How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Fit All Year
The summer is winding down, and school is just around the corner. Those lazy days at the pool are just about over.
But that doesn’t mean children have to stop swimming. SafeSpash Swim School is available year-round to keep kids swimming through the school year, so they don’t lose their water skills.
Water safety is a skill best taught at a young age. But sometimes Colorado’s short summers don’t give parents enough time at neighborhood pools to instill good swim techniques.
Being able to continue lessons when outdoor pools close can be a great way for kids to master their swim skills before the next summer rolls around. Plus, the warm pools at SafeSplash, a satisfying 90 to 92 degrees at dedicated pools, are inviting on cold winter days.
At SafeSplash, lessons start at 6 months of age, with Parent-n-Me classes, and run all the way to adults.
Students can sign up for 30-minute, once-a-week classes. Open swim is also available once or twice a week, depending on location, which can help solidify the skills in a less rigorous environment.
When the weather outside turns cold, indoor swim lessons also can help burn off the energy that comes from being cooped up.
Karissa Gerrard, director of shared services and district manager of SafeSplash, says that indoor swimming keeps kids active in the winter when they can’t get outside and keeps them fit.
But physical fitness isn’t the only advantage; mental fitness can benefit as well.
“Swimming helps build kids’ confidence,” Gerrard says. And she is backed up by the USA Swimming organization. According to USA Swimming, swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.
SafeSplash takes teaching swimming seriously, and this extends to their rigorous hiring process.
All instructors are required to have experience teaching children prior to being interviewed. After a three-part interview, involving an extensive background check and an in-water skills sessions, they are sent through a three-week SafeSplash certification process.
Gerrard states that SafeSplash instructors are SafeSplash certified, with a curriculum that was built off the Red Cross and the US Swim School Association curriculum. The instructors also become vested in the instruction of their students and SafeSplash.
“A lot of our instructors have been with us for over five years,” she says. Consistency is key for swimming success at SafeSplash, so keeping the same teachers and students together will help the students master their skills.
SafeSplash has 10 locations around the metro area that offer swim lessons year-round, with monthly tuition, so there is no long-term commitment. Private lessons are also offered for those who want to give their child that extra edge for swim team or to gain confidence in their swim skills.
The window-lined waiting rooms give excellent views of the children as they perfect their swim strokes, and parents can always consult their child’s instructor for tips or updates at one of the monthly Show ’N Tell sessions.
Classes are offered seven days a week with a wide-range of choices that can easily work around naps and sports schedules.