Becoming a Water Safe Family

Here is a goal for you this summer: Become a Water Safe Family! This involves three things: Education, Prevention, and Supervision. While kids learn lots about this in swim lessons at Little Otter, it’s up to parents to make sure all of it happens so that families can be water safe year-round. There are lots…

Don’t you love noodles? We don’t mean the kind you eat with spaghetti sauce. We mean the kind of Noodles you can enjoy playing with in the swimming pool! What a Noodle is: It’s a versatile toy that is fun for creating and enhancing many water games. It’s cheap – even for a good one….

Kids spend lots of time in front of one type of screen or another whether they’re watching TV, playing games or doing homework. Unfortunately, being in front of a screen means they are not getting exercise or interacting face-to-face with others. It’s not that kids shouldn’t spend time doing these things, but it is that…

Let’s set the scene. It’s the first day of your beginners’ swimming class. You and other parents are arriving with your little swimmers. Your little swimmer is clinging to your legs and sobbing – obviously anxious about the adventure ahead. You notice that you’re not alone. There are a few other clingy little swimmers. And,…

Swimming is for Life

What about when you get older? We have proof that swimming is an amazing activity for those who are 5, 50 or 90. How do we know? Have you ever heard of Rita Simonton? She’s the Michael Phelps of master age group swimming. She’s 92 and she can probably outswim you and me. She narrates…

Do you have a bucket list? If you’re a swimmer and also have a bucket list, you may want to add some of these strange places to swim to your own list. For a very avid swimmer, swimming pools might just get boring. Obviously boredom set in for the swimmers who frequented these places. The…

Safety for Summer Water Fun

School is out and we’re in full-on summer mode. Kids are enjoying days full of fun at camp, neighborhood and backyard pools, area water parks, theme parks, and lakes, grandma’s – and vacations! During these special summer times, the general rules of water safety still apply. However, there are some things to consider while doing…

The Joyous Benefits of Water

Several years ago, Ladies Home Journal published an excellent article by Abigail Cuffey (now Deputy Editor for Woman’s Day) and Judy Kirkwood (Writer, Editor, Blogger, Book Doctor and Forum Director) that marvelously articulates how water can be amazingly beneficial in our lives by utilizing it in more ways than any other of nature’s elements. I…

A great swimming instructor is not just one who knows how to teach the swim basics, such as bobbing floating and proper breathing, to little swimmers. A great swimming instructor for little swimmers requires much more! You want your child’s swimming instructor to be: • Engaging – A great instructor is easy to approach and…

Learning to swim is an exciting adventure that provides your child with a highly desired life skill (and it’s fun to boot!). When it comes to learning that life skill, there are wonderful and caring swim school instructors out there. Swim school instructors love teaching kids to learn to swim! While their swimming lessons students…