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After trying months and months of lessons at a local recreation center without having any luck getting my daughter swimming, SwimKids had her swimming within 4 lessons.
Now, 4 weeks in, she’s swimming across the pool on her own and we are all breathing a bit easier when we visit the pool.
The water should be a fun place to spend time with your family during the summer, but for us, a trip to the pool nearly ended in tragedy when we found my 2 year old daughter unconscious at the bottom of the hot tub.
She was very, very lucky and is now a healthy 5 year old. Her near-drowning experience scared us to death, but we knew we couldn’t stay away from the water for long (although I’ll admit, I did try for a while). Teaching her to swim was now a top priority.
It took us a while but we finally signed her up for a swim class at a local rec. center. We had high hopes but by the end of the class she was no closer to swimming.
We kept trying, signing her up for a new swimming session each time one ended. After 5 sessions, she still wasn’t swimming and I knew we needed to try something different.
Survival Swimming Lessons from SwimKids Utah
I had been hesitant to try survival swimming lessons. They seemed harsh to me and after our experience with near-drowning, I didn’t want to traumatize my daughter all over again (and, let’s be honest, I was feeling a bit traumatized myself).
I had to admit that what we were doing was not working though.
As my daughter was sneaking up on her 5th birthday, we had to do something that would get her swimming. I know how quickly kids can drown now, even when you think you are watching, and I wanted to do everything I could to avoid one of my kids going through that again, especially since I had non-swimming twins to add to the mix.
My daughter’s story came up in conversation at a conference a few months ago and someone mentioned SwimKids. SwimKids is survival swimming but they take a gentler approach. They teach lessons in Salt Lake and Utah County and just launched in St. George, Utah so I was curious and interested in giving them a try.
Our Experience with SwimKids
I was nervous for our first lesson with SwimKids but I quickly realized that my kids were in good hands. Our instructor was able to watch them as they learned and see exactly what they needed to work on. That was a refreshing change after our experience with rec. center swim lessons.
After 4 lessons, they had my 5 year old swimming.
We are now 4 weeks in and she’s swimming like a fish.
It’s such a huge relief to have her swimming, and I know that her skills will only continue to improve throughout the summer. SwimKids is continuing to work with her to help her learn basic swim strokes and help her strengthen her skills.
My twin toddlers are turning 3 this month and they’ve been taking lessons too. With them, I was really just hoping to get them floating in the water.
Knowing how quickly kids can drown, I really wanted them to have the skills to get their head up above water so they could call for help if they fell in the pool and give me a few extra seconds to get to them so we didn’t have a repeat of our experience with my older daughter.
Their progress with SwimKids has gone so far beyond my expectations.
My twins have VERY different personalities.
One is fearful and has been fighting putting her face in the water so she progressed a bit slower. The other had an initial moment of hesitation and since then has been loving every minute of swim lessons.
After our first fast start lessons with SwimKids, both twins are swimming on their own.
The cautious twin has just started to figure things out but can now (mostly) comfortably put her face under the water on her own, swim several feet unassisted, float on her back, and find her way to the edge of the pool to grab on to.
My more assertive twin is comfortably swimming across the pool, flipping onto her back when she needs a rest, and flipping back to her front when she wants to keep swimming. She can right herself when she falls into the water (with a simulated fall in this case), jump into the water on her own, is totally comfortable putting her face in the water, and LOVES to swim.
I’m feeling so much more confident having my kids in and near the water now that I know they have mastered some basic swimming skills.
SwimKids has really worked with them to help them understand what to do if they fall in the water, how to get to the side of the pool, and how to flip over onto their back so they can rest and breath when they get tired in the water.
Those basic survival skills were so important to me going in and I’m so grateful that my kids have mastered those and more thanks to our lessons.
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You can see my oldest daughter in action here to see what kind of progress she’s made with SwimKids. I can’t say enough good things about them.
SwimKids teaches private and group lessons in Salt Lake, Utah County, and now St. George.
If you have your own pool, they’ll even pay you a rental fee or give your kids lessons for free in exchange for use of the pool for a few hours a week.
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