This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swim School.
“Swim lessons” – two words that send chills down my spine. It’s not that I am against them; in fact I think they are necessary for every child. I don’t expect my children to be Olympic swimmers (unless they want to be), but I want them to be able to keep themselves afloat if they should end up in deep water. Swim lessons are a very important part of childhood.
So why do I shudder at the thought of them? Let’s just say my children have an…interesting relationship with the water. Meaning they hate it. My oldest loves being in the water and loves the bath, but he hates getting his face and hair wet. We did a parent and child class when he was about 18 months old, and everything was great until he had to put his face in the water. That led to a huge meltdown, and we didn’t end up going back to class after that day. My youngest has screamed through every bath he’s ever received since birth. The though of experiencing weekly meltdowns in the name of teaching them to swim was not at all appealing to me. I’ve put off swim lessons for a long time just because I didn’t want to deal with the drama.
When my oldest son and I were invited to check out the new Goldfish Swim School location in Carmel, I was really interested to see if we would have a different experience. When I called to set up our lesson, I was pleased to find out that Goldfish has a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio, which means each child gets a lot of individual attention. Another interesting thing that makes Goldfish different is that you don’t sign up for a four or six week session, but instead lessons are year-round. They believe that perpetual lessons help build confidence, and I think that totally makes sense. They also feature warmer pool temperatures (90 degrees) and a saline sanitation system for their pool water, which really makes Goldfish stand out from other options. I am really impressed by the way Goldfish Swim School approaches swim lessons.
When we walked in the door of Goldfish Swim School, my four-year-old said, “Mommy! This is cool!” and my two-year-old started trying to take his shirt off: “I go swim!” The facility is gorgeous, and so kid friendly. There’s an all-glass wall separating the observation area from the pool, so you can see everything your child is doing during a lesson without being a distraction for them. The decor has a fun beach feel that both of my kids loved. There are spacious changing rooms, special machines to dry out your suit, and a hair-dryer bar with a surfboard (a favorite for my boys). The whole facility is bright and welcoming. The atmosphere at Goldfish is amazing; you can’t help but smile as you walk in the door. This was one of my favorite things about Goldfish Swim School.
But hey, atmosphere doesn’t mean anything if they can’t teach my kid to swim, right? Luckily, they have that covered, too. My oldest was a little nervous when he realized that I wasn’t going in the water with him, but it only took a few minutes with Mr. John for him to loosen up. They covered a wide variety of skills during their 30 minute lesson, and best of all, my son was having a great time. Parents were called in during the last five minutes of class for a progress report. Mr. John let me know that my son was very enthusiastic with no tears, and best of all, he put his face in the water! That is a pretty amazing accomplishment, and it speaks to the great job that the Goldfish instructors do. They have a way of really making the kids feel comfortable, which leads to the confidence to try new skills.
If you are looking for a great swim experience, check out Goldfish Swim School in Carmel. We had a blast, and my son can’t stop talking about going back to “the goldfish school.” My youngest is dying to swim there, too! Thankfully, they offer classes from age 4 months to 12 years. There’s also more than group lessons at Goldfish; they have a swim team for advanced swimmers, a Jump Start Clinic to boost skills, open swim for families, and private lessons for those who need a little extra help. Goldfish has a unique approach, but I think their fresh take on swimming lessons creates a fun and comfortable environment for kids. Check out their website to find out more about what they have to offer, and be sure to follow them on Facebook for the latest news. Hopefully we can splash with you there soon!
I received a complimentary lesson and compensation for this sponsored post through TweetTeam.com. All opinions and misplaced dread of swim lessons are 100% mine.