Every parent knows swimming can be a huge safety concern when it comes to children. It only takes a few seconds of not paying attention for things to take a turn for the worse. If your child finds themselves falling into a body of water do they know what to do?
The British Swim School
This year for swimming safety month we decided it was time to put Max in the British Swim School. Drownings in Arizona are sadly too common and we wanted to know that if something were to happen that he would have the knowledge and skills needed to stay safe until help arrived.
The British Swim School provides year-round swimming lessons in a gentle environment. They aim to promote awareness of water safety as an essential life skill through uniquely trademarked techniques. They even have lessons for infants as young as 3 months old. The goal of the beginner classes is to teach children how to flip over on their backs and float to avoid drowning. From there they learn how to swim to the side, climb out of the pool, different strokes for swimming, as well as many other swimming techniques.
Growth Through Learning
Max was so excited for his first class and so were we. We hyped it up all week so that he would have a positive experience and not be scared or intimidated by the water. When we arrived at his class he was a little shy but warmed up quickly as he watched the other kids in his class participating. His instructor, Emily, was very sweet and patient with teaching him “safe entry” into the pool among other simple skills.
We spoke with the manager of the location, Dejan, about their unique techniques and what the goals were for each skill they were teaching during the lesson. The British Swim School has crafted very clever ways of teaching kids important swimming skills in a fun and safe way. Dejan was very thorough and helpful in answering any questions we had and really put us at ease.
After the first lesson, Max couldn’t wait to go back and do it again. After the second lesson, he even advanced from the starfish class to the minnow class. Since he was picking it up so quickly we decided to enroll him in classes twice a week. Every week since then he has progressed with every lesson.
He went from knowing nothing to being able to enter/exit the pool, float unassisted on his back, hold his breath to go underwater and climb out of the pool using a ladder. He would grab his ears as soon as he entered the pool due to the water and would cling to the instructor’s hands. Now he doesn’t even reach for a hand and never flinches when water gets to his ears.
I could sing praises all day long about how impressed I am with the British Swim School. They are intuitive and really strive to teach your child at any level basic survival skills as well as broadening their swim career. If you’re interested in finding a location near you, check here and tell them I sent you!
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