So, this may seem like no big deal if you are not a parent, but if you have been taking your son to Goldfish Swim School since November and this is the FIRST TIME it’s happened, it’s monumental… #BabyB climbed out of the pool as directed (elbow, elbow, tummy, knee!) and ACTUALLY SAT DOWN!!! HE DIDN’T RUN OFF!!! THIS IS HUGE!!!
Seriously, this is a really big deal. Before (and I mean every single class), #BabyB would climb out of the pool and get up and run off for a toy. I would have to jump out after him or my husband or my mom would have to wrangle him. If I was embarrassed easily, that would have embarrassed me. I usually laughed it off, but I was still frustrated that he was getting distracted and not following directions. After reminding myself that he is not even two yet, I usually felt better and we would move on with our song and jump back in the pool. One thing I did do purposefully, though, is switch up our place on the wall. Yes, I purposefully moved #BabyB to the
end of the line AWAY from the toys. This definitely helped him focus and stick with the activities at hand.
I am just beaming with pride at the progress this little man has made since he started at Goldfish Swim School Carmel in November. He was never scared of the water, and honestly, that is what prompted me to get him into lessons. I want him to learn water safety. I don’t want him to be afraid of the water and I want him to learn how to take care of himself around water. For not even being two yet, he is making wonderful progress. He blows bubbles, he goes under water, he kicks, he paddles, and he is willing to try new activities. I call that a win!
Each week we practice safety skills in a HEATED pool. We splash, we sing songs, we gain confidence, and we get to spend quality time together. Our half hour a week in the pool is pretty special. Interested in learning more? Visit the Goldfish Swim School website.
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We are finally back on track at Goldfish Swim School. We made it to our regular class, we had a great half an hour of swimming, and #BabyB adjusted well to having a substitute teacher. Sometimes you just don’t know how your kid is going to react to someone new, especially in a no so familiar territory (aka, a pool), but he did great!
I made some adjustments, too. During every class, at some point and time, we work on the safe way to pull yourself out of the pool and get into the pool. Well, this is usually a challenge for me because #BabyB doesn’t just get out of the pool and sit on the edge. He gets out of the pool and steals a toy or jumps in the boat on the deck or even runs away! Not this week, though! Mama got smart. While crab walking over to the other end of the pool, I realized #BabyB would be towards the end of the line right by the bin of balls. I wasn’t wasting any time. I just grabbed him and helped him “swim” to the front of the line to keep him away from distractions–and it worked! He got out of the pool, sat on the edge, jumped back in, got back out… Pretty much, he just followed directions. I think this may be the first week I didn’t have to jump out of the pool to grab him. #success
Interested in learning more about how your little one can get used to the water, have fun, and learn safety at the same time? Check out Goldfish Swim Schools. They have year around lessons, a heated pool, comfortable changing rooms, a great observation deck, family swim days, and more! #BabyB loves it. Maybe your kid will love it, too.
Every Tuesday night is swim lesson night. The evening is pretty routine. Get home by five p.m., pack the swim bag, eat dinner, load up the car, then arrive at Goldfish Swim School in Carmel. Well, tonight it didn’t work out that way. I was in a minor car accident leaving a downtown parking garage this afternoon. Getting in a wreck on Illinois St just north of Washington St just before rush hour pretty threw off the whole night.
I arrived home late, and I really didn’t know how I would get #BabyB fed and to swim lessons on time without going crazy. The truth is, we don’t need to put so much pressure on ourselves to get everything done. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out, and that’s okay. That’s also where make-up lessons come in handy!
It was so easy to find another lesson for #BabyB to attend this week. I just called the school, let them know what happened, and Brooke (the staff member that answered the phone) helped me find an open class that worked with our schedule. It’s a bummer that #BabyB had to miss class tonight, but at the same time, he isn’t even two yet, so he is easily redirected.
We’ll try again tomorrow!
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One of the best parts about swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School is the heated pool. I’m not going to lie, it makes getting in a swimsuit in public much more bearable. I used to teach swimming lessons indoors and outdoors and spent at least the first five minutes helping the kids get used to the water. When you have a 30 minute class, that is a lot of wasted time!
Well, earlier today we got the call that the heater wasn’t working properly, so lessons were cancelled. This was also posted on their facebook page. The communication about the class cancellation was superb. A make-up lesson has been added to our account, too.
In light of not having a lesson tonight (and because the pond behind our house is starting to freeze), I thought I would share some winter safety tips from the Goldfish Team. Enjoy!
“As the temperature drops, water safety doesn’t generally come to mind for many parents. But, in reality, freezing temperatures bring a great deal of safety risks for young children. Andrew Joseph, area manager for Goldfish Swim School and local water safety expert, has shared some important tips to keep your family safer this winter.
- Stay off of Unfamiliar Ice – Unless a lake or pond has been designated for skating and is certified for thickness and safety, stay off of the ice. Never walk on rivers or retention ponds, and remember that ice thickness can change on different parts of the water, and can be affected by conditions over night.
- Have an Emergency Plan – Plan and practice what to do if someone falls through ice. Teach children not to panic if they fall through the ice; slow, calm movement helps retain body heat, which is critical as the body loses heat more than 30 times faster in cold water than cold air. Call paramedics right away even if the child appears OK. Learn infant and child CPR. Keep rescue equipment, a phone and emergency numbers nearby.
- Ensure Adult Supervision is Present – Children shouldn’t play outside alone. A drowning child usually cannot cry or shout for help, so never turn your back on your child around water, including ice. Assign a designated watcher so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child. Also, establish a buddy system with one or more friends and have them look out for one another.
- Make Swim Lessons a Priority – As young as four months old (or when they establish head and neck control), enroll children in swim lessons. Teach children water acclimation and aquatic survival skills designed to help them survive should they reach the water alone.
- Have Conversations with Caretakers and Kids – If your child goes to a friend’s house to play, ask the adult what kinds of activities they will engage in, and specifically, if they will be around water/ice, and make sure the children are supervised. When traveling to relatives’ and friends’ homes, they may not understand the importance of keeping gates closed, doors locked, etc. Start a conversation with your kids about water safety and share tips with them about what to do if they fall into water.