Winter Water Fun

You never know what kind of weather we will get in Columbus. Sometimes December is filled with oddly warm days that juxtapose with the wreaths and Christmas lights, and other days it is so bitter outside that you can't possibly send the kids out to play in the snow. Too warm to sled...too cold for snowmen. If only there was a place to go where kids can splash around safely in a warm pool and burn off some of their energy...

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?

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?

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:
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 frisbee
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.


Brittany said...

Such a great give away! I love keeping up with all of your adventures!

Signe said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

Rebecca Liu said...

We started at Goldfish about a month ago with my 2 1/2 year old. We were originally in the mini 3 class, but she wasn't ready to be away from me yet, so switched to the mini 2 and we are both LOVING it now! I am looking forward to her being in the water with just the teacher, but am willing to wait until she is ready! Thanks for your encouragement on Instagram, we almost quit because the crying was too much!

aprilmaree13 said...

I would love to try this with my monsters

Heidi said...

What a fun giveaway! My 5 year old swimmer would love this! We haven't been to Goldfish before but would love to give it a try :)

Bethia Woolf said...

It sounds really awesome. I wish they weren't all so far away for us. We went to swim lessons at the aquatic center and the water was really cold for the little ones.

Journey Forward said...

My stay at home husband really needs this for our little man. Please!

Mandy said...

Love Goldfish Swim School! Great giveaway!

Amanda said...

I would love to win. I'm so excited about the location opening in Westerville!

Angela Westlake said...

I'm interested in this experience for my kids.... The giveaway would be a perfect way to get involved!

Lindsey Nicholson said...

I've been wanting to check this place out!!

Nana said...

What a great give away ~ Very generous! My grandchildren love the Goldfish Swim School!

Beth B. said...

So glad I found your blog through Goldfish! Would love to win this basket. Looking forward to following you!

Heather H. said...

Goldfish Swim School is awesome! I'm so glad we found out about it. My girls love to swim and they never have to worry about the water being cold.

Angie Merrin said...

My kids have loved playing in the water since the first time we brought them swimming! What a great give away! It sounds like something my kids would love!

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