Summer is a wonderful season that many families look forward to because it often means vacations and a break from our normal busy schedules, but it can also mean danger if proper water safety precautions aren’t taken. Especially if you have a pool in your own backyard, you need to take extra steps to protect your children. So, here are some of our best pool safety tips you can follow in order to keep your kids safe this summer.
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Posted in Swim Safety on August 7, 2018
We are in the heat of summer! That means it’s time to enroll your child in summer day camps to keep them social and active for the summer months. As a parent of a particularly active child, you might be wondering what sports camps near you offer fun and safe activities. At Camp Hubbard we provide our campers with a multitude of activities fit into one week to keep them busy, active, and social!
Camp Hubbard offers two programs: Kids Summer Day Camp for kids ages 4.5 - 12, and a Teen Leadership Camp where kids ages 13 -16 learn responsibility by working with younger campers through mentorship, guidance, and helping them throughout their day. At Camp Hubbard, we believe summer camp shouldn’t stop for teens, there are many important benefits for teens to be involved in summer camp. And that all stems from the opportunity to learn goal setting, leadership, and communication skills they will learn at camp and carry into adulthood.
Posted in Hubbard Updates on July 6, 2018
Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday comes with a lot of festivities, especially ones that involve kids and pool parties. So before you start the barbecue and make that first splash into the pool, make sure you’re up to speed on Fourth of July pool safety tips. Here’s what we recommend for every family that wants to enjoy backyard barbecues and pool parties this summer while keeping everyone safe.
Posted in Swim Safety on June 28, 2018
As it stands today, drowning is the primary cause of injury deaths in children ages one to four. This means that it has surpassed even car accidents in terms of risk, which is a pretty frightening thought. Since water is all around us, especially in a state like Arizona where pools are so prevalent, figuring out how to prevent drowning is a primary concern for many parents. And there’s a lot of talk about active supervision being the best defense against drowning, but some parents still aren’t sure what that means. Here’s what you need to know about swimming supervision and drowning prevention so you can keep your kids safe.
Posted in Swim Safety on May 15, 2018
Summer is coming, it's hot, and the kids are begging you to take them to the pool every day. Hosting or attending a summer pool party is a fun and a popular summer trend, but they come with some concerns. It often feels like safety takes away from the fun, but it certainly doesn't have to! Here are 7 tips and ideas to keep your party safe for the whole crowd while maintaining a relaxed and fun atmosphere for parents and kids alike.
Posted in Swim Safety on May 4, 2018
May 15th marks International Water Safety Day, part of National Water Safety Month, which is intended to raise global awareness for drowning prevention and water safety education. We like to take this time to help our swimmers and their parents learn safety tips in order to be safe around the water. Below are our top 10 safety tips that we think are most important when it comes to being safe around water:
Posted in Swim Safety on April 24, 2018
When we think about water safety, most of us immediately think about how to keep kids safe around pools. And while pools are probably where our children will spend most of their share of time around water, we also need to be prepared to keep them safe around other bodies of water.
Posted in Swim Safety on April 17, 2018
Just because your child was born with speech and language difficulties does not mean that it should be considered a lifelong disability. New research is being done every day, and you can help your child improve their speech and language skills with speech therapy during swimming lessons! Let your child have fun, while learning to interact with others and develop their language skills.
A lot of parents make the decision to enroll their little ones in swimming lessons when they’re young and then may stop classes once they’ve become proficient swimmers. But there are also a lot of kids who fall in love with swimming during their initial exposure to it and want to continue taking lessons long after they’ve mastered basic skills. As a parent, you want your child to have an active and social lifestyle and one of the best ways to do so is by involving them with competitive swimming for kids.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on April 2, 2018
You’ve been taking your tot to swimming lessons for quite some time now, and while you’ve enjoyed bonding with your toddler in the water, the time has come for your little one to venture off to swim lessons without you. We understand that moving up a class level is a proud moment for both you and your child, but can come with some uncertainties. Without preparation, this can be a stressful transition for little ones, but by taking a few steps beforehand can turn a potential outburst into a positive and fun experience.
Posted in Swim Safety on March 30, 2018
Hubbard Family Swim School is celebrating 20 years in business - and, more importantly, 20 years of serving families like yours. We’re honored that so many of you have trusted us with your children’s swimming and water safety and letting us share the love we have for swimming and water safety. “It has meant a great deal to us knowing that we are not only teaching children how to swim, we are also introducing them to a skill that they will be able to enjoy throughout their lifetime. Swimming is a life-long activity that everyone in a family can enjoy”, says Kathy Hubbard.
Posted in Hubbard Updates on March 29, 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.
About half of American adults could likely improve upon their basic swimming skills, and in warm-weather states like Arizona, where almost everyone has a pool, it is a necessity. The reality is most Americans overestimated their swimming skills and don’t know how to swim as well as they think. About 80 percent of adults said they could swim, but, only about half of them could perform basic “water competency” skills necessary for survival in the water.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on March 20, 2018
How much do you know about the most famous female swimmers and how they influenced swimming history? From revolutionizing the swimsuit to rescuing refugees in open water, these amazing women are wonderful reminders of the strength and determination of women in swimming. And as summer begins, and we all jump in the pool, here are 6 trailblazing women swimmers that you need to know:
Posted in Motivation on March 16, 2018
Having your kids in multiple activities can be tough, especially when they’re across different age groups. Learning to swim, however, is one of the most important activities a child can do, especially in cities where pools are commonplace. The benefits of enrolling your child in swimming lessons far outweigh the occasional stresses of scheduling and can even complement other kids activities.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on March 14, 2018
Having your child enrolled in swim classes is the first step to helping them become knowledgeable about water safety and learn valuable swimming safety skills that can keep them safe. But there’s no substitute for swimming supervision (and by that we mean, active supervision); and so it’s equally important you talk with your child regularly about best practices near water.
Posted in Swim Safety on March 9, 2018
Natalie Marion is an instructor who has been with Hubbard Family Swim School since July 2016. She teaches mostly upper levels and is also a deck supervisor. She has also worked snack bar, front desk, and child care. Natalie embodies our core values: whatever it takes, everyone is family, do small things with great love. We asked her a few questions about her HFSS story to share with you.
Posted in Hubbard Updates on February 27, 2018
Parents of multiples know all too well that there are many rewards of having twins and triplets - and lots of challenges. Constantly having to juggle the needs and wants of more than one child, along with their toys, gear, and snacks can be overwhelming. An activity like swimming lessons that might seem appealing with just one child might sound daunting or downright impossible with two or three in the same age group. But, you don’t have to rule out swim class or the benefits of swimming lessons that come with it. We have plenty of families with multiples at our school, and here’s what we recommend to them.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on February 21, 2018
If your little one has a learning or physical disability, you’re likely deeply invested in helping them learn and grow according to their unique needs. And just as you might have found activities that are well suited for your child, you might also have written-off certain activities because of a preconceived idea they wouldn’t work in your child’s particular situation. When it comes to swimming lessons, children with disabilities and other challenges can absolutely learn to swim. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering swimming for disabled children.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on February 20, 2018
So you’ve enrolled your infant in swimming lessons, and are heading to your first class with excitement. All seems to be going well, until suddenly - your child breaks down in a mixture of tears and shrieks and you are unsure of how to handle such tantrums. It’s only natural, as the parent, to be self-conscious in a moment like this, and worry about what the other parents (and the instructor) are thinking about you and your baby when this happens.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on February 15, 2018