The Richmond, Va. club repurposed retired pool floats into a “waiting zone” for their youngest members during group swim lessons—allowing instructors to focus more on skill improvement in the water, with less distractions in the form of behavior modification.
Understanding that some of their youngest members—3- and 4-year-olds—were often too excited to wait their turn during group swim lessons at the Country Club of Virginia, the club got to work on a remedy. The Richmond, Va. club needed to find a way for its instructors to spend less time managing the class … and more time focusing on teaching skills.
“In the offseason, our Aquatics Department researched the importance of visual cues for this age of children and repurposed retired pool floats into a waiting zone for participants, hoping this would improve the group swim lesson experience,” says Aquatics Manager Danielle Flanagan.
The retired pool floats served as defined waiting spaces, adding an additional layer of safety to group swim lessons. This allowed instructors to focus more on skill improvement in the water, with less distractions in the form of behavior modification.