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
Swimming is a fun-filled activity for kids and brings families together! Splashing around in the pool is always fun, no matter your age. But unfortunate accidents happen; according to the American Red Cross, each year around 200 children drown in backyard pools. Pool safety is a priority to prevent tragedy and to ensure families and friends have fun while swimming. And that includes when children swim over at a friend’s house.
Posted in Swim Safety on September 6, 2017
If you’ve started your little one in infant swim lessons or toddler swimming lessons, you likely have experienced one of two possible reactions to getting their head wet: they either love it or they hate it.
If your child falls into the former category, that’s great. But if your tiny swimmer is resistant (or all out panicked) about submerging their head underwater, being in the pool can be stressful for both of you. Try not to despair: there are plenty of fun swimming games you can try – and ways you can use bath time play – to help your child move past their fears. Here are a few tactics we recommend.
on July 16, 2017
Swimming and playing in the pool are usually some of the most appealing parts of the summer. As temperatures get toasty and other outdoor activities become less inviting, water is naturally a big draw. But if you don’t have a pool, or are just looking for some summer activities for kids in addition to those you can do at the pool, there are plenty of other options that can be a blast and keep you cool. Here they are!
For millions of Americans, summertime is synonymous with sun, sand, and water. In other words… VACATION! Even if you’re not singing the tunes to Alice Cooper’s School’s Out, summer can still bring that carefree fun feeling from your crayon-wielding days. If you are one of the many who look forward to cooling off in the water on a hot summer day then look no further because we've compiled a list of the top five U.S. best vacation spots for people who love to swim!
Posted in Parenting Ideas on July 4, 2017
Summer is coming and lots of families are planning a beach or lake vacation. There are so many positives to a beach getaway: fun in the sun, ice cream shops, water sports, games, fireworks, and lots of family memories. To keep things fun and to travel safe it’s a good idea to brush up on vacation safety tips before packing up the car and hitting the road.
Posted in Swim Safety on June 28, 2017
Many parents and kids alike eagerly wait for the summertime: school’s out and there’s more time to slow down, relax, and spend time with friends and family. But summer can also be a challenge for parents. When school’s out and it’s scorching hot outside, kids can quickly feel cooped up in the house (and Mom and Dad can start to go stir crazy too). Swimming lessons are the perfect outlet for kids this season and here are three of the reasons why:
As you finalize plans for your family’s summer vacation, make sure you prepare for sun protection. Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a miserable sunburn! Whether your plans include a beach vacation, summer camp, or long days at the park, don’t forget the sun safety tips shared here.
For the parents of a child with a physical disability or learning disorder, it can be challenging to find physical activities for your child. You probably want to help your young one socialize and enjoy learning new skills, like any of their peers, but you want them to try activities in which they can succeed. It might come as a surprise, but swimming lessons actually provide a great deal of stimulation, but are also accessible to kids with physical limitations or learning disorders. If your child faces one of these obstacles, you might be wondering if they can really learn to swim. Let us assure you – they can.
Read on to learn more.