The warmer days are fast approaching, many look forward to sandy beaches and neighborhood pools to beat the heat. We know that our parents are excited to see all of the new skills their students have learned while swimming with us. However, it is common that your little swimmers may have a different experience in the neighborhood…

Have you ever wondered about the types of activities that Colonial Americans could participate in? Do you think they swam? From the earliest times, people have escaped hot weather by swimming. Even without structures pools, people swam in rivers, streams, ponds, or the ocean. Swimming surfaces in literature as early as the Bible and in…

Did you know that asthma affects 1 in 11 children in the United States (according to the CDC – Center for Disease Control). [https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/impacts_nation/asthmafactsheet.pdf] Exactly what is asthma?  Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways or bronchial tubes inside the lungs. How does exercise impact asthmas? Exercise can be problematic for children with asthma…

Isn’t it entertaining to see our tiniest students have their first experiences in the pool and become amazed at how naturally they respond to the water and pick up skills. Even if they are only in a baby and me class, traits emerge that identify each child as one type of sports participant or another….

There are two stories that are told as reasons for the traditions of wearing green and getting pinched for the failure to do so. The first story goes like this:  Wearing green shirts and leprechaun costumes on St. Patrick’s Day are traditions that started in the 17th century. People wore green ribbons and shamrocks to…

Have you ever tried to listen underwater? We hear sounds differently underwater than on land and the U. S Navy can tell us why. On land, say Navy researchers, sound travels through air conduction. Sound waves travel through the air, causing our eardrums to vibrate. This makes the three bones in our middle ear vibrate,…

As a parent, you’re always doing things for your kids. In fact, most of your day’s activities are for their benefit. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something focused on benefitting you for a change? If your kids are swimming at Little Otter, this is happening for you! Connections You and Little Otter have a…

If you’re pregnant, there are some things you may have wondered. One of them could be: Is it safe for you to swim in a chlorinated pool after your baby is here and you’re breastfeeding. The answer is that it is FINE for breastfeeding moms to swim in chlorinated pools. Swimming is great postpartum exercise!…

Important Development Happens During Idle Time It’s very hard for some parents to see their kids “un-entertained.” It’s as if the parent just can’t tolerate the thought of their child having an idle moment. Perhaps the parent is fearful that their child will get in trouble if absolutely every minute of their day isn’t “planned.”…