The Importance of Year-Round Swimming Lessons for Kids
posted by: Mile High Mamas
Summer is around the corner and naturally, parents are thinking about swim lessons for their kids. And that’s a good thing, because drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages 1-4 and the second-leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14 in the United States, according to the CDC. These are harsh statistics, but the good news is formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.
We may talk about these statistics more in summer, when families head to waterfronts and pools, but it is important to remember the need for water safety never ends and parents should always be thinking about it for their kids.
In fact, USA Swimming launched a campaign recently called Saving Lives is Always in Season in an effort to prevent drowning by raising awareness about the importance of year-round children’s swimming lessons. The campaign is particularly important given that parts of the country have seen spikes in drowning rates since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids are spending more time at home with distracted parents trying to juggle both working from home and caregiving, making them more vulnerable near water.
A new swim school in the Front Range is making it easy and fun to keep a weekly swim lesson routine all year long. Big Blue Swim School opens its first Denver-area pool in Centennial in May. Located at the Smoky Hill Town Center, Big Blue offers swim lessons to children ages six months to 12 years of age through a proprietary distance-based curriculum.
“Big Blue has transformed the way kids swim lessons are taught,” said Wendy Skaalerud, owner of Big Blue Swim School Centennial. “We make sure that at each lesson, every kid is gaining skills and confidence, but we also make sure kids are having fun because that’s what keeps them excited about coming back!”
Big Blue hires only highly trained, professional swim instructors, which truly sets them apart from other swim schools. “Our instructors get to know our swimmers, making it possible for them to connect with kids individually, in a way that keeps them engaged and motivated,” said Skaalerud. “For example, if a child loves Star Wars, their instructor might suggest back floating like Yoda or swimming away from the Stormtroopers.”
Kids also like the comfortable and fun environment they find at Big Blue pools. “With our 90-degree ultra-clean water, kids are never shivering around the pool so they stay focused on having fun and gaining and improving their swim skills,” said Skaalerud. “But our pools are designed to fit the needs of the entire family so we have a comfortable viewing area with free WIFI for parents and plenty of changing rooms for kids before and after lessons. There’s no waiting in lines here.”
With four levels of curriculum spanning 10 levels of instruction, Big Blue kids progress to their next swim level as soon as they achieve the skills required, not when they complete a set number of classes. Families can also start and stop lessons at any time and can schedule multiple children to swim during the same 30–45-minute timeframe using Big Blue’s mobile app.
Safety is always a priority at Big Blue, but during the pandemic, it’s even more important. Big Blue has extensive, localized COVID safety measures in place. Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, they continuously monitor CDC guidelines as well as those of other federal, state, and local agencies to ensure they comply with the most up-to-date recommendations.
Are you ready to make swim lessons a fun part of your family’s weekly routine? Learn more about the Big Blue Difference and special Big Blue Centennial pre-opening deals at http://bigblue.link/MileHighMama.
In partnership with Mile High Mamas