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Introducing Spot TV!

We are now offering Spot TV as an alternative way of viewing your child’s lesson! Keeping our families connected and involved without the needed floor space, foot traffic, distractions, or physical closeness in the facility.

With Spot TV you can: View classes while waiting in your car!

Share Spot TV with another parent! (Only 1 parent per family is allowed in the facility at once, so the other parent can view with Spot TV)

Share Spot TV with a loved one who would love to watch your child’s lesson!

Watch your child’s lesson while practicing social distancing!

(Search the App Store for Spot TV Family or click download button below)

How Do I Get Started? Step 1: Download the Free Mobile app

Step 2: On the App’s home screen, select the button ”New here? Sign Up” to complete your registration.

Step 3:After creating an account, choose a Preschool. Your preschool selection will be Swimming Safari Swim School

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Re-opening

Hello Swimming Safari Families!

Dear Swimming Safari Families,

We want to welcome you back soon and share with you our reopening procedures!

We have been busy cleaning and preparing the building for your return, and we will be employing new policies and procedures to help keep you and your children as safe as possible during this unprecedented time. As we begin the reopening process, we recognize that in order to be successful, a strong partnership with you will make a tremendous difference in how we move forward with the new challenges that face us. The situation is fluid; updates and changes to policies may occur. Please read this over with your family to prepare everyone for their return to…

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Thank you Women Business Owners of North Florida for your generous scholarship donation

Thank you to The Women’s Business Owners of North Florida!

Sometimes swimming lessons can seem like a luxury that some families cannot afford. Parents understand the need to teach their children to swim, but if they can’t afford to enroll their children, these children can be missing out on a vital life-saving skill. Parents might try their hardest to give their own lessons at the public pool, or find a cheaper alternative, but sometimes these can fall short compared to formal lessons with a certified school. Too many stories hit the news about children drowning and too many families are suffering at the loss of their children. But, recently, thanks to the Women’s Business Owners of North Florida www.wbonfl.org this story changed for ten families. The organization helped to raise $2000 which was donated to families that desperately needed it. Now these children and their families know the proper skills to have fun and be safe in the water.

At Swimming Safari, we understand how beneficial swim lessons can be for babies and children and believe that every child should have the right to…

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Senator Proposes Mandatory Water Safety Lessons in Florida Schools: Will this Sink or Swim?

Living in Florida, we are never too far away from some body of water. Whether it be a pool, ocean, or lake we can assume there is always at least one body of water near us. This can be exciting for those who love to swim, but terrifying for those who do not. It is important that every person in Florida know some form of water safety, starting with children. Water safety lessons should be taught in schools to ensure the safety and well-being of our children.

Annually, there are over 3,500 unintentional deaths due to drowning, and of these about one in five of them are children under the age of 14, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alarmingly, Florida is leading the country in drowning deaths for children ages 1-4. We are not doing enough to keep our children safe in and around the water. Most of these deaths can be avoided with the proper knowledge and skills when it comes to swimming and water safety.

A recent senate bill proposed by Florida Senator Jason Pizzo would make water safety lessons a requirement for all Florida children enrolled in public school…

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Five Reasons to Enroll in Year-Round Swim Lessons

Winter is finally here! That means we can all put on our fluffy socks, sip our hot cocoa, and watch our favorite holiday movies. Most of us like to stay indoors during the colder months, for obvious reasons, but when thinking about swim lessons it might be worth it to venture out into the cold temperatures, if for nothing more than to keep our children safe. We all understand why swim lessons in the summer are great, but did you know that swim lessons in the colder months are just as useful?

Here are a few reasons to consider keeping your little one in year-round swim lessons:

1: Repetition is Key

It’s true, kids (and adults) learn best with repetition and taking extended breaks can cause swimmers to regress. Think about it: how many times have you asked your child what they learned last year at the start of a new school year only for them to say they do not remember? The same thing happens with swim lessons, you just spent all this time working with your child and they have learned and advanced so much throughout the summer. But…

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Why Choose Swimming Safari Swim School?

Swimming Safari is the Industry Leader in Swim Instruction

in NE Florida! We offer complete Comprehensive lessons at our State of the Art Indoor Facility. The small class sizes, allow our Swimming Specialists to use Specialized Teaching Techniques. Chances are you probably already know someone who has taken a Swimming Safari with us! We are well known & respected in Jacksonville and super friendly.

A Leader in Swim Instruction in NE Florida

Swimming Safari is the Industry Leader in swimming instruction in Northeast Florida. Our program has taught thousands of children to swim and be safe. Swimming Safari is dedicated in making a difference in the lives of children as well as adults, and their families.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Swimming Safari Swim Schools’ Comprehensive Curriculum with 15 different levels designed to meet the needs of every student. With in each level we have included several milestones that each child will get to complete. Every time a level is achieved, a child is rewarded. It starts from the very littlest and progresses in small steps to the very best. We…

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What is the Swimming Safari Difference? Why choose us over other swim facilities?

It’s incredible to think that we have been teaching swimming lessons in Northeast Florida since 2002. A lot has changed since we first embarked on this wonderful adventure in the pool, but one thing that has remained consistent is our promise to teach every swim lesson with the Swimming Safari Difference. The Swimming Safari Difference is:

Providing each student a high level of individualized instruction through small class sizes Expert lessons provided by a highly trained (over 40 hours), enthusiastic, and energetic staff member of swim instruction professionals. A comprehensive curriculum that places a strong emphasis on water safety education for students and parents. An exceptional level of customer service that regularly exceeds expectations. Most Importantly, an atmosphere filled with encouragement, excitement, and fun. Because after all, swim lessons should be about learning to enjoy the water and having respect for the water.

Our Mission: To provide every student with the skills needed to become Safe, Happy, and Confident, in the water.

Our Goal: To create safe life-long swimmers who enjoy the water as much as we do!

Our Core Values: Safety, Fun, Teamwork,…

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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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