The Olympics are a time when the entire world unifies under the common love of sport and competition. An ode to the city states of ancient Greece, contemporary Olympics represent a global commitment to world-wide peace and unity. While the Summer Olympics may be seen as the favorite of many, coming around every four years, the Winter Olympics offer a winter wonderland of amazing feats and comraderie every two years! Here are Five Facts about the Winter Olympics coming just around the corner!
Sometimes it's hard to imagine the life of a swimming athlete from the outside. What does a gym at 5 AM really look like anyway? But we all have something that links us to Olympic swimmers and that something is we all hate jumping in cold pools!
Swimtastic Strong: Solidarity with Florida & The Caribbean
Dear Swimtastic Family,
Due to Hurricane Irma, our Swimtastic Florida locations will be temporarily closed over the weekend. The safety of our swimmers is of the most importance, and we hope everyone stays safe during the storm. North America is on track to endure two back to back powerful hurricanes. It is up to us as people to support our fellow neighbors and communities. Please consider donating your time or money to relief efforts for those affected. We're all in this together. Swimtastic weather closures are as follows:
Infant/Toddler: Seeing the Dentist During Pregnancy
Ashley Bossell continues advice for new-parents following her article
Infant/Toddler: Taking Care of Baby’s Teeth
To Our SafeSplash Family: Our Hearts are with Houston
Due to Hurricane Harvey, our SafeSplash Houston sister schools will be closed through Labor Day. The safety of all our swimmers is of the most importance, and we hope our Houston swim family stays safe during the storm. SafeSplash and Swimtastic have been long time sister schools and our thoughts are with them during this trying time.
Swimtastic Instructor Stories: TWINS!?
I was about a year into working at Swimtastic when on my schedule “the twins” appeared. They were 4 years old and I knew right off the bat that they LOVED the water (especially staying underwater and just doing their own thing) and had a lot of energy! I was excited to take them under my wings and find a way to channel all their energy into learning the right techniques.
We're all excited about the solar eclipse here at the office and we know you are too! See it happen in real time below via NASA!
Infant/Toddler: Taking Care of Baby’s Teeth
Children's health doesn't stop at the pool. Here is some information to take care of one of Swimtastic's favorite aspects of our students: their smiles. Dental decay, or cavities, is the most prevalent childhood disease and can begin as soon as the first tooth starts to erupt. If decay isn’t treated it can destroy the tooth possibly leading to infection or even damage to the permanent tooth developing beyond it. Decay happens when the tooth is in contact with sugary liquids and foods. Every time the tooth comes into contact with sugar there is an acid attack on the tooth. The more often the tooth is attacked the weaker it becomes. When teeth are in constant contact with sugary liquids, such as sucking on a pacifier that has been dipped in honey or sugar, the teeth are under constant attacks and decay can happen much faster. Try not to clean baby’s pacifier with your own mouth as you could pass decay causing bacteria. Children also shouldn’t be allowed to constantly suck on a bottle or sippy cup with sugary drinks such as juice, soda, and even milk! Only put little ones to bed with bottles or cups if they have water in them instead.
Water Safety: Practicing for Practical Applications
Here at Swimtastic, we understand that swimming is a skill that children are going to take with them for the rest of their lives. It is truly important to make sure our kids know how to be safe in and around the water. Even students that know how to swim can sometimes panic when they get into deep water or if they get tired. Teaching students how to be safe in an emergency situation can help keep them calm and get them to safety.
Avoid the Fall Season Fall Off
This summer has been great at Swimtastic Swim Schools for our swimmers and families. Summer, as the warmest season of the year, allows swimmers to practice water skills outside of our lessons. Outdoor pools, water parks, and natural bodies of water like oceans and lakes are readily accessible when it's warm outside and we are always sad to see summer go. When the seasons change, it is not uncommon to see our swimmers swim patterns change as well; specifically related to the reduced frequency of being in the water. Have no fear there are year-round options that your swimmer can do to help minimize the effect of losing pool/water time and hitting the Fall-fall off.