Do you consider swimming an essential
life skill? I do and for good reason.
2 years ago, one of my dad’s cousins
lost her son in a drowning accident. They had gone for a picnic at a watering
hole in Texas and their son drowned in a freak accident. He didn’t know how to
swim properly and got caught in the crosscurrent and got swept away.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first
time we had encountered a family losing a young person in a water accident.
I decided then that I was going to stop being laissez-faire about my kids' swimming lessons and find the right swimming program for them. We started trying the local swim schools and somehow, there was never one that worked for us. Either the kids didn’t like the instructors, the program wasn’t flexible enough to work with our crazy schedule, the facility was just old or a myriad of other issues.
When I was invited to try out the
Goldfish Swim School in Glen Ellyn, I had just about given up on finding a
school that would excite both my older son and keep the younger troublemaker
entertained, as well as work with our schedule.
I can safely say our experience has been nothing short of amazing. The location, the team, the program, and the convenience have been phenomenal.
Let me elaborate.
It is bright, beautiful, incredible, clean and full of awesome amenities like a blow-drying station, the cool contraption that
All Goldfish locations are built on the same model and that is the best part
The best thing about this location is the team. Each instructor is amazing with kids, super friendly, first aid certified and every one of them does such an excellent job making swimming fun for their students.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my little one gives the instructors a really tough time, often trying to escape the pool and insurrecting mutinies. I am always so impressed by the patience that his instructors have and how they make learning the basics of swimming look like so much fun.
We started the program about 8 months ago. And in that time, the kids have made SO much progress. Not only are they both incredibly confident around water now and know the basics of water safety, but they are also very aware of how to behave in and around water. This is an amazing life skill to have.
Not only that, I love that the whole program is focused on helping the kids get better and move on to the next level. At the end of each class, the instructors give a brief summary of how the kids did as well as what they need to work on to improve. There are tons of positive reinforcements with happy high fives, ribbons and report cards, always encouraging kids to keep on improving their skills.
We have a crazy schedule with activities for both kids, travel, work commitment
They are never annoyed when you call and reschedule. There have been so many times the kids had to make up the classes with a different instructor and they just pick up seamlessly where they left off.
These are just some of the reasons why we love Goldfish Swim School in Glen Ellyn so much.
For the holidays, they have an amazing deal going right now until the 31st, so for about a week
I purchased one as a gift and I can tell you it was a HUGE hit.
I'd love to hear if you've tried a Goldfish Swim School and how your experience was. So far, we are absolutely loving it and it has been almost a year since we started.