Menu

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Why Swimming Isnt Just a Summer Sport

Posted

Summertime always brings the swimmers out due to one of the biggest benefits of swimming, to cool you off and enjoy some outdoor fun!  Most people think of swimming as a warm weather sport, but with our indoor facility and our heated pool, you can swim all year long at Miller!  Listed below are some of the top reasons to keep swimming through the School Year.

Infants and Toddlers

According to the CDC, “drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children ages 1-14.” We believe prevention is key to making the water a safer place for children. With proper lessons and exposure to the water at an early age children can be taught how to be safe in the water and potentially how to save themselves. While you may not have a pool at your home, there will inevitably be a time when your child is placed in a situation with water and it is best for them to be as prepared as possible.

School Age

There are three main reasons (but many others not mentioned!) to keep your school aged kids in swim lessons year-round, safety, physical health and emotional/cognitive health.
Safety: According to KidsHealth.org, drowning is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. By teaching your child to swim, he will not only become a stronger swimmer but also gain valuable experience in the water. This experience greatly reduces the risk of an emergency if your child accidentally falls in an unguarded pool or gets pulled into deep water by a rip current at the beach. Or if your child’s friend fell into the pool, would your child be prepared and know what to do?
Physical Health: According to 24 Hour Fitness, swimming is an excellent cardiovascular workout that promotes heart and lung health, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. In addition, swimming is a way to prevent childhood obesity, which has been linked to juvenile diabetes, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swimming also puts less strain on joints and connective tissues than other forms of exercise. And finally, emotional health: Encouraging your child to swim can also improve his mental and emotional health. The natural buoyancy of the water is more relaxing than other types of exercise, notes 24 Hour Fitness. In addition, the CDC found that people tend to exercise for longer periods of time while swimming. Swimming can also improve overall mood, and help combat depression.

Adult

Water provides a low impact exercise which may be the only way some people can work out safely. With heart disease and inflammation in the joints as two major problems the elderly face when trying to work out, swimming can provide one of the best ways to stay active. Furthermore, it is never too late to learn to swim! Have a beach vacation planned or a cruise on the horizon? Get registered for our Adult Only class now and learn to swim or brush up on your strokes for you next big race!

6 Important Water Safety Questions Every Parent Should Ask

Posted

We want you to enjoy your spring and summer – safely. That’s why our instructors at Miller Swim School incorporate water safety skills into each and every lesson. And, several times a year, we put even more focus onto teaching water safety.

But no matter the time of year, you should always know water safety steps to keep you and your kids safer in the water.

Here are 6 Important Water Safety Questions Every Parent Should Ask:

  1. When can my child swim alone?

We want to teach our kids independence, but we always want them to stay safe. So, when is it OK for your child to swim alone – and by alone we mean with you nearby, but not necessarily right there in the water? Is it ever OK? It’s always a good idea to have a buddy in the water at all times, and every child and situation is different and needs to be analyzed accordingly. Swimmers should have adequate strokes, breathing technique, distance, and safety training under their belt before they swim alone. Keep in mind, the lake and the pool are very different situations – we never recommend a swimmer be alone in the lake and without a lifejacket.

  1. When should we use puddle jumpers and/or life jackets?

When learning to swim, we believe it is more beneficial for kids to learn without water wings, puddle jumpers or life jackets. However, every child should always wear life jackets when on a boat (typically it is the law in every state that kids ages 13 and younger must wear life jackets on boats), in a pool, or at the ocean. Beyond that, you’ll have to consider what kinds of water you’re in, how deep it is, your child’s skill level, if you’re in the water, and other issues. Refer to question 1 if you are wondering if your child is safe to swim without a floatation device.

  1. What are the signs of drowning?

Drowning happens quickly, and it can be difficult to notice because it typically it does not involve splashing and loud yelling. If someone is having trouble in the water, they may quietly slip under the water. Even experienced swimmers can quickly become distressed and may fatigue and slip under the water unnoticed. Refer to this Red Cross article for more signs of drowning and actions to take.

  1. How can I help my kids become better swimmers?

Part of being able to swim alone is knowing water safety skills. When kids – and all of us, really – understand what it takes to be safer in the water and how to implement those safety skills, the focus can be on improving swimming technique skills. Year-round swim lessons are highly recommended to maintain skills throughout the year and do keep kids more confident in the water.

  1. What are the two most important safety lessons my kids need to know?

Number 1: never enter a body of water without permission. If you train your swimmers to ASK before they get in the pool, they will never jump in and attempt to get a toy. Young swimmers tend to overestimate their ability to swim out a distance and back. But if they must ask before they get in the pool, the reduces the chances they will attempt something they may not be quite ready for. Number 2: never swim without an adult. This teaches swimmers to always have a buddy in the water, to never swim when they are alone or unattended.

  1. What to do if I don’t know how to swim?

It can be quite the conundrum: How do you keep your kid’s safe in the water when you don’t know how to swim yourself? First of all, it’s important to not impart any fear of the water onto your kids. Putting your kids to swim lessons helps to empower them and allows them to be safer and confident in the water. Did you know we offer swim lessons for Adults too? It can be encouraging and inspiring to a young swimmer to see their parent conquer a new skill!

When is my child OK to swim alone?

Posted

It’s a common question: When is my child OK to swim alone? Just like pretty much everything else in parenting, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The decision on when to let your child swim without you right beside him or her depends on your individual child – and the circumstances since every situation is different. Here are 10 things to consider before letting your child swim alone:

1. Swimming ability

There’s quite a difference between just playing in the water and maybe doing a little doggy-paddle – and actually swimming.  Being able to use the required strength and endurance to complete full swim strokes allows kids to stay safe in the water and confirm confidence in their abilities. Knowing your child can easily swim underwater and pop up or roll over to breath without panicking, tread water and swim a good distance is necessary to be able to swim alone. And remember that children are not always aware of their limitations, they may be a little more confident than they are capable!

2. Depth of water

Can your child stand up and still remain above the water? Are there some parts of the water that are over your child’s head? Is the water very deep, like in the middle of a lake? Your child’s height and the depth of the water should also be considered when letting kids swim by themselves, as being able to stand up can allow your child to get to safety more easily. Small children may struggle to recover their balance after going under the water, so even in shallow water, some children may not be safe alone.

3. Maturity

How responsible is your child? Is your child the kind who listens to and obeys your every word (or most of them!), or is your child one who tests the limits as soon as you turn your back? Does your child know how to float, swim a good distance, roll over and breath, and the resting strokes like Elementary Backstroke and Finning and Kicking? The ability to trust your child to follow your rules while in the water can impact your decision to allow him or her to be in the water without you.

4. Understanding of risk

Let’s face it: Some kids are daredevils, while others are the play-it-safe kind. A reckless kid may require more constant supervision while swimming than a cautious one. Take into consideration how your child will assess the risks in each situation. For instance, will your child understand the risk of diving into water when there’s a “no diving” sign or the water is shallow? Make sure your child has a safe and enjoyable experience in the water every time by making sure he or she understands the potential risks.

5. Number of kids

Sometimes, when there is a group of kids in one place, normal safety rules may be forgotten as kids are busy being kids. Your mature, cautious child can get caught up in the excitement of doing what everyone else is doing and momentarily lose sight of potential safety risks and forget about water safety. In addition, having too many kids swimming together could mean that no one may notice if one child encounters a potential emergency off to the side – and could exacerbate the possibility of injury.

6. Having a buddy present

That being said, kids should always swim with a buddy (adults, too!). Having a buddy present in the water means there’s someone there to assist if needed, or to go get help should an emergency arise.

7. Knowing what to do in an emergency

At Miller Swim School, we teach water safety during every lesson. That includes how to do a back roll over to pause and take a breath if needed; how toddlers can monkey crawl along the wall and more. Kids need to know what to do to prevent panic, and how to help in an emergency – such as retrieving a life-saving device and getting a lifeguard or another adult’s attention.

8. Unfamiliar water

Be aware that natural bodies of water like lakes and oceans can make it difficult to determine what is lurking beneath the surface. There may be unexpected drop offs, currents, animals, plant life and debris that pose potential dangers. Pools can also have unknown water depths that can surprise swimmers and small children often get caught up in the water and taken to depths they did not intend to go.

9. Any medical conditions

Be mindful of any physical or emotional issues that may affect your child’s time in the water. Physical conditions like seizures, cramps, shortness of breath and others may hinder your child’s ability in the water – and emotional concerns such as a tendency to become overly fearful could cause panic to set in.

10. Pool rules

Many community pools and Homeowner’s Associations have rules dictating how old a child must be in order to swim without an adult in the water as well. Those rules are there for the general safety and well-being of children and everyone else, so if you believe your child can swim without you but is younger than the minimum age, talk to someone in charge before letting your child swim alone.

Prepare at Miller Swim School

How to be a Good “Pool Parent” and Keep Kids Safe in the Water

Posted

You’re an awesome parent. You take your kids to swim lessons, encourage them in their favorite activities and make sure they get lots of affection and love. But being a good parent and being a good POOL parent can be different.

To that end, we are providing a list of tips and reminders on How to be a Good “Pool Parent” and Keep Kids Safe in the Water. Check out these tips on what to do and what NOT to do when your kids are swimming. Because, really, we just want to make sure everyone is being safe!

What NOT to do while your child is swimming:

DON’T walk away. It may be tempting to head inside for a while since the kids are happily playing. But be sure to always stay within sight of the little ones — whether they are in the water or not. It’s amazing how quickly kids can move and end up in the water when you’re not expecting it.

DON’T stay glued to your phone. We’re not about to participate in the Mommy Wars about when to use or not use your phone around your kids. But, when you’re swimming or near water, it’s imperative that you’re not distracted by your phone the entire time. Kids learn important water safety lessons at Miller Swim School, and we do our best to provide parents with the same resources. Moms (and dads) are great multi-taskers, for sure — but it can get easy to get caught up on a phone call or checking and replying to emails. Just be sure to stay alert around your kids in the water, for safety reasons.

DON’T let your child swim alone. The buddy system is always a good system to use. Even if you’re not feeling like swimming around in the water– make sure you’re on the edge and close to them.

DON’T think life jackets are only for boats. If your child is in the water and not comfortable swimming, or if it’s deeper than you’d like, don’t hesitate to have him or her wear a life jacket. Have a life jacket or puddle jumper nearby just in case — especially in cases where the younger kids may want to follow the older ones, more experienced swimmers into deeper water.

 

What TO DO while your child is swimming:

DO keep an eye on your kids. Always know where your kids are and how they’re doing. It’s important to understand that potential drowning signs may not include a loud splashing. It can be easy to silently slip underwater while struggling to stay afloat and breathe, so you may not hear a commotion and nearby swimmers may not even notice.

DO listen. That being said, it’s still necessary to keep your ears open to listen for sounds of anyone calling for help — or silence when there should be joyful voices in the water. Always keep one ear on what the kids are doing in and near the water.

DO bring sunscreen. When you’re outdoors, make sure you and your kids have sunscreen on — even on cloudy days. You’ll be protected against painful sunburns, and against potential long-term risks. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen after being in the water, according to the sunscreen’s package directions.

DO pack snacks — and water. Especially during the hot summer months outside, it’s important to make sure the kids are staying hydrated. Yes, they’re surrounded by water while swimming, but they need to be drinking some, too! Make sure you feed the kids some snacks as well. Staying fed and hydrated helps prevent muscles from cramping up while swimming and keeps kids’ energy up to make sure they’re able to stay safe in the water.

DO think about enrolling your kids in swimming lessons. Just because the kids are splashing around and diving for rings underwater doesn’t mean they really know how to swim. And, believe it or not, babies younger than 1-year-old can even benefit from swimming lessons at Miller Swim School!

Playing in the water at the pools and beaches all summer is actually the perfect time to start swimming lessons! The kids are already excited about being in the water, and they’ll want to celebrate and expand on what they already know (perhaps to be able to swim farther and faster!) Miller Swim School has plenty of sessions available, with instructors who are highly trained to teach kids this life-saving skill, so call to sign up at today!

Miller Swim School Offers FREE Water Safety Presentation

Posted

← 3 Key Benefits of Learning How to Swim Correctly, How to be a Good “Pool Parent,” and Keep Kids Safe in the Water →

At Miller Swim School, we’re committed to making sure kids in our community understand the importance of water safety — whether they’re learning these important life-saving skills through swimming lessons at one of our locations or taking part in one of our local safety talks. We believe water safety is one of the most important things you can teach your children!

When your kids are in preschool, chances are they had a visit from a firefighter to learn about fire safety, right? Well, Miller Swim School wants your kids to be exposed to the same type of informative learning about water safety. That’s why we’re excited to bring our FREE 30-minute water safety program to a school or organization near you for kids ages 2 to 10 years old.

Kids will learn from those experienced in the field: Our Miller Swim School instructors! They use games, stories, and learning activities to teach important water safety skills. Our instructors use these same techniques to teach water safety during swim lessons every single week, with extra emphasis during our Canoe and Clothesline Weeks – so they really know what they’re teaching!

And it’s necessary, water safety education is necessary and significant. Everyone is going to be around water, whether they go to the lake, the pool, or in the bath tub. Water Safety and Awareness is widespread.

We want all kids — and their parents — to be equipped to be able to handle potentially dangerous and life-threatening situations in and around the water. That’s why we’ll be handing out materials and information during these free water safety presentations.

Parents, let your child’s teachers, day-care professionals, community organizations and other groups that include young children know they can bring Miller Swim School instructors in for these FREE water safety presentations to benefit everyone!

We believe water safety should be an integral part of each child’s education. The more we can spread the news about how to be safe in and around the water, the higher potential we have of saving a life!

WHAT: Water Safety Presentation

FOR: Students ages 2 to 10

TIME: 15-30 minutes

WHERE: Your school, library, classroom or other organization

COST: FREE

INFO: Call or Email Sarah at Miller Swim School- 918 254 1988, sarah@Millerswimschool.com

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER: 5 REASONS TO SIGN UP FOR SWIMMING LESSONS!

Posted

We know how busy families become in the Summer, those longer sunny days seem to get crammed so full of play dates, VBS, overnight camps and many other things that you don’t think you can squeeze in any other activity.

But just as you bring home math and reading workbooks so your kiddos can maintain the skills they learned throughout the school year and hopefully enter into the new school year better prepared, we look at swimming lessons the same way!  In order to maintain (and grow!) the progress made the past 9 months in swim class, your child needs to consistently practice the skills they have been learning all year long. In fact, it presents a few benefits for you and the kids! Here are 5 Reasons to Sign up for Swimming Lessons:

  1. It gives your kids a schedule.

This benefits the kids and you, Mom! Summer is great for adopting a temporary change of schedule! Keeping an activity or two on the schedule helps your kids know what they’re doing each week and gives them something to look forward to.

  1. There’s more time to practice new skills outdoors.

Chances are you and the kids will be heading to the lake, a beach or a pool this summer. That’s actually a perfect pairing with swimming lessons at Miller Swim School, because your kids will be able to practice and improve upon those extraordinary results they’ll be seeing during their weekly swim lessons. And we all know that getting better is about practicing as much as possible – since repetition is key when learning any new skill.

  1. You can feed upon their natural desire to get in the water.

In summer, kids flock to the water. Even if your daughter only dips her toes in or splashes around up to her ankles, she still wants to be in the water. So why not capitalize on that desire and enthusiasm and enroll her in swimming lessons? And, even if your child is comfortable in the water, they will still benefit greatly, from learning how to swim at Miller by becoming more confident and stronger swimmers. Our instructors use fun teaching tools, games, and songs to help make learning to swim fun! Help your child be the best he or she can be!

  1. It helps keep kids safe around water.

Did you know that approximately 830 children age 14 and under drown every year? Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in children 1-14 years of age, and for children less than a year old it’s the 3rd leading cause of death. Did you catch that…unintentional? In other words, drownings CAN be prevented! Keep your children in swim lessons until you are 100% positive they would be able to get themselves out of any kind of incidence or situation in or around the water. Learning to swim is the only skill that could save your child’s life!

  1. Keep on progressing.

Not only will staying in swim lessons all summer ensure your little swimmer doesn’t backtrack, it will help them to continue to grow as a swimmer! All summer, they’ll continue learning how to properly perform the strokes and breathing techniques taught in class as well as have a weekly reminder of water safety skills! Classes as little as one time per week are important especially for those swimmers who will be mainly “playing” in the pool/lake this summer! It is so easy to lose sight of technique and safety, for fun!

Miller Hosts Olympian Kristy Kowal at Breakout Swim Clinic

Posted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         March 21, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT:  Sarah Kinnison

E-Mail: sarah@millerswimschool.com

918-254-1988
GENERAL INFORMATION

Miller Swim School hosts Olympian Swimmer Kristy Kowal

(Tulsa, OK) – Tulsa area athletes will have a unique chance to kick off this championship season and enhance their competitive swimming skills by working with World Champion and USA Olympian, Kristy Kowal. The Miller Swim School is pleased to announce that that they will host a Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic with Kristy Kowal at the Miller Swim School Pool located 6415 S. Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133 on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm.

The Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic visits over 100 cities a year and is a unique experience to inspire and motivate a new generation of swim stars. As an official sponsor of USA Swimming, Mutual of Omaha actively supports the sport on all levels, from local clubs across the country to the National Team.

The event is a three hour in-water stroke technique clinic at the Miller Swim School Pool for ages, 8 to 18 year olds.  The swimmers will hear inspiring messages from Kowal on her journey as a young swimmer from Pennsylvania to the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Immediately following, the swimmers will hit the water with Kristy Kowal for in-water demonstration and instruction on swim strokes and techniques. Some participants may even have a chance to test their strokes in a race against the World Champion! Concluding the event, Kowal will be available with her Olympic Medal for autographs and photos.

Registration for the Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic is currently open. To register, contact Sarah Kinnison by phone at 918-254-1988 or E-Mail sarah@millerswimschool.com

About Kristy Kowal

Kristy won the silver medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.  She is also a 2 time World Champion (1998) in the 100 Meter breaststroke and on the 400 medley relay, where she also won the silver in the 200 meter breaststroke.  She has won multiple international swimming medals in addition to braking 8 American Records and 1 World record during her career.  In 2005 Kristy was voted most valuable Student-Athlete in all of the NCAA Division I college system.  Kristy was the first American woman to win the World Championship title in the 100 meter breaststroke and also the first American woman to break the one minute barrier in the 100 yard breakstroke.  Kristy has been a 2nd grade teacher for 15 years in Wyomissing, PA near where she grew up and has a passion for helping young people succeed in and out of the pool.

About the Miller Swim School

The Miller Swim School has been the leader in swim lessons for Tulsa children for over 30 years.  In addition, to teaching babies water safety they also instill a love of water and the pursuit of excellence in the kids learning to swim ages 5 to 15.  Miller Swim School is pleased to partner with Olympian Kristy Kowal and continue to produce the next generation of water safe, high achieving, well-rounded swimming champions.

About Mutual of Omaha

Mutual of Omaha is a full-service, multi-line organization providing insurance and financial products for individuals, businesses and groups throughout the United States.  For more information about Mutual of Omaha, visit www.mutualofomaha.com.

For more information on the Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic, visit www.breakoutswimclinic.com.

Photo and video opportunities will be available during the clinic. Josh will be available before/during and after the clinic for interviews.

The Importance of Repetition in Swimming

Posted

You are watching your little one at swim class, and it appears like she’s doing the same thing each class. You may be wondering what is actually happening in class, since she’s not seemingly making much progress yet. Let us give you a little insight to what is actually happening here: She’s learning the building blocks of swimming and increasing her stamina, skill and confidence, little by little.

If you have kids, you know they tend to be repetitive— especially when learning. First, it’s drawing a straight line repeatedly; then a curved line; and then —finalllllyyy — they’re writing definite letters. There is a method to this madness, we promise! They have worked hard at mastering the little skills that all need to melt into place in order to write letters; things like holding a pencil properly, crossing the midline, and focusing on the task at hand. The exact same concept is seen when a child is learning how to swim (or any other skill)!

I mean, you wouldn’t expect your kids to be writing full sentences on the second or third month of preschool, right? It takes a lot of work to master a new skill, whether it is writing, swimming or tying a shoelace.

Practice, practice, practice

When your little swimmer first starts swim lessons, you may be giddy over how quickly she becomes adept at acquiring new skills — such as putting her head in the water or kicking her feet or even blowing bubbles. But then it seems like she’s hit a plateau and she’s not making much progress, when in fact she really is!

Take it from Dory, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” But really, like Jim Russel, the baseball player said, “ Repetition is your best friend, the more you do something, the better you become at it.”

Why repetition is crucial

It’s common for infants to grow in leaps and bounds in their swim skills, but then appear to plateau around 3 or 4 years old (or even 5 or 6). However, that’s not really the case — they’re just being introduced to skills that are much more difficult and they’re working harder and longer to attain them.

For example; blowing bubbles. You may see your little one blowing bubbles and practicing breath control and water adjustment at the beginning of each lesson. Why are they wasting your time, my child can do that already, you think to yourself? What your missing, however, is that breath control and blowing bubbles is a crucial skill in the development of your swimmer from Level 1-Level 8. If your swimmer cannot blow bubbles or hold their breath when necessary, they will have trouble popping up to breathe, side glide breathing, and may even struggle with the timing of their Breastroke later down the line! You may see her floating multiple times a class, but last week she was floating with help, while this week she’s floating with little help, for a little longer…and next week she’ll be working on floating completely by herself!  Celebrate those hard-earned results!

But there’s something just as important at play when it comes to repetition in swimming lessons, something that you may not be able to see: Confidence. Your little one is gaining confidence — in her abilities, in her instructor and in knowing what’s coming next. And confidence may just be the key to taking the next step off of the platform and swimming out on her own!

 

Year-round swimming is important

Kids shouldn’t take a break from swim lessons in winter (or summer). Why? Because you want them to retain that confidence and continually build upon those skills they’re learning every week. The repetitiveness helps it become second nature — plus it’s important for muscle memory and all the physical aspects involved developmentally.

HEART HEALTH FOR KIDS: swim your heart out!

Posted

“Swim your heart out. If you’re looking for exercise that improves heart and lung capacity, but is gentle on your joints, swimming is a top choice. Like other aerobic exercise such as running, it can improve cardiovascular fitness as well as cholesterol levels!” (Berkeley Wellness Center)

February is Heart Health Month, and Miller Swim School takes kids’ heart health seriously — and so should you. Not only is swimming fun, an important skill that all kids should have, and great exercise, but swimming is also important for kids’ heart health.

Find out why with these 5 Ways Swimming Keeps Kids Fit (and Happy):

Swimming makes the heart work better.

When it comes to cardiovascular health, swimming is one of the top exercises in keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels low — for all ages. Swimming trains your body to have your heart and lungs work together efficiently, which in turn allows your heart to have a lower resting heart rate since its working less to pump blood and oxygen throughout your body! Wow!

Swimming strengthens every muscle — including your heart.

Working out isn’t always about getting big muscles; it’s about working your muscles so that they stay strong. And strong muscles — including your heart muscle— are better able to overcome any potential damaging issue. The heart, like every other muscle, needs consistent exercise to stay fit. Luckily, swimming is one of the easiest and most fun exercises to strengthen muscles for kids with long-lasting benefits!

Swimming burns calories that can harm the heart.

Part of staying fit is burning more calories than you take in. It’s about making sure that fat isn’t building up and clogging arteries (which can lead to heart disease over time). The good thing about swimming and getting kids to burn those calories is that swimming doesn’t seem like “exercise” to kids —it’s more about doing something that’s fun! And even if kids “know” how to swim, they still greatly benefit from having swimming lessons. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Swimming helps prevent diabetes and childhood obesity.

These two conditions have been on the rise in recent years, but luckily, they can both often be prevented! Having an active lifestyle that works the heart, strengthens muscles and burns calories helps kids stay healthy. It can also instill a life-long habit of exercise and fitness.

Swimming makes you happy.

Swimming itself is fun for kids, but did you know that swimming really does make kids happy? Exercise releases endorphins — the brain’s natural feel-good chemicals. It also reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. As a result, kids — and anyone who exercises — have lower instances of anxiety and depression. That’s above and beyond the extraordinary results swimming provides!

Keep your kids heart healthy at Miller Swim School!

PARENTS: WHAT IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO SWIM? TIPS TO HELP YOUR KIDS

Posted

You teach your children many things: How to cross the street, ride a bike and tie their shoes. But if you don’t know how to swim, they aren’t going to be able to learn this valuable life-saving skill from you.

So what’s a parent to do who doesn’t know how to swim? Here are some safety tips:

DON’T impart your fear on your kids.

Many parents are afraid of being in bodies of water where they can’t touch the bottom. Fear of water is a pretty common one, and generally deep-rooted – often stemming from an incident during childhood. Your fear is nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s important that you don’t unknowingly (and even knowingly) pass that fear along to your kids.

We know you don’t want your kids to grow up fearing the water. At Miller Swim School, you can rest assured that our instructors are highly trained to teach your kids about water safety during every single swim lesson – in addition to regular swim skills. We want all of our students to learn a healthy respect for the water, a love not a fear of it, but also to be able to establish boundaries of safety around it.

When you talk to your kids, share your personal experiences with them, let them know you aren’t comfortable in deep water because you weren’t taught how to properly stay safe in the water – but that by taking swimming lessons at Miller Swim School, your kids will learn all about water safety and how to swim.

DO take an adult swim class.

Or, you can always join the kids and learn for yourself. Overcoming a fear of the water may be easier said than done, but take a chance: For your kids and yourself.  It’s NEVER too late to learn to swim!

Even if you never really learned how to swim as a kid, you can still benefit from learning as an adult – especially if you’re a parent. Swimming is great exercise, a wonderful family activity and a nice way to de-stress.

But what if you’re afraid of being in deep water? It’s hard to think about letting your kids learn to swim and then actually letting them swim in the water when you don’t know how to swim yourself. What if your child wants to go in the deep end where neither of you can touch the bottom?

If YOU learn how to swim, you’ll feel more comfortable having your kids in the water. You’ll feel confident that you can not only handle yourself in the water, but you can keep your kids safe, too.

DO learn water safety tips

Even if you’re not comfortable swimming in the water, it’s important to know water safety tips (and teach them to your kids). Drowning is a real concern, and it doesn’t always look like it does in the movies, with arms flailing about. In reality, drowning is often silent. Learn how to recognize the signs of drowning, what to do to stay safe, and how to prevent dry drowning.

DO have water safety devices available

Whenever you go swimming, make sure there are water safety devices available – and know how to use them. Make sure your kids wear life vests in deep water, have a flotation device ready to use if needed, only swim where there is approved swimming, and have the kids swim where there is a lifeguard on duty or another adult swimming with them. Even if you’re not in the water with your kids, make sure someone else is.

DO always be aware

Kids are fast little fishes. They can get into things in no time before moms and dads even realize what they’re doing. If you’re somewhere around a pool or body of water, be aware that kids aren’t trying to get in the water without supervision. And when they are swimming, make sure to keep an eye on them. Designate a specific person to keep their eye on the water, and if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, you can always hire a certified lifeguard from us!

Keep kids safe in the water with Miller Swim School

Just because you don’t know how to swim doesn’t mean your kids can’t learn. Sign them up for swimming lessons at Miller Swim School and we will have them learning how to swim in no time – and maybe it will even make you want to learn, too!.