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swimming_clipartIf you are living in Dubai, it may be useful to know that children below the age of five years are subject to a considerable risk of drowning. It is common in Dubai to have a swimming pool in your backyard, or to spend an afternoon at Kite Beach playing in the water. The chances of drowning increase when your child, who is completely untrained in swimming, is invited to a friend’s pool party. Due to this, it becomes important to organize swimming classes for your little kids to prevent any kind of accident.

Dubai counts more than 40 swimming schools. However, not all of them can be compared in quality. And most of the time, going to the closest one might not be the best choice. A little research is required to be done for selecting the best swimming school in the area. So, while selecting an appropriate swimming institute for your little ones, you must ensure the following factors.

1. Look for the student/teacher ratio
Many swimming institutions work with a mere objective to enroll more and more children for their swimming classes. As a result, it becomes complicated for the swimming instructor to give to personal attention to every child present out there. In order to be more confident about the safety and security of your children, you must check for the student-instructor ratio (how many students per class) which should be no more than 5:1. However, the ideal student/ teacher ratio is supposed to be 3:1.

2. Patient and Inspiring coach
The coach is an integral part of any training process. If he masters efficacious skills along with a pleasing personality, your child is half way through the learning. On the other hand, if he is ruthless or becomes impatient easily, it’s the right time to say a big NO to that institute. A toddler demands true motivation and direction, which can be delivered only by an instructor who possesses great patience. Further, the skills of the instructor can be verified by taking a look at his certifications. This is a mere way to check if your child is going to get an authenticated swimming teacher or not.

3. Temperature Controlled Pool
While deciding for the reputed swimming school for your kids, another aspect that you need to consider revolves around temperature controlled pool. Whether the pool is located indoor or outdoor, an accurate measure of curbing temperature should be strictly followed and implemented by the schools. If this approach is being followed by the institute which is already complying with your standards, don’t forget to include it in your ‘Favorites’ list.

4. Make sure you can park your car close to the pool
It is mostly seen that most of the swimming schools in Dubai fail to provide convenient parking facility. If you are taking up your child to some swimming institute and don’t find space for parking up your vehicle, things turn out to be messy anyhow. To save yourself from this, it would be better to opt for the school that offers you amazing conveyance parking services.

5. Professionalism of the school
Swim School professionalism can be easily checked by looking at the school website. A beautiful and informative website is a sign that the managers care about their services and their customers. Also, small details such as rewards, and certifications are provided depending on how seriously a school takes the child learning. Every person is influenced to work harder, when some incentives are given after the accomplishment of a certain objective.

6. Lesson Activities
If you are searching for a reputed swim school in Dubai, you should be able to match what the institute offers in terms of programs, learning goals and how it will all complement your child’s style of learning. There are many cases where the children feel stressed while learning something new. They should be motivated to achieve the set objectives in an innovative manner. Ultimately, this will enable them to have a strong hold on what they are currently learning and will prepare them to make way for the new things to be learnt in future.

7. Organizing Special Classes for the ones your child missed
There may be situations when children are unable to attend the swimming classes. The reasons may include bad health, school event and so on. In these cases the best swim schools offer extra classes to the children so that they don’t miss even a single step involved in the course. So, you don’t have to take pains while thinking about ‘What if’ your child misses that birthday party or his important swimming classes.

Written by:
Matteo Vitali
Waterwow Swim School


thumbnailUK Boarding School Exhibiton | 13-14 November | Grosvenor House |

UK Boarding School Exhibition – Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina. 13 & 14 November 2015. From 2 – 7 pm

The exhibition, now in its 11th consecutive year, enables families living in the Gulf region to meet Heads and Representatives of 30 UK boarding schools and talk to UK boarding school specialists.

Entrance FREE, collect a FREE copy of the UK Boarding Schools Directory. FREE valet parking for all Exhibition visitors!

Are you a nervous parent wondering if your child will get the grades to make it into their final years at secondary school in Dubai or are you nervous your husband’s job will finish before your 16 year old has sat their GCSE’s? If so then get down to the Grosvenor House Hotel on 13-14 November to visit the Sue Anderson UK Boarding School Exhibition. Read more

school bus 2015It is reported that Dubai is to get 200 new private schools.  27 of them by September 2016. The educational opportunities offered by Dubai’s private schools is growing.
By the end of the academic year 2015-2016, parents will benefit from more than 63,000 seats in 27 new private schools and by 2017 there will be more than 196 private schools in Dubai with a capacity to reach more than 341,000 students. Read more

baby 2015Congratulations on the birth or impending birth of your new baby. A few procedures are necessary to regularize your child’s birth from the Dubai Health Authority.
The hospital your baby is delivered in will issue a ‘notification of birth certificate’ in Arabic. All expatriates must get both the Arabic and English certificate attested by the Ministry of Health (at Al Baraha Hospital) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Summer Camps  4With lots children due to go back to school in Dubai at the end of August or the beginning of September now is the time to sign up for the last of the Summer Camps Read more

Back to School - Kids ReadingWhile Dubai’s children are still making the most of the long summer holiday, parents are now starting to think ahead to the new school term, compiling to-do lists and thinking about what the year ahead will bring. Here are some tips for going back to school

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