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6 Reasons to Continue Swim Lessons After Summer Ends

 

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As the summer comes to an end and the pools close soon after Labor Day, it’s important to consider continuing swim lessons for your children throughout the fall, winter, and spring months. Here are 6 excellent reasons why from British Swim School:

  • Across the country, pools may close in the fall, and canals, rivers, and backyard pools may go cold – but they do not disappear. The danger is equally present year-round.
  • Learning Water Survival is first and foremost a skill – not a sport or activity. It is a lifelong necessity, and is always in-season.
  • Stopping the continuation of a learning process of any skill will set a child back at any age, but especially a young child. It will totally regress if lessons end, and is more beneficial if the child keeps it up.
  • For the child who has passed the learning stage, swimming year-round will enhance their all-around fitness. It’s a great way to promote activity in children, that also reinforces their skillset and improves their ability to survive in a variety of water situations.
  • Studies suggest that little ones who swim have enhanced cognitive ability, social skills and advanced coordination.
  • Being buoyant in the water is relaxing and can improve overall mood. Swimming can also reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

My children will be continuing their lessons because I strongly believe in all the reasons above and have seen the benefits of consistency with the program. Mae and Teddy have both made tremendous progress since we started classes last winter. Plus it’s a fun activity for them and they really enjoy it!

Mae started out in the program at the Starfish level. She worked on skills in that level for a few months but she remained stubborn about doing the submersion. She finally overcame that fear when she started working with the amazing Ms. Bonnie and since then she has moved up TWO levels! Mae is now a Turtle 1:

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Advanced Water Survival: 3+ Years
(4 Children Max)

In this small group, children are introduced to propulsion skills for survival. Learning beginner strokes on their backs and fronts, they will be prepared for our more advanced stroke levels.

5 Goals of Turtle 1:

  1. Streamline with flutter kick independently
  2. Jump in+ rollover + float+ swim-flip-swim to safety
  3. Independently swim 10 yards of elementary backstroke with arms out of the water
  4. Independently swim 10 yards of elementary freestyle with arms out of the water
  5. Demonstrate breathing on the side

Mae is doing great and has so much more confidence in the water now. She also loves practicing these skills at our neighborhood swim club. I know she will continue to make progress in the Turtle 1 class this Fall.

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Teddy started out as a Tadpole last February when he was 16 months old. I am really glad I enrolled Teddy in swim classes at a young age. He is fully acclimated and comfortable in the water and that will make it much easier for him to learn strokes when it is time. Since starting at British Swim School, he has moved up one level to Swimboree:

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Beginner Water Survival: 3 Months to 36 Months with Parent
(4 Children Max, Parent-assisted class)

Building on our Tadpole skills, little ones begin their water survival skills through a structured program of songs, games and fun. Your instructor will work one-on-one with you and your child.  Students must meet Tadpole goals in order to enroll in Swimboree.

5 Goals of Swimboree:

  1. Assisted back floating (or independent)
  2. Assisted submerged Torpedo rollover (or independent rollover)
  3. Full submersion sitting or standing
  4. Able to separate from the parent
  5. Independent in the swim ring

Teddy is doing well with all his goals. His favorite thing to do right now is jump in from the pool deck. He needs to work on his back float more and I hope that we will get him to do it independently soon! The next level after Swimboree is Seahorse, which is the first level where the parent doesn’t assist in the pool but instead watches from the pool deck. Teddy isn’t quite ready for that yet…he still has some occasional separation anxiety. I think that is something he will grow out of as he gets a little older. He is also starting a 2’s program at a preschool in September so that should help him get used to the separation from me and learn how to follow directions from other adults.

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If you are considering lessons for your child, you can find more info here. And if you decide to enroll, use code #CapMom19 for $20.19 off your first month of group lessons!