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3 Reasons Why Spring Break is the perfect time to sign up for a Jump Start Clinic (even if you’re not a member)

Goodbye cold; hello warm weather! That means swim season is nearly upon us and Goldfish Swim School is offering week-long Jump Start Clinics during Spring Break to help make sure your kids can fully enjoy all the pools and beaches this year.*

Even if your kids already “know” how to swim, there are still reasons swim lessons are beneficial. Luckily for you, Spring Break is the perfect time to sign up for a Jump Start Clinic (even if you’re not a member)! Here’s why:

1. A great introduction to swimming lessons

If you’ve already registered to start your little goldfish swimming at Goldfish Swim School, Jump Start Clinics are a wonderful way to really “jump” into them! Your son or daughter (or entire brood!) will have a chance to get used to swimming lessons rather quickly — and having a GOLDEN experience right away!

Not registered for lessons? No problem! Non-members are welcome to join Jump Start Clinics, which are a great way to test the waters. If you’re wondering how your little one will adapt to being in the water, or how he or she will like taking lessons, you can find out before committing. And should you find you want to start lessons, you can enroll at any time.

2. Brushing up on those swim skills, fast

If you live in a cold-weather climate, you probably haven’t done any pool or beach time for several months. But you know you’re going to be making the most out of the warm weather, or maybe you’re planning a vacation full of water play time — so you want your kids to make the most out of it. Jump Start Clinics are the answer! (Need proof? Here are the Top 8 Ways Jump Start Clinics Help Young Swimmers.)

With five straight days of lessons, your child will be able to work on those swim skills (and learn some new ones) in only a matter of days. The week of lessons allows kids to repeatedly practice the skills they haven’t used all winter and be prepared for swim season with some truly extraordinary results. Plus, Goldfish Swim School incorporates water safety skills in each and every lesson – which will allow you, mom and dad, to breathe a little easier.

3. Learning a new skill

You may be surprised at how quickly young children are able to learn something new. (Or maybe you’re not, since they can probably master your new smartphone faster than you can!). Just like practicing any skill (such as tying shoelaces), repetition is key. Practicing swim skills every day for a week drills those moves in your little ones so they become natural. It also allows for more confidence in the water.

All kids should know how to do these 5 things in the water —  and Jump Start Clinics will help. Whether you have a young toddler learning how to go underwater, an older toddler learning how to do productive kicks or an older child learning how to do windmill arms and hold his or her breath the width of the pool, new skills can be learned in a week that will give all of you reason to celebrate, thanks to the integrity, compassion and trust our instructors use to help kids succeed.

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When it comes to swimming lessons and water safety, Goldfish Swim School is worth the money (here are 5 big reasons why!).  Sign up for a Jump Start Clinic today at a location near you  and check out the WOW! customer service (and so much more) you’ll be getting at Goldfish Swim School.

*At participating locations only!

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WATER Safety Awareness Week

Four times a year, Goldfish Swim School devotes an entire week of swim lessons as WATER Safety Awareness Week to keep families (especially toddlers) safe in and around the water. Specifically, instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach kids and their parents the WATER safety guidelines. Not sure what those are? Here you go:

WATER safety guidelines

Wear your life jacket!

Act. Throw! Don’t go.

Take swimming lessons.

Educate, learn swim safety skills.

Respect, play it cool and follow the rules.

Wear your life jacket!

One of the easiest ways to increase safety in the water is to wear a life jacket. There are plenty of different types of life jackets to fit all sizes — and children should wear child-sized life jackets and not adult ones, which won’t fit properly. Life jackets help to keep your head above water so you can continue to breathe properly in case continuing to swim isn’t feasible (muscle cramp, injury, tiredness, etc.), so don’t forget to use them!

Act: Throw! Don’t go.

Do your kids know what to do in a swimming emergency? They should ACT! Their first instinct may be to go toward a person having trouble in the water (especially after the extraordinary results from their swim lessons!). Instead, Goldfish Swim School teaches kids to THROW a life preserver to someone in trouble — and DON’T GO! That way, they aren’t putting themselves in jeopardy as well and are truly able to help.

Take swimming lessons.

Knowing how to swim provides so many benefits to kids – but it is an extremely valuable life skill because it teaches kids how to take care of themselves should they accidentally end up in trouble in the water. (Not signed up yet? No problem! Kids ages 4 months and older can start swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School!)

Educate: Learn swim safety skills.

Swimming is fun, but it’s important that kids learn how to be safe in and around the pool. Goldfish Swim School teaches a plethora of swim skills, especially focusing on the Top 5 Things All Kids Should Know How to Do in the Water to keep kids safe while they’re having fun. But in addition, Goldfish Swim School always incorporates safety skills each and every week during lessons. How’s that for some WOW customer service?!

Respect: Play it cool and follow the rules.

Rules are there for a reason — especially when it comes to rules for the pool. Walk, don’t run around the pool; make sure an adult is watching; no horseplay — you get the drift. All the rules help kids stay safe in and near water, so WATER Safety Awareness Week helps reiterate those rules so your kids won’t question them.

What will each class focus on during WATER Safety Awareness Week?

Besides talking about safety and working more heavily on back floats (and getting special safety postcards and prestigious ribbons!), swim classes will focus on the following:

MINI classes, ages 4 months to 35 months old

  • The main focus is for parents to stay no more than an arm’s length away from their little ones when they are in the bathtub.
  • Other water safety skills and discussions take place.

JUNIOR toddler classes, ages 3 to 4 years old

  • Children learn how to identify lifeguards.
  • It is stressed that children always swim with an adult watching.
  • Toddlers practice what they should do if they accidentally fall in the water.
  • They also practice jumping in the pool without their goggles.

BEGINNER classes, ages 5 and older

  • Beginners learn all of the above water safety practices.
  • In addition, they will practice jumping in the water, rolling over and floating – without their goggles.

GLIDER/GLIDER+/STAR/PRO advanced classes

  • Swimmers in the advanced classes also learn all the above water safety practices.
  • The advanced swimmers will also repeat practicing how to jump in the water, roll over and float on their back — all without their goggles on.

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Call your local swim school to find out when the next WATER Safety Awareness Week will be (In 2015, there will be two: One March 15-21 and another June 7-13). In addition, Goldfish Swim School will celebrate Water Safety Day on May 16, with all sorts of special activities — including visits from police and fire departments! Join in for a GOLDEN experience!

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4 Reasons your Kids Need Swim Lessons (Even if They “Know” How to Swim)

You have no reservations about sending your kids into the pool or letting them play in the water at the beach, so do they really need swim lessons? Yes! Everyone can benefit from taking formal swim lessons at some point. Find out why with these 5 Reasons your Kids Need Swim Lessons (Even if They “Know” How to Swim):

1. Water Safety

As your kids grow older, the chances of you being right next to them at all times in the water lessens — as it should. But do your kids know what to do if something happens (and how to prevent possible water emergencies)? During each lesson at Goldfish Swim School, instructors focus on water safety (and even more so during quarterly safety weeks). Topics covered include discussion about lifeguards and how to call for help, what to do if you’re having a hard time swimming, how to act appropriately in and around the pool and more. That’s part of the WOW customer service at Goldfish Swim School: Our instructors go above and beyond!

2. Learn breathing techniques

At its core, swimming is all about proper breath control. Goldfish swimmers start as young as 4 months old (yes, your baby can begin learning how to swim before age 1!). In the beginning, it’s all about learning how to go underwater — but then, little by little, the focus is on being able to swim farther and farther underwater. This is because our instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach young swimmers how to use proper breathing techniques. And, once kids don’t even have to think about holding their breath, the sky’s the limit when it comes to learning swim skills!

3. More than just the doggie paddle

Sure, your adventurous son can play around in the pool and manage to get from one side to the other — but is he using a good swim stroke? All kids should know how to do these 5 things in the water, including how to swim forward using real strokes (not just the doggy paddle!). Proper strokes use the right muscles and are much more effective. Goldfish Swim School lessons teach kids to swim on top of AND underwater, along with back floats, the backstroke and even more advanced swimming strokes — which will certainly come in handy when they are adults and have more swim skills to use!

4. Getting it right from the start

Speaking of advanced swimming strokes, it’s necessary to have the right building blocks in place to start. It’s kind of like taking math classes: You have to know basic addition and subtraction before moving onto the more complicated stuff like geometry and calculus. In order to learn how to swim the breaststroke or butterfly, young swimmers need good breath control. They also have to understand how to coordinate their limbs. For most, that doesn’t come naturally. Goldfish Swim School is able to produce extraordinary results during lessons by using those building blocks to make sure swimmers have mastered the basics, which makes it easier to conquer new skills.

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Ready to help your kids dive into swimming lessons? Check out these 5 Benefits to Learning how to Swim at Goldfish Swim School, then find a location near you to sign up and celebrate today!

 

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5 Benefits of 2 Swim Classes Per Week

Sure, taking one swim class a week at Goldfish Swim School is great. But why take only one class a week when TWO provides even MORE of a GOLDEN experience? Read on to learn more!

1. Double the benefits of swimming

Do you know all the benefits your little goldfish gains from year-round swimming (scientifically speaking)? Things like brain development, increased learning potential and social skills are extra bonuses from being in swim class — and with double the classes, your young swimmer will be able to reap those benefits even more. The more focus on learning swim skills, the more cognitive development realized (and so much more).Win-win!

2. Repetition, repetition, repetition

Learning to swim is just like learning how to tie shoes: It’s all about practice, practice, practice. In swimming, repetition of small moves is so important to be able to learn the big moves — and our instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach those swim skills. So, the more classes your swimmer is in each week, the more chances to repeat those movements over and over.

3. Learn those skills more easily

The more often you do something, the more it becomes somewhat natural to do. When your child repeats swim strokes, it becomes memory and therefore more easy to do — which means your little swimmer will be learning those skills AND gaining from these other 5 benefits of knowing how to swim. 

4. Even MORE fun

Having fun with new friends and the teacher? Coloring pages and choosing prizes after every class? Ribbons after accomplishing a skill during the lesson? Absolutely. And getting to do ALL THAT that twice a week?! Awesome! Goldfish Swim School offers some pretty cool benefits to taking swim lessons here, so why not celebrate and sign up for double the fun?!

5. Move up a level sooner

Kids get so excited when they are able to master the skills needed to move up to the next level.

Normally, it can take a few months or more to accomplish this — but by taking swim lessons twice a week, you can pretty much cut that in half! There’s nothing like seeing how proud kids are when it’s time to move up a level after showing off those extraordinary results.

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Want your child to have these 5 Benefits of 2 Swim Classes Per Week? Find a Goldfish Swim School location near you and sign your little goldfish up for lessons today! Children as young as 4 months old can have ALL the benefits of learning to swim at Goldfish Swim School!

 

 

 

 

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Pool Learning Fun: What Those Toys Are Really Used For

You’ve seen all the pool toys here at Goldfish Swim School, but did you know they have actual educational components? We’re not just playing around: Our instructors use them as tools to achieve our famous extraordinary results. To learn more about what toys are tied to what skills, read on!

Rings

You’ve probably spent plenty of time playing with rings or some other type of sinking toy that you have to dive underwater to retrieve. And being faster than your friends and siblings to round them up is fun, right?

Well, there’s more to the rings than teaching swimmers great breath control and giving them incentive to swim down to the bottom: For young swimmers still learning, the rings are a fun tool to teach them how to swim on top of the water.

How? Because kids get to throw the ring and swim above it — which helps your little goldfish keep his or head in the water and looking down, instead of forward (one of the 5 Things Every Kids Should Know How to Do in the Water, by the way!)

Barbells

The floating barbells (yes, that’s exactly what they look like) are tools that help kids during various stages of swimming lessons. For the newest learners, the barbells are easy to put under their arms while they float and give little kicks — which gives them confidence in the water. That’s definitely something to celebrate!

Then, once comfortable, swimmers can hold the barbell in front of them while they put their face in the water and work on productive kicks that keep them swimming straight ahead! (There are so many benefits for learning to swim!)

For the next level of learning, the smaller barbells — which are about half the size — are used to teach the basic swim stroke. Kids hold the barbell in front of them with one hand while floating on the water and use the opposite hand to do windmill strokes in and out of the water. This teaches kids the right motions, bit by bit.

Kickboards

Sure, the kickboards help swimmers learn to kick — but did you know there’s more to it? First of all, and probably most obviously, the kickboards are used while held out in front of your little goldfish to help focus on kicking when swimming forward (and as a bonus, it also helps with breath control by allowing time to come up for air).

But, the kickboards are also a great tool for helping kids stay afloat on their backs — in addition to teaching them how to swim on their backs. By holding the kickboard over their knees, kids can gain the confidence to be on their backs while incorporating productive kicks into the routine.

Rubber Duckies

“Rubber Ducky, you’re the one…You make bath time so much fun.” Remember when Ernie said that on Sesame Street? Well, rubber duckies aren’t just for the bathtub! For babies who are learning to swim, they make great tools for building comfort in the pool. And they become a great incentive to swim: Having a little one toss a rubber ducky in the water allows for that natural instinct to get to it and retrieve it, using those water legs!

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Find a Goldfish Swim School location near you and register today to sign your swimmer up for classes! Several levels are available for ages 4 months and older; and our instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach kids how to swim in a unique environment.

(It’s important to remember that while some of these swim tools do float, they are not to be used as floatation or life-saving devices.)

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