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4 Important Reasons Why You Shouldn't Stop Lessons after Summer

by SwimSchool Bob

Swimming is almost always associated with summertime, but did you know it’s also one of the best fall activities for kids? If your child is learning to swim, the best rule of thumb is to keep them enrolled in swim lessons year-round, even after school is in session. 

 

Here are a few of the reasons: 

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Posted in Swim Safety on December 11, 2019

Learning to Swim: The Hubbard Philosophy

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Even when swim schools share similar instruction methods and philosophies, no two schools are created exactly equal. In fact, at Hubbard Family Swim School, we have very particular guiding lights that help us shape the curriculum we use for our swimming classes for kids, and direct how we run our infant, kid, and toddler swim school. Here’s a little more about why we do what we do, and how it’s helped us offer the best swimming lessons around for over 20 years

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Posted in Swim Safety on December 4, 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

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

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

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

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

Top Winter Water Safety Tips for Parents

by SwimSchool Bob

Wintertime and water safety are not always two words that people think of together. But when December is upon us, it’s important to remind parents that pools, hot tubs, and other bodies of water can still be hazardous for little ones. So in the interest of infant swim safety (and swim safety of even older kids), here are some safety tips for parents for the winter months.

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Posted in Swim Safety, Swim Tips on December 10, 2018

Importance of Rinsing Off Before and After Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

Did you know that it’s important for your child to rinse off before and after swim lessons? While we’ve found that parents often have their children shower after swimming, many are unaware that they should also shower before swimming - especially when swimming in public pools. Here’s why:

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Posted in Swim Safety, Swim Tips on November 9, 2018

Fun Ways to Help Your Child Practice Breath Control

by SwimSchool Bob

If you’ve ever seen kiddos at our school demonstrate a ‘jellyfish float’ where they’re face down and holding their breath in the pool, you might’ve wondered how such a skill will help them with their swimming technique. There are actually many benefits to that particular skill, but did you know it also doubles as one of our favorite breath control exercises?

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Posted in Swim Safety, Swim Tips on October 12, 2018

Monsoon Season and Water Safety

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Most Arizona residents will tell you that monsoons are one of the most unpredictable parts of the summer months in Arizona. These storms are often characterized by thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms, and extreme heat. Monsoon season, which lasts from June through September, is when these weather events are most prevalent. Even if you’re well accustomed to Arizona’s rainy season, there are still some key water safety tips to keep in mind to make sure you and your family stay safe this season.

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Posted in Swim Safety on August 12, 2018

5 Water Safety Precautions to Follow if You Own a Pool

by SwimSchool Bob

Summer is a wonderful season that many families look forward to because it often means vacations and a break from our normal busy schedules, but it can also mean danger if proper water safety precautions aren’t taken. Especially if you have a pool in your own backyard, you need to take extra steps to protect your children. So, here are some of our best pool safety tips you can follow in order to keep your kids safe this summer.

 

  1. Fence Your Pool, and Lock it up. .....

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Posted in Swim Safety on August 7, 2018

4th of July Safety Tips: How to Keep Kids Safe Around the Pool

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday comes with a lot of festivities, especially ones that involve kids and pool parties. So before you start the barbecue and make that first splash into the pool, make sure you’re up to speed on Fourth of July pool safety tips. Here’s what we recommend for every family that wants to enjoy backyard barbecues and pool parties this summer while keeping everyone safe.

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Posted in Swim Safety on June 28, 2018

What You Need to Know About Swimming Supervision

by SwimSchool Bob

 

As it stands today, drowning is the primary cause of injury deaths in children ages one to four. This means that it has surpassed even car accidents in terms of risk, which is a pretty frightening thought. Since water is all around us, especially in a state like Arizona where pools are so prevalent, figuring out how to prevent drowning is a primary concern for many parents. And there’s a lot of talk about active supervision being the best defense against drowning, but some parents still aren’t sure what that means. Here’s what you need to know about swimming supervision and drowning prevention so you can keep your kids safe.

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Posted in Swim Safety on May 15, 2018

How to Have a Safe & Fun Pool Party

by SwimSchool Bob

Summer is coming, it's hot, and the kids are begging you to take them to the pool every day. Hosting or attending a summer pool party is a fun and a popular summer trend, but they come with some concerns. It often feels like safety takes away from the fun, but it certainly doesn't have to! Here are 7 tips and ideas to keep your party safe for the whole crowd while maintaining a relaxed and fun atmosphere for parents and kids alike.

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Posted in Swim Safety on May 4, 2018

May 15th - International Water Safety Day

by SwimSchool Bob


May 15th marks International Water Safety Day, part of National Water Safety Month, which is intended to raise global awareness for drowning prevention and water safety education. We like to take this time to help our swimmers and their parents learn safety tips in order to be safe around the water. Below are our top 10 safety tips that we think are most important when it comes to being safe around water:

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Posted in Swim Safety on April 24, 2018

Water Park Safety: What to Keep in Mind

by SwimSchool Bob

 

When we think about water safety, most of us immediately think about how to keep kids safe around pools. And while pools are probably where our children will spend most of their share of time around water,  we also need to be prepared to keep them safe around other bodies of water.

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Posted in Swim Safety on April 17, 2018

How to Prepare Your Child for Swim Lessons Without You

by SwimSchool Bob


You’ve been taking your tot to swimming lessons for quite some time now, and while you’ve enjoyed bonding with your toddler in the water, the time has come for your little one to venture off to swim lessons without you. We understand that moving up a class level is a proud moment for both you and your child, but can come with some uncertainties.  Without preparation, this can be a stressful transition for little ones, but by taking a few steps beforehand can turn a potential outburst into a positive and fun experience.

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Posted in Swim Safety on March 30, 2018

Water Safety Quiz for Kids

by SwimSchool Bob

Having your child enrolled in swim classes is the first step to helping them become knowledgeable about water safety and learn valuable swimming safety skills  that can keep them safe. But there’s no substitute for swimming supervision (and by that we mean, active supervision); and so it’s equally important you talk with your child regularly about best practices near water.

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Posted in Swim Safety on March 9, 2018

Understanding Common Ear Infections

by SwimSchool Bob

Most parents would agree that dealing with illnesses in children is one of the most stressful parts of being a mom or dad. If it’s not the common cold or a scraped knee from falling down, it seems like it’s a bellyache or a painful hangnail. And while every injury or illness that our little ones face is hard for us to see, ear pain seems to be one of the most acute types of pain that can really wreak havoc on children. There’s also a lot of confusion about ear infections and the question of whether or not swimming (or exposing a child’s ears to water period) might be responsible for ear infections. Given how common they are in infants and toddlers, we’re here to help you sort out the truths and the myths about this common childhood infection.

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Posted in Swim Safety on January 16, 2018