After hearing about Goldfish Swim School for quite some time, we’ve finally taken the plunge and joined the fun!
Swim lessons are a right of passage in childhood, don’t you think?
My sister and I took weekly lessons for many years, until we reached the so-called “guppie stage” and my mom deemed us good enough swimmers to stop. I recall those swim classes like they were yesterday. Do you remember yours?
Upon entering Goldfish Swim School I could immediately tell our experience here would be very different from my own! First off, its bright and welcoming and most notably, warm! Not only did it feel tropical, but they also keep the pool warmed to 90 degrees; how nice is that? One less hurdle for you to cross to get your littles in the water!
Secondly, the entire place is decorated in fun tropical décor. There are mini tiki huts, fish tanks with turtles and colorful fish and a replica palm tree! The changing room even has surf boards for seats at the hair drying station, which Emily was so excited to climb on! They really create an atmosphere of fun and excitement around taking swim lessons. I remember dreading my weekly lessons when I was younger and begging my mom “can we stop taking them yet??” I personally don’t see how anyone could say that about Goldfish Swim School!
I also loved how the place was set up. The parents and waiting students sit on one side of a glass wall for easy viewing of the pool on the other side. Once it was time for class to start, a Goldfish employee calls all of the students (and parents) to enter the pool area. It was calm and orderly unlike other pools I’ve seen with parents and students scrambling everywhere. This was when I first noticed their attention to water safety.
Since Emily’s only two, I took her to her designated swim lane for class. I’ve chosen for her to take the lessons without me, which is an option starting at 24 months. I’ve taken mommy and me swim classes with her at other facilities, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to work on her being independent without me.
I was excited to learn about their small class sizes, especially since Emily would be in the pool without me. Their student-to-teacher ratio is 3:1 for the baby class Emily’s in, 4:1 for group classes with older students and 6:1 for parent/baby classes, which is so much better than classes we’ve taken elsewhere.
To ease any additional fears I had about her being in the water without me, they have a life guard on-deck to keep watch over the entire pool. During our lesson I saw her giving children (including Emily) small corrections when she noticed they weren’t being as safe as they could be, like hanging on the lane dividers. Water safety is so important for a worrier like me (what parent isn’t??) and I’m glad to see it being at the forefront of lessons!
When class was over she received a ribbon for a job well done! Let me tell you, Emily was so excited about it! Later in the evening when Daddy got home from work she couldn’t wait to show him and actually plays with it quite often, which is adorable. It’s the little touches like this, which I love. Every time she plays with it, we talk about why she got it and how we’ll be going back again soon!
Do you take lessons at Goldfish Swim School? What’s your favorite thing about them?
Disclaimer: We have received swim lessons in exchange for sharing our experience with Goldfish Swim School. As always, all opinions are my own.