What to Expect on Your First Day of Swimming Lessons

If your first class at Love to Swim School is quickly approaching, you might have a lot questions and thinking about the “what if’s” of your child’s first day of swimming lessons.

This is completely normal! Most parents experience some level of uncertainty. We are here for you every step of the way. Together, we teach your child how to swim safely and comfortably. Here’s an overview of what both of you can expect on the first day.

Plan for Success

When you bring your child to swimming lessons for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming for both of you. New people, new surroundings, and new challenges can all contribute to these jitters. This is why it’s really important to remember the small details that can make your child feel comforted and secure. It’s a good idea to arrive about 10 minutes early for your first class so you aren’t rushing around and have time to get pool-ready. This means a swimsuit for your child, and if you are in a Splash Class or Baby and Me Class, don’t forget a swimsuit for you too. If your little one is under 4, regardless of level of potty training, they must wear two reusable, cloth, snug fitting swim diapers.

Bring a towel that your child is familiar with to dry them off after class is over. Also, pack your bag with a change of dry clothes for each of you after class ends. These familiar items from home can help soothe your baby or toddler, and make them feel more comfortable about being in a new setting.

The Power of Healthy Snacks

You’ve probably heard the longstanding advice that swimming on a full stomach isn’t a good idea. And while it’s true that you don’t want your child to eat a full meal directly before coming to class, they don’t have to avoid food altogether. If your baby is still only having liquids, you can feel free to top them off with a little milk a half hour or so before class. If your kiddo is older, try bringing a small, light snack, like an apple or string cheese thT they can eat 15 to 30 minutes before heading to the pool.

This will give them the energy boost they need to be a happy swimmer. Also make sure you have water and a healthy snack or two on hand to enjoy directly after they’re done with their lesson. If you forget a snack, don’t worry! We have healthy foods for sale in our Treasure Chest store.

Supporting Your Child

You may be wondering how to support your child if they struggle in class. Some kiddos may be scared of putting their heads underwater or of being in the pool without their parent for the first time (if they’re 3 or older). Try to understand their fears and always remain encouraging. Also, try to stay consistent with lessons, despite the occasional protests you might face, and you should see a positive change in attitude quickly! A little understanding and positive reinforcement goes a long way!

If you’ve been searching online for “swimming lessons near me,” we’re really glad you found us. We’d like to welcome you and your children, and look forward to seeing you at Love to Swim School for your first day of classes. Most importantly, we are here to teach your child water safety and ensure their comfort and confidence in the water. If you have any questions about our school or about your first class, please contact us anytime.

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November 4, 2017 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Summer Only Swimming is an Outdated Myth

We know that Summer is almost over, and swimming may be the last thing on your mind. But for parents with young children, now is the time for Kindergarten preparation. Swimming is the best, most worthwhile activity for children under 5. There is no other sport or activity that your child needs more than strong swimming skills before starting school. Here is why:

  • Better in the pool, better at school – Did you know the skills they learn in swim class go hand-in-hand with school? There is so much more to swim school thandarling black girl with ring just a lesson. Swimming teaches your kiddo listening skills, perseverance, and how to achieve goals.
  • Knowing how to swim well comes with special intel Swimmers understand the physics of water and how they operate in it, lowering their drowning risk exponentially.
  • Swimming is the only sport that can save their life – Learning to swim is a necessary life skill that can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. Being able to swim well comes with lifesaving skills that can prevent unnecessary tragedies.
  • Working on swim skills now means peace of mind for next summer – Confident swim skills means more fun for the whole family!

Learning to swim is not easy and can’t be done in a few short weeks during the summer.  The ability to truly swim takes time, practice and commitment.  Your kiddos should swim year- round in an environment that encourages learning, laughter and development to keep their skills sharp.

October 1, 2017 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

The School Day is Done, So Let’s Have Some Fun!

We know life gets busier when the school year begins, but that doesn’t mean swim lessons have to stop.  Learning to swim is homework your kiddo will love!  The ability to swim properly is a skill that can save your child’s life.  Keeping your child enrolled in year-round swim lessons allows them to maintain and build upon the skills necessary to prevent drowning, and provides a number of other benefits that help them in the classroom.

Swimming allows kiddos to exercise their minds and bodies in a different environment.  Did you know the skills they learn in swim class go hand-in-hand with school?

Discipline – students learn to wait their turn, listen to the coach and apply that coaching in order to improve performance and achieve goals.

Confidence – children gain confidence by learning new skills, persevering through challenges, setting and accomplishing goals.

Endurance –  kiddos develop a love for physical activity, which creates healthy habits.

Lifelong Skills – the ability to swim keeps your children safer in the water and opens doors in the future.

Learning to swim is not easy and can’t be done in a few short weeks during the summer.  The ability to truly swim takes time, practice and commitment.  Your kiddos should swim year- round in an environment that encourages learning, laughter and development to keep their skills sharp.

September 1, 2017 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

4 Reasons Why Swimming Isn’t Just a Summer Sport

More than just a summer pastime, swim lessons are a fun and easy way to encourage your child’s active lifestyle year-round.

Water Safety

A parent’s commitment to swimming education can help protect a child in the water for life.  Love to Swim School, the American Swimming Coaches Association and United States Swim School Association all agree that the ability to swim 300 yards nonstop dramatically lowers the possibility of ever drowning.  How far can your child swim without stopping?

Life Skills

While enjoying the water, students also learn important life skills through their participation in the sport, including self-discipline, work ethic, commitment, goal setting and how to overcome challenges.  Studies show that swimmers as a group do better in school and work than non-swimmers.

Health and Fitness

Swimming is both conditioning-intensive and skill-intensive.  It builds endurance and muscle strength, soothes the mind, regulates breathing and stimulates circulation – all without stress on the joints.  Plus, swimming has a calorie burning potential of 350-420 calories per hour!  Joining a swimming program is a healthy and wholesome activity available year-round for your children to enhance their overall fitness.

Fun!

Swimmers of all ages rank “fun” as the number one reason they swim.  Through swimming, children have fun learning, competing, training and being with friends.  If it isn’t fun, your child may not want to keep it up, so the most important question to ask after a lesson is, “Did you have fun today?”

The end of the summer shouldn’t mean the end of your child’s swimming education.  We have two indoor pools heated to a comfortable 90 degrees with the surrounding air temperature kept at 90 degrees, so students can stay warm while learning.  Keep your child active and learning year-round.

August 8, 2017 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

5 Ways You Can Promote Safer Swimming

The sun is out and we are feeling that Texas heat.  Many families are heading to their neighborhood pools, water parks, and other water related activities.  Water safety should be every parent’s top priority.

  1. Know where children are at all times

If you have two non-swimmers in the pool with you, have the child that you are not working with hold onto your back.  This way you can give your attention to the child you are working with without worrying about the other child’s safety.

  1. Keep your cool

If your child’s head goes underwater or if he slips off the step and is unable to swim, do not react dramatically! This only teaches your child to panic.  Calmly guide him back to the steps or wall.  You should always remain nearby, but let this be an opportunity for him to learn about his body’s natural ability to float.

  1. Teach children some choices to help themselves if they fall in the water unexpectedly
  • Turn and grab a wall
  • Swim back to the steps
  • Roll over and float

When they jump in to you, resist the temptation to catch them in the air.  This creates a false sense of security and over-confidence.  Instead, allow them to be submerged so they learn how to react appropriately.

  1. Designate a Water Watcher

Any time children are in or around water, a responsible adult should be designated as an official Water Watcher, ensuring the safety of the children.  We provide families with Water Watcher Tags to be worn by an adult who is on duty and responsible for the kiddos.  Designate a Water Watcher in your home! This takes away the assumption that someone is watching

  1. Don’t rely on floatation devices. Teach your children how to swim!

The ability to swim with proper technique provides a lifetime of benefits.  Floaties promote improper technique by allowing children to paddle with their heads above the water, destroying any sense of balance and understanding of the water.  Make sure you child learns to swim.  You will have peace of mind knowing your investment will pay off in your child’s water safety and fitness.  And they will have fun and enjoy learning this special and critical life skill.

July 2, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

7 Ways to Support Your Child in Swimming

Parents can help their children reach goals with effort, perseverance, and patience.  Here are the 7 ways to help your kiddo do their best:

  1. Support their efforts. Listen to your child’s dreams, goals, and ideas and help them to work out the steps of those that seem attainable by organizing them into do-able parts.  Finding time to practice is an easy way to demonstrate your commitment to their swim goals.
  2. Encourage follow-through. Praise task completion and encourage them to carry on when the initial excitement fades. All swimmers reach plateaus.  Remind your child of other struggles they overcame or relate your own struggle to complete a task and your satisfaction at having persevered and achieved your goal.
  3. Offer reinforcement or reward. Give an incentive for better efforts, not just accomplishments.  Keep a chart with the Love to Swim School ribbons earned and display it prominently.  Younger children need quicker rewards and briefer tasks.  Offer a swim toy or one of our lollipops after each class.
  4. Recognize their success level. When a child reaches a point of frustration, learning specialists advocate you help them return to a level where they feel successful.  After practice, ask if they had fun and learned anything new or did anything they had never done before, and offer your praise.  Then their enthusiasm will return.
  5. Encourage self-reliance. Children trust who/what you trust.  Let your child know you have confidence in their abilities and in the coach.  The ready bench is designed to be a transition point.  Take advantage of it!  Have your child take responsibility for their own goggles.  Your child is ready to focus on the coach and the tasks at hand.
  6. Point out effort in others. Make your child aware of how others work hard at their daily activities, so they know they’re not alone in trying, overcoming discouragement, meeting challenges, and succeeding. Encourage children to interpret comparisons with others solely as a tool for improving.  Comparisons should be constructive and never as simple as “they are better” or “you are not as good”.
  7. Praise them for trying. Point out how much you appreciate your child doing something that may be difficult for them.  Take interest when they are working on a skill they find difficult.  Give praise after class with a specific example.

Applied to schoolwork, swimming, or other pursuits, these devices can help swimmers develop a “can-do” attitude.

June 2, 2017 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

How is Love to Swim School Different? Our Coaches!

It’s a simple fact: when you love what you do, you do a great job.  Our loving coaches are essential to a positive learning experience.  Coaching the Love to Swim School way is based on our technique driven, goal-oriented curriculum.  But it takes more than technical proficiency to become a coach.  It takes enthusiasm, commitment, and most importantly, love.

Our coaches stand above the rest because of all the work our team puts into their training.   We train classroom management, lesson planning, organization, and customer service.  All coaches study principles of teaching using demonstration, lecture, and practice or repetition.  Coaches are taught to educate, motivate and communicate to your swimmer by “shadowing” classes, observing class demonstrations, working with other coaches, and taking our online training courses.

Coaches are doing what they love and it shows by the relationships they build with your child.  Seeing your swimmer each week deepens this relationship and they learn what your child needs in order to progress.  We strive for a fun and loving learning environment!

Most importantly, coaches are taught the basics of childhood development.  A child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development is key to their ability to understand and internalize what they are learning.  With a clear understanding of the basic stages of childhood development, we have found that coaches are more effective and teach children to swim in a fun, relaxed way emphasizing comfort, safety and confidence.

Being a Love to Swim School coach requires tremendous time and effort.  Only the best, most committed coaches make it through the entire process and become a member of Team Love.

May 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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