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Does My Baby Need ISR? Part 2

by SwimSchool Bob

There are often endless questions swirling in a new parent’s mind, many of which concern the health and safety of their newborn. And the chatter among other well-meaning parents and friends can compound the uncertainty, especially when there are discussions about the practices, activities, and approaches that each feels is best for a baby. Swimming can fall into this category and become a hot-button issue if a parent feels strongly about a particular methodology.

 

Some parents prefer family swim schools, like Hubbard, while others believe in the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) program. If you’re interested in a gentle, gradual, and parent-involved approach like the one at Hubbard, you might get pushback from other parents telling you that your child needs infant survival swimming classes too. So, what is ISR? And does your baby really need it? Here’s our take.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on September 4, 2019

My Child is Learning to Swim, But I Don't Know How to Swim

by SwimSchool Bob

For many parents, enrolling their children in swim classes is just something they do, especially if they or a family member has a pool or live near bodies of water. But some of these parents may never have learned to swim themselves. If this is your situation, you may not think your swimming ability matters. Your attitude about your own swimming skills can have an impact on how your child feels about swimming. Before you stress, read on for some tips to address any fears you may have and what you can do about them. Here are a few factors to think about.

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Posted in Parenting Ideas on August 29, 2019

The Scary Truth About Drowning: Starting the Conversation About Water Safety

by SwimSchool Bob

Drowning is horrific, and the thought of childhood drowning is enough to make any of us sick. This is probably why most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking or talking about it, but nonetheless swimming safety is important to keep in mind. In fact, current drowning statistics tell us that drowning is still the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children between one and four years of age. This means we have to make pool safety and water safety a key point of focus in our conversations with our kids. 

 

But, how do you actually have these hard conversations? And where do you start? Here are some tips. 

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Posted in Swim Safety on August 23, 2019

How to Pick the Right Swim Class Time for Your Kid

by SwimSchool Bob

If your child is still at an age in which regular naps are crucial for their development (and your peace of mind), it can be tricky to schedule activities around them. You also have to keep in mind the dreaded car nap when planning their schedules, since even a short catnap while you drive them from Point A to Point B can throw off their nap sleep routine for an entire day or two. 

 

We all know that dealing with toddlers who haven’t slept, or are off their typical nap schedule, can be very challenging, so as you go about selecting the right swim class day and time for your little one, here are some rules of thumb to keep in mind.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on August 20, 2019

Lifelong Benefits of Swimming Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

 

When you start your child in swim lessons, you’re probably zeroed in on water safety – as well as excited about giving them a chance to exercise regularly and learn new skills. But have you stopped to think of all the extra ways swimming lessons can benefit your little ones for years to come? Feeling comfortable in the water and being able to swim can help your kid in the here and now, like by boosting their social confidence at a pool party for a friend’s birthday or on a family vacation to the ocean. These benefits can outlast the days of swim lessons, even far into your child’s future. Here are a few ways:

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Posted in Child Development, Benefits of Swim Lessons on August 14, 2019

7 Tips: The Ultimate New Parent's Guide to Baby Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

Baby swimming lessons are one of the most important things you can do for your infant, but you probably have a lot of questions if you’re just getting started. You might wonder, “how early can a baby learn to swim?” or what the right baby swim school is for your child. First, remember that baby and me swim classes provide a lot of benefits like teaching life-saving skills, improving motor skills, boosting mental development, and giving you and your little one a great bonding opportunity. 

Even so, we know mommy and me swim classes might be daunting at first, so we’re going to cover some helpful tips for the first time swim parent.

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Posted in Swim Safety on August 7, 2019

Benefits of Making Swim Lessons Part of Your Back to School Routine

by SwimSchool Bob

Can you believe summer vacation is coming to an end? If you’re like most parents, it probably feels like you blinked and your kids are just about to head back to school.  When planning their fall schedules, you might be wondering what activities should fit into the picture. Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to include kids swimming classes into their back to school routine.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on August 4, 2019

Swimming Safety When It's Stormy

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Summer is known for many things, like that oh-so-welcome break from school, soaring temperatures, enjoying cool treats and spending time at the pool or beach. But summer also brings the stormy, monsoon season – and this means thunderstorms and lightning. There are many myths about swimming safety in storms, and what happens when swimming and lightning mix. The National Lightning Safety Institute has a slogan, “If you can see it, flee it; if you can hear it, clear it.” Here’s an overview of some truths, so you can make smart, safe decisions for you and your family this summer.

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Posted in Swim Safety on July 22, 2019

How Baby & Me Swim Lessons Promote Healthy Development

by SwimSchool Bob

There have been a lot of studies done about the benefits of baby swimming, and parents asking, “how early can a baby learn to swim?” What we’ve learned from our research points to the fact that the earlier an infant begins swim classes, the better for their development in a number of ways.

 

But, specifically, you might be wondering how swim lessons make a difference in this formative time period. Here’s some more information, through the lens of child development stages.

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Posted in Child Development, Benefits of Swim Lessons on June 24, 2019

4 Ways to Encourage Healthy Living for Kids

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Every year, we look forward to Every Kid Healthy™ Week, which takes place from April 22nd - 26th. This annual observance was created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. It’s right in line with our mission to further kids’ fitness and healthy living for kids. So in honor of this week, here are some of our favorite tips for raising healthy children.

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Posted in Parenting Ideas, Benefits of Swim Lessons on June 17, 2019