If you’re about to start swimming lessons for babies, you might be excited but have some questions about what the actual class will be like. In fact, there’s often as much of a period of adjustment for parents who are helping their baby swim as there is for the infants!
Most parents who are experienced taking their little one to baby swimming classes have come to understand one truth: baby swim lessons will go a lot more smoothly if you learn to decode your baby’s signals and respond accordingly. Here are three common cues you may get from your baby, and how to handle each.
Posted in Swim Tips on November 26, 2019
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.
Did you know that babies can start in swim classes as early as eight weeks old? It might be hard to believe, but the benefits of swimming and survival skills taught, even at such a young age, are numerous and incredibly important. Even if your baby (or child) isn’t quite so young, it’s still better to start them in swimming classes for kids as early as possible. Here are a few reasons why, and how, swimming benefits multiply when started young.
If your child is about to start toddler swim lessons they might be experiencing a range of emotions (and you might be, too!). It’s only natural to have some anxiety, excitement, and other feelings around transitioning to a new environment. But if your goal is to help your toddler learn to swim, rest assured you’re making the right choice in putting them in swimming class.
Here’s how to navigate the weeks leading up to your toddler’s first swimming lesson, so it can be a great experience for both of you.
Posted in Swim Tips on February 4, 2019
Did you set your New Year’s resolutions yet? Many of us make a habit of starting each new year with some intentions in mind, viewing the changing of calendars as a fresh start. But have you thought about helping your kids set some goals for the New Year, too? Little ones, even as young as three or four can benefit from talking about their dreams and wishes and having your help creating a roadmap to achieve them.
If you’re not sure where to start, think about your child’s winter activities. If they participate in winter swimming or other indoor activities for kids, these are the perfect areas to use for goal planning ideas.
Posted in Swim Tips on January 29, 2019
If you’re new to the world of potty training, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. It can take a lot of grit and patience to teach little ones how to graduate from diapers and move on to using the bathroom. But whichever method of potty training, or potty training tips, you’re following, taking your child to swim class in the midst of potty training can seem risky.
Here are a few tips for potty training to make this transition a little more smooth for you and your child.
Wintertime and water safety are not always two words that people think of together. But when December is upon us, it’s important to remind parents that pools, hot tubs, and other bodies of water can still be hazardous for little ones. So in the interest of infant swim safety (and swim safety of even older kids), here are some safety tips for parents for the winter months.
Did you know that it’s important for your child to rinse off before and after swim lessons? While we’ve found that parents often have their children shower after swimming, many are unaware that they should also shower before swimming - especially when swimming in public pools. Here’s why:
At Hubbard Family Swim School, we make sure the class size is small in our toddler swim lessons so that our students get maximum instruction and attention from their teacher. Because of this, our group classes only have four students in them, tops. We also offer semi-private swim lessons for children younger than 3 who are ready to take the next steps after "parent and tot" lessons but are not quite ready for groups of 4.
If you’ve ever seen kiddos at our school demonstrate a ‘jellyfish float’ where they’re face down and holding their breath in the pool, you might’ve wondered how such a skill will help them with their swimming technique. There are actually many benefits to that particular skill, but did you know it also doubles as one of our favorite breath control exercises?
Whether you’re new to swimming lessons or have had your child at our school since they were in baby swimming lessons, you probably have a solid grasp on the rules and expectations we have for your kids. But have you ever thought about the etiquette of parents at the pool? And by that we mean supporting your child by helping make their learning to swim experience as stress-free as possible. One of the best ways to support your child is to be a calm, responsible, and encouraging presence for them as they go about learning to swim - and to help keep our school distraction-free for all our swimmers.
Posted in Swim Tips on September 11, 2018
It’s never too early to start your child with swim lessons! Not only do baby swim lessons give your child a chance to learn about water safety at a young age, but the lessons also help nurture their child development. The only challenge with taking your child to swim lessons at a young age is you never know what you’ll get from them. There are some things you can do at home to prepare them for the lessons, but sometimes you simply have to take what you get from them. Here are some of the best ways you can get the most out of your baby swimming lessons.
When you’re eager to help your little ones learn to swim, you want to give them every advantage possible. You’ve likely heard that certain swim “props” (like floaties and water wings) are actually dangerous and not recommended. So, are there any types of gear that your young swimmer can use to their benefit? The answer is yes – swimming goggles. Here’s some more information about how to use them in order to help your child swim safe.
Posted in Swim Tips on December 21, 2017
Baby swim lessons are an amazing opportunity to bond with your new baby. Once you’ve signed up however, you may start wondering if you’re prepared for all of the eventualities and start feeling stressed. Preparing for baby swim lessons doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are some key tips to stress-free swimming.
Posted in Swim Tips on December 19, 2017
All swim schools aim to teach children the basics of swimming, while helping them progress from one level to the next, but there are endless nuances in each approach that can make a world of difference in kids’ swimming lessons. At Hubbard Family Swim School, we take great pride in the warmth, encouragement and intentionality that we have built our methodology upon. And through the system we’ve designed, our students emerge as safer, more confident and more highly-skilled swimmers. Here are a few of the specific lessons our classes impart, which differentiate us from all the other swim schools out there.
Here are 4 ways you can help teach your child to swim and reinforce the swimming skills your child is learning in class.
Keep your children happy and healthy while swimming! Here are some remedies for swimmer’s ear, dry hair and skin, and other common swim snafus.
Are you and your infant new to baby swimming lessons? Here are 5 tips to keep in mind before going to your first class.
Survival swim lessons, like ISR, are often compared to swim school classes like those at Hubbard. Here are the main differences.