When I typically envision my summer, I think about BBQ, cookouts, sandals, sun dresses, evenings sitting outside, front porch rocking, tan lines, and lots and lots of popsicles! However, this summer as we prepare for the humid and oh so hot Virginia heat, I will also be taking into account that I will be 30 weeks pregnant when our neighborhood pool opens. I am already sweating thinking about how hot and slow-moving I will likely be! But, I highly doubt my 2 rambunctious boys will take any pity on their mom and proceed full steam ahead as I waddle around the pool with my big ol pregnant belly. Which is scary, since I will be moving at a slower pace than normal come pool season 2018.
Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14? Why am I telling you this? Because as we all flock to our neighborhood pools, beaches, lakes, etc. and I want to make sure you and your children have the skills you need to be safe.
Going to the pool with my two is no easy feat. Like all siblings, they create these secret plans to run in opposite directions and giggle when mommy begins to unravel at the seams. (Convinced they have a pow wow in the mornings to discuss their plan of action over breakfast and juice!) In all seriousness, going to the pool with my two isn’t a relaxing afternoon. I don’t have the luxury of finding a lawn chair and sprawling out with a book or magazine. I am constantly scanning and thinking 2-3 steps ahead of where they may move or go in anticipation of a fall or a dunk so I can grab them. All other parents of little ones, I know you are right there with me.
However, I will be approaching my pool season with a breath of relief since Goldfish Swim School opened its doors to Richmond with their West End location in February 2018. We have been faithful attendees each week since opening weekend and I truly cannot say enough great things about the facility, teachers, management, curriculum, and overall experience from start to finish every single lesson.
What is different about Goldfish? Why should you look at Goldfish for lessons for your child vs your local pool lifeguard staff? Because it was created by parents, for parents. The facility is inviting, open, and colorful. There is one instructor per for every 4 children along with lifeguards and other staff on the deck at all times. The class sizes are small and manageable so your child gets the attention they deserve. The staff utilize puppets, floats, songs, and props to engage even the youngest of swimmers into the 90 degree heated pool for 30 minutes of fun.
Goldfish uses a curriculum called Science of SwimPlay® which makes it fun to learn something new while gaining essential life skills in a safe and supportive environment. It focuses on using exploration and play to help them learn essential swim skills. The positive encouragement, ribbons, and check in with parents at the end of each lesson to highlight what your child did great on that lesson – is just the reinforcement needed to leave with a smile and be excited about returning the following week. (I won’t lie, I get as excited to go each week as the boys do!) In the 2 months we have been attending, I have seen tremendous growth in the boys. They understand concepts of how to safely get out of the pool using Goldfish’s method of fin, fin, belly, flipper and it is now engrained that if they are in the water and need to get to the side they turn and grab the side closest to them and crab pinch their way to the ladder.
My job as a parent is to protect my kids and equip them with the tools they need to thrive. Finding places that are warm, welcoming, and safe for my children to learn skills that will carry them into their childhoods so that I know they have the skills they need to be safe at the pool and beach allows me to take a breath of relief. If you want to prepare your kiddo for the upcoming pool and beach season, give Goldfish a call today and schedule your first lesson. If you aren’t quite ready to schedule lessons, and want to check out the facility stop by their Grand Opening Party from 1-3pm on April 14th, 2018 for lots of FREE Fun – face painting, photo booth, balloon artist, food, and much more!
Head over to Instagram to @fit_family_life to enter the toy and hooded towel giveaway we are offering!