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.