Many people have asked me why we take our daughter to Goldfish Swim School.
We first started her in swim lessons at 10 months old at our local recreation center. When I was trying to decide where to start her lessons, the rec center was cheaper and the lessons were 15 minutes longer. It seemed like a no-brainer to me at the time.
We met some amazing families through swim lessons at the rec center, several of which which we still stay in touch with to this day. However, now that we have tried swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School (GSS), here are the differences that I have found:
- Class size: At the rec center, Quinn was one of nearly 15 kids, all of which had a parent in the pool with them, which meant there were at least 30 people in the pool. That made for a very loud and crowded lesson. On the other hand, at GSS Quinn has never had more than 4 other students in her class. These smaller class sizes mean much more personal attention.
- Water temperature: I will never forget how much Quinn’s tiny little body would shake and her teeth would chatter from the cold temperatures of the rec center pool. The water at GSS is always 90 degrees. This not only makes it more comfortable for kids, but it also makes it much easier for them to focus.
- Timing: The swim lessons at the rec center were 45 minutes long. 30 minutes of this consisted of the lesson and the last 15 minutes consisted of an optional free swim. GSS lessons are 30 min long. I have found this to be the perfect length. If they were any longer, I am certain that attention spans would dwindle.
- Curriculum: GSS curriculum is consistent and lends itself well to students moving up and expanding on skills as they grow and learn.
- Equipment/Toys: GSS has tools and equipment designed to stimulate the minds of swimmers of all ages. From giant canoes and slides to balls and mirrors, there are many age-appropriate manipulatives and tools that help to engage little learners and get them excited to swim.
The class size, water temperature, length of lessons, curriculum and equipment are all things that set Goldfish Swim School apart and keep us coming back. Though the rec center was fun and we are thankful for the relationships that we built, I am thankful that our daughter has grown both her confidence and skills through the consistency and curriculum at Goldfish.
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