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5 Cool Benefits of Learning to Swim at Goldfish Swim School

We know there are other places to have the kiddos learn how to swim. So why choose Goldfish Swim School? Easy: Goldfish Swim School offers things that other places don’t. Here are a few things you’ll get with us:

1. 90 degree pool water (and air temp!)

When you’re in the water for a long time, you don’t want to be shivering and forcing yourself to stay in, right? And cold water means kids aren’t comfy, either. Well, no worries about purple lips here! The water in the pools at all of the Goldfish Swim School locations is always a warm 90 degrees! And since we know how chilly it can be getting out of the water (especially in the winter), our air temp is always set at a balmy 90 degrees, too! (So no more excuses about skipping winter swim lessons!)

2. A ledge for little ones

In many places, kids have to either hold onto the edge or sit outside the pool on the edge when they’re waiting for their turn during swim lessons. Not at Goldfish Swim School! There’s a nice ledge along both sides of the pool IN THE WATER. This means kids can save their energy from hanging on or getting in and out repeatedly and use it on actually swimming — and it’s way more helpful when it comes to pushing off and swimming back, too. It’s the little things, right?

3. Building from the basics

It’s important that kids not only learn the swim strokes, but the building blocks that will sustain their skills. For instance, one of the key components of the specialized Goldfish Swim School curriculum is teaching breath control. Little by little, swimmers learn how to hold their breath underwater and build up to being able to swim while holding their breath. Then, your little goldfish will learn to swim further distances in one breath. That’s one of the reasons repetition is so important. Plus, swimmers learn what to do when they run OUT of breath while swimming: Roll over onto their backs, relax and catch their breath, then roll back over and continue swimming.

4. Safety, safety, safety

Safety is a HUGE focus at Goldfish. Each week, lessons incorporate safety skills for kids in AND out of the water. Swimming is an important life skill and all kids should know how to do these 5 things in the water so they are always able to stay safe (while having fun!). But besides the weekly safety tips during lessons, Goldfish Swim School also provides a water safety week each quarter, with an even more extensive focus on safety skills.

5. Family swim fun

To get even more out of your kid’s swimming lessons (and spend a little time together), try Family Swim! This is a perfect excuse for your little swimmer to show off those extraordinary results he or she is learning (and you’ll get to enjoy the 90-degree water temperature!).

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Children ages 4 months and older can start swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School! You can register online today at a location near you and get ready for a GOLDEN experience!

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5 Reasons to Start your Baby Swimming Before Age 1

Even though your baby can’t walk yet, he or she can certainly start learning swim skills! At Goldfish Swim School, our trained instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach kids ages 4 months and older swim skills that will stay with them for life, using a specialized curriculum. You’ll find some additional benefits to jumping into lessons now, like these 5 Reasons to Start your Baby Swimming Before Age 1.

1. Its Natural

You may be surprised at how naturally babies take to water (after all, they were quite the little swimmers before you met them) — so it is only fitting that you immerse them in water to keep them used to it. The sooner you introduce your baby to the water, the easier it is for them to enjoy and celebrate the environment. Once they get a little bit older, toddlers may enter phases where fear (of many things) is more prevalent. So, by having swimming as a natural environment early on, they will not have any new feelings to become adjusted to when they start learning to swim.

2. Bathtub fun

Maybe you’ve heard about the parents who struggle with bath time, or maybe you hate when your little one becomes agitated with water being poured over his or her head. Want an easy fix? Sign up your baby for swimming lessons! At Goldfish Swim School, lessons teach babies that being in the water is fun — which translates to having a GOLDEN experience in all water, including in the tub.

3. Showers with Baby

Moms (and dads) may often find that taking a shower becomes nearly impossible when there’s a new baby — because when there’s a window of opportunity, say, when baby naps, you have to decide which is more important: Sleep or a shower? Usually sleep wins, right?! But when your baby is accustomed to the water, you can bring your little bundle of joy into the shower with you (provided you’re using proper safety precautions). Use shower time as time for both of you to get clean, then you can both nap at the same time. Two birds; one stone.

4. Enjoy the Beach

Just because your little one isn’t walking doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the water when you’re at the beach. Sure, you’ll have to make sure your baby is properly protected from the sun, but it’s definitely more fun to be splashing in the water than trying to stop all those tiny pieces of sand from continually making its way into your baby’s mouth. Because you’ve had your little goldfish in swimming lessons and you’ve seen some extraordinary results, you won’t have to worry that he or she doesn’t know what to do in the water and you can enjoy the splashing and feel of the refreshing water.

5. Playing in the Pool

It can be a funny sensation for a baby to have their legs dangling in the pool with nothing to stand on, or just being wet in a pool — if they haven’t been introduced to it previously. When your baby is in swim lessons and looks forward to playing in the water, you get to enjoy the water, too! No more sitting on the sidelines looking longingly to the pool: You can bring your baby in there. And babies who aren’t even one yet can learn how to go under water. Pretty fascinating, isn’t it?

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Register your baby for swim classes at Goldfish Swim School with their WOW customer service and start enjoying all the benefits those lessons have to offer!

 

 

 

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Is More Family Time your New Year’s Resolution? Try Family Swim!

For families, two common New Year’s resolutions are likely spending more time together and being more active. Well, you can easily accomplish both — and have a GOLDEN experience while doing so — by joining in a Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School!

What is Family Swim?

It’s a time to bring everyone up to the pool for swimming and water fun! There’s no structure, so you’re free to do as you wish: Play! Family Swim is great for introducing kids to the water and the Goldfish Swim School environment — and if your little goldfish is struggling with lessons, it’s a relaxing way to get used to being in the water. And, for the kids who are enjoying themselves during their weekly swim lessons, the best part about going to Family Swim is being able to show off all the extraordinary results they’re getting with swim lessons —with you, the proud parents, there to celebrate! And Family Swim is the perfect opportunity for that: It’s a fun way to reinforce and practice the skills learned during regular weekly lessons. Take the whole family to Goldfish Swim School for some fun in the 90-degree water. The normal lane dividers are gone, but the swimming platforms (which are easy to move around) are still set up for the kids to show off their skills. Plus, all those cool swim toys you’re not allowed to bring to the community pool? You can play with them all! Oh, and there are life jackets, too, so you don’t have to feel like you have to constantly hold the little one who hasn’t mastered the big swimming skills yet. Splash around, swim or even float — as long as you’re all having fun together!

Non-members are welcome, too!

Don’t have a kid in swim lessons? No problem. For normal Family Swim times, families who aren’t currently enrolled in Goldfish Swim School lessons are more than welcome. Call ahead to make sure to reserve a spot and simply bring your suit and towel and jump in (well, don’t really jump in the water, but you get the drift). And who knows, maybe your own little goldfish will be begging to sign up for swimming lessons? Or you’ll decide that it’s the right time to sign up the kids, since Goldfish Swim School has lessons for children ages 4 months and older!  All members are given a free Family Swim pass when they sign up for lessons…which can be a great gift to give friends and family so they have a chance to test the waters at Goldfish Swim School, too! (So don’t forget to ask around if anyone has one for you!)

When is Family Swim?

Family Swim is offered at many Goldfish Swim School locations all week and weekend long. In addition, each location usually has a weekend Family Swim event on a Friday nights at least once a month. The times of these vary by location, so always call ahead to check and see what time it’s being offered near you. Pro tip: “Like” your nearest location on Facebook (or at the very least, our corporate Facebook page) for all the latest news about Family Swim days, times and special events.

How much does Family Swim cost?

Members are allowed to swim for free during the Monday through Thursday daytime Family Swim times. For non-members, the cost for any of the Family Swim times, whether during the week or on the weekend, is $5 per person, but no more than $15 per family. In addition, members also have to pay that same rate for the weekend Family Swim times. Please note that prices may vary by location, so please double check with your nearest location for the most up-to-date information.

Family Swim can be used as a makeup lesson

Missed a lesson but can’t seem to find another time that works to make it up? Head to Family Swim! Members who miss a class can go to a Family Swim time of their choice for free and use that at their makeup class (even a weekend one, where normally you would have to pay to play).

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Stopping by for Family Swim is a great way to test the waters to see if Goldfish Swim School is the right place for your young swimmers to learn swim skills. (Curious? Here are the 5 top reasons it is!) The instructors at Goldfish Swim School use integrity, compassion and trust to provide some truly WOW customer service and teach these Top 5 Benefits of Knowing how to Swim (for Kids).

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Entire Family

It’s that time of year again: Time to make New Year’s resolutions! But this year, skip the boring resolutions and instead make ones you’ll keep AND that will increase family bonding! Check out our five suggestions:

1. Spend more quality family time together

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day things that keep us busy: The errands, the school drop-offs, the taxi service (with mom and dad as the driver) to and from after-school activities and a million other things that pop up every week. That’s why it’s so important to make a conscious effort to spend some quality family time together. Schedule a regular movie night, have a monthly game night, enjoy family dinners, take walks after those dinners or go to Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School (you don’t even have to be a member!). Regardless of what you choose, involve the whole family in deciding what you’ll do to spend more time together (maybe some of these 10 Things to do with Your Family?)

2. Exercise (for fun AND health benefits!)

Children learn by example, so why not show them how to lead a healthy lifestyle? Exercising may or may not already be part of your daily routine and it may or may not seem like a chore to you, but it’s important to show your kids that exercise is important. It doesn’t have to be a chore and it can be easily incorporated into your routine — and exercising can be FUN! Whether you sign up for a family bowling league, take runs together in the morning or each have your own individual activity, make it a priority to have the whole family start (or keep) exercising! The kids can even take swimming lessons!

3. Explore a new hobby

Bird watching and collecting stamps are definitely hobbies the entire family can enjoy, but if those aren’t interesting, keep looking. Scrapbooking? Putting together puzzles? Gardening? Let the sky be the limit when choosing an activity that will bring the entire family together. Oh, and did we mention there’s a high likelihood that it will also help curb all those “I’m bored” whines that happen during summer, or school breaks, or Sundays? Yep, a hobby will do that for you. Enjoy!

4. Learn a new skill

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit — even if only to make yourself a unique hat and scarf set? Now’s the time! Have each family member think of something they’d like to learn how to do (like speak a new language, build furniture, land a consistent free throw, swim – whatever anyone can think of) and get started! Check in monthly to make sure everyone is still on track. But you won’t need to do that, because you’ll all be so excited to share those new triumphs that you’ll have no problem keeping that resolution.

5. Help others

There are many ways to help others. You can volunteer your time for a cause close to your heart — such as a homeless shelter, domestic violence center or animal shelter (they always need dog walkers). In addition, you can also contribute money or items in need, like canned goods to a food pantry or baby items to a single mom program. You can donate your talents, too: Lend a hand building a house for someone in need, provide plumbing services for an elderly neighbor, or anything else your family members can provide. Think outside the box and you’ll find that you have plenty to offer. Bonus: It’ll make you feel good while bringing your family closer!

Goldfish Swim School

These 5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Entire Family are sure to help you have an adventurous year! But don’t stop there: Sign the kids up for swim lessons at one of our continually-growing Goldfish Swim School locations and have fun while you’re at it! Curious? Check out our Top 5 Reasons Why Goldfish Swim School is Worth the Money (hello, 90-degree water temperature!).

 

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Beat the Winter Blahs with These 10 Indoor Activities for Kids

Baby, it’s cold outside! Moms know this isn’t just a famous song; it’s pretty much a mantra during those lovely winter months. Which means the kids (and you) don’t always want to bundle up to do anything outside. So, what’s a mom (or dad) to do to keep the kids from being underfoot constantly with their “I’m bored” faces? Beat the Winter Blahs with these 10 Indoor Activities for Kids:

1. Swimming

It’s always warm at Goldfish Swim School, even in the water! Winter is no excuse to take a break from swim lessons and it’s even a great time to get the whole family in the water for a golden experience during one of our family swims! Pssst…You don’t have to be a member at Goldfish Swim School to get your feet wet during family swim! (That’s some WOW customer service there!)

2. Build a Fort

The great thing about kids is that they really don’t need those fancy toys all the time. They’ll be content playing around with their imaginations — and you. Need proof? Grab some sheets, blankets and pillows and create the biggest and coolest fort around.

Bonus Tip: Use those leftover big boxes you have laying around and design a hard-wall fort — which can even be covered in paper, drawn on, painted on or anything else!

3. Obstacle Course

Let the kids get those wiggles out by building an obstacle course for them to run through! Pillows make great hills to climb over, with draped sheets to crawl under and painter’s tape on the floor to do hopscotch or creating circles for their feet to jump on. Include the kids in the design and watch them up the ante on the difficulty. Celebrate each time they complete the course!

4. Scavenger Hunt

You’ve got quite a few options for this: Either you can create a list of things for the kids to find or use clues to describe the objects; you can hide specific objects; or if you have multiple kids stuck inside, they can come up with their own clues for each other! Pick a theme — things related to books or movies, summer fun items, things that start with the letter “L” or anything else you can dream up!

5. Write letters

When’s the last time your kids (or you) wrote a letter? There doesn’t have to be any special occasion to write a letter! Pick a grandma or aunt to send a thoughtful note to, or write to the White House, an admired author or sports celebrity! It’s on the must-do list for families anyway, so go ahead and spend some time together accomplishing something nice!

6. Bake-Off

Need an all-morning activity? Take some time to include your kids in a baking day! Have them pick out a recipe they’d like to make and run to the grocery store for the ingredients. Let them be in charge of looking at the list and locating where the items are in the store. Then, when you come home, it’s time to turn over the reins!

Bonus Tip: The kids will learn math and how to follow a recipe while honing their cooking skills and bonding during family time.

7. Beach Party

Sure, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be warm inside! Crank up that thermostat and throw on those swimsuits for an indoor beach party! Scour Pinterest for some homemade sand recipes (or use Play-Doh if you’re not quite so…adventurous). Fire up the barbecue grill for some summer burgers and hot dogs and play some Caribbean music in the background.

8. Indoor Picnic

Even if you’re not into the whole beach theme, you can still plan a pretty fun indoor picnic to pretend it’s at least springtime. Use a pretty picnic blanket (or any blanket, really) and include a picnic lunch packed in lunch bags. Allow the kids to set everything up and enjoy your time at the “park.”

9. Drive-In Movie Day

Turn a dreary day into a fun time at the movies! Have the kids pick out some of their favorites or rent a new movie to watch together. Break out all the blankets and set up the floor for a comfy area to spread out to watch movies on. Stay in your pajamas or not; we won’t tell!

Bonus Tip: Make a create-your-own popcorn bar and fill it with popcorn toppings like cheese, caramel, chocolate chips, candy-coated chocolates and anything else the kids may try!

10. Create-a-City

Do your kids like to play with cars and dolls? Give them some painter’s tape and tell them to make an entire town, complete with roads, throughout the house! Put the tape down to mimic streets for the cars to drive down or for the dolls to walk down, and pull out any crafts or toys to make houses, a school, stores and restaurants throughout the pretend city.

Goldfish Swim School

Interested in a more routine way to beat those winter blahs? Sign the kids up for swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School! Little ones ages 4 months and older can start swimming every week from instructors who display integrity, compassion and trust — while using up that energy and learning the 5 Top Benefits of Knowing How to Swim. 

 

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