Category Archives: Infants

Congrats to our June Swimmer of the Month from Keller, TX! June 17, 2013

Brooke is our June Swimmer of the Month!

Brooke is five years old and just completed kindergarten.

She has been swimming twice a week at SafeSplash for the past three months. Brooke has become an amazingly strong swimmer in just a few weeks time. She went from tears to full strokes and has made huge progress! She has an awesome side breath and backstroke!

 Brooke’s hobbies include school, Barbies, riding her bike, playing at the park, gymnastics, putt-putt, and swimming! Elisha & Jason are her proud parents, and she has a brother, Taylor.

 Congratulations to Brooke for being the Swimmer of the Month! Keep up the great work!

Check out weekly swim lessons at our Texas locations: Keller ~ Murphy ~ Lewisville

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Water Safety Tips for a Safer Summer! June 10, 2013

The pools are open for the summer and vacations are here! It’s never too late for parents to educate themselves and their children to be safer in and around the water. At SafeSplash, we focus on water safety during your child’s lessons, but there are steps you can take as a parent to make sure you child is safer at the pool!

From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning (non-boating related) annually in the United States. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools. For more information, click here.

Check out the tips below to make sure your children are safe at the pool and at home throughout the summer!

Always Practice Water Safety at the pool:

-          Only swim in areas supervised by lifeguards

-         Never leave a child unsupervised:

  • Do not trust a child’s life to another child or to flotation aids (floaties, puddle jumpers, etc.)

-         Use a “Family Rule” around the water:

  • Kids should ask permission to get in the water: “Mommy, may I get in the water now?”

-          Always swim with a buddy

-          Know before you go: Don’t swim if you don’t know it is safe

-          Adult Swims at the community pool: Use this time for bathroom breaks, having a small snack, applying more sunscreen, etc.

-          Learn your community pool rules: Make sure your children understand and obey all pool rules

Remove risks at your home:

-          Drain kiddie pools after use

-          Know where water hazards are in your community and around your home (Ponds, creeks, streams, other pools, etc.)

-          Use gates and barriers around home pools to remove access to water

Know your Swimming “Safety Too’s”:

-          Knowing the swimming safety too’s will help your swimmers and your family recognize dangerous behaviors in and around the swimming pool

  • Too Tired to continue swimming
  • Too Cold could lead to hypothermia
  • Too Much Sun could lead to severe sunburn or heat exhaustion
  • Too Far Away from Safety could lead to swimmers getting in water that is too deep or too far away from parents

Know how to Respond to an Emergency:

-          Get to a safe spot

-          Know your lifeguards

-          Know when to call 9-1-1

-          Get additional training in CPR and First Aid. While hopefully you would never be in a situation where CPR skills are needed, it is incredibly valuable to know proper CPR and First Aid skills.

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Water Safety Month is almost over, but summer is already here! Are you prepared? May 30, 2013

Water Safety Month is coming to a close, but with the outdoor pools now open make sure you and your family are prepared!

Check out this great article from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance on “Layers of Protection“. It covers many of the ways you can make sure your family is safe around the water and prepared for an emergency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t wait on safety! Prepare your child for summer fun by enrolling in swim lessons at SafeSplash Swim School today!

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Swim lessons save lives! May 6, 2013

Pic24A few years ago, I was teaching a beginner adult swimming class. There was a young woman named Heather enrolled in the class. She experienced a near-drowning incident as a teen and was finally feeling confident enough to get back in the water and learn how to swim. As a child, Heather had never been enrolled in swim lessons or spent much time around pools or lakes. Like most kids and teens, she felt invincible and didn’t doubt her lack of skills when she dove into that lake as a 15 year old. She realized too late that she was too deep and unable to keep herself above water. Luckily, lifeguards on duty and her family members were able to rescue her.

There are many lessons we can take away from this, but one of the most obvious is the importance of enrolling your child in swim lessons at a young age. If Heather’s parents had put her in swim lessons as a child, this may have saved her the trauma of experiencing a near-drowning. Heather and I had many issues to work through while she was in my class. It took several long and grueling months before Heather even felt comfortable floating without support and submerging her face. There were many tears and frustrations, that as an instructor, I felt could have been spared if she had been exposed to swim lessons as a child.

Unfortunately, many parents (who love and only want what is best for their children) fail to enroll their children in swim lessons. Why is this? For many years agencies like the American Academy of Pediatrics discouraged swim lessons for younger children. However, they have recently withdrawn that position and new research shows the invaluable importance of swim lessons for children. Research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) proves swim lessons can have a protective effect against drowning.

Of course, swim lessons alone do not prevent drowning. The National Drowning Prevention Alliance cites many “layers of protection” that parents can utilize to protect their child from drowning:

  • Adult supervision during any/all activities in or around bodies of water
  • Use “touch supervision” –  An adult should always be within arm’s length
  • Do not use floatation devices as a substitution for supervision
  • For home pools and spas, make sure there are barriers (like fences, pool covers, gates, etc.) that limit access to the water
  • Learn CPR and take a Water Rescue Course

There are plenty of other measures a parent can take, but swim lessons is one of the easiest and first steps a parent can take to help make their child is safer in and around water.

~ By Kelsey Olson

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Five ways to enhance your child’s experience at SafeSplash: April 11, 2013

 At SafeSplash, we want your family to have the best swim lesson experience possible. Check out these five tips to make your time at SafeSplash a great one!

 1. Consider your child’s daily routine:

When scheduling your child’s swim lessons, take into account their daily routine and how swim lessons fit into that. Lessons close to when your child naps or eats lunch can cause discomfort during their lesson. Try to pick a time when your child is most relaxed and ready to learn!

 2. Arrive early:

At SafeSplash we want to encourage a fun and friendly atmosphere, and arriving on-time and prepared for lessons is one of the easiest ways to do this. The less rushed your child feels, the more comfortable and prepared they will be for lessons.

 3. Get to know the staff:

Make your SafeSplash experience a great one by getting to know the manager, front desk staff, deck supervisor, and instructors at your facility! We are here to help, share information, and make sure your child is confident and comfortable in our program. If you ever have a question or concern, don’t hesitate to stop one of us and ask!

 4. Encourage your child:

At SafeSplash, we seek to foster a life-long love for swimming. Our instructors and staff will do their best to encourage your child and make them comfortable in the water, but parents can always help with this too! If a parent is anxious, nervous or worried, a child can sense this negative body language. Parents who stay positive, relaxed, and encouraging will help their child transition much more smoothly into swim lessons.

 5. Bath time = Practice time:

Practicing swimming skills at home reinforces what your child learns at swim lessons. Splashing in the bath, practicing blowing bubbles, or getting their face wet are all great way to continue the learning at home! Practicing these skills at home also helps with your child’s comfort level when they come to lessons.

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Coloardo’s October Swimmer of the Month October 23, 2012

Congratulations to our Colorado October Swimmer of the Month, Jiana.  Her swim instructor Emily says, “Since I started teaching Jiana Spring 2012, she has progressed from a 2b to almost a level 4 in just a few short months. Jiana had been working really hard on her pop-up breaths, then one day it clicked! She swam the whole length of the pool doing her pop-up breaths no problem. I was so proud of her!! Jiana’s older sister Keniya swims the same and I sometimes catch Jiana smiling and watching her sister swim just a few lanes over. Jiana always tells me how she wants to keep practicing and swim like her big sister one day. Jiana loves to learn new skills and asks me all the time what we are going to learn next.  Jiana is currently working on her newest favorite thing, side breathing. Jiana has gained so much confidence and loves swimming.” 

Her favorite part about swimming: side breathing (it’s also the most difficult :) )

What is your favorite thing your instructor does: fishy game, red light/green light and diving for rings

Who is the best swimmer you know: ME!

Favorite Ice Cream: Heath Bar

Favorite Color: All of them!

What is our pool rule: must sit on the dock, her sister says “not to drown” :)

We are all so proud of Jiana!  Keep up the hard work!

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September Colorado Swimmers of the Month October 3, 2012

Our September swimmers of the month in Colorado are Taylor and Rylee.   Both Taylor and Rylee have come so far since they started with SafeSplash Swim School we couldn’t pick just one! Mr. Jason has had the great privilege of teaching them for the past several months.  Mr. Jason said, “I’ve been teaching Taylor and Rylee for months now and through bravery and courage in the water (and our own set of Rylee Rules, haha) they have accomplished some impressive tasks.” They have come from a Level 1/2! to a Level 2B/4.  We have got to watch both of them come from tears and fears in the water to doing flips and swimming in the pool.  ”I’m so proud of them and know they will keep it up” says Mr. Jason.   

This is what SafeSplash Swim School is about.  It’s rewarding to watch children like Taylor and Rylee accomplish so much.  All the SafeSplash staff is very proud of both of you.  Keep up the hard work!!

Taylor, 5
Level 4
Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke
Who is the best swimmer you know: Missy Franklin
Who invented swimming: Taylor :)
Why do you wear goggles?: Keep our eyes safe
Favorite Food: Hot Dogs
Favorite Color: Rainbow
Favorite Sport: Soccer and Swimming

Rylee, 3
Level 2B
Favorite Stroke: Freestyle
Who invented swimming: I did :)
What are you not allowed to do while in swim lessons: No kicking while sitting on the dock
Favorite Food: Chicken Nuggets
Favorite Movie: Tangled
What do you want to be when you grow up: Doctor
Hobbies: Ballet and playing games

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August Swimmer of the Month-Colorado August 28, 2012

We are excited to annouce that Camryn at our Parker 24 Hour Fitness location is our August swimmer of the month in Colorado.

She swims with Miss Natalie, who she thinks is the best swimmer! Camryn is Level 3 and has been in with SafeSplash about 5 months. She is our swimmer of the month because she always has a smile and she has shown such great progress!

Her favorite swimming stroke is breaststroke (or as she calls it, ”the froggie!”). She is very proud of being able to go underwater and reach the bottom on her own, and loves getting rings! Other than swimming, she also enjoys playing soccer and roller-skating.

If you could be the teacher for a day, what would you teach? Diving!

Who is the best swimmer you know? Miss Natalie and my mom!

What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher, musketeer or a secret spy

What are you not allowed to do while you are swimming? No chewing gum!

Favorite Place to Vacation? Florida

Favorite Food? Mac and cheese

Way to go, Camryn!  We are all very proud of you here at SafeSplash!

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