Swimming isn’t necessity but it’s something child experts recommend. Goldfish Swim School is the perfect place for your kid to learn all of the swimming skills they need.
I can’t believe that the year is almost over. We’re starting out our 4th month as members at Goldfish Swim School in Winter Park and we couldn’t have enough great things to say about it. When we started initially, Tatiana was hesitant. She loves the water but was afraid of getting her face wet because she has memories of nearly drowning. I’ll admit that there are some days that I think about her almost drowning and I beat myself up about it.
What happened to us could’ve happened to anyone. She was about 3 years old when it happened. We were at a birthday party and I was right next to her in the pool. She was in a super cute lady bug float that’s made for babies and safe, right? Wrong! I turned my back to tell my husband something and she flipped over when she was bouncing. Luckily I noticed immediately or things could’ve gone horribly wrong.
This incident was why we decided to enroll Tatiana into swim lessons in the first place. She needed to learn the skills and the tools to not only swim but to stay safe in the water. I’m glad that we chose Goldfish Swim School for her because after a few weeks she’s comfortable with getting her face in the water and mastering her Superman Glide plus so many other things.
6 Swimming Skills Your Kid Will Learn at Goldfish Swim School
- Going underwater
- Different swimming strokes
- Breath control
- Getting in and out of the pool safely
How to Practice at Home
Going underwater was the hardest step for us but we’ve finally made it! It took us some time but that’s okay. Now in class, Tatiana willingly volunteers to go underwater. Treading is something that we’re still working on this one but Tatiana is getting better at it. It’s important for kids to learn how to tread water just in case they ever find themselves in deep water. Practicing at home is crucial to your child’s success. During our first weeks at Goldfish, Tatiana refused to put her face at the water. We had to practice at home and during family swim nights to get her comfortable with it. To practice at home, we would take cups of water and dump them over her head during bath time. This allowed her to get used to the water in her face and eyes.
Breath control is something that we practice as a family. We practice once or twice a week holding our breath for 5 to 10 seconds. Each time we do this, it trains her lungs for swim lessons.
You can also practice kicks and strokes at home. Tatiana likes to practice in the bath tub but you can also have your kid lay down on a flat surface to practice their leg kicks. The key is for them to keep their legs straight without bending their knees. Windmill arms are great for practicing perfect strokes.
Does your kid have any swimming skills?