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The Importance of Play for Child Development

by SwimSchool Bob

If you’re like most parents, playtime with your kids is your favorite time. It can be a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine when you have some time at home and can spend valuable moments with your children playing. The value of play extends far beyond the moment in which they’re playing. In fact, there are nearly endless benefits of play. A parent and child playing together are one of the most important things that can take place to foster learning - and instill a love for ongoing learning in children. Here’s why:

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Posted in Child Development, Benefits of Swim Lessons on November 2, 2018

The Difference Between Group & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob

At Hubbard Family Swim School, we make sure the class size is small in our toddler swim lessons so that our students get maximum instruction and attention from their teacher. Because of this, our group classes only have four students in them, tops. We also offer semi-private swim lessons for children younger than 3 who are ready to take the next steps after "parent and tot" lessons but are not quite ready for groups of 4.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Swim Tips on October 22, 2018

Benefits from Baby Swim Lessons You’ll See Outside the Pool

by SwimSchool Bob

When you’re thinking about boosting your infant’s development, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of all the different activities for babies that are available to parents. You might be drawn to the idea of baby swimming lessons, like many parents, because of the importance of water safety. But did you know that the benefits of pairing babies and swimming extend far beyond the water? Here are just a few of the advantages that come along with enrolling your little one at a baby swim school:

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on October 19, 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

Confident Swimmers Make for Confident Kids

by SwimSchool Bob

Most parents are well aware that swimming is a great way to get their kids some physical exercise including cardiovascular, respiratory, and strength-building benefits. But did you know that kids swimming classes are also instrumental in building self-confidence and encouraging positive social interaction among little ones?

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on September 17, 2018

6 Swim Lesson Etiquette Tips for Parents

by SwimSchool Bob

Whether you’re new to swimming lessons or have had your child at our school since they were in baby swimming lessons, you probably have a solid grasp on the rules and expectations we have for your kids. But have you ever thought about the etiquette of parents at the pool? And by that we mean supporting your child by helping make their learning to swim experience as stress-free as possible. One of the best ways to support your child is to be a calm, responsible, and encouraging presence for them as they go about learning to swim - and to help keep our school distraction-free for all our swimmers.

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Posted in Swim Tips on September 11, 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

Camp Hubbard Highlight

by Ann Marie Sunderhaus

We are in the heat of summer! That means it’s time to enroll your child in summer day camps to keep them social and active for the summer months. As a parent of a particularly active child, you might be wondering what sports camps near you offer fun and safe activities. At Camp Hubbard we provide our campers with a multitude of activities fit into one week to keep them busy, active, and social!

 

Camp Hubbard offers two programs: Kids Summer Day Camp for kids ages 4.5 - 12, and a Teen Leadership Camp where kids ages 13 -16 learn responsibility by working with younger campers through mentorship, guidance, and helping them throughout their day. At Camp Hubbard, we believe summer camp shouldn’t stop for teens, there are many important benefits for teens to be involved in summer camp. And that all stems from the opportunity to learn goal setting, leadership, and communication skills they will learn at camp and carry into adulthood.

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Posted in Hubbard Updates on July 6, 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

Building Speech Skills at the Pool

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Just because your child was born with speech and language difficulties does not mean that it should be considered a lifelong disability. New research is being done every day, and you can help your child improve their speech and language skills with speech therapy during swimming lessons! Let your child have fun, while learning to interact with others and develop their language skills.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development on April 10, 2018

What are the Criteria for Competitive Swimming for Kids?

by SwimSchool Bob

 

A lot of parents make the decision to enroll their little ones in swimming lessons when they’re young and then may stop classes once they’ve become proficient swimmers. But there are also a lot of kids who fall in love with swimming during their initial exposure to it and want to continue taking lessons long after they’ve mastered basic skills. As a parent, you want your child to have an active and social lifestyle and one of the best ways to do so is by involving them with competitive swimming for kids.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on April 2, 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

Celebrating 20 Years of Making Confident Safer Swimmers and Being Among the Best Swim Schools

by SwimSchool Bob

 

Hubbard Family Swim School is celebrating 20 years in business - and, more importantly, 20 years of serving families like yours. We’re honored that so many of you have trusted us with your children’s swimming and water safety and letting us share the love we have for swimming and water safety. “It has meant a great deal to us knowing that we are not only teaching children how to swim, we are also introducing them to a skill that they will be able to enjoy throughout their lifetime. Swimming is a  life-long activity that everyone in a family can enjoy”, says Kathy Hubbard.

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Posted in Hubbard Updates on March 29, 2018

How to Maximize Your Time at Baby Swim Lessons

by SwimSchool Bob


It’s never too early to start your child with swim lessons! Not only do baby swim lessons give your child a chance to learn about water safety at a young age, but the lessons also help nurture their child development. The only challenge with taking your child to swim lessons at a young age is you never know what you’ll get from them. There are some things you can do at home to prepare them for the lessons, but sometimes you simply have to take what you get from them. Here are some of the best ways you can get the most out of your baby swimming lessons.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development, Parenting Ideas, Swim Tips on March 22, 2018

Why Everyone Should Learn to Swim (at Any Age)!

by SwimSchool Bob

 


About half of American adults could likely improve upon their basic swimming skills, and in warm-weather states like Arizona, where almost everyone has a pool, it is a necessity. The reality is most Americans overestimated their swimming skills and don’t know how to swim as well as they think. About 80 percent of adults said they could swim, but, only about half of them could perform basic “water competency” skills necessary for survival in the water.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons on March 20, 2018