Dream Vacation: Swimming at Pig Island?

Posted on May 16, 2018 5:46:45 PM by Dorian Capers in Vacation, in Fun

I have a friend who is obsessed with pigs. Teacup pigs, big ol' farm pigs, pigs in leashes and tutus, she loves pigs. This would be her dream vacation. This resort provides the perfect beach company: a crew of pigs paddling out with you and your party. How does that sound to you? What animal island would you love to go to? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Swimtastic Celebrates: May is National Water Safety Month

Posted on May 10, 2018 6:01:19 PM by Jaime Zilverberg in Pool Safety Tips, in water safety tips, in National Water Safety Awareness Month, in open water swimming

Summer is almost here! Vacations are on the horizon and summer activities are just around the bend. Growing up, we loved our water balloon fights, riding our bikes, and the abundant barbecues and delicious foods synonymous with a kid's favorite time of year. For a lot of people, summer means water activities! Whether it's the pool, the reservoir, the beach, or the lake, water activities and water safety go hand in hand. May is National Water Safety Month and we'd like to give you some helpful tips to keep you and your little ones safe!

This summer, remember to follow these important safety tips:

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Swimtastic Stories: From Competition to Teaching

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 5:09:01 PM by Genevieve Frank in Teaching, in Swimming instructors, in Swimming Community

I’ve swam throughout my childhood, learning how to float in the lake when I was young, taking lessons until I was 8, and then transitioning to swim team after that. When I turned 16, I started teaching lessons, and now I’m 18 and still teaching lessons. Being a swim teacher is the best job that I never knew I wanted until I started!

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Before They Were Winners, They Were Beginners

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 4:44:20 PM by Dorian Capers in Kids Swimming Lessons, in swimming goals, in olympian, in Behind the Scenes

Did you know that when he was young, Michael Phelps was afraid of having water on his face? The old saying, "You have to start somewhere", has always rung true. Sometimes it is easy to forget that every amazing athlete, no matter their current prestige, started as a beginner and understanding how preliminary steps, lessons, and small time races can build to the world record shattering results is its own challenge for wouldbe superstars.  If you are just starting out, when the going gets tough, you might just need some inspiration. Here are 3 videos from USA Swimming and The Olympic Channel that tug the heartstrings and remind us that behind every champion is a story of a kid with a dream.

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Rainy Day Play - Fun Inside Ideas

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 5:02:33 PM by Samantha Cutler in Parenting Tips, in busy kids, in DIY ideas, in kids and parents

Being cooped up indoors for days on end can make anyone restless, but especially young children. When it’s raining outside or simply too cold to run around outside and play, having some inside ideas of fun things to do will keep your kiddos HOPING for another day stuck inside with you!

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5 Awesome Swimming Guinness World Records

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 11:54:32 PM by Dorian Capers in Fun

People are pretty amazing! Whether if it's amazing feats of science, medicine, or athleticism, humans are pretty incredible. Honestly, just getting through the day is a feat in itself some days. Taking a look at some Guinness World Records makes that all the more obvious though! Here are 5 amazing Guinness World Records in swimming (of course)!

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn!

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 6:23:40 PM by Katie Young in Swim Lessons for Adults, in learning to swim, in adult swim lessons

It’s something we hear over and over again: “I never learned to swim as a kid, and it has bothered me my entire life.” Or, adults who had traumatic events as children are wondering if it may finally be time to face their fears and get comfortable in the water.

Here at Swimtastic, it is NEVER too late to learn to swim! While we are primarily known as a school for children, we have taught lessons for adult students ranging in age from 16-80! As parents, grandparents, or even just members of a community surrounded by water, basic water skills are something everyone should have.

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The First Day of Swim Lessons

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 4:58:56 PM by Katie Young in swmming lessons, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Baby's First

The first day of swim lessons can be a little scary for even the bravest swimmer. We certainly understand how difficult it can be as a parent to watch your toddler scream and cry as soon as their feet hit the water for lessons. While some kids take to the water right away, for others it may take a few weeks to a couple of months before they start to feel comfortable in the water. While our instructors are trained to handle this, there are a few things mom and dad can do at the pool and at home to help make swim lessons a more enjoyable experience for your little one.

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The Power of Positivity

Posted on Feb 16, 2018 2:34:46 PM by Lindsay Krol Pursglove, PhD, MBA in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Positive Impact, in Missy Franklin, in swimming goals

At Swimtastic (and our sister schools SafeSplash & SwimLabs) we believe in the power of positivity. Positive reinforcement doesn’t just focus on a swimmer mastering a skill set. Our instructors are specifically trained to identify any element of the swim lesson that has elevated and impacted that kiddo in or out of the water. It’s not uncommon at Swimtastic to see lots of smiles, hugs, high-fives, and thumbs up...but wait there’s more!

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14 Facts I’ve Learned From Kids

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 2:11:17 PM by Lauren Celesky in children, in Parenting Tips, in kids, in Life Lessons

1. Imagination is one of the greatest things in life. Keep it alive.

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