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Ann Arbor is the Top Swim City!

Ann Arbor has been named the country’s top swim city – and it just so happens that there’s a Goldfish Swim School in Ann Arbor! Coincidence? We think not! It turns out that USA Swimming (the governing body of the sport) and Speedo conducted a study where tons of factors were evaluated to determine the top swim cities. So what did they look at? The number of swim clubs, active swimmers and even the amount of top-level swimmers in the area were all examined.

Everyone knows all about Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and his ties to Ann Arbor, where he did some of his training — but did you know that Olympic medalist Kara Lynn Joyce also prepped for swimming glory in Ann Arbor? Yep. And another swimmer, Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt, trained there, too — and she even lived in Canton, Mich.

Peter Vanderkaay, a swimmer and Olympic medal winner, has Ann Arbor ties, too. But he was born in Royal Oak, Mich. and raised in Rochester, Mich.! How’s that for some star swimming power?!

And, not only is there a Goldfish Swim School in Ann Arbor, there’s also one in Vanderkaay’s hometown of Rochester (plus a BUNCH more locations in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia and Pennsylvania). All locations are ready to give your kids a golden experience! Are your little goldfish future Olympians?

Even if you’re not trying to develop your kids into Olympic swimmers, we can sure start them on that path and celebrate when they get there!

Goldfish Swim School Helps Top Swim Cities

Washington, D.C. ranks No. 11 on USA Swimming’s list of top swim cities and Pittsburgh, Penn. is on the list, too — and we’ll have a Goldfish Swim School in BOTH cities soon! Plus there’s already a Goldfish Swim School in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus — which just so happens to be a top swim city, too.

And did you know the girls’ swim team at Carmel High School in Indiana (home city to another Goldfish location!) has won 28 consecutive Indiana state high school swimming championships? Not bad for a land-locked state.

And how many life-long swimmers in Naperville, Ill. (which is also home to a Goldfish Swim School!) got their start splashing around at Centennial Beach. This old quarry has welcomed water lovers for years.

Community involvement is key to creating a top swim city and we’re all about making more Goldfish Swim School cities into top swim cities. How? We do it by teaching kids 4 months and older how to swim — and providing extraordinary results.

Our specialized swim instructors use their integrity, compassion and trust — along with a proven curriculum — to teach young swimmers how to stay safe in the water, basic swim strokes and even advanced swimming techniques. And they want to keep swimming!

Sign Up For Goldfish Swim School

Find out about Goldfish Swim School’s WOW customer service when you enroll your own young goldfish in lessons. You can register online or stop by your nearest swim school to sign up in person. Check out www.goldfishswimschool.com for even more information. Happy swimming!

P.S. Did we miss an awesome water or swimming fact about YOUR favorite Goldfish Swim School location? Share it in the comments!

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Top 5 Reasons Why Goldfish Swim School is Worth the Money

There are plenty of things to spend your hard-earned money on and you always want to make sure you’re getting the best deal, right? Absolutely. Well, you know you get what you pay for and Goldfish Swim School is definitely worth every penny when it comes to teaching your kids to swim! So, when you’re ready to sign your little fish up for swim lessons, don’t skimp on quality instruction. The rewards will be evident!

Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why Goldfish Swim School is Worth the Money:

1. Safety, Safety, Safety

You may not think about it much, but how do YOU get in and out of a pool? It may be no easy feat for you and small swimmers who are just learning about being in the water don’t really know how they’re supposed to get in and out without mom and dad’s help. At Goldfish Swim School, one of the key things we teach our youngest swimmers is how to pull along the side of the pool and get up — using elbow, elbow, tummy, knee. Ta-da!

With older kids, other key water safety tips are incorporated into every single lesson (including how to behave around the pool). It’s the little things that make a big difference.

2. A Proven Swim Curriculum

At community swim lessons, what is being taught varies by teacher, location and visit. This may mean that while you’re there every week, your kid may not be learning all the necessary skills at an appropriate pace — which leaves you feeling like you’re doomed to be landlocked for quite some time.

At Goldfish Swim School, the curriculum is consistent and thoroughly planned to provide you with that WOW customer service. This means your little goldfish is able to learn swim skills quickly, so you’re not wasting your precious time (or money). No more idly splashing around, pretending to learn, week after week. There’s REAL progress here!

3. Small Class Size

You know how difficult it is to get your kids to follow directions to get into the car in a timely manner (ha!). So imagine how hard it would be to get 10 kids to all listen to your instructions (and help them if they needed it!). Yeah. Exactly. That’s why Goldfish Swim School has small class sizes. Our 4:1 student to teacher ratio means instructors have more time to devote to helping each swimmer work on skills — and less opportunity for the kids to get distracted.

With such a small class size, all class time is spent on learning swimming and safety skills — and the instructors focus on integrity, compassion and trust. That means you’re getting the most out of each lesson and maximizing your time and money spent. For even more help on those skills, check out what our Jump Start Clinics have to offer!

4. Specialized Instructors

How many times have you signed your little one up for swimming lessons, only to find out the instructor is a high school student just out to earn a few extra bucks? Sure, those teens definitely know the skills they’re teaching, but they’re only there a couple hours each week. At Goldfish Swim School, that’s all our instructors do! Day in and day out, the Goldfish instructors teach water safety and basic and advanced swim strokes to kids just like yours. They know what works and what doesn’t and they’re invested in your child’s progress. Our instructors want to help your children get those extraordinary results.

5. Warm Water and a FUN atmosphere!

Have you ever watched your kid’s lips turn purple as he or she glances constantly at the clock, waiting for the swim lesson to be over because it’s so COLD in the water? That’s not fun! At Goldfish Swim School, the pool is always set at a pleasant 90 degrees — so your kids will surely not want to get out of the water (and the air thermostat is warm, too, at 90 degrees!).

And probably the best part for your little goldfish is that there are RIBBONS and prizes to acquire along the way! There are fun monthly themes and Goldfish celebrates every victory, big or small. Seriously, kids love getting those little tokens for their accomplishments — and that makes them want to come back and work even harder next week. Anything for that great GOLDEN experience!

Goldfish Swim School

Want to learn more? Visit Goldfish Swim School at goldfishswimschool.com to find out how you can sign your swimmer up for lessons, or stop by one of our many locations. You’ll see the difference as soon as you walk in!

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Goldfish Swim School Staff Swim Meet Raises More Than $11,500 for Co-worker in Need

The staff at Goldfish Swim School doesn’t just teach thousands of children about water safety. While making sure kids develop a love of the water – and learn invaluable safety skills – our staffers also have hearts of gold.

Why, you ask?

Every year, the Goldfish Swim School staff competes in a swim meet – splashing and racing — all to raise money for charity. But this year, the focus was a bit more personal. The staff swim meet, held June 21, 2014 at the Clarkston location, was held to raise money for a married mother of two young children who works as a front desk staffer at the Birmingham Goldfish Swim School.

Fighting ALS

The employee, who has ALS, will use the money to pay for holistic treatments, said Tiffany Miller, Director of Operations for Goldfish Swim School. So what is ALS? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

The money raised all came from private donations.

Swim Meet Basics and Prizes

At the swim meet, each location – most of the company’s 14 Goldfish Swim Schools made the trek – formed a team. Some locations that are sister schools, like Okemos and Ann Arbor, partnered up. With the theme of “Disney,” the teams donned matching T-shirts from popular movies like “Frozen” and “Peter Pan” and hopped in the pool.

“Everyone gets really rowdy,” Tiffany said. “It’s a really good time.”

There were a bunch of different races: Events like freestyle, relays, butterfly and backstroke, to name a few.

The teams were competing for a cup that will be displayed for a year in the winning location. This year, the “St. Roscoeham” team (made up of staffers from Birmingham, St. Charles and Roscoe Village) took top honors.

There was also a belly flop contest (Justin B. from Birmingham stole the show) and a prize for the team that raised the most money (Team Birmingham took the honors, raising $3,500 for their fellow staffer).

After Party

After tearing up the pool, staffers relaxed and had a party with hot dogs, chips, pop and music. About 80 people attended the private event, Tiffany said.

Staff Bonding

Since most staffers are former competitive swimmers, Tiffany said the event is one of the few chances they get to compete and show off their skills. The staffers look forward to the annual event as a time to relax, bond, compete and give back to the community.

“It’s fun,” she said. “And it’s for a great cause.”

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You Matter Most: Goldfish Swim School’s Member Appreciation Week

Hey you. Yeah, you. The one in the aqua chair. I see you there, with your coffee and smartphone. Watching your child splash, laugh and learn. We’re both here, week after week. Sitting, watching, waiting. We’ve watched our little goldfish go from fearful to fearless; floating and swimming – confident in their skills. We save their ribbons and wave at them through the glass, listening intently as their instructor tells us how well our children are doing and how much they are learning.

But last week? It was kind of all about us, right? At Goldfish Swim School, July 6-11, 2014 was Member Appreciation Week. Once a quarter, the smiling faces that greet us weary moms (and dads!) at the door and usher our children through these life-saving and fun lessons honor us. It’s about more than free coffee and quarter candy – it’s about giving back to the moms and dads who support us weekly.

The Perks of Membership

At Goldfish Swim School, we know you have a choice. There are many other places you can take your little swimmers for lessons. But you choose us – and you tell your friends and family about us, too.

We love to hear that and we strive to give EVERYONE that golden experience. So every quarter, we have Member Appreciation Week. It’s our way to really say thank you to our members. We couldn’t do it without you!

So what can you expect? Free family swim nights. Free quarter candy. Free coffee. Special activities – music, food, games, activities and more – during Friday Family Swim times. Raffles.

Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook where we are posting fun and fabulous pictures of YOU – our valued members!

It’s the Little Things

With 20,000 children a week across 14 Goldfish Swim Schools taking lessons, we have a lot of members. So we want to take some time – one short week – to really say thanks. You mean a lot to us. We really APPRECIATE you.

So give yourselves a pat on the back, you awesome moms (and dads!). Because we see you. On that aqua chair. And we hope you know how much you mean to us.

Becoming a Member

Not a member yet? Don’t fret: It’s easy. Visit our Web site to find the location nearest you. You can sign your little goldfish up there for lessons!

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Top 8 Ways Goldfish Swim School’s Jump Start Clinics Help Young Swimmers

Let’s pretend for a moment that you have a 3-year-old daughter and she’s enrolled in Goldfish Swim School. We’ll call her Ava. And while Ava LOVES her swim class and is learning how to float on her back, paddle to the edge and so much more, she’s still hesitant about putting her head underwater. And since she’s a strong-willed toddler (or, THREEnager, as some may say), she’s made up her mind: Head stays out of the water.

Enter Goldfish Swim School’s Jump Start Clinics.

Ava goes to her first Jump Start Clinic class on Monday and does all her normal swim moves — yet she’s still a bit timid about going underwater. But, little by little, as the week progresses, she’s not protesting anymore AND she’s readily dunking her head when it’s time.

By the last class of the week on Friday, Ava asks her teacher to watch, takes her swim goggles off and puts her whole head underwater — UNPROMPTED — three times! And she can’t wait to do it again and again!

How’s THAT for a Golden Experience?! (Based on a true story!)

Your swimmer can benefit from Goldfish Swim School’s Jump Start Clinics, too! Here’s how:

TOP 8 WAYS GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL’S JUMP START CLINICS HELP YOUNG SWIMMERS

1. A NEW TEACHER

Kids are proud little buggers. They love to show off and showing off a new feat for someone new is always exciting. Plus, while all Goldfish Swim School instructors display integrity, compassion and trust, a new teacher may have a slightly different manner when it comes to pulling that little bit of extra effort out of your kid to see those extraordinary results.

2. NEW KIDS

In Ava’s Jump Start Clinic class, there was another 3-year-old who was also working on her own swim skills, but this little girl had zero trepidation about going underwater — so Ava was able to watch and learn (and wanted to swim just like her new friend!). Just like with adults, having someone else who is doing well pushes the kids to be that good, too.

3. 5 STRAIGHT DAYS OF LESSONS

When your kids are going to swim lessons every day, Monday through Friday, it’s a lot easier to have what they’re learning become a part of their life. It’s kind of like reading — when they’re doing it every day, they’re continually building upon what they’ve learned the day before. And it’s more likely to stick.

4. MASTER A NEW SKILL

Repetition is key when learning something new, whether it is a list of spelling words, multiplication tables or swim strokes. So, with the Jump Start Clinic, your little goldfish will be able to repeat what he or she is learning every single day — instead of doing it during one class and then waiting an entire week to try it again — and then it will be time to celebrate!

5. GET OVER THE HUMP

Is your little one like Ava and progressing well, except she’s lagging behind in one area? The Jump Start Clinic is a great way to break through and get over the hump that’s holding her back. Who knows, the little push of the week of classes may be just what your swimmer needs to dive into the next level of classes. (That’s some WOW customer service there!)

6. SPEED UP THE SWIMMING PROCESS

Jump Start Clinics are five straight days of classes. That’s more than a month’s worth of lessons rolled into one week. So, if you know you’re going to the beach or waterpark for a vacation and you want your little goldfish to soak up every ounce of swimming knowledge, Jump Start Clinics are the way to go!

7. INTRODUCTION TO SWIMMING LESSONS

Even if your child isn’t already enrolled in swimming lessons, Jump Start Clinics are a great way to test the waters. You can see where he or she is in terms of swimming ability and you can determine how your little one would welcome being enrolled in lessons before actually committing to a new routine.

8. BRUSH UP ON SKILLS

Especially in the summer, when kids are in the water much more frequently, it’s nice to give little swimmers a chance to brush up on their strokes and water safety. It’s kind of like a college refresher course, or continuing education class for work — it will help them be on top of their game, in the water.

GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL

You can enroll your children into Goldfish Swim School all year. As a separate class, The Jump Start Clinics are offered at different times (based on your Goldfish Swim School location) and are also beneficial year-round. Contact the location nearest you today for more information on how to get your own goldfish swimming!

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