Summer inevitably comes to an end for us here in Cleveland (you can feel that fall chill in the air already). However, local swim and water safety experts know that kids need to continue with swim instruction beyond the summer months in order to continue to develop and maintain critical water safety skills.
Here are some reasons that families should NOT put away their swimsuits and goggles and plan make swimming a part of their fall and winter schedules.
- Practice makes perfect. Kids need regular, consistent lessons in order to make progress with their swim skills. A weekly swim lesson is the best way to build that regular practice into your family’s schedule. If your kids made lots of progress with their swimming over the summer months, you want to keep that momentum going as much as possible. A perpetual lesson model gives your children the best opportunity to gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed. Each student can learn at his or her own pace, whether it takes one month or six, allowing them to move up when they are ready.
- Swimming is good for your child. This lifelong skill provides kids with an outlet for exercise while teaching a very important skill of water safety. Swimming lessons provide a technical, whole body form of exercise, so kids who regularly practice movements such as the simultaneous kicking of arms and legs, paddling, breath work, and strokes improve overall coordination (hand eye, grasping), concentration and focus, and balance. During the winter months, this is also a great way for kids to burn off some energy and stay active.
- Keep it Fun! At Goldfish Swim School, the Science of SwimPlay curriculum ensures that kids have a positive experience in the pool and have fun while learning essential life skill. Students play games, interact with their peers and learn to love (and be safe in) the water. The fun, tropical environment and 90-degree pool ensures that infants and children are comfortable, which allows them to focus on what matters most: having fun while becoming stronger swimmers.
All of the wonderful benefits of swimming come with time and repetition. Consistent, year-round swim lessons are the best way to achieve that result. We hope to see your family at our pool this fall!
By Sonali Morris, a mother of two competitive swimmers and the owner of Goldfish Swim School Cleveland East Side and Goldfish Swim School Fairview Park. Goldfish Swim School also has locations in Hudson and North Canton (coming soon)! Goldfish Swim School provides year-round, indoor swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student-teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. For more information, visit goldfishswimschool.com.