I absolutely love organizations, particularly businesses that give back! Goldfish Swim School doesn’t just give back during the holiday season. By providing the community with invaluable swim lessons, I truly believe this is a business that is passionate about giving back.

Oh, but wait… it gets better!

This holiday season Goldfish Swim School is encouraging you to help provide Sweet Dreams & Stories for children throughout Columbus. This month Goldfish Swim School Dublin, Westerville and Lewis Center are partnering together to help provide pajamas and hard cover books to children who may not have access to a literacy rich environment at home.

From December 1 to 21 Goldfish Swim School is accepting donations for two deserving local organizations: Brightside Academy and Run The Race/Brian Muha Memorial Foundation serving at risk children on the near west side and inner-city Columbus.

If you are interested in donating, please bring one or both of the following items to Goldfish Swim School in Dublin, Westerville or Lewis Center.

  • A new pair of pajamas for children ages three months to 12 years
  • A hard cover or chapter book for children ages three months to 10 years

Goldfish Swim School’s goal is to provide pajamas and books for each of the children at Brightside Academy and have many more to donate to the Muha Foundation.

For more information about Goldfish Swim School, please call 614-407-3474 or visit

https://dublin.goldfishswimschool.com https://westerville.goldfishswimschool.com

https://www.goldfishswimschool.com/lewis-center/

*This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swim School. All opinions are my own.*

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Is there anything better than summer? I’ll wait……

…….

That’s what I thought! We are full-blown invested into summer this year as we make our way to the pool on a regular basis. The cool thing is, Luke and Eden can SWIM! I’m not even talking about doggie paddling, or floating, they are actually taking windmill strokes in the big pool.

Luke can swim the entire width of the pool without assistance. Yes, I still keep a very close eye on them…but I am truly amazed at their development. I credit 100% of it to Goldfish Swim School.

I had a meeting last Wednesday, so my husband took the kids to swim lessons. It was the first time he had seen them swim in about 6 months and he was blown away. He texted me:

“Did you know they can actually swim!?!”

Eye roll.

But it’s true, until you see them in action it’s kind of hard to believe.

Goldfish Swim School has a lot of incredible things happening July. If you’re on the fence on signing your child up for swim lessons this summer, hear me out. I know we are halfway through the summer and some of you may be thinking…okay, next year we learn how to swim…but it’s not too late!

Goldfish Swim School’s unique Jump Start Clinics are specially designed for families looking to get their kids water-ready in a hurry! They’re a great way to introduce kids to the fundamentals of water safety, take full advantage of school vacations, get peace-of-mind before a water-centric vacation.

Jump Start Clinics include four or five consecutive days of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique. These clinics are so effective, we guarantee you’ll see significant improvement in your child’s swimming skills in just four or five short days!

Call today to sign up!

*This post is sponsored. All of the opinions are my own.*

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Out of no where, we jumped right into summer! I know a lot of areas are in a premature summer heatwave, and Ohio is no exception. The kids have been living their best lives the last few days in the sprinkler and playing with water hoses…counting down the days until our pool opens.

I am so excited/anxious to see how they are at the swimming pool this summer. This is the first year, they know how to swim… it’s 100% thanks to Goldfish Swim School and their weekly lessons.

I think it’s going to be a FUN summer and I can’t wait for it to begin!

Meanwhile, May is water safety month, but really, I believe all spring and summer months should directly bring attention to water safety. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death among children ages 1 to 4.  Last May there were 7 drowning deaths in Ohio. 7!

Here are some important tips to keep in mind this summer:

  • Water toys including floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning.
  • Most children who drown are not supervised.
  • Be aware that even the most seasoned swimmers can still encounter trouble. Make sure swimmers don’t overestimate their skills and that they understand the importance of never swimming alone!
Sunshine, sprinklers and swim safety.

Living his best life!

Sunshine, sprinklers and swim safety.

Best life.

Best life still.

Best life still.

Sunshine, sprinklers and swim safety.

Sister did not want to get hit with the water gun anymore.

My older two children have now been enrolled in Goldfish Swim School for a full year. We take weekly, 30 minute swim lessons. I can honestly admit that even after a full year, it is still something they look forward to every week.

But it’s not for every child, there are plenty of children who end swim lessons after a few weeks or right at the start of spring/summer.

Here are 4 fascinating reasons to KEEP your child enrolled in swim lessons:

 

1. Swimming lessons may save your child’s life.

Knowing how to swim can help prevent drowning. One of the reasons we love Goldfish so much is they are always enforcing safety. We will spend all summer at the pool or on a boat, and it helps me rest a little easier knowing they know how to float, tread water, and get to safety.

2. It takes a while for kids to adjust to swimming.

For some children, it takes quite a bit of time to adjust to having water splashed on their face, or going under the water. If you let your little swimmer quit swim lessons before they’re really comfortable in the water, he or she — and you — may miss out on seeing some extraordinary results. Give your children time to adjust to the water.

3. Swimming is great cardiovascular exercise — and helps burn energy.

AMEN! Did you know that swimming works every muscle group? It’s such a fantastic way to exercise — without even realizing that you’re exercising! It strengthens all the muscles, which is great prep for any other sport your little swimmer may decide to join. Plus, it wears my children out. WIN!

4. These aren’t just swim lessons; they’re LIFE lessons.

You probably know several adults who don’t know how to swim or who are afraid of the water. I know I do. As a parent, it’s just very important to me that all three of my children know how to swim, for life!

As the warmer weather finally heads our way, we won’t be slowing down anytime soon on the swim lessons. It truly amazes me to see how far my kids have come with their weekly swim lessons.

I’ll be enrolling Adam in to the school soon, as well!

Weekly lessons with Ms. Jordan are Luke's favorite.

4 reasons to keep your child enrolled in swim lessons.

 

The Midwest didn’t get the memo that Spring has sprung. Would you believe we actually had snow on the first day of Spring? I know my friends in the Northeast are dealing with a lot more than our dusting, but still, cold is cold is cold.

The kids’ Spring Break is next week. If I didn’t have a busy week, I would totally pack them up and ship out to Florida for a few days. Hmmm…. excuse me while I see if I can switch some meetings around and make this happen.

Okay, I’m back. Ain’t gonna happen.

So, we’re making our own Spring Break, complete with cheap pink flamingos, sunshine and waves. Don’t hate on our spring break, and we won’t hate on yours.

This week was “Water Safety Week” at Goldfish Swim School, so they had to practice swimming without their goggles. Fact: if your child is in danger, the chances of them actually having their goggles on is slim, so it’s important they know how to get to safety without them.

Since spring is here, whether mother nature wants to acknowledge it or not, it’s a great time to enroll your little ones in swim lessons.

Next week (March 25-31), Goldfish Swim School’s has their Jump Start Clinics again which are specially designed for families looking to get their kids water ready in a hurry. The clinics are 5 consecutive days of 30-minute swim lessons focusing on fundamentals and water safety.

Here are a few benefits of teaching your kids to swim:

  • Building confidence.
  • Learning how to stay above water.
  • Treading water (mine aren’t to that level yet, but it’s so important!)
  • Getting out of the pool safely.

So whether you are heading to the water this spring break, or pretending in your living room…summer is right around the corner, and it really is a wonderful time to enroll your kids in swim!

*This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swim School. All opinions are my own.*

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Eden floating during her lesson this week.

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Luke didn’t use goggles this week for “Swim Safety Week”.

Our spring break is lit.

Our spring break is lit.