What to Expect at Goldfish Swim School

We’ve been taking swim classes at Goldfish Swim School for some time now but I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when we first started. It’s very similar to other swim lessons in some respects but Goldfish Swim School has a few more features that make the experience enjoyable for the family.

Here is what to bring with you and what to expect:

Let’s start with your bag. I’d suggest choosing a dedicated bag that you can attached a key chain to. You’ll get a key tag when you join Goldfish Swim School that you’ll use to sign your kids in with so you’ll want to make sure it stays with your swim class gear. Since I have kids with a decent amount of hair, I also keep hair ties on there. Finally, you want to make sure you have whatever clothing you need, either swimsuit or fresh outfit (remember that those still potty training will need reusable swim diapers).

Inside the bag, you’ll want a towel, goggles, and a wet bag (I used this tutorial to make mine a little while back). We’ve been attending class mid-morning so by the time we are ready to leave after class it’s about time for lunch, but otherwise you’ll want to pack a snack or keep a few dollars on hand to grab a something from the snack bar. I also keep a brush and bottle of leave-in conditioner in the bag to get the tangles out.

If you are missing any gear to stock your bag, make sure to check out the merchandise in the lobby.

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When you get there, Make sure you stop by the front desk to sign yourself in. I suggest trying to get the kiddos to go to the restroom so they won’t need to go in the middle of their class time. You’ll want to make sure they have on the appropriate swim gear. Lastly, I try to go over what their coach said they needed to work on at the end of the last class. If you get there early enough (or if your kids classes aren’t at the same time) there are books, toys, and a chalk board to play with while you wait for the start of class.

Once the kids get called in to the pool area, you’ve got 25 minutes to watch your little fish through the glass, have a cup of coffee or snack all to yourself, flip through a magazine, or scroll through your phone with the free WiFi – you do you. Just know that Goldfish Swim School runs like clock work so keep your eye on the clock.

Your kids will be going through the curriculum for their lane and working on improving and learning new skills. You’ll get the occasional wave and smile through the glass.

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Five minutes until the end of class, parents are invited in to discuss their child’s progress with the coaches. It’s a good time to clarify what they can improve on and how they are doing in class. Every so often they may receive a ribbon for demonstrating a skill or you’ll get a progress report on a card that shows the skills they have mastered or are working on.

Once class is over, you can take advantage of the shower area. With my girls blonde hair, I like to shampoo hair then and there to wash the chlorine out. Goldfish Swim School has tiki huts that serve as changing spaces and a swim suit dryer so you don’t have to deal with a dripping wet suit in the car. There are blow dryers which come in handy if you need to go somewhere or in the colder months especially.

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Make sure you drop by the front desk on your way out for any information and so the kiddos can get their weekly prize. Every month is a different theme!

What else to expect? Goldfish Swim School has regular Family Swim Times, member appreciation events, and offers special programs for scouts of groups and birthday parties. Don’t forget fun special events like Trunk-or-Treat, which may vary for each location. Each month you’ll receive the the “Monthly Bubble” e-newsletter which will keep you up to date with activities for the month.

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The winter months are a great time for swim lessons – it’s a great indoor activity and then get a head start on being ready for the pools next summer. Keep an eye out for specials coming up around the holidays since swim classes make a great experience gift.

You can #giftsafety with Goldfish Swim School holiday packages. Packages available in 2 months, 6 months or 12 months!  Packages includes swim lessons and a FIN-tastic gift set for under the tree.

 

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Family Time at Goldfish Swim School

My husband has had to do some traveling for work so this has been the perfect excuse to take advantage of the family swim times at Goldfish Swim School in Dayton, Ohio.

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We’ve been to a couple of Sunday afternoon times but they offer them throughout the week. The girls love to show me what they’ve been learning in class and they get to play with all the fun pool toys. It’s pretty enjoyable for me, too, plus I know they’ll be nice and worn out by the time we get home so I can get the house ready for the week ahead.

At Goldfish Swim School, they use a lot of repetition from week to week, repeating the same lesson plans and tracking how the students progress. As a parent, it’s great to see when the jump in knowledge happens – it seems like your child may not be catching on after a few lessons when all of a sudden it clicks and they can demonstrate a skill.

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Kelsey has been getting better at her backstroke and freestyle. With forward swimming she’s slowly but surely putting the breathing into her strokes. I like that her instructor is trying to instill former form from the beginning so it won’t have to be corrected down the line just improved. She can also tread water with her face out of the water for about 15 seconds now which has been a huge improvement. I can’t say that I’ve heard of kids learning to tread water before so this was a pleasant surprise in their curriculum.

Aubrey is a pro at getting herself out of the pool safely. While she’s much more comfortable in the water, she’s still working on going underwater and relaxing while floating on her back. The next step will be to incorporate front swimming with stopping to roll on her back to take a few breathes. She always looks like she’s having a great time in class.

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Once the student has checked off all of the skills in a particular level, they’ll progress to the next one and learn the next few elements, and so on.

The family swim times are a nice perk of membership and great for the kids to get a little more practice time. With two girls in class at the same I don’t always catch everything they are working on and we don’t have time to see everything they want to show me at pick up time so these are nice to check-in with how the kids are improving and feeling about their progress.

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They also have member appreciation and themed events that are open to the public. Check them out for Trunk or Treat at Goldfish Swim School, Friday, October 27, 6p-8p. Sign up to pass out candy from your trunk and you could win a Goldfish Party! The event is free but, unfortunately, no swimming since they are anticipating high attendance.

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Swimming into Fall at Goldfish Swim School – Dayton

“Tomorrow’s Sunday? That means we have swim class tomorrow!” ~ My kids every Saturday, a couple of times during the day.

 

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Waiting impatiently for their class time

 

We are back taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School in Dayton and the girls are excited to go every time. I am happy that they each get more and more comfortable in the water each week and that the teachers work with each student at the ability and comfort level they are at. When I sit and watch classes, I do notice that every teacher in every class (there are at least 10 classes simultaneously throughout the pool) is adapting to each student they are working with. My kids love their swim instructors.

Kelsey has been showing some great improvement in going under water, breathing, and moving through the water. We’ve still got some work to do on form, but I’m happy she is working on being an effective swimmer. I was personally very happy to see her swimming backstroke for the first time since that and butterfly were my two main events when I swam in high school.

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Aubrey is better about putting her face in the water and she will put her head back and float like it’s no ones business. Now that the biggest hurdle of not being afraid of water over her head is out of the way, I think we’ll start making more progress on her swimming ability soon. She’s also a master of the crab walk along the wall as well as getting herself out so take that Michael Phelps!

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That’s really is he name of the game for me as far as having my kids in swim classes. While we do not own a pool nor do we live right next to a water source and I don’t intend on leaving them unsupervised near water, I want to have at least some piece of mind that if either girl ever ended up in the water somewhere by accident, they would be able to help themselves to a certain degree. Not being afraid of the water is a start, knowing they can float or swim backwards to keep their faces out of the water is better, and being able to get themselves to the edge and out of the water is best. It about water safety right now. #watersafety

At Goldfish Swim School – Dayton, the girls get one-on-one attention in a positive atmosphere that helps them look forward to class each week while learning to swim. They enjoy the friendly staff, the fun prizes, and feeling accomplished.

Did you know that Goldfish Swim School provides a free W.A.T.E.R. Safety Presentation? This 20 minute program is designed for ages 3-7 at educational institutions including preschools and daycare centers. Visit dayton.goldfishswimschool.com for more information. 

 

 

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2016 Year in Review

Taking a moment to reflect on the past year. 2016 was a pretty eventful year for the VanHuss family. A lot of opportunities and new experiences but they sometimes brought challenges and more questions than we had answers for. We had a lot of fun, too, and my husband and I started #hussofhouse4 on Instagram to have a shared place for our snapshots to live. We even had our Frozen family Halloween costume included in Mommy Short’s “best of” list!

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The most significant change for our family this year was buying our first home. A little piece of the American dream. We moved in the month of July and the girls have had a blast here. We have plenty of space for everyone to spread out inside and lots of space for the girls to play outside. Summer evening walks to the ice cream shop have already become a habit and we’ve been enjoying the fireplace this winter. We are looking forward to taking full advantage of the garden beds in the backyard and the cherry tree in the spring, hoping it’s as “fruitful” as the blackberry bushes were this summer.

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Kelsey has had an exciting year. This summer she made her stage debut as a Munchkin in La Comedia Dinner Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz. She had a great time participating in it, even if she was not the most diligent actress. I think it was a good experience for her to get her feet wet in an experience where she needed to be independent of mom and dad and it was a learning experience for mom and dad, too, going from being on the stage to being responsible for getting a child to the stage. The cast became a second family for her this summer and I definitely was heart eyes watching her out there (even if she was waving at me from the stage).

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She also started Kindergarten this year and became a Daisy Girl Scout. I’ve been looking forward to this year since we found out she was going to be a girl. I’ve been lucky enough to start a troop for her with 2 other parents sharing the leader position and responsibilities. We have 16 girls in the troop (18 if you count the 2 unofficial “tagalongs”!).

Not to be completely out done, Aubrey potty trained this year. That’s huge when you no longer have to buy diapers and can sell your full stash of cloth diapers (which also means no more washing cloth diapers!).

My husband got promoted this year. In the middle of trying to get settled in the new house and Kelsey’s Munchkin commitment, we got to celebrate his career accomplishments with his parents. The girls got to tack his stripe on at the ceremony.

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As for me, it’s been a busy year traveling between my new position at work, being selected for a leadership mentoring program, and being a cancan dancer. I spent a few days in New York City, Milwaukee, and Orlando each at different performing arts booking conferences representing Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. As part of Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training a attended the annual conference in Austin and then did a site visit to DANCECleveland. I spent another couple of days at the Cleveland Oktoberfest with Madame Gigi’s Outrageous French Cancan Dancers along with a handful of performances around the Miami Valley. (TL: The Bronze Fonz in MLK, TR: my companion at conferences, BR: Breakfast Tacos in Austin, BL: cancan at A World A’fair)

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As a family we’ve done a bit of travel, too. We combined one of my trips to Cleveland and Orlando into family getaways. My family met us in Orlando and my parents, sister, and brother-in-law planned out an exciting day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for us. We closed out 2016 with a short trip to Columbus. (TL: Cleveland rocks, TR: WDW Animal Kingdom, BR: COSI Science Museum in Columbus, BL: a little R&R in Orlando)

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We’ve been to local attractions like Dayton Art Institute and Newport Aquarium a few times, picked strawberries, blueberries, and apples, went to a handful of local festivals, have tried to make Sundays family game night, been on countless walks and hikes, tried a bunch of new restaurants, saw a couple of movies at the theater, went out to a few light displays for the holidays, volunteered…no wonder the year has flown by!

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Here’s hoping 2017 is kind to our family but we’ll have to wait and see. I know we’ll be tossing our water, eating our sauerkraut and black eyed peas, and munching our 12 grapes for all the luck we can get in the coming year.

Happy New Year!