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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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Is your child “Water Safe”?

​When parents come to swimming lessons. they have a variety of goals in mind. Some want to reap the benefits of infant swim as early as possible and others want their child to learn the proper swim technique. But they all have one thing in common, each parent wants their child to be safe in and around water. The most popular question we get is “when will my child be water safe?”

Our answer is not simple.

We believe that nobody is ever “water safe”... not even Michael Phelps is drown proof. Accidents happen and unfortunately drowning is still the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 5 in the US.

Drowning is 100% preventable as long as you take the layers of protection against drowning. One of those layers is swimming lessons.

In a recent study the National Institute on Health found that formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning up to 88%.

Swim lessons don’t make your child 100% safer but 88%, which is pretty close right? Swimming lessons…

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5 reasons to choose a reusable swim diaper

​1. Its eco-friendly.

Reusable swim diapers are much better than a plastic disposable swim diaper, especially considering how many you go through during a day at the beach with a toddler who wants to be in the water one minute and out the next and then back in and out and in and out again! Reusables can handle the back and forth while disposables need more frequent changing. Which bring us to reason number two..

2. Its economical.

Swim Diapers are expensive and public pools require them, so theres no getting around this investment. You get the most bang for your buck choosing the option that can be worn over and over, passed on to siblings and even shard with friends in the end.

3. Its safer for your baby’s skin

Many disposable swim diapers quickly stretch out of shape in the water and can end up rubbing and chafing your baby’s skin. They can also contain questionable chemicals that can further irritate your little mermaid or merman. Reusable swim diapers fit comfortably (even after repeated washings) and are made with the aforementioned safer…

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Study shows kids are smarter if they swim

Studies have shown widespread benefits of swim lessons for kids!

Its a no brainer why swim lessons for kids are a great idea for safety reasons and drowning prevention but what about other benefits? Research recently proves that swim lessons can offer even more benefits, some you might not expect.

Swim lessons for children at an early age have been proven to help them learn and preform better in school. According to Australia’s Griffith University for Education Research, which found that preschoolers who participate in swim lessons attain more developmental milestones than children who don’t.

A four year study (2009-2013) followed the progress of children 3-5 years old for two years, testing and interviewing the children to report cognitive development and performance in preschool and school between swimmers and non-swimmers. In this international swimming research project, the fine report collected date from 45 swim schools in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. What they found was astounding.

The findings concluded that “swimming children” score significantly better than the normal population on a number of measures that are really important for their transition to school: their cognitive development, their language…

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