How to be a Good “Pool Parent” and Keep Kids Safe in the Water

You’re an awesome parent. You take your kids to swim lessons, encourage them in their favorite activities and make sure they get lots of affection and love. But being a good parent and being a good POOL parent are different.

To that end, we are providing a list of tips and reminders on How to be a Good “Pool Parent” and Keep Kids Safe in the Water. Check out these tips on what to do and what NOT to do when your kids are swimming. Because, really, we just want to make sure everyone is having a GOLDEN experience and being safe!

What NOT to do while your child is swimming:

  • DON’T walk away. It may be tempting to head inside for a while since the kids are happily playing. But be sure to always stay within sight of the little ones — whether they are in the water or not. It’s amazing how quickly kids can move and end up in the water when you’re not expecting it.
  • DON’T stay glued to your phone. We’re not about to participate in the Mommy Wars about when to use or not use your phone around your kids. But, when you’re swimming or near water, it’s imperative that you’re not distracted by your phone the entire time. Kids learn important water safety lessons at Goldfish Swim School, and so should parents. Moms (and dads) are great multi-taskers, for sure — but it can get easy to get caught up on a phone call or checking and replying to emails. Just be sure to stay alert around your kids in the water, for safety reasons.
  • DON’T let your child swim alone. The buddy system is always a good system to use. Even if you’re not feeling like swimming around in the “cold” water — since kids often seem to not even notice the temp when they’re having fun (except at Goldfish Swim School, where the water is ALWAYS 90 degrees!)  – make sure you’re on the edge and close to them.
  • DON’T think life jackets are only for boats. If your child is in the water and not comfortable swimming, or if it’s deeper than you’d like, don’t hesitate to have him or her wear a life jacket. Have a life jacket nearby just in case — especially in cases where the younger kids may want to follow the older, more experienced swimmers into deeper water.

What TO DO while your child is swimming:

  • DO keep an eye on your kids. Always know where your kids are and how they’re doing. It’s important to understand that potential drowning signs may not include a loud, splashing fit. It can be easy to silently slip underwater while struggling to stay afloat and breathe, so you may not hear a commotion and nearby swimmers may not even notice.
  • DO listen. That being said, it’s still necessary to keep your ears open to listen for sounds of anyone calling for help — or silence when there should be joyful voices in the water. Always keep one ear on what the kids are doing in and near the water.
  • DO bring sunscreen. When you’re outdoors, make sure you and your kids have sunscreen on — even on cloudy days. You’ll be protected against painful sunburns (because no one wants to deal with little ones who are in pain and can’t enjoy their time outside!), and against potential long-term risks. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen after being in the water, according to the sunscreen’s package directions.
  • DO pack snacks — and water. Especially during the hot summer months outside, it’s important to make sure the kids are staying hydrated. Yes, they’re surrounded by water while swimming, but they need to be drinking some, too! Make sure you feed the kids some snacks as well. Staying fed and hydrated helps prevent muscles from cramping up while swimming and keeps kids’ energy up to make sure they’re able to stay safe in the water.
  • DO think about enrolling your kids in swimming lessons. Just because the kids are splashing around and diving for rings underwater doesn’t mean they really know how to swim. These 4 Reasons Kids Need Swimming Lessons (Even if They “Know” How to Swim) are really important, and you’ll see some extraordinary results. And, believe it or not, babies younger than 1 year old can even benefit from swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School! That’s some WOW! customer service!

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Playing in the water at the pools and beaches all summer is actually the perfect time to start swimming lessons! The kids are already excited about being in the water, and they’ll want to celebrate and expand on what they already know (perhaps to be able to swim farther and faster than their cousins, hmm?!). Goldfish Swim School has plenty of locations across the country, with instructors who use integrity, compassion and trust to teach kids this life-saving skill, so find a location near you to sign up at today!


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Goldfish Swim School Offers FREE Water Safety Presentation

At Goldfish Swim School, we’re committed to making sure kids everywhere understand the importance of water safety — whether they’re learning these important life-saving skills during swimming lessons at one of our locations or elsewhere. That’s why we have created a FREE water safety program to teach all youngsters!

Water safety is as important as fire safety!

When your kids are in preschool, chances are they had a visit from a firefighter to learn about fire safety, right? Well, Goldfish Swim School wants your kids to be exposed to the same type of informative learning about water safety. That’s why we’re excited to bring our FREE 20-minute water safety program to a school or organization near you for kids ages 3 to 7 years old.

“We started doing it because we want to spread water safety throughout the community, to everyone,” said Tiffany Miller, Director of Operations at Goldfish Swim School. “We feel this is a good way to get to everyone in the community.”

Kids will learn from those experienced in the field: Our Goldfish Swim School instructors! They use integrity, compassion and trust to educate children about the importance of water safety. Our instructors use these same techniques to teach water safety during swim lessons every single week, with extra emphasis during our quarterly Water Safety Awareness Week – so they really know what they’re teaching!

And it’s necessary. Water is everywhere: The pool, the beach, a river – even the bathtub.

“It’s something that every child in their life is going to face — whether they go to the lake with Mom and Dad, or go to the pool,” Tiffany said. “Everybody is going to be around water.”

Goldfish Swim School instructors provide a GOLDEN experience by using activities to teach kids important safety methods — including how to avoid potential dangers and around the water!

We want all kids — and their parents — to be equipped to be able to handle possible water crisis situations, to protect children. That’s why we’ll be handing out materials and information during these free water safety presentations. (This is just the typical Goldfish Swim School way of providing WOW! customer service!)

Teachers, educators, community leaders can use these FREE presentations!

Parents, let your child’s teachers, day-care professionals, community organizations and other groups that include young children know they can bring Goldfish Swim School instructors in for these FREE water safety presentations to benefit everyone!

“All these educational professionals care about their children; and we want them to know what to do in these situations, Tiffany said. “The more we can spread the news about water safety and how to be safe in the water, the more we can help kids become well-rounded on how to be safe in the water.”

WHAT: Water Safety Presentation

FOR: Students ages 3 to 7

TIME: 20 minutes

WHERE: Your school, safety town or other organization


INFO: Call your local Goldfish Swim School location

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If you want to make sure your kids know these 5 Things All Kids Should Know How to Do in the Water, contact a Goldfish Swim School near you to sign up for lessons today! Goldfish Swim School is committed to providing extraordinary results and celebrating every achievement! Psst: Kids as young as 4 months old can sign up for lessons – because there are great benefits to having your kid start swim lessons before they are 1! 

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3 Key Benefits of Learning How to Swim Correctly

Longer days full of sunshine mean it’s time to head to the water! Help make the most of this time for your kids by enrolling them in swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School. They already know how to swim, you say? They learned while they’re playing at grandpa’s pool? Well, your little ones may be acquiring skills, but learning how to swim correctly has several benefits that may not be fully realized when they are splashing around in the pool.

Read on for the 3 Key Benefits of Learning How to Swim Correctly (instead of just playing in the pool all summer), and be sure to check out these 5 Reasons to Keep Kids Enrolled in Summer Swim Lessons:

1. Breath Control

One of the most beneficial — and sometimes overlooked — benefits of learning how to swim correctly is learning proper breath control. You may take it for granted that the kids have good breath control, because they can hold their breath and go underwater, right? But what happens when it comes time to swim further than expected?

At Goldfish Swim School, kids learn the best way to build up the length of time they are able to hold their breath — and the proper way to come up for air. That means there’s no panicking when they “run out” of breath! Plus, with the constant repetition in swim lessons, there’s a smaller chance of “swallowing some fish” (our fun way of getting the kids to laugh and not worry when they happen to swallow some water!).

2. Water Safety

Let’s face it: kids don’t always take what parents say to heart – at least not without rolling their eyes (or mumbling under their breath). For instance, “No running around the pool!” may just seem like you’re nagging or don’t want them to have any fun.

But at Goldfish Swim School, the instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to instill in the kids the right water safety precautions — not because Mom and Dad are out to be spoilsports, but because water safety awareness allows for safe fun in the water. (That’s why Goldfish Swim School focuses on water safety during each and every lesson, with an even bigger emphasis on it during Water Safety Awareness Week.)

It’s all a part of teaching your little swimmers 5 Things All Kids Should Know How to Do in the Water —  including being safe. Always.

3. Proper Swim Strokes

You can swim…because you know the doggy paddle at least, right? Well, that may be enough to keep you from being sidelined when everyone else is in the pool — but really, your kids will greatly benefit from learning the actual swim strokes. Why? They’ll get less tired, they’ll be able to swim more effectively, and they’ll have more fun, too! Think about it: Mom, Dad, young Tommy and little Jane can have races across the pool — but only if everyone knows the correct strokes! Sure, you all may be able to make it to the other side, but using the proper moves ensures that you’re all getting there without struggling — while exercising so many muscles while you’re swimming!

At Goldfish Swim School, kids learn how to swim with several different strokes. That means if they should happen to tire out swimming one way, they can switch up their moves and start swimming using a different stroke! And how proud will you be as your child shows off those awesome skills?!

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These 3 Key Benefits of Learning How to Swim Correctly (instead of just playing in the pool all summer) are just part of the reason you and your kids will celebrate the extraordinary results they’ll see when taking swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School. Find a location near you (we’ve got a bunch of new ones open now and coming soon!) and sign up for a GOLDEN experience today!

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Goldfish Swim School Opens 4 New Locations (with 3 more coming this summer!)

It’s time to celebrate! Goldfish Swim School is excited to announce new locations now open, along with a few more locations that will be opened this summer! As always, our instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach young swimmers these 5 Things All Kids Should Know How to Do in the Water (and so much more, like water safety.)  And don’t forget that even the youngest swimmers — those ages 4 months and older — can benefit from swim lessons, too!

New Locations Now Open

Evanston, Illinois

We’ve filled the pool and invite everyone to stop by and visit our new location in Evanston, IL! Sally Anderson, the owner and general manager of the Evanston location, touts the brand-new facility and points out that this is now one of the only swim schools in the Evanston area. Stop by — the water temperature is always 90 degrees, and there are open swim sessions during the day when the kids get out of school! There are family-style bathrooms and as always, we use the proven Goldfish Swim School curriculum, including Jump Start Clinics happening in June and July.

Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Folks in the Philadelphia area can rejoice, now that a new Goldfish Swim School has Fort Washington, PA! “There’s nothing like us here,” says Meg Kevane, owner of the Fort Washington location. “Our 4-1 class ratio is a big selling point.” In addition, Meg notes, the flexibility of classes and schedules at Goldfish Swim School allows for families to have two kids (or more) swimming at the same time. Take note: This location is in the Fort Washington Industrial Park, which gives the office complex a new use — for kids!

Needham, Massachusetts

We are so excited to bring Goldfish to the Boston area, first in Needham, MA! Sarah Kepic, the Needham location owner, points out this is the largest Goldfish Swim School facility — with 13,000 square feet of space! With the Needham area being surrounded by water —Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are all nearby vacation spots, Sarah noted the importance of teaching water safety. “We’ve been shocked about the lack of true learn-to-swim facilities,” Sarah says. “That sets us apart from the YMCAs and other very important community-based programs, where swimming isn’t a huge part of it.” The location is convenient, located right off the 128 corridor in the Boston area, so drop in! “We’re committed to getting kids safe in the water and swimming so vacation time can be fun and not worrying about kids in the water,” Sarah says.

Canton, Michigan

We already have locations in Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids, Macomb, Okemos and Rochester, and soon we’ll have another location in metro Detroit — in Canton, MI. Katie Lee, the Canton location’s owner, said the new facility is in a large community, and neighboring areas (including Plymouth and Garden City) have easy access, too. Even though there are other locations nearby, this one offers the newest updates Goldfish Swim School has to offer. “Every kid needs to know how to swim, so check out the newest, latest, greatest Goldfish in your community,” Katie says!

New Locations Opening SOON

Mundelein, Illinois

It’s time to add Mundelein, IL to the growing list of Goldfish Swim School locations in Illinois this summer, to join those in Burr Ridge, Chicago, Naperville, and St. Charles. Rebecca Burlingame, general manager of the Mundelein location, stresses that new members can look forward to swim lessons that are consistent at Goldfish Swim School. “Most parents know that for your child to learn something and be successful, you have to be consistent — and that’s what Goldfish offers,” Rebecca says.

Columbia, Maryland

We’re excited to announce the first Goldfish Swim School coming to Maryland! You can pre-register online today to make sure you get your spot at our Columbia, MD location. Since it’s located between Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C., families from all over the area can take advantage of signing up their infants, toddlers and young kids for swimming lessons at the new Goldfish Swim School location. There’s plenty of room and different times available for classes during the day and evenings.

Wyckoff, New Jersey

For all you New Jersey families, we heard you loud and clear: We’re opening a new Goldfish Swim School for you in Wyckoff, NJ this summer! According to Jennifer Casper, the co-owner of the Wyckoff Goldfish Swim School, the location is centrally located in a strip mall with great parking and easy access for families. “The thing that’s most exciting is that it’s the first dedicated facility for swimming for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old,” Jennifer says. “There’s no one else doing that in this area, and there’s a real need for it.” More than 400 pre-registrations have already been accepted, and there’s still room for you to pre-register today! Why choose Goldfish Swim School? “It’s very interactive and a very fun environment for teaching a life-saving skill,” Jennifer says.

Other Locations Already Swimming

With the opening of all these new locations, that means we will have opportunities for your little goldfish to swim with us at 23 open locations in in the Midwest and East Coast (with more on the way in Plainfield, IL, Westford, MA, Houston, TX, and Braintree, MA!), all with our commitment to providing WOW! customer service! If you’re in Indiana, you can sign up at a Goldfish Swim School in Carmel or Fishers. In Ohio, we’re located on the Cleveland East Side in Warrensville Heights, and in Dublin. And if you’re in Virginia, start swimming at the Goldfish Swim School in Reston.

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Find a location near you and sign up online today to start learning why Goldfish Swim School is worth the money.

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Goldfish Swim School Mini Classes: Who they’re for and what they teach

If you’ve wondered about what the kids are actually learning what to do in the Goldfish Mini Classes at Goldfish Swim School, wonder no more! Here are some descriptions of the extraordinary results you should expect in each class:

Goldfish Mini 1

Ages 4-15 months (with adult participation)

Class Size: 6:1 ratio

  • Beginner Comfort Skills. This is the perfect introduction for your baby (because there are great reasons to start him or her swimming well before their first birthday!). With an adult in the water, everyone will be singing group songs, practicing tummy time, and getting the kids used to being comfortable and having a GOLDEN experience in the water. They’ll also practice their grasp reflex, move on to holding onto the wall and eventually inching their way down it — because once they’re ready, these baby swimmers will learn the proper technique to get out of the water safely: “elbow, elbow, tummy, knee.”
  • Swim Skills. Yes, your baby will begin learning the building blocks to those key swim skills! They will be able to work on their pulling paddle, do a short “Superman” glide, float on their backs in the sea otter position and practice kicking while holding onto the barbell. Goldfish Swim School instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach these necessary skills to your little ones. Every kid should know how to do these skills in the water.
  • Underwater Skills. For many kids, becoming accustomed to having water splashed in their faces and going underwater is easier to do the younger they start doing it! So, Goldfish Swim School instructors — along with parents — help kids be able to go underwater and hold their breath for a few seconds.

Goldfish Mini 2

Ages 16-35 months (with adult participation)

Class Size: 6:1 ratio w/ parent

  • Pool Skills. This is when your little swimmer gets even more used to being in the water, with fun group songs and activities. Your child will be able to hold onto the wall solo, do a little crab walking along the wall with some help and work on getting out of the pool safely by climbing up using “elbow, elbow, tummy, knee.”
  • Swim Skills. You’ll smile in awe as your toddler lets go of you and does a “Superman” glide from you to the step on the side of the pool and when your “baby” shows off a pulling paddle and confident back float. It will definitely give you cause to celebrate!
  • Underwater Skills. By now, your little one will be used to having water in his or her face. He or she will also be comfortable being dipped under water. This is important in teaching proper breath control, which goes a long way in the underwater skills the kids are learning at Goldfish Swim School — including going underwater and rolling over, and having a nice 10-second breath control. It’s these building blocks that make Goldfish Swim School worth the money.

Goldfish Mini 3

Ages 24-35 months

Class Size: 3:1 ratio w/ teacher and no parent in the water

  • Pool Skills. Kids in this level are working on their social and emotional responses, which include being able to sit still while they wait for their turn — and having no tears for at least three consecutive classes (yes, you’re not the only one who has dealt with tears in the pool!). They’ll also work on holding onto the wall solo, doing a crab walk along the wall, and getting out of the pool safely by climbing up using “elbow, elbow, tummy, knee.”
  • Swim Skills. Want to know a great way to burn that 2-year-old constant energy? Swim lessons! Your busy little goldfish will be learning how to kick while holding onto a barbell and how to do a “Superman” glide for 5-feet — along with jumping into the water, turning around and swimming back to the wall!
  • Underwater Skills. Breath control is very important. At Goldfish Swim School, your goldfish will learn how to dip underwater for 10 seconds, dip underwater and rollover from the step, and dip underwater and turn back around to the step.

Goldfish Mini Junior

Ages 18-35 months

Class Size: 3:1 ratio

  • Pool Skills. Patience is a virtue well learned — even in swim class, when taking turns and listening to the teacher are very important. In this level, your goldfish will be able to hold onto the pool wall and do crab walking before getting safely out of the pool using “elbow, elbow, tummy, knee.”
  • Swim Skills. Your son or daughter will be learning a lot of skills unassisted here: How to do a back float for five seconds; how to float on their bellies for five seconds; kicking while holding the barbell; doing a “Superman” glide for 5 feet and doing a pulling paddle for seven feet! Plus they will sit on the side of the pool, jump in, turn and swim back to the wall!
  • Underwater Skills. Yes, your child will be able to hold their breath for 10 seconds in an underwater dip by the end of this level! That great breath control comes little by little, and helps kids be able to do a rollover from front to back (and back to front). All the building blocks are coming together now.

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See for yourself Goldfish Swim School’s WOW! customer service! Find a location near you and sign up today for lessons! Kids ages 4 months and older can start gaining the top 5 benefits to knowing how to swim, so start now.



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