Learning to swim properly can increase your confidence in the water. Each level of learning to swim includes training in basic water safety and helping swimmers in distress. You can choose to learn to swimming as part of a swim class or get private swimming lessons.
Your choice on whether to choose swimming classes or private swim lessons will depend on your available time and your preference. Your decision to choose between group swim classes and a private swim coach may also be influenced by whether you are nervous of the water and learning to swim for the first time of whether you want to swim faster and more efficiently.
If you want to swim faster you may wish to choose swim classes where a swim coach will have you compete with swimmer of similar standards to create the competitive atmosphere to make you try harder.