Summertime Sun Safety

Sunburn instruction sheet

Sun exposure gets a bad rap because so many of us overdo it and don’t take the proper precautions that we need to for enjoying it in a healthy and safe way. We need exposure to the sun to be healthy because it is our primary source of vitamin D! We also benefit from being…

First Lesson Tears

swimming lessons for babies

It’s the first swimming lesson for your young child. Your child seemed ready for his/her first lesson growing more excited as the day arrived. But as soon as you walked through the door, the tears began. It may not help but you’re not alone in feeling bad for your child but also a little embarrassed…

We’d love to think that kids get more than just physical benefits from participating in physical activities. Well, according to research cited by Swimming Expert, Gary Mullen, we can believe just that. In fact, the research was compelling enough to inspire Gary to state: “Genetics load the gun, environment pulls the trigger” Gary Mullen, Swimming…

What to do if you think your child isn’t getting what he should be getting from swimming lessons. Do you ever sit at poolside with the feeling that your child isn’t progressing? There are several things that affect how your child learns when it comes to swimming. There are some theories that suggest that most…

babies and swim lessons

It’s May and that means that events are being celebrated to educate communities about water safety and drowning prevention. There are well-documented and publicized steps that everyone can follow to keep swimmers safe around the water – pools, lakes and beaches or bathtubs. This especially applies to children and the statistics we share below will…

singing during swim lessons

It is important for all children to know how to do some very basic things in the water and around the pool. These are the five at the top of the list: Safely get in and out of the pool This may “loosen up” a bit when they are older, but when they are very…

Little Otter Swim Schools is a member of the USSSA (United States Swim School Association) which is the preeminent organization connecting and supporting swim schools across the US and worldwide. Little Otter takes it membership very seriously. Little Otter co-owner John Kirk has always been very active in the USSSA – winning the Association’s Guiding…

Gloria Kirk (daughter of John & Lory) decided to take a year off before college to explore. Before you say that you heard of lots of kids who want to take a year off, read more, because Gloria didn’t do this to just have fun or visit a friend in California. Gloria wanted to explore…

Swimming Pool Safety

Example: Michael Phelps It’s important for kids to learn to swim but it is also very important that they learn water safety. Water safety keeps kids safe in and around the water but guess what a bonus benefit is? It inspires a passion for swimming and a desire to be the best possible swimmer in…