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    What Does Progress Look Like in Learning to Swim?

    The process of learning to swim – like any other skill – is different for every student. Some children are enthusiastic learners from the beginning, and that motivation stays constant month after month as they build new skills. Others take longer to get comfortable in the water, but over time, they become confident and avid…

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    Why Learning to Swim is Like Math and Music


    Can you recall reciting multiplication tables and solving long division problems when you were in elementary school? If you sang in a choir or played a musical instrument, do you remember performing in your very first recital? A lot of practice and hard work led up to those moments of understanding and mastery. You didn’t…

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    Why Shorter Distances Build Stronger Swimmers

    Learning how to swim isn’t so different from learning how to walk. When children take their first steps, they’re a bit wobbly and hesitant as they get used to their new-found balance and mobility. They take two steps and fall down, then take three more and fall down again. Every time they get up and…

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    Water Safety Is Part of Learning to Swim – Not a Separate Skill

    When you think about water safety, what comes to mind? You may run through the list of precautions you take to keep your kids safe around the water: swimming with adult supervision, not running on slippery surfaces, diving only in the deep end, always wearing life jackets on boats. And what do you picture when…

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    The Essential Beach & Pool Day Packing List

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    When you’re a kid, getting ready for a day at the beach or the pool involves throwing on a swimsuit and flip-flops and running out the door. As a parent wrangling your own little ones, you know it requires a good deal more planning and organization. To make this process easier, we’ve put together a…

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