I don’t know about you but when I think about swim lessons, I picture adorable little cherubs learning how to get their faces wet and get out of the pool unassisted. I know my kids definitely took their fair share of swim lessons when they were younger. However, as they have grown and become reasonably comfortable in the water, swim lessons sort of faded from the forefront of my mind.
Recently, my oldest (8 years old) was able to take Pro 2 swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School, designed for children ages 4-12 years old who have a solid foundation with the 4 competitive swim strokes. The goal of the Pro 2 classes is to establish further mastery of these skills. The instructors focus on things like how to effectively breathe during the strokes, how your arms and legs should be positioned to properly execute, and of course, they continue to focus on confidence, comfort, safety, and endurance in the water. It doesn’t stop there either. After Pro 2, your child can move up another level to participate in Swim Force.
Swim Force is a 1 hour long class for children 5-12 years old who have mastered all 4 competitive swim strokes- backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and butterfly. Once a child graduates the Pro 2 class, they advance to Swim Force. The instructors at Goldfish Swim School focus on reinforcing correct technique and building endurance. Quarterly swim meets are held in-house for swimmers to gain competition experience in a friendly environment.
Let me tell you a little more about why I am now a firm believer in swim lessons for my older kids. Each week as I sat and watched my daughter in her lessons, I became increasingly impressed with what I was seeing.
The classes at Goldfish Swim School are wildly efficient. They run like a well-oiled machine. The classes start on time, they call parents in about 5 minutes before classes are supposed to end to give you an update on your child’s progress, and they end on time. As a busy mom, I really appreciated this efficiency. It makes it super easy to fit these classes into even the most hectic of schedules.
I consider my kids to be fairly proficient swimmers. The goal of the Pro 2 and Swim Force classes at Goldfish Swim School is to take it to the next level. I love that they teach the details of the actual strokes and the proper form/techniques. My oldest knew the basics of the strokes when she started the classes, but in just a few short weeks I was seeing a noticeable improvement in her technical abilities. She was breathing better with her freestyle stroke and her dolphin kick was looking pretty solid.
At the end of one of the classes, I was able to hear the instructor break down how to do the dolphin kick for my 8-year-old. She was able to easily explain it so my daughter could understand. It’s also fun to watch how and when the instructors intervene with the kids in the class to help them correct something without a significant disruption to the kid’s efforts.
I was surprised to see that they utilize treading water as a tool during these classes more advanced classes. It makes a lot of sense when I think about it. Endurance is a crucial component to swimming for any significant length or amount of time. And ultimately, it’s key for safety too.
Now it’s your turn!
If you are interested in trying out some of the more advanced swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School, but just aren’t sure exactly sure where you child falls skill wise, their team would love for you to swim on by for a free trial. They will be able to determine which class your child is best suited for and transition them up accordingly as they progress.
You can sign up by completing an online registration form, give them a call at (513) 857-1700, or stopping by to say hello in person. (If you haven’t been, you will be super impressed with their facility.)
With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to build up those swim skills. No matter what age your child is, he/she can benefit from Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School.
So, move over little ones… make some room for the bigger fish in the pool!