What should I do if my child cries during a lesson?
Crying is a natural expression of a child’s emotional discomfort due to water immersion or separation from you. As parents and teachers, it is our job to help children develop coping skills, so they conquer fears. Delaying or avoiding swim lessons can turn imagined problems into gripping fears and even phobias.

By walking up to the teacher and handing your child over to her or him, you are telling your child that you trust the teacher, giving your child confidence they need. Sometimes the teacher may place a crying child on her back while she teaches the rest of the class to build their confidence. If a child has a highly-developed phobia of water, private lessons may be necessary.