Frequently asked questions about swimming lessons
Do you have questions about our swimming lessons, about the registration process, the waiting lists, our teaching method or our diploma requirements? Below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about swimming lessons at the Geusseltbad Maastricht. Is your question not listed? Then contact our information desk.
The recommended age for starting swimming lessons for the A diploma is four to five years old. But the sooner a child gets used to water, the better. After all, most children who drown are between zero and four years old, according to the National Swimming Safety Board. That is why the Geusseltbad offers parent-child swimming lessons at different levels for children from 8 weeks to 3 years old. In these lessons children become familiar with the water, which is an excellent preparation for the regular swimming lessons.
You can register your child for A swimming lessons via this link. You must first create an account (“register as a new user”). Then click on the type of swimming lesson (1 or 2x per week) and the day of your preference. Do you not have a preference for a specific day? Then choose the general waiting list. The more flexible you can be, the faster your child can usually start.
For B or C swimming lessons you can register at the Geusseltbad information desk. The level at which your child can start / enter is determined on the basis of pre-swimming.
Every month, 20 to 30 children from the various lesson groups obtain their A diploma in the Geusseltbad. As soon as space becomes available in the lesson group of your choice, you will receive a call by e-mail or telephone. You must confirm this as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. How long you have to wait for this call depends on the popularity of the chosen lesson group, your place on the waiting list and the number of children who swim off each month in the relevant lesson group. The more flexible you can be with regard to the possible lesson days and lesson times, the faster you can usually start. For example, the waiting lists for lesson groups on Saturday are longer than those for weekdays. When you register for the general waiting list, we can usually place your child faster.
Children who obtain their A-diploma at the Geusseltbad can go directly to the swimming lessons for the B-diploma.
It is possible that you will receive a call for other available places, because we would like to offer you the possibility to start faster than on the day of your preference. If you are not interested in the place, you do not have to respond. You will of course remain on the waiting list of your preference.
To prepare your child for swimming lessons at the Geusseltbad, we offer free water-free lessons for all children on the waiting list. During these lessons you will go into the water with your child. Under the supervision of a swimming instructor, you will receive playful exercises so that your child can become familiar with all aspects of the water. Think of going underwater, floating, splashing and jumping.
The anhydrous lesson is free for all children on the waiting list, parents pay recreational rate.
The speed with which a child obtains his / her diplomas naturally depends on many different factors. Sometimes it takes a while for a child to feel confident in the water and one child picks up the technique more easily than another. Thanks to our EasySwim teaching method and the accompanying bathing suits, children feel safe and familiar in the water (faster) and experience playfully why they have to do something in a certain way. That fits with the logic of a child, so that the curriculum lingers better. The swimming instructor or instructor also stands with the children in the swimming pool, which ensures better support, more personal attention and a higher learning efficiency. The starting point for the average child to obtain diploma A is a lesson duration of a total of 48 clock hours. For diploma B there are 12 clock hours and for C another 12 clock hours.
No, only with the National Swimming Diploma A, B and C is your child really prepared for life-long swimming pleasure. With the arrival of water parks with wild water slides and many new forms of recreation in, on and near the water, children need different skills than before. Children learn these other skills especially during the lessons that prepare for the swimming diploma C. Unlike before, when there were only diplomas A and B, children really need diploma C. This de National Swimming Safety Standard.
It is important that your child wear well-fitting swimwear during the swimming lesson. That is nice and hygienic. The type or brand does not matter. Because of the use of the EasySwim life jacket, we advise girls to wear a bikini or swimming trunks and not a bathing suit; for example, that is more convenient if the child has to go to the toilet. This of course no longer applies once the EasySwim life jacket is no longer used during class (at B and C).
You can coordinate with the swimming instructor if and when a chlorine glasses may be used during the lessons. Swimming goggles are not permitted during diploma swimming (except for the chest and back crawl). The reason? If your child unexpectedly ends up in the water, he / she does not wear swimming goggles and your child must be able to cope.
We work with a handy student tracking system, with which the instructors and the parents can keep track of the performance and progress of the class swimmers. This provides a clear picture of the level and shows what your child scores well on and what needs to be worked on. Extra practice is possible during our free practice hour and is free for all swimming lesson children, parents pay the recreational rate.
The objective of dressed swimming is to simulate a realistic situation in which a child can end up. This ensures that children do not panic when this situation actually occurs. If you wear clothing, it sticks to the skin. A child can panic if he / she is not used to it. A child who accidentally ends up in the water, wears normal daily clothes and no swimsuits. That is why, during diploma swimming, it is tested whether a child can save itself dressed.
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