Enter, Goldfish Swim School. I know you've heard me mention it before, but our partnership is growing and I am loving it more each week. This winter, Goldfish is the perfect place to bring the kids to beat boredom and strengthen their water safety skills.
I spoke with Lisa Armitage, owner of the Goldfish location in Dublin, about the benefits of year-round swimming as opposed to the standard week-long summer stint.
Q: Why do you recommend children do year-round lessons as opposed to swim lessons in the summer?
A: Swimming is a valuable skill that every child should develop and master – especially since drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children ages one to four. Oftentimes, parents will enroll their child in a several week-long swim class in their community with the intention of having their child learn the basics of technique and water safety. However, once that child graduates from that course, they will no longer practice those basics and in some cases, they may even forget what they learned. At Goldfish Swim School, our goal is to ensure that every child masters swimming so that it becomes second nature to them. We achieve this through our perpetual membership-based model for lessons. This means that parents sign their child up for lessons that continue every week until the child graduates from Goldfish’s curriculum. This model allows the child to learn at his or her own pace and develop as a strong swimmer.
Q: What kinds of features does Goldfish have that would make a cold day more comfortable for little swimmers?
A: Goldfish Swim School is reinventing the swim lesson experience for children and families. Our locations' custom-built pools are just four feet deep, kept at a comfortable and shiver-free 90 degrees and are maintained by a state-of-the-art water purification system. Each facility’s beach resort-like atmosphere features private changing and restrooms, a snack bar and pro shop and a blow-dry station for parents to help children dry their hair following their lessons. Our overall goal is to help children feel safer and more comfortable so they can succeed in the water. Our atmosphere and unique instruction style accomplish this.
Q: Are there any other swim opportunities for families besides weekly swim lessons?
A: In addition to weekly swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years, Goldfish Swim School hosts weekly Family Swims M-Th from 12-1pm, and Fridays from 6:30-8pm, private parties and our Goldfish Swim Team. When children complete the Goldfish Swim School pro-level curriculum, they can advance into our Goldfish Swim Team classes. This course allows students who are interested in pursuing swimming competitively to grow their understanding of teamwork and build their endurance in the water. We see many of our students who graduate from this course move on to community and school competitive teams – and they do so wonderfully.
Q: Do you have any exciting events this winter?
A: We have a lot of exciting events going on this winter!
Weekly family swims (M-Thursday from 12-1pm, Fridays 6:30-8pm), Grand Opening Party for Westerville, Member Appreciation Week January 10-16, 2016, Family Night Out (Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 12, March 25), We offer FREE Preschool Programs for community Groups: http://goldfishswimschool.com/swimming-lessons/goldfish-swim-school-offers-free-water-safety-presentation
Community Service Initiatives:
Our December Project is Sweet Dreams and Stories (Pajamas and books for Brightside Academy and Muha Memorial Foundation).January we will partner with My Very Own Blanket who supply blankets for children entering the foster care system in Central Ohio and surrounding counties. Our families and staff will be encouraged to donate supplies or make blankets to donate. I am planning on a blanket making party late in the month.February we will be collecting socks for homeless families.
We would like to give you the opportunity to try Goldfish for yourselves. They have graciously donated a gift basket to our readers that includes:
2 months of group lessons
5 family swim passes
Goldfish water bottle
Goldfish knit hat
Bubbles plush toy
To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be contacted on Monday, 12/7.