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Watch the 2018 U.S. National Championships!

Posted on Jul 23, 2018 5:58:41 PM by Dorian Capers in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in olympian, in Swimming Community

The 2018 U.S. National Championships begin this Wednesday, July 25th! Whether you are rooting for Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, or your local hero, the best of the best are gearing up to leave one another in their wake in the biggest U.S. meet of the year! With some help from SwimSwam.com we've got you covered on where to go to tune in!

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Practice Tips for the Intermediate Swimmer

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 5:41:06 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Practice, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in training tools, in Swimming lessons

In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for intermediate swimmers.

Swim gear can be simple: a suit, towel, sunscreen, goggles (refer to blog “Tips for Beginners” for more information on goggles) and a swim cap for those with long hair. Remember, it’s still important to swim where a lifeguard is present or to always have another person in the water or close by.

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Practice Tips & Exercises for Beginner Swimmers

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 11:13:40 AM by Laura Dravenstott in Swimming tips from an instructor, in children learning, in Practice, in Summer Family Activities

With the onset of summer, we head back to the pool, excited to get wet and cool off but struggling to remember what gear to bring and which skills to practice first. In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for beginning swimmers.

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I Teach (And Swim) Because It Is My Passion

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 10:52:17 AM by Keri Koraleski in Teaching a Life Skill, in finding yourself, in Swimtastic, in Swimming instructors, in swim jobs

I have been swimming since I could walk. I grew up around a lake with all my cousins. When I was younger, I couldn’t have cared less what temperature the water was. My cousins and I were in the lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and sometimes even later into the year. I swam and dove competitively for Ralston High School, and it was there that I started my career as a swim teacher.

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CPR: History & How To - Part 2

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 10:53:34 AM by Laura Dravenstott in CPR, in water safety tips, in safety

Though there are many organizations that review the steps of CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care), the basic steps are consistent. Training is always recommended, but it’s noteworthy that “The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.  It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life.”  - MayoClinic.org 

Here is advice on how to perform CPR from the American Heart Association (as listed on the Mayo Clinic site):

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CPR: History & How To - Part 1

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 9:38:24 AM by Laura Dravenstott in CPR, in water safety tips, in safety

As summer moves into high gear with many families participating in water activities, it’s important to remember water safety and lifesaving measures. One important life-saving skill is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. CPR is most commonly used in the event of cardiac arrest and/or drowning, and it allows a bystander to manually help circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body of the injured person, preserving brain function until medical help arrives. It’s a basic but proven first aid skill used throughout the world, saving approximately 92,000 lives each year.

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At Your Pool Swim Lessons are Now Available in Florida!

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 1:07:07 PM by Lindsay Krol Pursglove, PhD, MBA in At Your Pool, in Swimming Community, in Swimming instruction

2018 brings a new product option to our swim program: At Your Pool lessons are now available in Florida! You read that right...the same great Swimtastic Swim School program and quality staff experience at YOUR pool.

As we kick off the at your pool private lessons program we know there are some questions that come to mind.

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Dream Vacation: Swimming at Pig Island?

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

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 National Water Safety Awareness Month, in water safety tips, in open water swimming, in Pool Safety Tips

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 Swimming instructors, in Swimming Community, in Teaching

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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