Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #5

Posted on May 12, 2017 11:05:22 AM by Renee Howe in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Swim Lessons, in Children's Swimming, in learning to swim, in Goggles, in Swimtastic, in Achieving goals, in improving swimming skills, in swimming goals

Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #5 

Look mom, no goggles!! That was the highlight of our latest swimming adventure with Miss Lisa. Before we started lessons I thought that giving my child goggles would get him excited about the whole process, but in hindsight, I believe I have imposed a slight crutch for him to use. Because his swim class is small, REALLY small, only-2-other-kids kind of small, there isn’t even a need for them because of the splashing and rough water…the reason during our previous lessons…is pretty non-existent. Because he’s not fighting the water, he’s more likely to actually put his whole face in…
which by the way we are also doing now! The top of the head is still a work in progress.

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Happy Birthday Missy Franklin!

Posted on May 10, 2017 1:20:18 PM by Dorian Capers in Swimming, in SafeSplash, in Swimtastic, in Olympics, in Missy Franklin, in Ripples to Waves

Happy Birthday Missy Franklin!

Is it a secret we love Missy Franklin? Oh of course not. I've caught my colleagues reading her book to the office fish inspiring them to be stronger swimmers. The swimming champion is certainly inspiration and motivation here at headquarters - equally taken aback by the greatness of her accomplishments and the humility with which she speaks of them. While you may have known her from her success in London and Rio, here are five facts about five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin you may not know!

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Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #3

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 12:49:49 PM by Renee Howe in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Swimming, in Swimming lessons, in Swimtastic, in Parenting Experiences, in mom, in Water, in swimming goals

Easton’s Swimming Adventures: Week #3

Week 3 started with so much excitement on the car ride over that I felt like I needed to run every red light just to get Easton there before it faded. Of course, his excitement was in part due to his assumption, (an incorrect one), that he was going to get another water gun from the Swimtastic “store” like he did after his first lesson. I did have to dash his hopes on that but did offer up a package of cookies from their snack area as a consolation prize. Surprisingly, he was cool with it. 

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Speedo USA and Streamline Brands Announce Partnership

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 11:21:03 AM by Streamline Brands in SafeSplash, in Fastest Growing Franchise, in Franchise Opportunities, in Swimtastic, in Franchise Growth, in Streamline Brands, in Speedo, in SwimLabs, in Press Release, in Announcements

Speedo USA and Streamline Brands Partner to Drive Expansion of Swim Schools and Swim Instruction

DENVER, April 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Speedo USA, a division of PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH), and Streamline Brands, the largest franchisor of swim schools in North America, announced today that they have entered into an exclusive partnership for Streamline Brands’ SafeSplash, Swimtastic and SwimLabs swim schools. This is the first partnership of its kind within the swim school sector.

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Our First Swimtastic Swim Lesson: Easton and His Swimming Adventures

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM by Renee Howe in kids swimming classes, in swim instructor, in Swimming lessons, in kids, in New Adventures, in Positive Expereinces, in Parents, in mom, in Water, in kids and parents

Our First Swimtastic Swim Lesson:
Easton and His Swimming Adventures

My son Easton is 4…”4 and will be 5 when Santa Clause comes” if you ask him. Easton LOVES to be in the bathtub but hates absolutely everything to do with getting water on or near anything above his neck. Washing this child’s hair is a 10-minute negotiation and strategic discussion of how I plan to successfully avoid any moisture hitting his face, God forbid his eyes. So when we planned our first go at swimming lessons I had very low expectations. We signed up for the $35/8-week session at a local fitness facility and it was a disaster. He had minimal, (meaning none), pool experience, and the parents were required to get IN the water with the kids: not my idea of fun. (Turns out I don’t like splashing either). There were 10 kids in our class along with at least 4 other classes going on around us. Add to that all of the parents and siblings waiting along the edge and facility members in the hot tub and you’ve got a noise level that made it nearly impossible to hear our instructor. The only thing Easton wanted to do was hang onto the edge and play with the dive toys.

Clearly, cheaping out on swimming lessons was an epic fail so I decided to try a new style of lessons and found Swimtastic.

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What Do You Need to Pack for Swim Lessons?

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM by Amy Bartek in Swim Lessons, in Swimming lessons, in Parenting Tips, in kids, in Swimtastic, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Parents, in mom, in Swim Tips

What Do You Need to Pack for Swim Lessons?

Have you ever gotten to an activity like swim lessons at Swimtastic and you think you have everything you need, but as soon as you arrive it is so clear you are not prepared? I have always prided myself on being organized since I have had children, but even when I think I have everything I NEVER do. I always think I am “one of the moms” that has it together but it is blatantly obvious I do not. When I take my kids to any sort of activity I am always the mom with things falling out of my bag and someone behind me saying “hey you dropped this.” Or I am the mom that is digging in the bag looking for that one thing you didn’t pack, like an extra hair tie. After tearing apart your whole bag you realize you don’t have one and take your ponytail down and give the hair tie to your daughter. So now your whole bag is on the floor and your hair is a complete mess because that ponytail you were rocking was hiding the un-brushed hair from this morning. A complete picture of a mom who does NOT have it together. This is all okay and no one judges you at Swimtastic but why not make it easier on yourself?

If you are like me, taking your kids to swimming lessons for the first time can be stressful. From your kid crying of fear and your anxiety going through the roof, I decided to make a list of things to remember so you will be the parent that has it together instead of the one that is picking up debris.

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The World From a Lunchbox #1: France

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 2:42:59 PM by Noelle Kanitz in Parenting Tips, in New Adventures, in Culture, in Kids Cooking, in Healthy foods, in lunch, in Paris, in lunch box ideas

The World From a Lunchbox #1: France

Welcome to the first post in an monthly blog series for Swimtastic called “The World From a Lunchbox”, in which we show you how to introduce your children to places all around the world through their lunchbox.

Introducing your children to the vast cultures of the world often sounds like a daunting task to most. Where do you even start? How do you start?

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Starting a New Activity With Your Child Can Be Tough

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 11:31:18 AM by Amy Bartek in Family Activites, in kids swimming, in Swimming lessons, in Parenting Experiences

Amy Bartek and her daughter Sawyer share their expereince from our Lincoln, NE location. 

Sawyer started her first swimming lesson on Jan 4th right after the Christmas break. I was a very nervous mother. I was uneasy about my child being in the water without me and concerned of how she was going to react and handle herself. Starting any new activity can be tough with your child, no matter if you have done this before with your other children or completely new to it like I was with swimming lessons.

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To That One College Job – It's Not Just Teaching Kids to Swim

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 2:34:17 PM by Tara Weishahn in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Teaching Kids, in Teaching a Life Skill, in kids and parents

To That One College Job – It's Not Just Teaching Kids to Swim

Two years…I knew it that day sitting in my interview for another part-time position. In my early college years, I felt like I was collecting part-time jobs. Being in school, I knew the jobs were just temporary, so two years seemed like long enough to enjoy a fun one before entering the real world. Two years seemed like it would be long enough to teach kids how to swim at Swimtastic Swim School.  

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12 Fast & Frugal DIY Gifts

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 8:40:06 AM by Noelle Kanitz in Holiday, in Fun, in gifts, in easy, in DIY Gifts, in Handmade, in thoughtful, in cheap, in creative

12 Fast & Frugal DIY Gifts

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