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.

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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

Be Aware of the Risks That Come with Water Fun

Drowning can happen anytime kiddos are in or around water, so it’s important to identify the dangers and mitigate the risks.

Risk is hiding where you least expect it!  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 65% off all preschooler drownings occur in the child’s home pool.  Also, 70% of all preschoolers who drown are in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning.  Consider the dangers when your children are around any type of water: rivers, lakes, oceans, water parks, and neighborhood pools.

Who’s watching the water?  Being close to your children isn’t enough.  You need to know who’s watching the kiddos at all times and, most importantly, who’s watching the water!  Even if there is a lifeguard on duty you must always keep your eyes on your kiddos.

It’s important that parents ask as many questions as possible when assessing the risks of any swimming or water activity.  Ask these questions before you allow your kiddos to go swimming:

  1. How many kids will be there?
  2. How many adults will be there?
  3. Who will be supervising? (Lifeguard and a Water Watcher?)
  4. What’s the temperature of the water?
  5. How strong are my child’s swim skills?
  6. Are there any possible hazards seen or unseen in the water?

Ensure your kiddos know how to swim.  Making sure your children learn how to swim is the best defense to ensure their safety around water.  In swim lessons, children learn lifesaving safety techniques and are developed into confident, lifelong swimmers.

April 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Swim Lessons Reduce Drowning Risk by 88%

With school in session and many pools still closed for the season, it’s easy to forget the important role that swimming plays in the lives of kiddos. At a constant 90 degrees, the water at Love to Swim and Tumble School is warm and inviting, 365 days a year. Why wait until summer time to dive in? Now is the perfect time to invest in your child’s aquatic education and prepare for summer swimming.

It’s Never Too Early

According to the Centers for disease control and Prevention, children ages one to four who take swim lessons are 88% less likely to drown. Even small amounts of water in bathtubs and buckets can be drowning hazards for infants and toddlers. So it’s imperative that kiddos become familiar with water safety from a young age.

Early exposure to swimming lessons help little ones develop a healthy respect for the water and the skills that make them safer in and around it. In other words, the sooner kiddos start learning, the safer they can be.

Love to Swim and Tumble School offers Baby & Me swim lessons for babies as young as 6 months old. We also offer free Baby Splash classes for parents of babies as young as four weeks old.

Water Safety Isn’t Seasonal

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4. That makes water safety a year-round concern. This is especially true in our warm climate in South Texas, where recreational swimming is possible nearly eight months out of the year.

Uncovered pools, drainage ditches, creeks and other outdoor sites of water accumulation can pose a year- round threat to kiddos, especially with the incidents of heavy rain our area is prone to receiving. Consistent swim lessons are the perfect way to establish life-saving habits and reinforce the importance of water safety in your little ones.

Swimming is More than a Hobby

Swimming is an important life skill and drowning prevention should be a priority for everyone. As kids grow, so do the number of activities in a family’s busy schedule. Sports and extra-curricular activities enrich the body and mind, but it’s important to point out that swim lessons can provide the benefits of sports activities as well as save a life.

Love to Swim and Tumble School makes it easy to fit swimming into your schedule with convenient weekday and weekend hours, after school lessons, multiple locations and Love to Learn Preschool.

Formal Lessons Get Results

You’ll be amazed at how fast your kiddos progress with regular lessons. A consistent swim program provides a strong foundation for advancement and ensures that children retain what they learn. And who knows? That foundation could someday save the life of your child or someone else’s child!

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

Smart Parents Avoid These 4 Common Swim Mistakes

Summer is going to be here before you know it.  As the weather continues to get warmer, especially in South Texas, you and your kiddos will want to swim!  The question is what skills should you encourage your swimmer to practice and what skills should you discourage? There is so much information out there it can be hard to decide where to focus your efforts.  For sure, there are some myths that put your swimmers at risk. Check out these 4 common mistakes that smart swim parents avoid.

  1. Relying on floaties
    • Beware of the life-jacket/floaties bicycle kick. These flotation devices encourage a vertical body position in the water. Kiddos get results from bicycling their legs in this position when they have the floaties on. Take the floaty away, and you have an active drown victim who cannot propel themselves forward because their kick is underneath them and not propulsive.
  1. Underestimating the necessity of propulsive kicks
    • Body position in the water should be horizontal. This can be challenging but must be encouraged to develop core strength and propulsive movement.
    • The flutter kick is a swimmer’s motor. You want it strong and consistent.
    • Kicks should be at the surface and from the hip, not the knee.
    • Encourage loose ankles and straight, but not rigid, legs.
  1. Failure to practice back floating
    • Back floating is a lifesaving skill. This is the resting place for tired swimmers.
    • Back floating is one of the most overlooked skills in recreational swimming.
    • Practice a deep head position with the water at the corners of the eyes and the entire head of hair submerged.
  1. Encouraging breath holding instead of air exchange
    • Breath holding is fatiguing. Real swimmers blow bubbles.
    • Releasing air underwater creates space to take new air into the lungs quickly. Ultimately, this exchange should become a habit.
    • Exhaling through the nose is the best! This is accomplished through a simple hum. Do this and water will not go up the nose!

Requiring a horizontal body position with a strong, straight legged flutter kick at the surface of the water, spending time practicing floating on the back and habitualizing the underwater air exchange will play a huge role in your swimmer’s comfort and capabilities in the water.

February 2, 2017 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Perseverance in Pursuit of Swim Skills Pays Off Big!

Happy New Year!  Put strong swim skills at the top of your resolution list.  Check out this awesome success story from one of our parents who did just that.

“When we first started at Love to Swim and Tumble School in November of 2014, Brody was a year and a half and he was in a Baby and Me swim class.  He was hesitant at first, but he ended up loving the class! Every week he looked forward to swimming and he was doing great.  Then all of a sudden he stopped wanting to do anything in class. Even though he would cry sometimes, we stayed in lessons.  He was doing awesome with his skills and soon he rang the bell.  He moved up to Baby and Me 2 in April of 2015.

Brody was almost two when we moved up to Baby and Me 2.  Once we were in Baby and Me 2 he refused to go underwater, and would cling onto me or the coach. He didn’t want to go on the slide, which used to be his favorite thing. I thought about pulling him out of classes because he didn’t want to be there. I talked to his coach and some of the other staff members and they convinced me to keep him in.  “Persevere,” they said, “you won’t regret it.”  I kept him in the class, but things just kept getting worse. Brody was a little over two and a half. I talked to the coach again about taking him out, and she suggested a 3 year old class because the issue might be me in the water, so I decided to try it out.

When he was in the 3 year old class, he was having trouble with putting his face in the water. I was persistent and he slowly started to enjoy coming to swim class. In February, he rang the bell for preschool 1 and in April he rang for Preschool 2. By this time he loved coming to swim with Coach Jackie! He was doing great in class! He moved out of the 3 year old class and into a regular Preschool level class. He had a hard time with his kicks in Preschool 3, but we practiced every time we were in the water! Now, Brody’s favorite thing to do was go swimming.

In September he rang the bell for Preschool 3! I was so excited to see him grow and learn so much in a year. On December 15, 2016 he rang the bell for Preschool 4 and is now is in Preschool 5! If anyone would’ve told me a year ago that he would be where he is now, I would’ve said they were crazy. Brody is three years old in a Preschool 5 class and loves swimming!  I’m so glad I persevered and kept his swimming consistent.” – S. Blose

We are so proud of this mom for understanding the importance of swim lessons. Way to go!  She knew she couldn’t give up, especially for her son.  In Texas, males account for 80% of drowning victims and she didn’t want her child to be a part of this statistic.  This mommy knew she had to try different options to best suit her child, even if that meant getting out of the water with him.  Through perseverance and determination, she was able to watch her child go from comfort, to safety, to confidence, to love.

January 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Top 10 Survey Responses About Our Coaches!

Once a week, we send a survey to our families asking about their most recent experience at Love to Swim School.  Surveys are one of the ways we receive feedback about our program and our staff.  Because of your responses, we wanted to do something special for our coaches this year.  It was difficult choosing just ten, but we put together a Top 10 list of all of the amazing testimonials our coaches received this year.  We are sharing this with our staff and we also wanted to share it with you!  We love our coaches and so do you!

10. This school is amazing! Thank you for everything. My son loves his swim class and coach Don!

9. Kaitlyn is an amazing coach and my daughter loves her… she has done an amazing job and I’ve been impressed with the professionalism of the entire staff!

8. I really love the approach used to teach my 15 month old. As a preschool owner I’m impressed. LOVE Coach Taylor’s gentleness and willingness to reteach. Thank y’all so much!!

7. I can’t say enough about Coach Marlene, Coach Jenny, Coach Carly & Coach Tristen. My daughter absolutely adores them and looks forward to her swimming & tumbling classes every week. All of the staff is wonderful with children and always say Hi. Love the staff at Schertz. Thank You for being wonderful!!

6. We would recommend Love to Swim School to our friends because they are consistent and caring. Our son had a bad experience at a different swim school. After his FIRST lesson with Coach Leslie he didn’t even want to come home. He loved it so much. Everyone who he comes in contact with motivates him and encourages him. That means a lot.

5. Sonny is an amazing coach with lots of patience and great skills with kids in the pool. I also love that I get to watch my kid learn and grow as a swimmer. Seriously Sonny is awesome!

4. Mathix has had a wonderful experience. Tristen is an excellent coach and is able to communicate very effectively with our little toddler. It is amazing how much he has learned and the credit goes to the qualifications of the coaches and the tools used to help develop your students. It’s such a wonderful environment for learning.

3. Our swim coach (Ashelli) was so on the ball and professional. Our son trusted her completely in the water and made great progress.

2. We love the program, the staff & the coaches! Our daughter enjoys the pool and we feel confident that her water safety skills and swimming skills will follow her throughout the years. Coach Don is wonderful with her and she’s always happy to see him in class!

And our number 1 survey response about our coaches is:

1.  As a parent, I enjoy my interactions with the staff and instructors whenever I walk through the door of the Stone Oak location. Zoe loves going to her lessons as well as camp. She especially loves her coach Megan. This was confirmed by her recently inviting all of the staff/instructors to her birthday party (Zoe asked me to make them an invitation and I did).

Woo-hoo! That is some awesome praise for our very special team! Thank you Love to Swim School families for your kind and generous responses! I know our staffers cherish them.

December 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

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