A few weeks ago I started taking Teddy to swim classes at British Swim School. Although he is only 16 months old, it is extremely important to me that he starts building his water survival skills early. We have a pool in our backyard, so for safety reasons I need all my kids to be strong swimmers. And I thought with summer only a few months away that it was a good time to have Teddy start lessons.
In all my different mommy groups, British Swim School is always recommended by several people. I have to say, I now understand why and I’m so glad that I decided to go with them for Teddy’s lessons.
The first thing I was impressed with when we walked into the pool area at Gaithersburg Courtyard Marriott Rio was that it was so nice and clean. There are changing areas and showers right next to the pool making it very convenient to get ready for class. The temperature of the water is also perfect. I can’t stand when pools are too cold and you get out with teeth chattering. You don’t have to worry about that here as it is nice and warm, making it comfortable for everyone. I also love how the instructor and deck ambassador greet Teddy and I with such enthusiasm. It really sets a good tone for class and I can tell Teddy likes the warm welcome!
It is evident that the instructors have been trained really well. They are comfortable with small children and know exactly how to handle their fears in the water. Our class instructor, Kimmie is also great at coaching me on what to say and how to react to Teddy.
At our very first class, Teddy cried for the first few minutes and I was worried it wasn’t going to go well. But the instructors and manager got out some toys for him and he quickly calmed down. I was impressed with how they handled it and Teddy ended up loving the class. He now gets excited when we arrive for class each week; I can’t get him dressed in his swim suit quick enough!
In the Tadpole class (ages 3 months – 36 months) we work on an assisted back float with ears in, full gentle submersions, and getting comfortable using the swim ring. In between practicing these skills there is playtime, making it fun for the students. The instructors bring out balls and other water toys and we also sing songs. The Tadpole class is the first of 9 levels and is a parent assisted class. The small class size is nice; there are only 2 students in our class and the maximum allowed is 6.
I have had such a great experience with British Swim School, so I decided to enroll my 5 year old daughter Mae in classes as well. She just started yesterday in the Starfish class. She has hated swim lessons in the past and cried through many but loved her class at British Swim School. She didn’t want to get out of the pool when it ended. I’m confident we finally found the right program for her and she will make great progress!