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.
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!
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)!
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.
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.
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!
Our swim families are stellar, and we love seeing our swimmers every day at the pool! Each swim instructor looks forward to lessons and seeing their swimmers weekly. The relationship between swimmer and instructor becomes stronger and stronger over time, which is why we always strive to provide consistency each week.
Imagine getting ready for lessons, driving to the pool, arriving on deck to be told: “sorry, your instructor is absent.” Bummer, and double bummer for the parent, swimmer, and staff. We totally understand the strain it puts on our swimmers when an instructor is out. Trust us, as a team, we feel the strain trying to cover the shift, learn about the kiddos, review class notes, and all while trying to provide a quality lesson. But have no fear! There are ways to handle the substitute situation and rest assured that your swimmer is still in good hands with a substitute teacher.
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!