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3 Reasons Year-Round Childhood Swim Lessons Are Worth Every Penny

3 Reasons Year-Round Childhood Swim Lessons Are Worth Every Penny

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3 Reasons Year-Round Childhood Swim Lessons Are Worth Every PennyIt’s that time of year where children are back in class and refocusing on their studies. Many parents are forced to make the decision about whether their kids will remain in their swim classes or opt for other activities. At Premier, we support every parent in his or her decision because we understand that no one knows your kids better than you, but we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the top 5 reasons year-round swim lessons are worth the investment.

Keeping Your Child Safe

The primary goal of teaching your child to swim is simple: help keep them safe around the water. Like all new skills, swim skills need to be practiced for them to remain effective. As children progress through their summer swim lessons, they become more and more capable of staying afloat. However, after months outside of the water, those skills diminish significantly.

Proven, Progressive Curriculum

With professional swim lessons, the curriculum is carefully crafted to progressively build upon skills. Each achievement leads them into the next level, so they are more likely to experience great success in their lessons. Professional swim lessons are designed to keep children learning in a continuous manner. When lessons are interrupted for months at a time, children spend a good deal of time relearning the skills they need to progress to the next level, which can be frustrating for both the child and the parents.

Stronger Performance in the Classroom

In a study by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research in Australia, researchers found that children who participated in swim lessons demonstrated more advanced cognitive abilities than other children. From understanding directions to mathematics reasoning, your investment in childhood swim lessons may also be contributing to a stronger performance in the classroom.

Despite the cooling temperatures outside, it’s important to keep your children safe and capable around the water. Keeping your child enrolled in year-round childhood swim lessons not only keeps their skills honed, but it also sets them up for lifelong fun in the water.  Click here to learn more about the Premier Aquatic’s year-round swim lesson programs.

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7 Tips for Overcoming Fear of the Water

7 Tips for Overcoming Fear of the Water

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7 Tips for Overcoming Fear of the WaterMany children have a natural love of the water. Summer vacations are often spent splashing and laughing with their friends in the backyard pool or the beach. However, for other children, the water can cause a great deal of anxiety. To help children overcome a fear of the water, parents should make a gentle introduction and move at the comfort level of the kids. By showing children that the water can be fun and taking care to not add to the fear, parents can help their children find a lifelong love of the swimming.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

Start Small

The initial goal of introducing your children to the water is to create a comfortable environment for them to develop an understanding of how water works. Start in the bathtub or with a small kiddie pool in the backyard. Use warm water, which is more relaxing than cold water, and only fill it up to their legs.

Use Toys

As they’re sitting in their shallow, warm water, bring in their favorite toys. Some of the toys should float and some should sink, so that the child can begin to make visual sense of it all.

Pour Water

Once a child become comfortable sitting in the shallow water, add a cup or bucket to the mix, so he can begin to experiment with pouring the water over his skin. Be cautious to not pour the water over his face until he is ready for it. Begin by pouring it over the back of his head, and then slowly let some of it dribble forward. Take it slow, as this can be scary for the child.

Blow Bubbles

One of the best ways to begin developing comfort with getting a child’s face wet is to make a game out of blowing bubbles. As the child gets her face closer to the water, she’s naturally gaining an understanding of how the water works and whether she needs to fear it or not.

Dangle Toes

Once the child has progressed past his fear of water in the bathtub, it’s time to sit next to a pool. Dangle your feet into the water with the child close to your side. Encourage him to do the same. Once they are comfortable with that, try sitting on the top step in the pool. As the child’s comfort level increases, continue to progress a little deeper with the goal of getting them to stand on their own while immersed.

Bring Friends

Children are more likely to try something new when they see their friends or siblings enjoying the activity. Additionally, they’re fantastic at mimicking. Play games with the children in the water that encourage them to focus on something other than the water around them.

Take Lessons

Professional swim instructors are not only trained to teach your child how to swim; they are also prepared to help your child overcome fears. By arming your child with the skills they need to swim, you’ll replace anxiety with a sense of accomplishment. Premier Aquatic Services swim instructors use an exciting approach to help swimmers of all ages learn the skills necessary for a lifetime of swimming enjoyment.

To learn more about our swim lesson programs and register family for fall swim classes, visit our aquatic services page.

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How To Choose A Swim Lesson Program

How To Choose A Swim Lesson Program

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How To Choose A Swim Lesson ProgramSwimming can provide lifelong enjoyment and increase an individual’s safety around the water. It’s never too late to learn to swim, nor is there really an age that is too young to be exposed to the water. Parent & Me style swim lessons are available for babies as young as three months old.

When choosing a swim school, it’s important to find a professional program that fits with your needs, supports productive learning, and promotes safety. After all, a good experience in the water prepares you and your children for a lifetime of fun in the water, while a negative one can result in fears and insecurities that are unnecessary. Here are the most important areas to research while looking for your swim program.


Professional swim programs will have clearly defined objectives, schedules, and pricing structures, so that clients can make the best decisions for their unique needs. These programs should have progressive class structures, and they should have the ability to accommodate people of all ages and abilities.

Instructor Training and Credentials

Swim instructors should be certified by a nationally recognized organization, such as the American Red Cross, on water safety and the best techniques for teaching swim skills. Before enrolling in a swim school, talk with the organization about their swim instructors’ certifications and the school’s swim instructor training programs.

Class Assignments

Group classes should be based upon objective skill levels, meaning each group should have participants with similar abilities. When researching a swim school, discuss the criteria for determining class placement.

Class Size

Just as group classes should have progressive assignments, they should also have reasonable class sizes. For safety’s sake, always ask about the student-to-instructor ratio for group and semi-private lessons before enrolling your children in group classes.

Class Structure

Not every student has the same needs, and often times those needs will change and progress over time. Find a swim schools that has a variety of class structures, such as individual lessons, semi-private lessons, and group classes. That way, you have the option of taking individual lessons to work on a specific skill outside of your group class if you need to.

Attention to Safety

Safety should be a primary concern for a high-quality swim school. This means that certified lifeguards should be on duty whenever students are in the pool, staff should be trained in first aid and CPR, and rules should be enforced that promote safety around the pool.

Premier Aquatic Services is a comprehensive aquatics service company specializing in professional aquatics programming, lifeguarding, and CPR/AED and First Aid training. We pride ourselves on our ability to address each of our clients’ needs, while promoting water safety throughout our community.

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How Long Will It Take For My Child To Learn To Swim?

How Long Will It Take For My Child To Learn To Swim?

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How Long Will It Take For My Child To Learn To Swim?As parents enroll their children in swim lessons, it’s natural for them to have questions. One of the common questions we hear is “how long will it take for my child to learn how to swim?” While a simple answer would be welcomed, it simply couldn’t be accurate.

Just like learning to read, children learn new skills at their own pace. There are many factors that can lead to a longer learning period, such as overcoming fears or a shorter attention span. What is essential is that parents encourage children to continue to set reasonable goals and foster a fun learning environment.

Here is a breakdown of the seven general factors that play into a child’s learning pace.

Chronological Age – In the most general assessments, children of a similar chronological age often have achieved similar milestones in their development. However, that does not mean that they have the same skills. Especially when a child is learning a detailed skill, such as swimming, many other factors play into their actual abilities.

Motor Skill Development – At the base level, some people are more coordinated than others, and that will always be the case. If you were to dive deeper into the discussion, some children’s motor skills simply take longer to develop than others; it doesn’t mean they won’t be fully coordinated adults. If you feel as though your child’s motor skill development is far behind schedule, it may be best to consult your pediatrician.

Emotional Development – Learning to swim is a full person experience. A child’s emotional development can launch them towards success or hold them back. It is normal for children to be nervous or fearful when learning to swim. It is also an opportunity for parents to help their child overcome the anxiety of learning a new skill and bolster his or her emotional development.

Cognitive Development – While many adults see swimming as a single task, learning to swim requires the ability to take very specific instructions, interpret them, and put them together into movements. It’s very complicated, especially for young children. However, swim lessons can actually help your child’s cognitive development.

Physical Development – In addition to cognitive skills, learning to swim also requires strength and coordination. As children grow, their bodies become stronger, and they learn how to better control their movement. Exposing children to activities, such as swim lessons, can help enhance their physical development.

Practice Time with A Well-Trained Instructor – Well-trained instructors know how to work with children and progressively build upon skills in a structured setting. The more time a child has with a well-trained instructor, the more likely he or she is to learn at a faster pace. While learning with parents and older siblings can be effective, it doesn’t necessarily have the same efficiency as learning in a structured swim program.

Unstructured Swim Time – While structured swim lessons will help a child learn at a faster pace, unstructured swim time is just as important for the learning process. Children need to have time to experiment with their new skills and the movement of their bodies on their own. Play is an essential part of learning to swim.

Swim Lessons With Premier

Premier Aquatic Services swim instructors use an exciting approach to help swimmers of all ages learn the skills necessary for a lifetime of swimming enjoyment. Our certified swim instructors are experienced with teaching all levels, and they are able to help parents differentiate between a child’s normal progression and signs of developmental issues that should be watched.

To learn more about our swim lesson programs and register family for summer swim classes, visit our aquatic services page.

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Protecting Your Neck- Why Proper Breaststroke Techniques Are So Important

Protecting Your Neck: Why Proper Breaststroke Techniques Are So Important

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Protecting Your Neck- Why Proper Breaststroke Techniques Are So ImportantAs your child progresses through his or her swim lessons, it’s natural to have questions about the skills being taught and why certain techniques seem to be so important. While children are younger, the goals for their swim lessons tend to revolve around learning to be safe in and near the water. When they have become proficient at the basic skills, the goals tend to turn towards proper techniques, so they can enjoy the benefits of swimming long into adulthood.

The Problem: Head-Above-Water Breaststroke

Many swimmers, both young and older, often use a head above water variation of the breaststroke. Perhaps it’s because the swimmer is uncomfortable putting his or her face in the water or because he thinks he is using less energy. Regardless of the reason, swimming the breaststroke with your head above water can put a significant and unnecessary strain on your neck.

Imagine walking for twenty minutes with your face pointed straight up towards the sky. After your stroll, you’d have quite a neck ache! Swimming the breaststroke with your head above water puts your body in essentially the same position.

The Solution: Proper Spinal Alignment for the Breaststroke

While swimming the breaststroke, your spine should remain relatively straight from your head to your tailbone. If your head remains out of the water, you are unnecessarily straining the vertebrae in your neck with an unnatural arch. Here are some tips to help you keep your spine properly aligned as you swim the breaststroke:

  • Position your head slightly forward with a mild tuck in your chin to help you keep your neck straight.
  • Pull in your abdominal muscles to support your straight back.
  • Keep your hips as close to the surface as possible to avoid a bend in your lower spine.
  • As your arms start the pull phase, bring your head out of the water and breathe in through your mouth. Keep your head and shoulders relaxed and free from tension.
  • As you reach your arms forward in the recovery stage, extend your head forward into the water with your ears in line with your biceps. Exhale slowly through your nose or mouth.

Developing a proper technique for any swim stroke takes time and training, but these tips will help you avoid straining your neck and back while you perfect your efficiency in the water.

Remember, learning the proper technique for swimming the breaststroke and all other swim techniques is a rewarding accomplishment at any age. The experienced swim instructors at Premier Aquatic Services are trained to work with swimmers of every age and ability. Visit our Swim School to learn more.

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