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Don't Delay Water Safety: Prepare for a Safe Summer by Enrolling in Swim Lessons Before You Pull out the SPF

It’s common that swimming and summer are thought of as going hand-in-hand. And while the hotter months of the year are definitely the most popular ones for hitting the pool or going to the beach, it’s best to start swimming lessons long before that time of year comes around. In fact, now is the best time to get your little one enrolled in baby swim lessons or toddler swim lessons. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.


Posted in Swim Safety by SwimSchool Bob on February 19, 2019

The Importance of Celebrating Learning to Swim Milestones

When young kids are enrolled in swimming lessons it’s easy to wonder how many milestones there are and how they’re being met. You might see their class week to week, and not really notice much change from one to the next. Even so, progress is being made all the time - and progress monitoring is being done by our instructors. In fact, our team is trained in positive reinforcement and understands the importance of celebrating student success. Here’s a little more about our approach.


Posted in Parenting Ideas, Child Development by SwimSchool Bob on February 19, 2019

5 Reasons Your Child Should Learn to Swim Early in Life


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.


Posted in Child Development, Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on February 8, 2019

3 Ways to Prepare for Your Toddler's First Swim Lesson

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 by SwimSchool Bob on February 4, 2019

New Year, New Skills: Tips to Help your Child Level Up in Swim Lessons

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 by SwimSchool Bob on January 29, 2019

Potty Training Tips to Take to the Pool

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.


Posted in Parenting Ideas, Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on January 10, 2019

How Toddler Swimming Lessons Help Kids Get Ahead in Preschool

It’s no surprise that swimming lessons help young kids learn valuable skills, which help keep them safe around water and can even save their lives. But did you know that toddler swimming lessons can also be a great stepping stone for preschool prep? It’s true!


As parents, we all want our children to have an early head start in academics and we also care greatly about their social and emotional development. Here’s how swimming lessons can be the gateway to all of this before your child even steps into a formal classroom.


Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development by SwimSchool Bob on December 12, 2018

Top Winter Water Safety Tips for Parents

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.


Posted in Swim Safety, Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on December 10, 2018

Importance of Rinsing Off Before and After Swim Lessons

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:


Posted in Swim Safety, Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on November 9, 2018

The Importance of Play for Child Development

If you’re like most parents, playtime with your kids is your favorite time. It can be a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine when you have some time at home and can spend valuable moments with your children playing. The value of play extends far beyond the moment in which they’re playing. In fact, there are nearly endless benefits of play. A parent and child playing together are one of the most important things that can take place to foster learning - and instill a love for ongoing learning in children. Here’s why:


Posted in Child Development, Benefits of Swim Lessons by SwimSchool Bob on November 2, 2018