New Year’s Resolutions for a Happier and Healthier Family

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The time has come for New Year’s resolutions, and many of us are beginning to think about the changes we would like to make in the upcoming year.  The team at Premier Aquatics Services challenges all of our community members to also consider ways to strengthen your bonds with loved ones by incorporating family-oriented resolutions.  Here are some ideas to get you started!

Resolution #1: Get Active and Play Together

We’ve all heard the phrase: families that play together stay together.  As silly as it may be, there is some truth in the sentiment.  Families who join together in activity and value shared playtime often experience higher levels of happiness and fulfillment.  After all, endorphins that are released during physical activity can break through even the most challenging of teenage moods.

Looking for ways to get active and play together?  Try taking a bike ride, playing beach volleyball, or playing Mock-Olympic games during a free swim at the pool.

Resolution #2: Eat Healthy

Many adults have resolutions related to losing weight, but why not focus on creating lifelong healthy habits for the whole family instead.  According to President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, approximately 17% of young people between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese.  Good nutrition is an essential part of overall health.

Looking for ideas to help with healthy eating?  Try switching out soda and sports drinks for water and changing your meal ratio so that fruits and veggies take up half the plate.  For more ideas, visit

Resolution #3: Spend Time Together

Spending time together doesn’t just mean active playtime.  By taking the time to slow down and connect with one another, family members communicate how much they value and support each other.

Looking for ideas on how to spend time together?  Try establishing a regular schedule for family meals, game nights, after school walks, or shared homework time.

Resolution #4: Step Away from Electronics

One of the biggest challenges in today’s world is the constant flow of information from our electronic devices.  While children are often blamed for playing too many video games or watching too much television, parents should also take a look at how often they check their phones while in the presence of their children.  Regardless of your role in the family or the electronic device in question, disengaging through electronics communicates a lack of interest in the people around you.  By establishing electronic-free hours in your household and getting involved in other activities, you will see a boost in your family’s positive interaction with one another.

Looking for ideas on electronic-free activities?  Try enrolling your kids in water sports, encouraging a living room reading hour, or taking a hike out of cell phone range.

Resolution #5: Learn New Skills

By continually learning new skills, both children and adults are left with a sense of accomplishment and increased self-confidence.  Start the new year off with the goal of having each family member learn a new skill each month!  From new swim strokes to learning CPR, this New Year’s resolution will not only make your children feel good about themselves, it will equip them with lifesaving skills.

Looking for ideas on how to learn new skills?  Premier Aquatics Services offers a wide range of classes, including swim lessons for all age groups, swim team training, and first aid coursework.

Explore Premier Aquatics Classes

Premier Aquatics Services offers more than just swim lessons for children.  We understand that a healthy lifestyle is a family affair, and we have classes and swim opportunities for family members of all ages and abilities.  Between group lessons, private lessons, the Masters Swim Team, Aqua Zumba, Frogman Fitness, and open swim times, it’s time to get each family member active in the pool.  Click here to learn more about the Premier Aquatic’s year-round swim lesson programs.

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Happy Holidays from Premier Aquatics Services

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It’s hard to believe the time has come to bring 2015 to a close and prepare to usher in a new year.  As we gather with family and friends to spread joy and goodwill through this special season, we revel in the opportunity to give thanks for the good fortunes of this past year.  And this year has certainly been one to celebrate.

Throughout 2015, Premier Aquatics Services has continued to grow, expanding the services we are able to offer our community.  Because of this, we are looking forward to the upcoming year with a true sense of excitement.

In addition to the upcoming expansion of our services, this past year gave us the opportunity to grow our team and establish closer relationships with our clients, both big and small.  Each day, we watch families reconnect in the water and develop stronger bonds.  This is one of the reasons our team has such a passion for what we do.  We know that learning to swim can be one of the most rewarding experiences of childhood. It is a celebration, a rite of passage, and a gift of freedom.  By having parents in the pool with young children or poolside with their older children, the entire family has the opportunity to share in each other’s triumphs and support each other’s developing self-confidence.  It is truly an honor to share in that experience.

So, as we reflect on the past year, we can’t help but be incredibly grateful for each moment we have shared with our team, our clients, and our community.  From our “family” to yours, we would like to wish you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with happiness and health.


Games to Help Your Child Be More Comfortable in the Water

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Living in a part of the country where water activities are often a part of everyday life, many parents look for ways to help make their young children more comfortable in the water.  As with so many aspects of childhood, the key for developing enjoyment of the water is creating a fun and relaxing atmosphere.  Here are some fun games for you to play with your child in the pool that have progressive skill building goals.

Traveling Toys

Small children have a natural instinct to keep their heads above the water.  Therefore, it can be scary for them to experiment with putting their faces close to the surface.  Using a ping pong ball or other small floating toy, invite your child to blow the toy to the other side of the pool.  Show them first, and then take turns.

Thundering Tractor

Once children are comfortable with proximity to the surface, it’s time to experiment with blowing bubbles.  Turn it into a game by seeing how loud the child can make rumbling noises with his or her lips in the water.  Then teach him how he can make even more bubbles by incorporating blowing air out of his nose.

Washing with Water

Children have become comfortable washing at home, and now it’s time to bring that comfort to the pool.  Mimic face-washing by having them splash water onto their own faces or showering by using toys to dribble water over their heads to help them become more comfortable with water in their eyes and running over their noses.

Cruising Crocodile

While using your child’s arms as the snapping of a crocodile jaw is fun, the real goal of this game is to cruise just above the surface and experiment with slowly dipping lower into the water.  It’s important to keep this fun and move at a comfortable pace for your child.

Bouncing Bunny

Whether it’s a bunny or a kangaroo, bouncing up and down creates a patterned and reliable motion.  As you begin to go lower in (and eventually under) the water, your child can know exactly what to expect in terms of timing.

Talk With The Experts About Your Child’s Swim Lessons

Premier Aquatic Services swim instructors use an exciting approach to help swimmers of all ages develop a love of the water. Our instructors are experienced with teaching all levels, whether it be helping beginners to be more comfortable in the water or training more experienced competitors on how to improve their stroke technique.  To learn more about our swim lesson programs and register your child for summer and fall classes, visit our aquatic services page.

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Performing First Aid: When is Consent Implied?

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When witnessing a medical emergency, many of us have the instinct to rush to provide assistance.  However, some people are hesitant to assist because they fear of the legal implications of helping someone who may or may not want to be helped.  Therefore, it is important to understand the concept of consent.

There is a general assumption that everyone who appears to need help actually wants it, but that is not always true.  In order to provide someone with first aid or medical care, he or she needs to provide permission or consent.  After all, physically touching someone who does not want to be touched can be considered assault or battery.

Types of Consent

In the medical field, there are two types of consent: expressed and implied.  Expressed consent is communicated either verbally or in written form.  Simply put, the victim tells you it is okay to provide assistance.  In this case, the victim must be able to understand the situation and communicate clearly in order to provide expressed consent.

When an individual is unable to provide expressed consent, the rescuer must rely on implied consent.  Implied consent happens when the rescuer is unable to communicate with the victim.  This most often happens because the victim is unconscious, but may also be a result of intoxication, language barriers, mental disorder, or age.  With implied consent, there is an assumption that the victim would ask for help if he or she could.

Who Can Consent?

If a victim is not impaired, a rescuer must receive expressed consent before physically touching a victim.  This is important for all first aid providers, but it is essential for medical professionals and first responders, including our lifeguards and swim coaches.  If a victim isn’t able to provide expressed consent, the rescuer may rely on implied consent.

Safety is always paramount when providing first aid assistance to someone in need.  Never put yourself in harm’s way to provide help to someone who won’t take it.  In all medical emergency scenarios, calling 9-1-1 should be the first step.  Additionally, it is essential to always use personal protective equipment, such as gloves and a breathing barrier, to protect yourself.

Learning Lifesaving Skills

At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills.  From child swim lessons to American Red Cross CPR Certification, we provide training all year long.

We know how important it is for you and your family to know what to do in the event of an emergency.  While younger children should be taught how to call for help, older children can enroll in CPR classes alongside their parents.  Click here to learn more or enroll in CPR classes today!

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6 Exercise Ideas for a Healthier Family

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We all have heard about the importance of an active lifestyle for our health.  It reduces the risk of a wide array of diseases, reduces stress, and boosts our general wellbeing. In the age of technology and convenience, it can be challenging to keep your family up off the couch and moving.  Here are some simple ideas for exercising as a family.

1.  Bike Trips to the Grocery Store

In the U.S., we have the habit of conducting one major grocery shop every week or two, but families who opt for biking to the store for smaller shopping trips have the opportunity to exercise more, while having less temptation hiding in the cabinets.

2.  Commercial Workout Breaks

Instead of using television commercial breaks for popping popcorn, institute commercial workout breaks.  With each family member taking turns choosing the short burst of activity, you can foster connection while boosting activity levels.  Be sure to make it fun by cheering each other on as new goals are achieved.

3.  Plan Active Gatherings

Many families love “dinner and a movie” outings, but opting for ice skating, Frisbee in the park, or a day in the sand can bring a family closer.  Additionally, by creating gatherings around physical activity instead of eating, you will instill healthy habits into your child’s sense of tradition.

4.  Scheduled Swim Time

Swim-time can be a fun way for a family to exercise and play at the same time.  Talk with the team at Premier Aquatics Services about the family swim time that is closest to your child’s scheduled swim lesson.

5.  Introduce Our Childhood Games

Instead of letting the kids sit in front of the video game console, introduce them to the games we knew as children.  From Red Rover to Capture the Flag, getting outside for some unstructured playtime is good for everyone.

6.  Pre- or Post-Dinner Walks

Establishing a family tradition of technology-free walks surrounding dinnertime gives family members a time to talk, laugh, or just be near each other.  It’s simply an added benefit that you’ll also be contributing to your daily 10,000 steps.

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Premier Aquatics Services offers more than just swim lessons for children.  We understand that a healthy lifestyle is a family affair, and we have classes and swim opportunities for family members of all ages and abilities.  Between group lessons, private lessons, the Masters Swim Team, Aqua Zumba, Frogman Fitness, and open swim times, it’s time to get each family member active in the pool.  Click here to learn more about the Premier Aquatic’s year-round swim lesson programs.

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Embracing the Season for Giving Thanks

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With the arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday, most of us are enjoying the process of identifying all the blessings in our lives.  From happy families to the roofs over our heads, the possibilities for gratitude are endless.

In staying true to the holiday, the team at Premier Aquatics Services wanted to share some of the things we are thankful for this year.

The Premier Team:  Many work environments have colleagues, but at Premier, we are blessed to work each day with friends.  Every one of our staff members understands the value of a team, and together, we get to enjoy each day of work.

Giggles, Cheers, Smiles, and Accomplishments:  Whether through our swim team programs or our swim lessons, we get to be a part of joyful moments for both children and adults.  With each achievement, we get to hear our favorite sounds – the giggles and cheers of success – and see our favorite sights – accomplished smiles and laughter.

Happy Families and Individuals:  On a daily basis, it amazes us to see how many happy people walk through our doors.  To say we value our clients would be such an understatement; we are thankful to work with some of the best individuals Southern California has to offer.

Teaching Lifesaving Skills:  Through our health and safety classes, we teach our clients skills that can save lives.  Four of our clients (that we know of) have used those skills to directly save someone else’s life.  We are unbelievably grateful to be able to share those skills and contribute to the wellbeing of our community.

Doing What We Love:  Somewhere along the line, someone said it’s not work if you love what you’re doing.  Our company is driven by passion, and while some days may seem longer than others, we get to do what we love everyday.

Doing MORE of What We Love:  This year has brought significant opportunity for Premier Aquatics Services; we feel truly blessed to be expanding our services in the upcoming year, so we can address more of our community’s needs.

From our “family” to yours, the entire team at Premier Aquatics Services wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.


The Benefits Of Having An AED In The Workplace

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“Clear!”  We’ve all seen the dramatic hospital situation on television or in the movies when a doctor shocks a patient’s heart back into rhythm.  However, what happens when someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 890 deaths from coronary heart disease happen outside of the hospital each day.  They report that between 2001 and 2002, there were 1216 deaths from heart attack, 354 from electric shock, and 267 from asphyxia inside the workplace, and up to 60% of those victims could have been saved if an automated external defibrillator (AED) was readily available.

What is an AED?

An AED is a portable device that can check a victim’s heart rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock through the chest to the heart.  In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, this shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume.

AEDs have a built-in computer that reads and analyzes a victim’s heart rate through adhesive electrodes.  After calculating whether defibrillation is necessary, the computer’s electronic voice may tell the rescuer to press the shock button on the AED.  On the other hand, the computer may discover that defibrillation is not necessary, in which case certain AEDs will provide live corrective CPR feedback as needed.

Why is an AED Important?

According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., with more than 350,000 cases each year; defibrillation is the only effective treatment.

It is estimated that the chance of survival is reduced by 8-10% for each passing minute without treatment. Keeping in mind that the average response time for first responders after 9-1-1 is called is between 8 and 10 minutes, proximity to an AED can truly mean the difference between life and death.

Who Can Use an AED?

AEDs are so valuable in our society because nearly any adult can be trained to properly use them.  They are specifically designed to be used by non-medical personnel, including police, fire fighters, security guards, life guards, athletic trainers, and other lay rescuers.  Ultimately, “the Red Cross believes that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it.”

Where to Purchase an AED?

Premier Aquatic Services is a proud vendor of the Zoll AED Plus and other great Zoll products. The AED Plus is the first and only full-rescue AED that provides Real CPR Help® for rate and depth of chest compressions. With real-time feedback, the rescuer can provide the best manual CPR possible in a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The AED Plus also guides rescuers through the complete Chain of Survival helping all SCA victims, not just those who need a shock.  View a demo of the Zoll AED Plus.

Where to Get Properly Trained?

At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills.  From child swim lessons to American Red Cross AED classes, we provide training all year long.

We know how important it is for you and your family to know what to do in the event of an emergency.  While younger children should be taught how to call for help, older teenagers and adults can enroll in AED classes alongside their parents.  Click here to learn more or enroll in AED training classes today!

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The Benefits of Swimming for Special Needs Children

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Swimming has a myriad of benefits for all children, but learning to swim is particularly beneficial for children with special needs. Generally speaking, there are three major goals for a swim program designed for special needs children:

  1. Boosting physical activity levels
  2. Developing self-confidence
  3. Teaching a life saving skill

Physical Benefits of Learning to Swim

For children of any ability level, the pool can be a fun and relaxing environment to exercise their bodies.  With each kick or stroke, water resistance helps to build muscle tone and strength.  Even more important for children with disabilities, the process of learning to swim helps with balance, coordination, and the development of motor skills.  As children learn to float and then move through the water, they are isolating muscle groups and learning how to coordinate different motions in order to achieve a physical goal.

Additionally, for special needs children with movement restrictions, the pool can help improve range of motion.  Buoyancy reduces the child’s body weight by 80%, providing an environment for restriction-free (or at least restriction-less) movement.

Emotional Benefits of Learning to Swim

There is nothing more rewarding than the look on a child’s face when he or she is thinking, “I did it!”  Two of the primary goals of any childhood swim program are to develop self-confidence and build self-esteem.  Many children experience an exponential sense of achievement when learning to swim because, as they learn new skills, they continue to explore their boundaries and discover new abilities.

Additionally, swim lessons designed for special needs children work through a progression that is ultimately aimed at getting the child to function in a group of other high-functioning special needs children.  With each stage of the progression, children are exposed to new social interactions, and they benefit from a cohesive team environment.

Safety Benefits of Learning to Swim

According to the National Autism Association, drowning is among the leading causes of death for children with autism.  This is because of three common autistic characteristics: wandering, fascination with the water, and a lack of understanding of danger.  Across the board, children with special needs have a higher risk of drowning.  Teaching children to swim can mean the difference between life and death if they find themselves accidentally in the water.  It is the best way to protect your child.

Additionally, while learning to swim, children also develop better spatial awareness as they use reference points and explore water depth.  Increased spatial awareness, along with the physical balance that naturally develops, can help keep a special needs child from falling into the water in the first place.

Premier Aquatics Services Swim Lessons

At Premier Aquatics Services, all of our instructors are dedicated to the wellbeing of each student.  We use effective techniques to teach children of all ability levels, so each child can enjoy all of the physical, emotional, and safety benefits.  To learn more about the impact of swim lessons on childhood mental development, read our post: Can Swim Lessons Make Your Child Smarter.

Premier Aquatics Services is currently enrolling winter classes and private lessons for all age groups. Click here to learn more about the Premier Aquatic’s year-round swim lesson programs.

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Developing A Family Emergency Response Plan

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No one likes to think about the possibility of a disaster striking their home or community, but the reality is that it could happen.  Families can minimize the fear and uncertainty and increase the chances that each family member remains safe by developing a family emergency response plan.

There are three important questions to consider when thinking about your family’s emergency response plan:

  • How would your family contact one another if a disaster were to strike?
  • How would each family member get to a safe place?
  • How would different emergency situations change the plan?

Communication During a Disaster

Family members aren’t always together when an emergency arises, so it is important to consider how family members will get in touch with one another.  In this day and age, we rely so heavily on technology, but it isn’t uncommon for local phone lines to be damaged.  Therefore, a more in-depth plan should be developed.

Identify an out of town contact.  It is important to identify a trusted and easily reached family or friend who lives out of town, who can be the central point of contact in the event of an emergency.  A person who lives out of town is less likely to also be affected by the emergency.  Additionally, local phone lines often get jammed, making long distance communication easier.

Teach texting.  While text messaging is commonplace for many of us, it may not be second nature for everyone in your family.  When phone lines are jammed, it is more likely that text messages will go through, so be sure everyone knows how to send and receive text messages.

Create a contact card.  While having important phone numbers stored in our cell phones is an important step, it is also important to have these numbers handwritten and stored in a central place in the home as well as in wallets, purses, or backpacks.  The FEMA website offers a convenient template to help you gather all of the important information.

Safety and Evacuation Plans

Disasters can happen on different scales.  For example, the evacuation plan for a house fire is different from that of a tsunami warning.  Therefore, when developing a family emergency response plan, it is important to consider the different potential circumstances.  On their website, the American Red Cross discusses different types of emergencies in more detail.

Establish meeting places.  Talk with your family and agree upon meeting places outside your home (such as the mailbox or neighbor’s house), outside your neighborhood (such as a school or place of worship), and outside of town (such as a family member’s house or a school commonly used as an American Red Cross shelter).  Then, discuss how to decide which meeting place would be the right place to go.

Determine escape routes from each room.  In developing your plan, go room to room and establish the two best escape routes from each.  Whether your family is faced with a fire or an earthquake, the primary exits may not be passable.

Plan what to do if you must evacuate.  Make sure everyone in the family knows where the emergency kit is located, and assign two family members to be in charge of putting it in the vehicle. Map out multiple evacuation routes, and practice driving those routes twice a year.  Think about alternate routes as you drive, in case your planned roads are impassable.

Special considerations.  Be sure to take into account special considerations such as elderly family members, those with disabilities, and pet care.

Other Ways to Be Prepared

In addition to creating a family emergency response plan, you can make sure your family is prepared by installing fire and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, building emergency kits, teaching household members how to use fire extinguishers and turn off utilities, and taking first aid and CPR classes.

At Premier Aquatics Services, we believe in preparing all of our clients with lifesaving skills.  From child swim lessons to American Red Cross CPR Certification, we provide training all year long.  Click here to learn more or enroll in CPR classes today!

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The Benefits Of Incorporating Swim Training For Young Athletes

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Regardless of the primary sport interest, young athletes are always looking for ways to boost their performance levels and hone their skills.  They train harder and experiment with diet changes, but often hit a plateau that is hard to overcome.

Blending traditional training programs with new activities to expand an athlete’s skillset is not a new concept.  For example, we have all heard of the football players who turn to ballet lessons to become lighter on their feet.  One of the best kept training secrets, however, is the pool.  Incorporating swimming into your training program provides countless benefits and can give you an edge over your competition.

A Balanced Body

Swimming builds lean, long, and strong muscles, while weight training develops shorter, dense muscle groups.  Blending the two types of training will give your body a balanced strength and increased joint flexibility.  With each stroke, you expand your range of motion through the shoulder joint, torso, and hips.  For athletes who require rotational motion, such as throwing, this increased flexibility will certainly up your game.

A Strong Core

We all know that swimming is a total body workout; however, how many of us really understand what that means.  By incorporating both the upper and lower body through fluid movements, you not only work the large and small muscle groups in those areas, but you also strengthen the entire core because it is key for stabilizing your body throughout the continuous motion.  Whether you are headed back to the court or the field after your swim, your newfound core strength will give you heightened agility and a better overall performance.

Increase Lung Capacity

Not only will swim training help athletes hold their breath, the key to swimming is breath control.  The most successful athletes are able to effectively recover their heart rate after a sudden spike, such as after a full sprint down the field.  Swimming requires athletes to learn to control their breath because they are performing cardiovascular exercise in an environment with limited oxygen.  Once you take this skill into the oxygen-limitless atmosphere of a court or field, you won’t be able to ignore the benefits.

Injury Prevention

Especially for young athletes who have a beautiful sense of invincibility, it is important to allow your body to recover from high-impact training.  But when you are working towards a new goal, building rest time into your program can be difficult.  In comparison to high-impact sports, swim training can protect the joints and muscles easier because of the body’s buoyancy in water.  This allows you to have all the benefits of a workout without the damaging impact associated with many land sports.  Of course, it is still important to listen to your body and let your muscles recover appropriately.

Reduce Recovery Time

Every athlete knows that most endurance sports, such as running and cycling, can lead to a build up of lactic acid in the muscles.  Swimming, especially in a heated pool, after an intense workout flushes the muscle-tightening toxins and shortens muscle recovery time.

Premier Aquatics Services – Your Swim Training Partners

As a young athlete, it is essential to protect your body while building your base of skills and developing your strength.  By alternating pool workouts with your regular training, you’ll benefit from an increased range of motion, strengthened alternative muscles that support those primarily worked on the field, and a greater overall fitness.

At Premier Aquatics Services, we support our local athletes by providing year-round access to swim facilities, coaches, and lessons.  We are dedicated to teaching effective swim techniques, so athletes can boost their performance levels safely and effectively.  To learn more about our swim lesson programs and register classes, visit our aquatic services page.

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