5 Bonuses Your Baby Learns from Being at Goldfish Swim School

You already know you can start your baby in swim lessons BEFORE they even turn 1 — but there are some extra bonuses besides swimming that your baby will learn at Goldfish Swim School! Read on to learn more:

1. Balance

The core balance achieved by learning to swim is beneficial to babies, particularly as they are growing and learning how to control their bodies. Sitting up during swim class and balancing on the ducky mats is essential to strengthening the core, which helps babies learn how to crawl, sit up, stand, walk and run! And this sets the stage for years of success, which is something to celebrate!

2. Confidence

Fear is often what stops all of us — even babies — from trying something new. But when your baby sees what he or she can accomplish during swim class, his or her confidence skyrockets! For instance, trying a sea otter float may seem questionable, but soon your baby will be floating on his or her back like a champ! (Don’t be surprised if you find your infant hitting those fine and gross motor skill developmental milestones confidently.) Goldfish instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to bring out that stellar confidence!

3. Socialization

If you’re a stay-at-home parent and your baby isn’t in a care program with other kids, the early socialization impact of swim classes gives your baby a chance to learn how to interact appropriately with new people. (And you’ll also be able to be around other adults!) Truly a GOLDEN experience for parents and kids!

4. Entertainment

Kids learn the most from birth to age 5, and — perhaps surprisingly — most of what they learn is best learned through play! The entertainment your baby gets during swim class is not only a great learning opportunity, but also great stimulation — part of Goldfish Swim School’s dedication to WOW customer service. (Psst…There’s a good chance swim days may be your best nap days for baby, too!)

5. Building Strength

Your little goldfish uses new muscle groups during swimming that they haven’t had a chance to strengthen otherwise and that exercise is a great introduction to the world of healthy movement. You’ll find your tiny swimmer will have some rockin’ arm and shoulder muscles in no time — and that strength will translate well into all other areas of development. How’s that for extraordinary results?!

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Are you ready to sign your child up for swim lessons? Goldfish Swim School has different levels for kids ages 4 months and older.

Find a location near you and sign up today!

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How to Prepare for Summer Swim Safety This Spring

Longer days filled with sunshine and warm temperatures mean one thing: Swim season is near! Celebrate and make the most of this spring by preparing for summer swim safety with these three tips:

1. Practice water safety

It’s imperative that your kids know how to act appropriately in and around bodies of water. This includes walking — not running — around pools. In addition, make sure to talk to your kids about how lifeguards help and to always swim with a buddy — and with permission from an adult. Goldfish Swim School focuses on water safety during every lesson, with even more intensity during several Water Safety Awareness Weeks throughout the year — some truly WOW customer service!

2. Learn how to go underwater

Not panicking when inadvertently going underwater is paramount, for sure, but when your kids know how to hold their breath and go underwater it heightens their confidence in and around the pool, lake or ocean. Knowing how to go underwater is actually one of the 5 Things All Kids Should Know How to Do in the Water, and an important part of being safe in the water. Goldfish Swim School instructors utilize integrity, compassion and trust to help your kids improve their swim skills and get those extraordinary results!

3. Understand basic swim strokes

Obviously, your infant who just started swim lessons probably won’t be doing the backstroke across the pool this summer (but you never know!). But for older kids who will be playing in the water, it’s helpful to have some knowledge of basic swimming strokes.

This allows your little goldfish to practice how to swim and be able to safely move around in the water. Plus, knowing how to swim offer kids great benefits that will stick with them for years to come.

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Get ready for summer swim season by signing your kids up for swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School! Ages 4 months and older can start learning how to swim while having a GOLDEN experience (and you’ll see these Top Reasons Goldfish Swim School is Worth the Money)!

With locations in many states (and more coming all the time), there’s probably one near you!



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Coming to Class: 10 Helpful Ways Goldfish Swim School Makes Getting Ready Easy

You have kids, so you know every second matters. You’re running around, trying to make it to class on time. Getting ready and then cleaned up after class can seem to take eons. No worries; Goldfish Swim School knows all about that and has worked hard to make things easier. Here are the 10 Helpful Ways Goldfish Swim School Makes Getting Ready Easy:

1. Changing Rooms

Depending on when your class is, it may not be convenient for you to get your little one’s swimsuit on before leaving the house. That’s why there are plenty of changing rooms available. Plus, your swimmer (and you) can change into dry clothes after class!

2. Changing Tables

Yes, even babies younger than 1 can take swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School! Dress your wiggly little one for class with ease on one of our changing tables.

3. Bumbo Seats

Packing your stuff in your bag and getting yourself ready can be cumbersome when you have a baby who can’t yet sit — so feel free to use one of those nifty Bumbo seats to keep your non-mobile guppy sitting safely. (That’s some pretty WOW customer service to think of that, don’t you agree?!)

4. Showers

Rinse off with the warm water showers next to the pool area after your swimmer works on learning the 5 Things All Kids Should Know How to Do in the Water.

5. Shampoo and Body Wash

Save time by using the showers to wash your child’s hair and body with the shampoo and body wash provided at the showers (or bring your own) instead of having to do it at home after!

6. Lotion

Dry hands? Rough baby skin? Use a little lotion! Forgot yours? No problem, there’s plenty for you to use throughout the swim school.

7. Hair Dryers

Whether you’re going out after class, the temperature is chilly or you just plain don’t want to walk out with wet hair, feel free to use one of the several hair dryers set up at the station (and check out the cool benches there, too!).

8. Bathing Suit Dryer

Packing up a dripping wet bathing suit doesn’t have to make everything else in your bag soggy: Goldfish Swim School has a bathing suit drying machine that takes about 10 seconds to make swimsuits nearly dry and easy to toss in your bag.

9. Fun Waiting Room

Did you get to class early? Or are you waiting with your little one during another child’s class? Goldfish Swim School has a fun waiting room full of toys for babies, toddlers and older kids to entertain themselves while you wait!  (Don’t forget to check out these 5 Cool Benefits to Learning How to Swim at Goldfish Swim School.)

10. Goodies at Treasure Island Store

If you forgot any essential swim supplies (like a bathing suit, goggles, or swim diapers), or want to buy some fun swimming extras to use at home, Goldfish Swim School has you covered. Stop by and see the 9 Cool Things to Buy at Treasure Island Pro Shop.

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Children ages 4 months old and older can benefit from swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School. Find a location near you and sign your little swimmer up for lessons today!




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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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