being unsure and giving it your best go in spite of your fear.