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"Watch Me!" - Building Confidence in Your Little Swimmer

by SwimSchool Bob

Swimming lessons provide a great physical outlet for kids, along with the benefits of increased water safety, swimming confidence, social skills, and mental strength. But the classes themselves aren’t the only time for these rewards to be cultivated. If you’re wondering how to build confidence in kids, there’s a lot that you, as the parent or caregiver, can do.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on April 28, 2020

Why Swim Lessons Make Your Spring Break Better

by SwimSchool Bob

 

It’s that time of year when families everywhere are getting excited about spring break with kids. A family spring break is often a long-awaited time of fun, bonding, and memories. And if your children have been in swimming lessons, your spring break trip is sure to benefit in more ways than one. 

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on April 22, 2020

The Dos and Don'ts of Owning a Kiddie Pool

by SwimSchool Bob

 

If you don’t have a full-size, in-ground pool in your yard, you might fill up a kiddie pool for your kids to enjoy as the weather heats up. An inflatable kiddie pool can be a lot of fun, and is often the center of lively outdoor play. But just because it’s a small pool doesn’t mean it’s free from dangers. In fact, even the best inflatable pool should be treated as any pool: a major safety hazard. Here are some tips for keeping your family safe if you have a kiddie pool. 

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Posted in Swim Safety on April 15, 2020

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Swim Lessons?

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Does your child absolutely love swimming? Maybe you’ve enrolled in swimming lessons for kids, but your little one keeps asking you for more pool time. You wonder about how many swim lessons to learn to swim, when to stop swimming lessons, or if your child’s schedule is getting too crowded. Here’s our take on whether there’s such a thing as too many lessons, and how long you should keep your kids in classes. 

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on April 8, 2020

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

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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 March 16, 2020

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

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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 12, 2020

The Importance of Celebrating Learning to Swim Milestones

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When young kids are enrolled in swimming lessons it’s easy to wonder how many milestones there are and how they’re being met. You might see their class week to week, and not really notice much change from one to the next. Even so, progress is being made all the time - and progress monitoring is being done by our instructors. In fact, our team is trained in positive reinforcement and understands the importance of celebrating student success. Here’s a little more about our approach.

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Posted in Child Development, Parenting Ideas on March 8, 2020

Why Learning to Swim Isn't a Seasonal Activity

by SwimSchool Bob

 

We’ve shared before why it’s important to keep swim lessons going even after the summer months are gone, but did you know that winter is actually a perfect time for kids to even start swim lessons, and embrace learning water safety life skills? Here are some more tips about kids swimming safety in the winter months. 

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Swim Safety on December 25, 2019

How Baby Bath Conditioning Helps Prepare Little Ones for Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

If you don’t have a pool at home, you might think there’s nothing you can do to prepare your infant for stress-free baby swim lessons. But that’s not the case. In fact, almost every home has the one thing that can help you get your little one ready for baby and me swim classes: a bathtub! 

Here are a few ways you can prepare your baby for swim lessons at home:

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Posted in Child Development, Parenting Ideas on December 17, 2019

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

How to Decode Your Baby's Signals During Swim Class

by SwimSchool Bob

If you’re about to start swimming lessons for babies, you might be excited but have some questions about what the actual class will be like. In fact, there’s often as much of a period of adjustment for parents who are helping their baby swim as there is for the infants! 

 

Most parents who are experienced taking their little one to baby swimming classes have come to understand one truth: baby swim lessons will go a lot more smoothly if you learn to decode your baby’s signals and respond accordingly. Here are three common cues you may get from your baby, and how to handle each. 

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Posted in Swim Tips on November 26, 2019

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