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
As a parent, you have an awful lot on your mind at all times, and one of the main areas of concern is your child’s health and safety. This is part of why most of you have chosen to enroll one or more of your children in swimming lessons, so they will be safe around water while also learning valuable skills. But when you watch your child’s swim class, you might see them accidentally swallow some water and wonder if it’s safe since countless young children (and their germs) pass through the swimming pool on any given day.
Posted in Hubbard Updates on February 13, 2018
While it's easy to understand the importance of learning to swim, a common question is, “How long do I keep my kids in swimming lessons?” A major benefit of swimming lessons is that they continue to teach skills beyond just the basics. Swimming lessons are not only recommended for learning safety precaution techniques, but also lifelong skills that bring endless benefits for your little one throughout their entire life. Here are just a few reasons why children should remain in swim lessons:
Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on February 8, 2018
Welcome to Hubbard Family Swim School, where we believe introducing your little one to swimming at a young age will reap benefits that reach far beyond the pool. Whether your infant has just graduated from Baby Splash or your little one is new to swimming lessons, we are delighted to join you and your baby in the water at one of our modern indoor facilities.
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