You’re eager to get your child started in swimming lessons, and can’t wait for them to gain new skills and become safer around water. But your child, on the other hand, doesn’t seem on board at all. In fact, your little one is expressing a fear of swimming and is downright resistant about getting in their swimsuit or even talking about their upcoming class.
Posted in Child Development on January 23, 2018
When it comes to positive activities for children, swim lessons may not immediately come to mind, but there are a lot of awesome benefits swimming affords! The positive impact pool time can have on a child’s mental and physical well-being is pretty incredible. It’s why we’re big believers in helping more kids become swimmers, and why we offer classes designed to teach them the basic swim skills they need.
Most parents would agree that dealing with illnesses in children is one of the most stressful parts of being a mom or dad. If it’s not the common cold or a scraped knee from falling down, it seems like it’s a bellyache or a painful hangnail. And while every injury or illness that our little ones face is hard for us to see, ear pain seems to be one of the most acute types of pain that can really wreak havoc on children. There’s also a lot of confusion about ear infections and the question of whether or not swimming (or exposing a child’s ears to water period) might be responsible for ear infections. Given how common they are in infants and toddlers, we’re here to help you sort out the truths and the myths about this common childhood infection.
Posted in Swim Safety on January 16, 2018
As parents know, keeping kids physically active helps keep them healthy, as well as mentally and socially engaged. It also provides a positive outlet for stress relief, but you might wonder just how many kids’ sports programs your child can juggle at once, and how other healthy kids activities can compliment others. It’s clear that swimming lessons can be complementary to other water-based hobbies, like water polo or snorkeling, but they can also go hand-in-hand with less likely sports and pastimes. Here are a few:
Posted in Child Development on January 11, 2018
At Hubbard, we love seeing your little one’s face every week in class. And we hope we’ve conveyed the benefits of swim lessons, especially year round swim lessons that are attended with consistency. But, with the holidays and a busy winter season that often involves vacations and packed schedules, we also understand that there may be times when you’re unable to get to class. Not to mention, December and January are known as peak months for contagious illnesses, so there may come a time when you need to make use of our makeup swimming lessons (although we hope not!). Here are our policies:
Posted in Hubbard Updates on January 9, 2018
You enrolled your child in swim class, finally having adjusted them to the activity and eased fears about the water. Soon, however, you face a different obstacle, change. How can you gauge your child's developmental readiness to handle changes to something routine as swimming lessons? A change in schedule, teacher, or level of swim class is bound to occur eventually, and can bring with it some pretty negative feelings with your children. The questions is this: how ready are you, as a parent, to deal with those changes?
Posted in Swim Safety on January 4, 2018
Many parents seem to start their children in swimming lessons as soon as they bring them home from the hospital. But what if this wasn’t the case with you and your child? What if you waited and thought about helping them learn to swim, but the “right” time never came?
There are a lot of factors to keep in mind when you’re thinking about starting baby swim lessons. Of course, the best place to start is by thinking through what your ultimate goals are. Do you hope to help your infant grow into a water-confident child? Do you want to increase your baby’s safety around the pool? Are you looking for a fun way to bond with your son or daughter?
If you had a dollar for every time someone told you to ‘wait an hour after eating before swimming’ you’d be able to buy that jet boat you’ve always wanted. Of course, it’s not ideal to eat something and jump right in the pool for a few hours, but let’s look at the ‘what’ rather than the ‘when’ of fueling up before swimming. When it comes to your kids' tummies in a pool of water, you want to be sure you're fueling them up for swim lessons the right way, and teaching healthy habits to boot. Don't worry; we've got the lowdown on what you can give your kids to eat before swimming, and what to fuel up on after swim 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
A doctor, an artist, a ballerina, a zoo keeper! Listening to what kids want to be when they grow up is one of the most fun questions to ask a little person. Their imaginations run wild with possibilities and dreams. The joy is especially evident when your little one’s eyes light up when they’re practicing for the day when they get to ‘grow up’ and become… their wildest dreams! Maybe you’ve seen this happy light dancing in their eyes when you take them to swimming lessons at swim school. For those kiddos who love swimming, they can have that joy their whole lives! Check out these 6 cool careers for kids who love swimming and share with your little one.
Posted in Motivation on December 14, 2017
Everything is more fun with cool gadgets involved, and learning to swim is no exception. Encourage your child to embrace swimming lessons with these fun, practical, and safety-tested gifts for swimmers:
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on December 13, 2017
Low-impact and fun, swimming is a wonderful exercise for almost any individual. The physical benefits of swimming are time-tested; the water's resistance naturally tones and strengthens muscles, even adding to increased flexibility. Aerobic exercise like swimming engages every muscle group and is a great activity fun for all ages. For seniors, aquatic exercise is low impact and helps loosen painful joints, and for the youngins the benefits are priceless! Learning water safety is vital for everyone when playing in the water. Similar to other cardiorespiratory activities, swimming is often suggested as a way to reduce high blood pressure or leg swelling, and recruit alveoli - tiny air sacs where oxygen exchange occurs in the lungs. Regular practice improves cardiovascular endurance and circulation, as well as helping expand your lungs' capacity. So, if boosts in blood flow benefit heart health, it should come as no surprise what's good for the heart is good for the brain! While we all know the physical benefits of swimming, there are many hidden perks you may not know about. Here are several non-physical benefits of swimming that you might not already know.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on December 12, 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.
You’ve arrived! You’re at swim school with your little ones for their swim lessons. If you have little ones that are under 2 years old, you already know that you get to spend some fun time in the water too. A nice break for you to get to spend some splish-splashing time in the water learning the basics. If your kids are older and are on their own in swim lessons, you may not quite know now what to do with this free time you find on your hands. Once your little ones are no longer in need of your guiding hand during their swim lessons, you might find that you don't really know what to do with those much-needed minutes of alone time, besides catching up on email or Internet browsing. Use these 9 tips to get inspired!
Posted in Parenting Ideas on December 5, 2017
When a parent begins searching for the right swim school for their child, they often want to know how curriculums are created. Some programs focus solely on survival, while others prioritize comfort in the water and mastering skills. At Hubbard, we have a unique approach to our swim lesson curriculum – and we’re very proud of it. If you’re considering an array of swim schools for your child, here’s some information about the foundation of our program to help you in making your decision.
As a new parent, you love watching your little one grow and develop, the changes all happen so fast! Each day brings new skills and excitement as your baby discovers the world around them. With this comes the exciting challenge of finding new and creative ways to bond with your baby. Parenting.com suggests spending as much time as possible with your newborn to develop a level of trustworthiness, but as a new parent this can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Here are some different ways to develop a better bond with your little one.
In parts of the country that boast shorelines and houses that seem incomplete without a swimming pool, teaching kids swim skills is a given. Parents understand that swim lessons are an important part of keeping their children safe around water and usually don’t hesitate to get them enrolled at a young age. But what if you live in a landlocked area, where pools are few and far between and the ocean is a blue chunk on the map? Or what if your children are involved in a lot of activities as it is, and you’re questioning whether adding another one makes sense? Read on for some factors to consider if you’re wondering whether swim skills are an important skill for your child to learn.
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on October 22, 2017
With school coming back in session, chances are your child is going to come in contact with a sick classmate. Whether it's a case of the sniffles, or something more serious, it can be difficult to make the right call on sending your child to their much-anticipated swim lesson. Swimming is the most fun when everyone is healthy, and that means our students and instructors. It’s important to know as a parent when you can, and when you can't, bring your sick child to swimming lessons.
Posted in Swim Safety on September 12, 2017