As the long, hot days of summer come to an end, this not only signals the end of late nights and family outings, but it means that our pools are all being drained and our swim suits are hung up to dry until next May. Now is a perfect time to get signed up for swim lessons.
My daughter (4-year-old) and son (2-year-old) have been going to the Little Otter Swim School for more than a year. The weekly swim lessons helped boost their confidence heading into this summer and gave them the necessary training needed to head to the public pool down the street. It put them more at ease, and put my husband and I more at ease, too.
We want to make sure as the outside pools close that we stay consistent with our swim lessons. I want to build off the momentum they’ve earned and keep the motions of swimming top of mind. The last thing I want to happen is to keep them out of the pool until next May. I worry that they will regress and have to relearn fundamentals and regain their confidence at the pool.
My daughter just “graduated” from the Starfish class. This class, for 3 to 5-year-olds, helped her ace swimming underwater between two distances, pushing off the side of the pool to help her go further and nailed her back float. Her teacher was great at keeping her lessons fun through a series of challenges, games, themes and songs.
My son recently “graduated” from the Baby Otter II class. This class, for ages 18 to 36 months, helped him gain confidence in going underwater. What started as blowing bubbles in the water, he can now jump in, go under water, turn and grab the wall and pull himself up. This is amazing to see as I know should he ever fall into a pool, he has the ability to pull himself up and out of the water. Since moving up to Baby Otter III there has been an emphasis on more breath control and independent swimming. In the Baby Otter classes, a parent swims with their child, but I love how in Baby Otter III, more time is spent out of my arms, giving him the ability to explore the water more and gain confidence in his swimming abilities.
I look forward to seeing how the kids progress during the school year. I know how critical it is to keep them active in their swim lessons so they don’t forget what they’ve learned. If you are interested in keeping your fish active in the water, contact Little Otter today to get them registered!