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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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Before They Were Winners, They Were Beginners

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 4:44:20 PM by Dorian Capers in Kids Swimming Lessons, in olympian, in swimming goals, 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 kids and parents, in busy kids, in DIY ideas

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 learning to swim, in adult swim lessons, in Swim Lessons for Adults

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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