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Swimming Safari Response “Teaching children to swim is a heartfelt lesson from a Jacksonville Mom”

After reading the article, “Teaching children to swim is a heartfelt lesson from a Jacksonville Mom.”

I agree learning to float on your back is essential for all children and even adults (many adults drown because they can’t swim-think of fishermen), however, I feel the wrong message is being given here. Children need more than just being able to turn over, they need to learn to swim! Also, the place she is giving her lessons…. really an above ground pool? Do you know how many deaths are caused by children climbing up the ladders of above ground pools? and the fence around it… I could see it was not secured! And let’s not think about the cleanliness of the water with all the animals that must drink from it at night, etc.

Also, why traumatize a child, like she said in the beginning? Wouldn’t it be kinder to have mom work with her? So, she would feel comfortable and secure? I certainly wouldn’t want a stranger to put me underwater and handle me that way, why would we want a baby to be subject to this?

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When is the “Right” time for swim lessons?

When can I take my new baby swimming?

This question makes me wonder. “At what age CAN’T I take my baby swimming?” Babies came to us swaddled, in a milk-bath of warm water. Their natural environment is unconditional warmth from delicious,inviting soothing, tepid water. Some people worry about germs their baby may get. However, since swimming pools have chlorine, this will kill off any germs you may be fearful your child will be exposed to.

The temperature is what is important. Under 6 months, a baby is most comfortable in 90-92 degree water. If the temperature of the water is still not that warm until the summer sun comes around, it would be best to wait so the baby will enjoy their time in the water. Indoor pools are great to start your baby out in. Swim Schools know how valuable it is to teach babies and toddlers in comfy water, so they usually keep their pools around the 90 degree point.

Did you know that most infants, up to the age of six months can actually swim? Remember where they come from? They are “swimming,” even before birth,…

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What is your child’s learning style?

Have you ever wondered why your child learns best one way and not others?

There have been many studies about different learning styles and how to incorporate them in teaching students.

In general, it has been narrowed down to three types;

Auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning. Here at Swimming Safari our instructors are given tools and techniques to work with students in each category!

The first style we are going to cover is the most common one, kinesthetic.

These are the students who love to move, move, move! They learn best by doing to activity and learn through

experiences. Swimming is most definitely an activity that gets students moving and here are a few examples that you will see in the pool that emphasize this style!

· Standing or sitting on steps to practice arm and leg motions

· Instructor corrections in form on the way to the platform

· Students trying the skill on their own on the way back to the step

The second most common learning style is visual learning. These students learn with their eyes and by seeing…

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How Positivity Can Affect Your Swimmer

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a

child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” - Jane D. Hull

Parents have a key role when it comes to a student’s learning, whether it be in the classroom, at home, and even at swim lessons. A parent’s attitude towards activities can influence a child’s view of it. Below we have some tips on the best way to encourage your swimmer in a positive way!


Especially if your swimmer is vocal, nothing can be more exciting than telling mom and dad about their day! Ask you swimmers after class if they had fun, or ask what was their favorite part. When you seem interested in their classes it makes them more excited to go, if not for the pure fact that they get to tell you about it after!

Try not to push too hard.

We do evaluations once a month, and we understand it can be tough when a student sees a classmate get a star and they do not. After a class where they were evaluated, again,…

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What’s the Big Deal About Water Aerobics?

It’s just another way to exercise, right?

While it does burn calories, build strength, and reduces blood pressure and stress just like any other exercises, there is something more to being in the water. Not only is it a great way to stay cool, it also has other added benefits that you just can’t find on land!

One of the great benefits of being in the water comes from buoyancy. We naturally feel lighter in the water, and because of this our joints do not have to experience the pressure they do on land. This alleviation is great for people with arthritis or for helping rehabilitation after injuries. It’s a great way to build up strength without having to worry about our joints!

On top of making us feel lighter, the same water that holds us up also provides resistance. It has been reported that by exercising vertically in the water, resistance can be increased by up to 75%. According to the American Council on Exercise, this makes our body work harder to move while actually keeping our heart rate lower than it would be on land!<…

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Possible Link Between Early Age Swimming and Intelligence

Every parent wants their child to be successful.

Studies have shown that children who part take in swimming lessons start development in multiple areas sooner than others. These areas include speech, language, reading, writing, social interaction, and emotional maturity. Swimming at a young age helps the cognitive aspect of child development advancing in almost 10 months ahead of the normal population, setting the stage for academic success. Griffith University’s studied that swimming lessons provide a language- rich environment for the children. Many parents of babies noticed the child said their first word sooner than a baby who had not participated in swimming lessons.Swimming instructors use phrases that help children absorb tenets of speech like prepositions and other useful topics like shapes, colors and numbers. Simply just hearing and observing the conversations throughout the lessons improves the child’s language notably faster.

Not only do the children become mentally developed they also become socially and emotionally matured. The Griffith University research noted the young kids involved in swim lessons are on average 15 months ahead of the normal population in social and emotional development. These children understand direction better, which will allow them to…

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3 At Home Games That Promote Water Confidence

Parents play an active role in increasing water confidence in babies and young children from an early age. It is not essential to take your child to a swimming pool as bath time activities are a good introduction to the water.

Bath-time can help to introduce your child to a number of aquatic experiences in a warm and comfortable environment.

Children should be encouraged and helped to wet their faces, tummies, splash, blow bubbles, sing and play in the bath to get them used to the water.

Here are 3 bathtub activities that promote water confidence in your hesitant swimmer.

1. The Elevator Game

In gradual steps, this game will introduce different areas of the face to the water. This activity is perfect for a child who does not like getting their face wet or does not understand how to put their face into the water.

1st Floor- Chin 2nd Floor- Lips (Blow Bubbles) 3rd Floor- Nose (Blow Bubbles optional) 4th Floor- Eyes

2. The Cup Game

This activity introduces different body parts to getting wet by using a cup…

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6 Reasons Why Your Children Should Take Swim Lessons!

Swim Classes for Fun and Safety

Swim lessons are something that every child should take. Swimming is a fun activity, and it’s a great way to exercise. That’s not the only reason kids should take swim lessons, though. There’s also a very big safety factor.

We want your kids to be able to have fun in the water and also be safe in the water. For those two reasons alone, it’s important for kids to know how to swim. That being said, there are even more reasons to teach the kiddos to love the water.

Swim classes open the door for a world of fun for the kids and help keep them safe at the same time. When your kids know how to swim, they’re able to take part in more activities and stay safe while doing them.

Here are 6 reasons why your children should take swim lessons:

#1 Fun

Swimming is the last door to open for enjoying pretty much all kid related activities. After all, pool parties aren’t all that much fun if you can’t actually get INTO the pool. When kids know…

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Prepare Your Little Swimmers for Summer!

If you have been outside recently, you know its hot. Its the beginning of June and we have already seen record high temperatures.

This means more of you will be tackling the pool or beach now that the kids are out of school!

Now is a good time to get your children into swim lesson or reinforce swimming skills! It is also a good time to remind parents to watch their kids while in the pool or ocean, even if they know how to swim.

With 1,350 mile of coastline, Florida is second in the nation behind Alaska, which has 6.640 miles. We’re also second in the nation behind Arizona in the number of pools per resident.

The Sunshine State ranks fourth in drowning rate behind Louisiana, Hawaii and Alaska. Florida is tops in the nation for drowning rate among children 4 and younger.

Connie Harvey, director of the Aquatics Centennial Initiative for the American Red Cross. “People work hard to keep water out of their child’s face when bathing them, but it’s good for water to trickle over their face. Squeeze a wash cloth so water…

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Tips for Having Multiple Children Enrolled in Swim Lessons!

​Having multiple kids and a baby in a tote can be overwhelming. However, we have some tips to help you be organized for swim lessons!

Here’s Tip #1:

Have a Partner!

If you have multiple kids in swimming lessons and dad can’t go to help I recommend you to get grandma, auntie, your friend – take someone to help. You’ll be less stressed and everyone will enjoy it more!) Having somebody there to go in the pool area to get the kids out and to help get everyone dressed after is such a big help in making this experience stress-free.

Tip #2:

Prepare at Home!

Working outside of the home during the day limits the time you have for evening activities. Some families have found it’s easier and quicker to have everyone get into their swimming suits while we are still at home. When you arrive at swim lessons all they have to do is take off their top layer of clothing and their shoes and put on their goggles. Getting dressed before you leave the house, might be, much easier than leaving earlier for everyone…

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