DS (who will be three in a few weeks) started swimming lessons Oct/Nov and has been doing private lessons since as he was originally scared of the pool, then of the 'deep end' (ie anything off the step ) and since then progress has been slow. We've had issues with the teacher pushing him too much at times and making him cry but they've been resolved and now he gets on well with the teacher for the most part. We're paying $30 for a half hour.
There are still 4 more lessons left this term, but at this point it looks unlikely that he'll be ready for a group class by next term (this swim school is indoor so runs over winter) as he still wont do a number of things they need to be willing to do/try in group work, ignores the teacher/refuses to do things often, wont put his head under, is scared of jumping in and isn't interested in kicking or paddling (not even a tiny bit interested. Will do it as a token gesture to make teacher happy but think a dozen kicks per lesson and that's it).
He loves playing in the water but swimming? He's not interested.
He has made progress since he started, but it's been very slow, mainly because he really isn't interested in trying/doing these things.
If we keep him going over winter he'll likely need to continue private lessons, which work out to be about $390 per term - a lot for us. We're happy to pay it if he's getting something out of it but due to his lack of interest we're wondering if we're better off to give him a break over winter and start him up again next spring. Don't want him to go backwards but the teacher has admitted he's frustrated that he's "not getting the progress he usually does" and I'm thinking it may be better for all of us to wait until he's older.
What would you do?? Thank you in advance for opinions!!