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What We're Most Thankful for This Year

by SwimSchool Bob

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to take some time and express our gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for, and so many ways in which we hope to pay it forward and give to others. Here are a few of the things for which we’re most grateful.

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Posted in Off the Wall Thoughts, Hubbard Updates on November 21, 2019

Best Practices for Diapering at Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Some of the first questions we get from parents who are just starting their child in a baby swim lesson are about baby swim diapers. Here’s some more information about how we handle diapering at Hubbard Family Swim School, as well as some answers to common questions about baby swimming diapers. 

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Posted in Parenting Ideas on November 20, 2019

In Honor of World Kindness Day, Here's What Kindness Means to Us

by SwimSchool Bob

Did you know that November 13th is World Kindness Day? We love that a day has been globally dedicated to kindness and that people around the world will be participating in World Kindness Day activities. We are committed to incorporating kindness into every single day at Hubbard, 365 days per year. Here’s a look at how we do this, and how we try to do our part in teaching kindness to kids too.

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Posted in Off the Wall Thoughts, Parenting Ideas on November 13, 2019

Does My Baby Need ISR? Part 2

by SwimSchool Bob

There are often endless questions swirling in a new parent’s mind, many of which concern the health and safety of their newborn. And the chatter among other well-meaning parents and friends can compound the uncertainty, especially when there are discussions about the practices, activities, and approaches that each feels is best for a baby. Swimming can fall into this category and become a hot-button issue if a parent feels strongly about a particular methodology.

 

Some parents prefer family swim schools, like Hubbard, while others believe in the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) program. If you’re interested in a gentle, gradual, and parent-involved approach like the one at Hubbard, you might get pushback from other parents telling you that your child needs infant survival swimming classes too. So, what is ISR? And does your baby really need it? Here’s our take.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on September 4, 2019

My Child is Learning to Swim, But I Don't Know How to Swim

by SwimSchool Bob

For many parents, enrolling their children in swim classes is just something they do, especially if they or a family member has a pool or live near bodies of water. But some of these parents may never have learned to swim themselves. If this is your situation, you may not think your swimming ability matters. Your attitude about your own swimming skills can have an impact on how your child feels about swimming. Before you stress, read on for some tips to address any fears you may have and what you can do about them. Here are a few factors to think about.

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Posted in Parenting Ideas on August 29, 2019

The Scary Truth About Drowning: Starting the Conversation About Water Safety

by SwimSchool Bob

Drowning is horrific, and the thought of childhood drowning is enough to make any of us sick. This is probably why most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking or talking about it, but nonetheless swimming safety is important to keep in mind. In fact, current drowning statistics tell us that drowning is still the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children between one and four years of age. This means we have to make pool safety and water safety a key point of focus in our conversations with our kids. 

 

But, how do you actually have these hard conversations? And where do you start? Here are some tips. 

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Posted in Swim Safety on August 23, 2019

How to Pick the Right Swim Class Time for Your Kid

by SwimSchool Bob

If your child is still at an age in which regular naps are crucial for their development (and your peace of mind), it can be tricky to schedule activities around them. You also have to keep in mind the dreaded car nap when planning their schedules, since even a short catnap while you drive them from Point A to Point B can throw off their nap sleep routine for an entire day or two. 

 

We all know that dealing with toddlers who haven’t slept, or are off their typical nap schedule, can be very challenging, so as you go about selecting the right swim class day and time for your little one, here are some rules of thumb to keep in mind.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on August 20, 2019

Lifelong Benefits of Swimming Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

 

When you start your child in swim lessons, you’re probably zeroed in on water safety – as well as excited about giving them a chance to exercise regularly and learn new skills. But have you stopped to think of all the extra ways swimming lessons can benefit your little ones for years to come? Feeling comfortable in the water and being able to swim can help your kid in the here and now, like by boosting their social confidence at a pool party for a friend’s birthday or on a family vacation to the ocean. These benefits can outlast the days of swim lessons, even far into your child’s future. Here are a few ways:

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Posted in Child Development, Benefits of Swim Lessons on August 14, 2019

7 Tips: The Ultimate New Parent's Guide to Baby Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

Baby swimming lessons are one of the most important things you can do for your infant, but you probably have a lot of questions if you’re just getting started. You might wonder, “how early can a baby learn to swim?” or what the right baby swim school is for your child. First, remember that baby and me swim classes provide a lot of benefits like teaching life-saving skills, improving motor skills, boosting mental development, and giving you and your little one a great bonding opportunity. 

Even so, we know mommy and me swim classes might be daunting at first, so we’re going to cover some helpful tips for the first time swim parent.

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Posted in Swim Safety on August 7, 2019

Benefits of Making Swim Lessons Part of Your Back to School Routine

by SwimSchool Bob

Can you believe summer vacation is coming to an end? If you’re like most parents, it probably feels like you blinked and your kids are just about to head back to school.  When planning their fall schedules, you might be wondering what activities should fit into the picture. Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to include kids swimming classes into their back to school routine.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on August 4, 2019

Swimming Safety When It's Stormy

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Summer is known for many things, like that oh-so-welcome break from school, soaring temperatures, enjoying cool treats and spending time at the pool or beach. But summer also brings the stormy, monsoon season – and this means thunderstorms and lightning. There are many myths about swimming safety in storms, and what happens when swimming and lightning mix. The National Lightning Safety Institute has a slogan, “If you can see it, flee it; if you can hear it, clear it.” Here’s an overview of some truths, so you can make smart, safe decisions for you and your family this summer.

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Posted in Swim Safety on July 22, 2019

How Baby & Me Swim Lessons Promote Healthy Development

by SwimSchool Bob

There have been a lot of studies done about the benefits of baby swimming, and parents asking, “how early can a baby learn to swim?” What we’ve learned from our research points to the fact that the earlier an infant begins swim classes, the better for their development in a number of ways.

 

But, specifically, you might be wondering how swim lessons make a difference in this formative time period. Here’s some more information, through the lens of child development stages.

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Posted in Child Development, Benefits of Swim Lessons on June 24, 2019

4 Ways to Encourage Healthy Living for Kids

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Every year, we look forward to Every Kid Healthy™ Week, which takes place from April 22nd - 26th. This annual observance was created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. It’s right in line with our mission to further kids’ fitness and healthy living for kids. So in honor of this week, here are some of our favorite tips for raising healthy children.

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Posted in Parenting Ideas, Benefits of Swim Lessons on June 17, 2019

Why Baby & Me Swim Lessons are for Dads Too!

by SwimSchool Bob

Sometimes we hear people refer to our infant swimming lessons as “mommy and me” classes - and they absolutely can be! Whether you work full-time, part-time, or stay at home, many moms enjoy spending quality bonding time in the pool during baby swim lessons. And we love to see that. But this “mommy and me” nickname only tells part of the story about our baby and me swim classes. Did you know that dads are welcome, and encouraged, to participate in them too? Here’s a little more about why.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on May 28, 2019

5 Social Benefits of Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

The importance of swimming lessons for kids has been pretty well studied and widely embraced, especially in the context of water safety. But in addition to safety, there are swim lesson benefits that extend far and wide.

When you enroll your child in kids swimming lessons, there are also a host of social skills they’ll be picking up every week in class. Here are a few we see most often;

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development on May 27, 2019

Sooner is Better: Why It's Important to Enroll Your Baby in Swim Lessons Early

by SwimSchool Bob

Some parents that we’ve talked to have been surprised that you can start babies swimming very early. We’ve found this to be a common misconception, as many people think infants aren’t able to learn anything in baby swim lessons, so they may decide to wait to start baby swimming until they’re around the ages of one or two.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on May 20, 2019

5 Reasons Why Repetition is Important in Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

 

When we work to teach your kids to swim, we include a significant dose of repetition in every lesson. Our curriculum builds upon the skills learned each week, and we spend a lot of time reinforcing these skills over and over again - intentionally. We do this when teaching a toddler to swim because it develops muscle memory, improves mental development, and ultimately results in a stronger, more capable and confident little swimmer. Here’s a little more about the benefits of repetition in swim class and in other learning environments.

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Posted in Swim Tips, Benefits of Swim Lessons on April 17, 2019

Hot Tub Safety for Little Swimmers

by SwimSchool Bob

Swimming safety is an important topic all year round. With the temperatures staying low, parents are wondering: are hot tubs safe for my little swimmer? Hot tub safety should be in the forefront of a parent's mind, and with a few mindful practices, the spa can be enjoyed by the entire family.

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Posted in Swim Safety on March 7, 2019

Face Swimming Fears with Our Top 5 Favorite Books for Little Swimmers

by SwimSchool Bob

Did you know that March 2nd is “National Read Across America Day?” At Hubbard, we’re big fans of reading and really believe in the far-reaching benefits for you and your kids. One of these benefits is that some of the best books toddlers and kids love can teach them important lessons and help them through new, exciting, or challenging times in their lives. And this can include swimming!

In honor of National Read Across America Day, we wanted to share our top five best swimming books. These can help you start some valuable conversations in your family about baby and toddler swim safety, facing new challenges in the pool, and becoming a comfortable and successful swimmer. Here they are!

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Posted in Off the Wall Thoughts, Parenting Ideas on March 5, 2019

Don't Delay Water Safety: Prepare for a Safe Summer by Enrolling in Swim Lessons Before You Pull out the SPF

by SwimSchool Bob

It’s common that swimming and summer are thought of as going hand-in-hand. And while the hotter months of the year are definitely the most popular ones for hitting the pool or going to the beach, it’s best to start swimming lessons long before that time of year comes around. In fact, now is the best time to get your little one enrolled in baby swim lessons or toddler swim lessons. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

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Posted in Swim Safety on February 19, 2019