Swim safety is so so important and something that I think is sometimes taken for granted. Now that we’re settled into our new hometown and sending three kids to swim lessons at the same time doesn’t cost as much as college tuition, it was a priority for me to get the kids into swim lessons before the summer swim season starts so the little ones are comfortable in the water and my oldest knows more about water safety. Only Charlie had had lessons before, and they were when he was three. We hadn’t been swimming in quite a long time so we knew he needed lessons again. He has always been reluctant to participate in classes and sports so I was nervous about how he would respond. Calvin, my 3 1/2 year old, had never had swim lessons and Quincy, age 2, has barely been in a swimming pool (third baby problems). Needless to say, I didn’t have high expectations.
Charlie took a few lessons here at our local YMCA but in watching him in class he didn’t seem to be progressing and mostly just looked like he was playing. So when we discovered Goldfish Swim School I knew I wanted to work with them. I heard so many wonderful things about their swim program and it seemed like the perfect fit for my little guys. I’ve shared some of their swimming in my Instagram stories (there’s a Swimmers highlight so you can watch their progress and decide if you think it is the right fit for your own little fishies) and I’ve gotten a lot of direct messages about their lessons and progress. So I thought it would be helpful to share here on my blog and update our experience and progress every other month throughout the year. This post is based on our first month of lessons at Goldfish Swim School.
Our First Month
Quincy was not thrilled about swim lessons. In fact, as soon as I put him in the pool he wanted out and cried. If I moved away from the pool he screamed (a pissed off scream, not sad or scared one). So I walked into the observation area instead and after one of the staff drew a dinosaur inside a paper plate he did much better. He stayed in the pool the entire lesson the first time. At week 2 he started crying as we walked into the building and he remembered what we were doing there. He clung to me and cried the entire time I got him dressed into his swim clothes. But after I took him to the pool and walked away he did slightly better than the time before. He even poured water on his head. By week three we were tear-free! And by week four he was asking to go swimming and participating fully in the class.
Calvin was really excited for swim lessons and had no hesitation whatsoever. He is a quick learner and can repeat things that are explained to him, so he started off well. We had to take a break after his first two lessons because he had to have his foot casted for three weeks, so we’re excited to get back into lessons this week.
Charlie was a little apprehensive at first, as he usually is before he starts anything new or goes to a class. But once he was in the water he did great. He seems to enjoy his lessons and even though he has to work harder to learn physical things he is making progress and is proud of his improvement. He was given a ribbon after his first class and I think that was huge for his confidence and motivated him to keep working hard.
Why I’m Happy With Our Choice of Goldfish Swim School
I didn’t know what to expect starting lessons at GSS but from the moment we walked in I knew we made the right choice. Everything is made easy, from check-in to the changing rooms to the way you drop your kids at their class and are able to watch from a divided room, to the dryers you can use to dry the kids swim clothes. The facility is clean and well kept and the staff are top notch. And not only are my kids enjoying swim lessons (which in itself is a big deal) but they are also learning and progressing. I’m confident that they will all learn how to swim independently and how to save themselves if they ever find themselves struggling in the water.
This photo with Quincy sitting on the side of the pool and listening to his instructor shows how far he has already come. Also, it just kills me how cute he looks sitting there and listening, eager to hop back in the water. I’m thrilled I was able to partner with Goldfish Swim School for my sons’ lessons and so that I can share our experiences with you as well.
May is water safety month, so there has never been a better time to get your kids enrolled in swim lessons. If you are local to the Columbus area, Goldfish Swim School’s annual Water Safety Day is being held at their locations in Dublin and Westerville this weekend. The events are free to the public and children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer. It will also give you a chance to check out GSS in person. They also have locations in other areas if you want to check and see if they are in your area.
Have you put your kids in swim lessons yet? I’d love to hear your experience!
Oh Lovely Day has partnered with Goldfish Swim School, but the words and experienced shared here are honest and my own.