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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

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

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

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

Why Baby & Me Swim Lessons are for Dads Too!

by SwimSchool Bob

Sometimes we hear people refer to our infant swimming lessons as “mommy and me” classes - and they absolutely can be! Whether you work full-time, part-time, or stay at home, many moms enjoy spending quality bonding time in the pool during baby swim lessons. And we love to see that. But this “mommy and me” nickname only tells part of the story about our baby and me swim classes. Did you know that dads are welcome, and encouraged, to participate in them too? Here’s a little more about why.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on May 28, 2019

5 Social Benefits of Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

The importance of swimming lessons for kids has been pretty well studied and widely embraced, especially in the context of water safety. But in addition to safety, there are swim lesson benefits that extend far and wide.

When you enroll your child in kids swimming lessons, there are also a host of social skills they’ll be picking up every week in class. Here are a few we see most often;

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development on May 27, 2019

Sooner is Better: Why It's Important to Enroll Your Baby in Swim Lessons Early

by SwimSchool Bob

Some parents that we’ve talked to have been surprised that you can start babies swimming very early. We’ve found this to be a common misconception, as many people think infants aren’t able to learn anything in baby swim lessons, so they may decide to wait to start baby swimming until they’re around the ages of one or two.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on May 20, 2019

5 Reasons Why Repetition is Important in Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

 

When we work to teach your kids to swim, we include a significant dose of repetition in every lesson. Our curriculum builds upon the skills learned each week, and we spend a lot of time reinforcing these skills over and over again - intentionally. We do this when teaching a toddler to swim because it develops muscle memory, improves mental development, and ultimately results in a stronger, more capable and confident little swimmer. Here’s a little more about the benefits of repetition in swim class and in other learning environments.

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Posted in Swim Tips, Benefits of Swim Lessons on April 17, 2019