The number of students depends on the mindset, but especially on the geographical area of the school. When the transfers to get to the spot are long (you need a boat, a van, etc.), it becomes impossible to offer private/semiprivate courses. The courses will therefore be in groups and will last 4-5 hours. On the contrary, if the school overlooks the spot, it is conceivable to take one person at a time and offer a service per hour.
Both methods have pros and cons, it always depends on what you are looking for and where you live.
- The higher the number of students, the more you will place the outcome of your course in the hands of the other participants. It seems trivial to me, since it is reflected in any activity you undertake in a group (travel, sport, work, etc.). If everyone follows the teacher’s instructions and everyone is able to perform the exercises, everything will be fine. Otherwise, the instructor must prioritise safety, to the detriment of pedagogy.
On the other hand, a group is beneficial in many ways: it helps you to overcome your limits, you laugh and joke, you have an exchange of ideas and an analysis of problems that probably would not have been discussed, etc.
- If you attend a private course, the instructor is all yours. On the pedagogical level you will be able to have a lot of information necessary for your growth, and therefore the progression will be faster.
On the other hand, you will only be confronted with your own difficulties. In addition, in a private course you risk the paradox of having a too invasive presence of the instructor. This leads to a substantial decrease in reference points when the student has to practice alone.
In conclusion, if you are an enterprising and reckless person, you can take courses with several students without any problems. On the contrary, if you have fears and need to feel more confident (an instructor that has an eye on you at all times), a course with 4 or more people will not fully satisfy you and you risk emphasizing your phobias.
Learning with other students is fun and stimulating, learning in private is reassuring and faster.
By the way, I’ve been working with both systems, and I’ve got positive feedback. If you’re curious, have a look at the schools where I worked to better understand how they operate. It is the best way to get an idea.