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Are Swim Skills Really Important?


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 by SwimSchool Bob on October 22, 2017

The Do's and Don'ts for Sick Children at Swim Lessons


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 by SwimSchool Bob on September 12, 2017

Swimming Safety: Things to Remind Your Kids Before They Swim at a Friend's House

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 by SwimSchool Bob on September 6, 2017

Fun Games to Help Kids Get Comfortable Going Underwater

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.


by SwimSchool Bob on July 16, 2017

Fun Summer Activities to do Outside of the Pool That Keep You Cool


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!


Posted in Favorite Local Joints, Parenting Ideas by SwimSchool Bob on July 8, 2017

The Best Vacation Spots for Swimmers

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 by SwimSchool Bob on July 4, 2017

Tips for a Safe Family Beach Vacation


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 by SwimSchool Bob on June 28, 2017

School's Out, Swimming's In!


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:


Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development by SwimSchool Bob on June 9, 2017

Cover Up! Sun Safety Tips


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.


Posted in Parenting Ideas, Swim Safety by SwimSchool Bob on May 24, 2017

How Swimming Lessons Benefit Kids With Disabilities or Learning Disorders

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.


Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Parenting Ideas, Child Development by Marc Everson on April 22, 2017