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The Best Swim Lessons Focus On Instructor-to-Swimmer Ratios

Updated: May 23, 2018

If there is one area that is critical to your child's success when learning to swim, it is how many children are in your child's swim lesson class. Not everyone can afford private 1-on-1 lessons. Therefore, getting as close to private as possible will increase the chances of your child getting the most out of each class session.

This class has a ratio of 3-to-1. The swim lesson instructor is watching over 3 swimmers. This is the ideal ratio for group swim lessons at the beginning level.

Every swim lesson program is a little different when it comes to how each level is broken up. A general guideline for good swim lesson instructor-to-student ratios is the following:

  1. Beginner: 3-to-1

  2. Intermediate: 4-to-1

  3. Advanced: 5-to-1

Beginner swim lesson groups consist of swimmers who may be drowning risks and must be watched very carefully. Swimmers are learning the basics like blowing bubbles, floating, gliding, kicking, and freestyle or backstroke.


Intermediate swim lesson groups consist of swimmers who are water safe in both shallow and deep water. They are no longer at risk for drowning. Intermediate swimmers are learning more water skills. They are also continuing their development of freestyle and backstroke in addition to learning breaststroke.


Advanced swim lesson groups consist of swimmers who are becoming better at all four competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle). They are diving and are very strong in the water. Advanced swimmers might even be considering trying competitive swimming.


The bottom line is that a good swim lesson program is going to keep ratios low. Stay away from programs whose ratios exceed the above guidelines. You're better off spending your hard earned money with a program that understands how low swim instructor to swimmer ratios contribute to a safe and productive swim lesson class.


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