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Baby Swim Lessons: When is My Little One Ready?

There are a lot of factors to keep in mind when you’re thinking about starting baby swim lessons. Of course, the best place to start is by thinking through what your ultimate goals are. Do you hope to help your infant grow into a water-confident child? Do you want to increase your baby’s safety around the pool? Are you looking for a fun way to bond with your son or daughter?


Whichever goal you have for baby swim lessons, the most widely accepted rule of thumb is that earlier exposure to water is better. The sooner your little one gets used to the feeling of buoyancy, splashing, and all-around enjoyment in the water, the more likely it is they will look forward to swim lessons, master new skills successfully, and practice safe, competent habits around water. But every child is different, so there isn’t always a one-size-fits-all answer to the, “When is my baby ready for swimming?” question. To help you find your best answer, keep reading.


Posted in Child Development, Benefits of Swim Lessons by Swim School Bob

How Swim Lessons Benefit a Child's Personality Development

When it comes to positive activities for children, swim lessons may not immediately come to mind, but there are a lot of awesome benefits swimming affords! The positive impact pool time can have on a child’s mental and physical well-being is pretty incredible. It’s why we’re big believers in helping more kids become swimmers, and why we offer classes designed to teach them the basic swim skills they need.


Not a believer yet? We’ve seen how swim lessons help a child’s personality development. Here are some of the ways swimming can aid a child develop both physically and mentally.


Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development by Swim School Bob

Are Swim Skills Really Important?


In parts of the country that boast shorelines and houses that seem incomplete without a swimming pool, teaching kids swim skills is a given. Parents understand that swim lessons are an important part of keeping their children safe around water and usually don’t hesitate to get them enrolled at a young age. But what if you live in a landlocked area, where pools are few and far between and the ocean is a blue chunk on the map? Or what if your children are involved in a lot of activities as it is, and you’re questioning whether adding another one makes sense? Read on for some factors to consider if you’re wondering whether swim skills are an important skill for your child to learn.


Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons by Swim School Bob

Baby Swim Lesson Prep for Stress-Free Swim Lessons

Baby swim lessons are an amazing opportunity to bond with your new baby. Once you’ve signed up however, you may start wondering if you’re prepared for all of the eventualities and start feeling stressed. Preparing for baby swim lessons doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are some key tips to stress-free swimming.


Posted in Swim Tips by Swim School Bob

The Do's and Don'ts for Sick Children at Swim Lessons


With school coming back in session, chances are your child is going to come in contact with a sick classmate. Whether it's a case of the sniffles, or something more serious, it can be difficult to make the right call on sending your child to their much-anticipated swim lesson. Swimming is the most fun when everyone is healthy, and that means our students and instructors. It’s important to know as a parent when you can, and when you can't, bring your sick child to swimming lessons.


Posted in Swim Safety by Swim School Bob

Swimming Safety: Things to Remind Your Kids Before They Swim at a Friend's House

Swimming is a fun-filled activity for kids and brings families together! Splashing around in the pool is always fun, no matter your age. But unfortunate accidents happen; according to the American Red Cross, each year around 200 children drown in backyard pools. Pool safety is a priority to prevent tragedy and to ensure families and friends have fun while swimming. And that includes when children swim over at a friend’s house.


Posted in Swim Safety by Swim School Bob

Fun Games to Help Kids Get Comfortable Going Underwater

If you’ve started your little one in infant swim lessons or toddler swimming lessons, you likely have experienced one of two possible reactions to getting their head wet: they either love it or they hate it.


If your child falls into the former category, that’s great. But if your tiny swimmer is resistant (or all out panicked) about submerging their head underwater, being in the pool can be stressful for both of you. Try not to despair: there are plenty of fun swimming games you can try – and ways you can use bath time play – to help your child move past their fears. Here are a few tactics we recommend.


by Swim School Bob

Fun Summer Activities to do Outside of the Pool That Keep You Cool


Swimming and playing in the pool are usually some of the most appealing parts of the summer. As temperatures get toasty and other outdoor activities become less inviting, water is naturally a big draw. But if you don’t have a pool, or are just looking for some summer activities for kids in addition to those you can do at the pool, there are plenty of other options that can be a blast and keep you cool. Here they are!


Posted in Favorite Local Joints, Parenting Ideas by Swim School Bob

The Best Vacation Spots for Swimmers

For millions of Americans, summertime is synonymous with sun, sand, and water. In other words…  VACATION! Even if you’re not singing the tunes to Alice Cooper’s School’s Out, summer can still bring that carefree fun feeling from your crayon-wielding days. If you are one of the many who look forward to cooling off in the water on a hot summer day then look no further because we've compiled a list of the top five U.S. best vacation spots for people who love to swim!


Posted in Parenting Ideas by Swim School Bob

Tips for a Safe Family Beach Vacation


Summer is coming and lots of families are planning a beach or lake vacation. There are so many positives to a beach getaway: fun in the sun, ice cream shops, water sports, games, fireworks, and lots of family memories. To keep things fun and to travel safe it’s a good idea to brush up on vacation safety tips before packing up the car and hitting the road.


Posted in Swim Safety by Swim School Bob