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Why Winter is One of the Best Times to Swim!

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Swimming when its cold out seems counterintuitive, right? Wrong! The Winter months can be some of the best to keep up those swimming skills. (and its always more fun to do something when you’re “not supposed” to be doing it!

  1. Smaller Classes – As the holidays are near, many families start to travel which results in periodic absences from their regularly attended swim class. This means there will be smaller classes throughout the winter months! More one-one time to focus on specific skills, and more class openings for desirable lesson times! Plus, the winter months are shorter, which means tuition is pro-rated to a lesser amount (#savings!) and holidays are accounted for when booking classes.
  2. Keeps you Healthy – It’s Doctors orders! Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. Exercising causes the body to make chemicals that can help a person to feel good. Exercise can help people sleep better. It can also help some people who have mild depression and low self-esteem. Moreover, aerobic exercise (the kind that keeps your heart pumping), is great for increasing lung capacity, strengthening muscles, and pushing blood flow through the body!
  3. Get a head start on Summer – Why wait until Summer to learn to swim when you can learn to swim now and be ready to enjoy the pool with your friends when it warms up!? Not to mention the added perk of water safety education. Being prepared for any situation before it even happens; ice, cold water, falling in the pool, swimming with a lifejacket, boating, and water rescue to name a few!

Tips for Swimming in the Cold Weather:

  1. Make sure little ones are dried off completely before you leave the facility. Our locker rooms and pool deck are kept extra warm in the winter so as to keep children as comfortable as possible when dressing before and after swim class
  2. While having wet hair won’t give you a cold, it IS important to wear a hat, along with other warm clothing for when you arrive and depart your swim lesson. We do have dryers in the locker rooms so you can dry little one’s hair prior to heading home!
  3. Come prepared. Don’t forget a warm fuzzy towel for each class. Rash Guards and Wetsuits can also help protect against a chill. The air in the pool area is warm, but the water is warmer, which can cause an initial shiver from children between turns! Recent studies have shown, that when small children wear rash guards, it sends the same neurological response as a baby being swaddled! This not only provides additional warmth and snugness but also can add an element of security and tranquility.

Moral of the story is when you spend some time in the water during the winter, you won’t regret it! And who knows, Santa might just bring a super cute suit and matching fuzzy hat to wear to and from swim class each week 😉

Why Traditional Swimming Lessons?

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Let’s talk about the benefits of traditional swimming lessons here at Miller for a minute:

FOCUS: Child learns to control their breathing pattern above and below water, and learns water movement skills that translate into effective swim technique. Swimmers 4mo-2 years start with the assistance of instructor with all skills and eventually move to doing the skills on their own. 

1. TSL(traditional swim lessons) hold water safety awareness and the development of love/respect for swimming to the highest degree

2. Children can be swimming without assistance as early as 18mo

3. A progressive approach ensures that good skill habits are developed and maintained

4. Children learn to swim with proper technique and efficiency (don’t underestimate the importance of swimming efficiently! This can make the difference in having enough energy to get to safety or not)

5. Less likely to give parents a false sense of security for their children’s water safety and swimming abilities.

6. Emphasis on water safety and life-saving techniques in ALL types of water-related situations not just in a swimming pool. (Boating, Riptide, cold water and ice, cramping, distance, currents, unknown depths of water, canoeing, etc!)

7. Skills beyond floating and rowing, such as diving, breath control, gliding (saves energy!), safety stokes and more are taught in each and every class!

8. The curriculum goes above and beyond to equip swimmers for lifeguard training, water polo, and other aquatic activities

9. We focus on developing real skills as opposed to solely relying on contextual memory recall to stay safe.

10. Miller Swim School Lessons are TRIED and TRUE and will provide an experience that fosters Confidence, Skill, and a positive association with the water.

And remember, it’s important to always ensure a parent or guardian is there to actively supervise any aquatic activities. Pool gates, alarms, covers, locks, and hiring a lifeguard at your next pool party, are all a great way to add yet another layer of safety!

Lifeskills Learned in Swim Class

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The next time you head to the pool for swimming lessons,

consider the life skills your children are learning as well.

We all know that swimming offers many benefits:  it’s a great form of exercise, and you meet like-minded people of all ages and from all walks of life.  However, there is a lot more going on  –  both in and out of the pool  – than meets the eye.

Bottom line:  lessons learned at the pool teach us valuable skills we use in everyday life  –

  • Organizational skills: Forget your suit and goggles, and you are probably not going to swim! Boy Scouts have nothing on swimmers when it comes to the motto, “Be Prepared.”
  • Follow directions: Swimmers must have the ability to listen well, process information, take direction and be led. A relationship based on trust between the swimmers and the instructor is a crucial ingredient to swimming success.
  • Teamwork: Swimming is considered an individual sport, but when you are sharing a pool with other people you are working together as a team to achieve a common goal.
  • Hard Work: The sport of swimming requires strength and the willingness to work hard. In swimming, there are no shortcuts to the top.
  • Discipline: Swimming is a demanding sport and it takes discipline and commitment to stick with it.

We think its pretty neat that skills learned in swim class extend beyond just swimming! Who knew a weekly swim class could provide valuable skills for an entire lifetime?!

Overlooked Swim Training for a Tri Can Be Most Beneficial

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Triathlon season is just around the corner-if you are considering training, most likely the swim portion of the race is becoming your biggest anxiety. Don’t worry, you are not alone! In fact, for the majority of triathletes, the swim portion  is the most difficult and intimidating part of the race. Statistically speaking, 52% of athletes expressed feeling overwhelmed or fearful about the swim portion of triathlons. So much so, the swimming portion of the race has even prevented some athletes from following through with competition. Although swimming may be the most intimidating of the three race elements, surprisingly it can provide the most training benefits and can be most beneficial in improving overall race times. In this article I hope to give you some pointers on how to overcome this anxiety and how to gain the most from incorporating swimming into your training regimen.

The swimming portion is the first of the three race elements and can often dictate the performance of the other two elements, biking and running. Distances for the swim portion range from 0.465 miles to 2.4 miles depending on the type of race, and can be performed in pools or in an open water setting. Little gear is needed for the swimming portion of the race; a suit of some type, goggles, and a swim cap. You may perform any stroke during the race, but the Freestyle is the most efficient stroke as it eliminates the most drag through the water.

If you have done little to no training for the swim portion of a tri, you may be surprised at the extensive benefits of incorporating water workouts alongside your time spent on the pavement. Research shows that swimming is the ultimate all- in- one-fitness package – working most muscles in the body in a variety of ways. When performed correctly swimming provides increased flexibility, endurance and balance. One of the biggest benefits to swimming, however, is the improvement in the cardiovascular system. The nature of breathing when swimming, with breath being somewhat limited in volume and frequency, promotes greater lung capacity and a consistent intake of oxygen. Furthermore, swimming is a low impact activity that can provide both exercise for training purposes and recovery from other training activities as it puts little stress on the bones and joints of the body. In other words, by incorporating swimming into your tri training program, you may find an increase in lung capacity and efficiency of breath control, stronger core stabilizers, and fewer injuries related to stress on bones and joints.

For the running and cycling aspects much of the training is focused on distance training.  However, with swimming the greatest improvements can be achieved through focusing on technique and stroke development.   Proper breathing and body position in the water do not come naturally for the athlete that does not have a strong swimming background.

If you do not know how to swim or are not comfortable in the water, I highly recommend taking a few lessons. You will be surprised at how much you learn in a short amount of time. If you are a more experienced swimmer, you should focus on stroke over speed. Coach Larry Miller, a veteran triathlete and founder of Miller Swim School, states, “You never want to swim any faster than you are technically sound to do, or you may be at risk of losing your stroke.”

  • He encourages his triathletes to focus on swim technique over volume of laps or time-spent swimming. Efficiency in the water will ultimately help you perform better on the bike and run portions of the race.
  • Swimming requires a different approach to oxygen intake, one that you cannot master without practice. Improper breathing can inhibit your stroke which can ultimately cause you to struggle during a race. You must swim with your head below the water and learn to breathe on both the left and right side.
  • Practice lengthening your body and using a good forward reach to extend your stroke.
  • Release your head into a natural position so that your body is streamline in the water.
  • Finally, swimming takes a great amount of self-awareness. Unlike running and biking, there is virtually no way to see yourself swim. The ability to feel your head and body placement in the water takes a lot of training. Coach Miller recommends a Coach or a training partner who can help critique your stroke, breathing and body position until you are able to feel it yourself.

 

For race day preparation, practice swimming in your gear, practice swimming in a pool or in open water (whichever is the setting for your race), and practice sighting (spotting the lanes, other swimmers and/or buoys in an open water swim). When swimming in open water such as lakes or oceans during training, you should never swim alone or without a safety flotation device.  Taking the most safety precautions while in the water is a crucial aspect of training.

On race day, start away from the pack. Don’t push your way to the front.  If you are nervous about swimming, wait 30 seconds after your wave starts to begin swimming.  Stay in the back or the sides. And last, but not least, start slow.  If you go out too fast on the swim, you will cause you heart rate to spike, leaving you in oxygen debt at the onset of the race. How you feel after the swim, especially regarding your heart rate, will be a major factor in your overall race performance.

The swimming portion of the triathlon is often the most overlooked part of the race. To boost your confidence and reduce swimming anxiety train for this event by focusing on the key aspects that will produce the greatest results.  With your attention on technique and executing the swim portion strategically you will put yourself in a better physical position to hit the bike hard when you exit the water and lead to a more successful triathlon experience.

Swim For [More Than] Fun

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I recently read a quote about Esther Williams, an American competitive swimmer in the 1940’s describing a particular incident in the pool. She said, “Somehow, I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character and strength that I had developed as that little girl in her first swimming pool.”

The more involved I get in the swimming sphere, the more I find how much it relates to running. Runners love to coexist, group together and pace and train with one another. But there is something otherworldly about running, the methodical pounding of feet on the pavement, the focus on breathing, the need to relax the neck and the shoulders, elbows and wrists. I find running to be therapeutic, orderly, and peaceful- and elixir on a stressful day where I can become one with the pavement. What I am quickly realizing, however, is that swimming is very much the same. The systemic movements of the arms, rythmetic breathing, and keeping the tempo of each leg as it kicks. There is something soothing about the waves in the pool and the cadence of your body as you reach and pull and glide through the water.

Unfortunately, swimming tends to not get the credit it deserves as an intense, competitive, and therapeutic form of exercise. In addition to the cardiovascular, and low impact advantages, swimming provides benefits that many people may not even be aware of; improved flexibility, reduced cholesterol, and improved brain function.  Let’s take a look at the top 5 benefits of swimming:

  1. Swimming Expands Cerebral Communications – Similar to walking, swimming is a bilateral movement as such the cross patterning movements facilitates communication, feedback and modulation from one side of the brain to the other. This then activates both hemispheres and all four lobes of the brain simultaneously which results in heightened cognition and increased ease of learning. This would allow one to think more clearly in an extreme and even life threatening circumstance.

 

  1. Improved Asthma Symptoms – Unlike exercising in the often dry air of the gym, or contending with seasonal allergies or frigid winter air, swimming provides the chance to work out in moist air, which can help reduce exercise-induced asthma symptoms. Not only can exercising in the pool help avoid asthma attacks if you’re prone to them, some studies have shown that swimming can actually improve the condition overall. According to a study published in the journal, Respirology, when a group of kids completed a six-week swimming program, they saw improvements in symptom severity, snoring, mouth-breathing, and hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Moreover, the health benefits were still apparent a year after the swimming program had ended. Even those without asthma could benefit from swimming, say the study’s authors, as the exercise can increase lung volume and teach proper breathing techniques.

 

  1. Improved Flexibility – Unlike exercise machines in a gym that tend to isolate one body part at a time (like a bicep curl machine, for example), swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible. The arms move in wide arcs, the hips are engaged as the legs scissor through the water, and the head and spine twist from side to side. Plus, with every stroke, as you reach forward, you’re lengthening the body, which not only makes it more efficient in the water; it also helps give you a good stretch from head to toe.

 

  1. Built in Resistance – Swimming recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes. And because water affords 12 times the resistance as air in every direction, it creates the additional element of strength training. Furthermore, swimming is simultaneously a cardiovascular and strengthening activity, a benefit not many workouts can provide.

 

  1. Reduced risk of drowning – And for the obvious – Swimming contributes to a major element of safety. Oklahoma has the largest shoreline in the Union and contains 1,401 square miles of water in lakes, rivers and ponds. That is bigger than the state of Rhode Island!  That being said, the risk of drowning among individuals greatly increases.  I, believe however, that death/injury, as a result of drowning/near drowning is preventable.  Studies how that participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%!

 

So, while running may be your “ go to” form of therapy, I urge you to consider swimming. As all great exercises do, swimming develops “discipline, character and strength,” and compliments walking, running, resistance training, and other forms of cardio exercises.

The Step by Step Guide to Your First Day of Swim Class

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So, you have enrolled your child (or yourself!) into a swim class, now what?  Great question! Below you will find a step by step guide to your very first day of Swim Classes at Miller Swim School. We are excited to have you!

  1. Login to your Parent Portal:
  • You have already registered and paid for swim class. Next, we ask that you login to the Parent Portal (which you can access via our website here) and read through and agree to the Policies and Procedures. It is imperative that this is completed before your first class!
  1. Prepare your Swim Bag:
  • We recommend the swimmer comes prepared with a swim suit and towel. If goggles are already regularly used, bring those along too! Goggles are not required for lessons, and we typically prefer swimmers begin without them. Swimmers who are not potty trained must also come prepared to wear a reusable, machine washable swim diaper (iplay is the brand you want to look for!).
  • A change of clothes and shower necessities are also optional. Our locker rooms contain showers for your disposal, and many of our swimmers prefer to shower off after their classes.
  1. Know Where to Go:
  • When you enter the building, stop by the front desk to pick up your welcome packet! This packet contains a hard copy of our Policies and Procedures, a yearly calendar, samples, coupons, and much more!
  • The Front Desk Staff can then direct you to our changing rooms. Swimmers may arrive dressed or you may utilize one of these spaces to change clothes and store your belongings. Please make sure to utilize the restrooms before you enter the pool deck!
  • Check in on the Pool Deck. Each shift has a deck supervisor who will check you in and direct the swimmer to their station. At this point, parents, you may drop your swimmer off or wait with them until the instructor has made their way over to begin the class.
  • All parents, grandparents, guardians will exit the pool deck and may view the classes from the Observation rooms.
  1. During Class:
  • Sit back and watch as your swimmer works through our infamous 10 step progression, getting more acclimated to the water each time. Take pictures and videos to track progress over the coming months and share with loved ones who are unable to watch during class time.
  • Be patient and encouraging. Many of these sensations and skills may be new and frightening for some swimmers. Remember that we can see you though the glass – an occasional thumbs up can go a long way when a nervous swimmer attempts their first skills! And be patient with us- repetition is key in this kind of learning. Repeating the same skills may appear redundant, but is vital in creating muscle memory and confidence!
  1. After Class:
  • Swimmers may be picked up on the pool deck at their station and will exit through the locker rooms. At this time swimmers may shower, rinse off, get dressed, or simply leave as they came!
  • We do ask that no wet bodies exit into the lobby area as the floor can become very slippery.
  • Have questions or concerns? Feel free to stop by and chat with the deck supervisor who would be more than happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have after the lesson!
  1. Practice, Practice, Practice:
  • During the next 7 days, take advantage of the feedback the instructor gave at the end of class. Utilize the homework suggestions page on our website for activities that may be done in or out of the water to help strengthen Level specific skills!
  • Come to Family Swim. There is a lifeguard on duty and an open pool for positive, playful and productive exposure to the water in-between weekly classes!

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at any time via email, sarah@millerswimschool.com, or give us a call during our business hours at 918-254-1988. We look forward to seeing our swimmers in their classes each week

Injury and Pregnancy – Why Water Fitness is a Beneficial Activity for Both!

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Among others, there are two things injury and pregnancy have in common for the average active woman; weight gain and the inability to perform certain exercises previously a part of the daily workout regimen.  Fortunately, if not ironically, there is a solution for both; water exercise. Water exercise comes in various forms, the most common are lap swimming, water walking, and water aerobics. For both pregnancy and most stress related injuries, water aerobics is often the most beneficial type of water fitness activity. Water aerobics, by definition, is a safe, low impact exercise program that utilizes the natural buoyancy and resistance of the water to enhance cardiovascular conditioning, strength and flexibility.

While exercising in the water, the natural buoyancy properties only require that the body support 50% of its weight. Furthermore, 50%-80% of bone and joint stress is absorbed by the water when exercising in chest deep water, due to the same property.  The warmth of the water also creates a soothing environment for relieving pain and stiffness. As pregnancy or injury may cause inflammation and stiffness, immersing in warm water raises ones body temperature, causing your blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation and alleviating swelling and rigidity. This means that for those coping with achy feet, joints, back, breasts, or those suffering a stress fracture, plantar fasciitis, stressed muscles, or other similar injuries, the swimming pool could become an oasis of relief for these issues.

Another beneficial characteristic of water fitness is that water naturally lends itself to strength training as it provides resistance in all directions. In fact, the water provides 12-14 times more resistance than air during land exercises. This means then that both flexion/extension and abduction/adduction may be performed with little to no need for added weight while receiving the same benefits as the weighted move on land. Moreover, most exercises executed on land may be performed in a similar manner in the water with the added benefit of the water aiding in balance, reducing the risk of a stress related injury, and allowing high impact exercises to be performed in a low impact environment.

There is a branch of water aerobics designed specifically for expectant mothers, called Pre-Natal Water Aerobics. The exercises performed in the 30-60 minute long classes are based on the particular needs and limitations of a mom-to-be.  Depending on the structure of the course, participating in a pre-natal water aerobics class can provide mothers with time of quiet relaxation, away from the stresses of daily living, which has been shown to create a calming effect for both mother and baby as well as lower blood pressure and anxiety which prevents supplemental health issues during a pregnancy. On the other hand, involvement in a pre-natal water fitness class creates a community, designed specifically for women in a similar situation, allowing for a special camaraderie among participants to share struggles, fears, excitement, and tips as they experience pregnancy together.

Maintaining activity during pregnancy has been shown to lower blood pressure, which causes less strain on the heart and other organs. Continuing exercise also retains a fit and flexible body, which creates the opportunity for an easier labor and delivery and creates a smoother transition into recovery and weight loss post-pregnancy.

One of the best features of water aerobics, water walking, aqua step or water yoga, is that you don’t have to have to know how to swim to participate. Most of the activity is performed in the shallow end or in a shallow pool designed specifically for the program. Furthermore, use of equipment such as deep-water exercise belts, noodles, floating dumbbells, and kickboards act as a type of pfd (personal floatation device) when entering deeper areas of the pool. There is also other equipment designed specifically for water fitness to aid in strengthening core muscles, legs hips and the upper body, as well as improving cardiovascular respiratory condition, such as webbed gloves and paddles, water weights, steps, water fitness balls (similar to medicine balls), flippers, and resistance bands.

So, if you are a runner and due to injury, you find yourself unable to do the thing you love most, head towards the pool. With a deep-water belt and some shoes, you’ll be experiencing running like never before, without the added risk of aggregating the injury. Or if you love the feeling of being fit and healthy, and find that you are expecting a new little addition to your family, good news! The water provides a safe, risk free environment, where you can escape the stress of life and congregate with other mothers-to-be, meanwhile modifying your daily exercise routine to keep both baby and mother healthy.

Give the Gift of Life, Swim Lessons!

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With the birth of our daughter, this Holiday Season my husband and I have been re-evaluating our Christmas Lists. Usually filled with items that can be worn and discarded the following year, we wondered if we were going to be sending the wrong message to our daughter about the value of things. Therefore, we decided to go a less traditional route and give less “items” and more things of value. One of those things this year will be swimming lessons.

Our daughter will be of age for the Diaper Dolphins class this Spring. We couldn’t think of a more beneficial activity to start her off in than swimming. The skills she will learn in this class will create a foundation that will be built upon the rest of her life. Not only will she (and daddy) learn about water safety in the pool and at home, but they will have the invaluable opportunity to create a special bond during the 6 weeks of lessons.

As a parent I will gain peace of mind, knowing that my daughter is not only gaining knowledge of how to swim but she is learning a skill that could one day save her life. I know that as kindergarten and middle school roll around, she will never be embarrassed at a pool party because she cannot swim, I know that in high school and college during lake trips and Spring Break trips to the beach that she will make wise decisions regarding the water. I can even hope that one day she might continue through and obtain the Level 8 graduation medal and join the swim team!

So I am taking her gift certificate home today, ready to put in her stocking. My husband couldn’t be more excited to be sharing this unique experience with our daughter.  We hope that you consider giving your children the opportunity to learn how to swim or to even improve their swimming skills. You never know when they will need the skill that could save their life.

Swimming in the Winter? Yes, Please!

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We know that Winter typically isn’t a season you would associate with Swim Lessons, but we, at Miller, believe there is truly no better time to start! Here are a few of our responses to reasons for taking a break, that we commonly hear during the winter months.

  1. Cold Weather and Wet Hair Don’t Mix.

Did you know we keep our water 90+ degrees year-round? It feels refreshing in the Summer and like a warm bathtub in the Winter! Furthermore, our locker rooms are heated so that when little ones get out of the pool, they don’t get chilled while showering and drying off. We also provide hair dryers for kids to use after lessons so no need to leave our facility with wet hair! Parents are encouraged to bring a stocking hat for their kiddos and obviously a jacket if its cold, but there is no need to leave the facility in a wet suit or with wet hair! Stay warm and dry outside and inside!

  1. A few weeks off won’t affect their progress… surely…  

After months of commitment and hard work at lessons, surely a few weeks off won’t affect your swimmers progress, right? Unfortunately, the start/stop/start/stop routine makes for some pretty inconsistent swimmers. Skills and confidence gained over a few months are quickly lost with no practice. Furthermore, bad habits are developed in the “off” season resulting in more setbacks when constructive instruction begins again. Our recommendation is to stick with swimming, even in the off months. These few extra weeks can give a child the extra boost they need to get over a hump, or a skill they have been stuck on for some time. It also allows children a physical activity to do when the weather gets too cold to play outside, enabling them to exercise and learn a valuable skill!

  1. We need to save money.

Budgeting for the holidays can leave us all feeling fairly overwhelmed. We completely understand the desire to save a few dollars during the holiday season. Before you cancel your lessons for these winter months, you might take this into consideration…Unfortunately, your students will regress in the time they take off which can make you actually feel like all that time and money you’ve invested in swim lessons is lost. Furthermore, most of our Winter months are Pro-Rated, which means you have a discounted tuition rate as is! You might also consider asking for Swimming Lessons as a Christmas gift for you or your kiddos. What better Christmas gift than the gift of life through water safety!

  1. We don’t really need to swim in the Winter, its mainly a Summer sport.

Drowning knows NO SEASON. A drowning or near drowning incident can occur any time, any place with as little as 1” of water and most often happens when we least expect it. We ask you to consider spending the cold winter months (when not many outdoor activities are even available) in swim class, building up a strong water safety base BEFORE summer even arrives. Hop in the warm pool this winter with your babies and watch them as they flourish in the pool next summer due to the months of exposure to swimming and safety skills! Winter is an ideal time to start or continue swim lessons!

Help Your Child Learn to LOVE the Water!

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It’s your first day for swim lessons at Miller Swim School. You approach the pool deck to check your child in, but their mood suddenly changes. Tears are streaming down their face suddenly your very excited child becomes anxious and is asking to leave.
Surprisingly, this reaction is completely normal and can be conquered with a combination of patience and practice. Before you come to your first class (and even thereafter), here are a few ways you can help your ease your child’s anxiety about the pool and swim lessons:

1. Utilize your time in the tub!
Up to this point, you have most likely spent lots of time with your child in the bath and whether you have realized it or not, the bath is the BEST place to start working on those swimming skills with your children! Here are a few great conditioning skills we encourage parents to try at home before and after lessons:

  • Trying on goggles to get your child comfortable with how they feel and how they can see underwater
  • Blowing bubbles in the water
  • Slowly pouring cups of water over your child’s head
  •  Laying on their back with their ears in the water
  • Put them in the shower!

Of course, we can’t predict how your child will react to the sight of the pool, but basic water exposure goes a long way.

2. Be patient and encouraging.
Don’t get frustrated. It might take some time for those tears to stop. Offer words of encouragement on the way to your lesson and reward your child for achieving milestones in the water.

Gina Miller Kinnison, COO at Miller Swim School, knows from personal experience how long the process can take. When her youngest son, Noah, showed up for his first day of class after a long break from the pool, he quickly went from happy to terrified.  It took several weeks for the crying to stop, but it eventually subsided, and he has since learned to love the water and eventually went on to join the Swim Team.

3. Take a step back.
It is hard to watch your child get upset when trying out a new activity. The sight of tears can make parents question their motives for coming to swimming lessons in the first place. Gina breaks down how she rationalized “letting go”:

“As a swim instructor herself, Gina knew what it was going to take to get him comfortable in the water. We knew we had to stay out of sight , and we knew it could take a few weeks.. We never saw his apprehension to getting in the water as fear. Swim lessons were a non negotiable activity for all of our children because of the incredibly important skill it taught; water safety. ”

Don’t give up just yet! Making the jump into swimming as a family can be daunting, but the physical and social benefits last for a lifetime. Check out the Homework Suggestions on our website for more ideas on how to help your child become more comfortable in the pool!