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January Swimming Tales Newsletter

Happy 2021! We all survived last year's craziness and we're looking forward to a fresh start this year! Things are back in full swing at the pool and we are happy to provide consistency each week with your children! Consistency and routine builds strong swimmers! The skills they are practicing and learning NOW will make them strong and prepared in the water for when summertime rolls around!


Tip of the Month:

Can't make it to the pool to practice in between swim lessons? Don't like to get in on those chillier days? The bathtub is an excellent resource to use and is often overlooked. Your child can practice so many of their skills right at home and a major bonus is, they love it!. They can practice blowing their bubbles, looking underwater for toys, floating on their back, and kicking their feet ( get the towels ready!) Every little bit of practice helps your child to get more comfortable in the water, even if it's just in the bath!

November Swimming Tales Newsletter

As we head into the holiday months, it is a perfect reminder that, unfortunately, drowning knows no season. It is just as important to keep up with swimming skills in the winter months as it is in the summer months. While you may not be getting as much pool time in this time of year as a family, we are here to keep your little one's skills fresh! Please remember to remain extra vigilant around the water with all the holiday distractions and festivities. Always assign a water watcher while children are swimming, keep doors and pool gates locked when not in use, and remove all pool floats and toys from the pool after use to eliminate any temptation to reach for them. 

October Swimming Tales Newsletter

When starting swim lessons, it's common to have a lot of questions!

  • "How long will my child take to learn how to swim?"
  • "They've been in lessons for a long time. Shouldn't they be further along?"
  • "Why did my other child learn to swim quickly, but now this one is taking so much longer?"
  • "We've had friends that learned to swim in a few lessons, why is my child taking longer?"


The most simple answer is, every child is different! There are averages and ranges for every skill a child learns (walking, talking, learning to read, etc.). Some learn quicker, some learn slower. As with anything, the more time spent practicing, the more proficient one will become at it. Did you know that it takes a child approximately 1,000 hours of practice from the time they pull themselves upright to the time they are able to walk alone? Or that learning to talk and language development is a process that takes years, starting from when a child is just a few months old? But once, weekly swim lessons is only approximately 17.3 hours per YEAR that your child is learning how to swim, assuming your child never misses a swim class in a whole year. So why do we put such a stringent timeline on children learning how to swim, but not on their other developmental milestones?


Learning to swim is a multifaceted process that requires children to continuously build upon their skills over a length of time. Progress is completely individualized and dependent upon a number of factors, such as:

  • Comfort in the water -were they exposed to and familiar with the water before beginning swim lessons?
  • Fears - are they afraid of getting their face wet, going underwater, floating, etc.
  • Personality - this is a huge one! Some children are naturally more easy going and willing to try new things. Some are more stubborn and resistant. How your child is with other things at home and school, they will be the same way in swim lessons!
  • Exposure - does your child practice their skills at other times during the week? Or only during swim lessons?

Our best advice? Be patient, trust the process, and try not to compare your child's progress to other children. You never know what factors have come into play (or haven't) for other children. Each child has their own journey in learning how to swim. Be consistent with lessons, reinforce skills in your free time, and everything will fall into place!

September Swimming Tales Newsletter

SoFla Aqua Fitness is back open and resuming swim lessons again! If you're looking to get your little one started, or even interested in adult lessons for yourself, you've come to the right place! 


Thank you for choosing to make swim lessons a priority for you or  your children, even during these uncertain times! Drowning still remains the number one cause of death in children ages 1-4. It is such an important, life saving skill that every child (and adult) MUST know! We are so happy to be back in the water, doing what we love, and keeping children safe!


If you are already enrolled in lessons, we ask that you please continue to take extra precautions during this time. If anyone in your family is feeling unwell, please let your instructor know! We will still continue to walk around back to home pools to avoid unnecessary exposure, wear protective shields/ face coverings, and sanitize our toys and hands often! We understand everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to face coverings, however, we will still continue to wear them as a courtesy to all our families, since we do travel from home to home, as well as for the health and safety of our instructors!


Thank you for trusting us with your little ones and we look forward to another great month in the pool!

April Swimming Tales Newsletter

Due to Covid - 19, we have temporarily put all of our swim lessons on hold.  We miss being in the pool with our swimmers, teaching such an important, life saving skill! We hope to resume VERY soon, but in the meantime, here are some great tips of things you can work on at home!

  • No pool? That's okay! There's plenty of skills that can be worked on from inside the home in the bathtub! During your child's bath each night, they can practice  breath control and bubbles under water,  looking for toys with eyes open underwater, floating on their back, and kicking their feet ( small kicks if you don't want half the water outside of the tub!!) For infants or  younger children who are newer to swim lessons or have never been enrolled in lessons before, these skills can be modified. Practice pouring water slowly over their head with a large cup ( this will help them learn breath control and become more comfortable with water on their face and eyes), demonstrate how to blow bubbles and have them practice on the surface of the water, encourage them to lie on their back allowing their ears to be completely submerged ( washing hair can be a great time to practice this!), and of course splashing around and having fun! These skills seem simple, but practicing them will go a long ways in keeping your child comfortable in the water.
  • If you have your own pool, the sky is the limit! If they were previously enrolled in swim lessons with us, try to maintain the skills they were currently working on with their instructor. Feel free to reach out to your instructor directly for tips and ideas on what they should be practicing. Please do not start introducing floaties and puddles jumpers. Although it may be tempting, this will cause regression when it's time to start back up again. Now is a great time to work on water safety skills with them such as asking before entering the pool, waiting for your cue to jump or swim, asking to swim out to toys, and practicing breathing techniques. Be extra diligent around the water, as drownings have INCREASED over the last couple months due to distractions at home during this time. 
  • If you are NOT currently enrolled with us, we'd still love to hear from you! We would be happy to provide you with skills to work on from home, based on your child's age and skill level! 

We hope each and every one of you is staying safe and healthy! We are stronger together and will get through this, one day at a time! Looking forward to seeing old AND new faces very soon!

February Swimming Tales Newsletter

The weather is gorgeous and spring is just around the corner! But don't turn off those pool heaters quite yet. Even with the warmer temperatures during the day, pools still lose heat overnight when temperatures are in the 60's and 70's. If you are swimming at your community pool and wondering when your home pool will be warm enough to use for lessons, non heated pools are usually warm enough by mid to late April to swim in again.


Spring break is coming up and we WILL be swimming over break! Please let your instructor know by the 25th if there are any days you will be away so you are not billed for those swim lessons. As a reminder, we do always ask that you provide IN WRITING out of town dates to your instructor by the 25th of the month prior in order to avoid being billed for those lessons.


Next month we will be announcing dates throughout the remainder of the year of some fun activities, volunteer opportunities, and events we have planned, that way you can save the date and plan ahead accordingly! It would be fun to spend some time with our swim families outside the pool!


Thank you for being committed to swim lessons this winter season! Your children will be stronger and safer in the water come summertime because of it!

January Swimming Tales Newsletter

Happy 2020! As fun as the holiday season is, who is ready for a routine again?! Things are back in full swing at the pool and swim lessons have resumed again. With the busyness of the holidays and the cooler temperatures, we are happy to provide consistency in the pool with your children! Consistency and routine builds strong swimmers! The skills they are practicing and learning NOW will make them strong and prepared in the water for when summertime rolls around!


February is review month! Please leave us a review on Facebook or Google to be entered into one of 4 drawings to receive $25 off swim lessons next month! Your feedback is important to us and we love hearing from you!


We are excited to start off a fresh, new year with all of you and looking forward to great things ahead this year!

The SoFla Aqua Fitness Team

December Swimming Tales Newsletter​


2019 Recap


What an awesome year 2019 has been! We have loved getting to know all our swim families, watched your kids grow, and become better, safer swimmers!

 It is truly an honor to become a part of your everyday lives!


This year, we have taught  248 NEW children and adults how to swim, in addition to the numerous families who are still swimming with us from previous years! It is so rewarding for us to know we are helping people in South Florida become safer around water and spreading more awareness about the importance of knowing how to swim, for both children and adults!


We welcomed TWO new swim instructors this year who added so much knowledge, wisdom, and passion to our team! We are so thankful for them and all our instructors who work hard everyday- whether in the sun, rain, and even chilly temperatures - to ensure your children are maintaining the skills year round! Big shout out to Miss Daphne who has now been with us for almost three years and Miss Lauren who has already been with us for almost a year and a half! Thank you for your dedication!


Thank you, swim families, for trusting us with your must precious gifts! We know there are many places to take swim lessons, so thank you for choosing us and for all the wonderful recommendations throughout the year! We appreciate you and are looking forward to another great year in 2020!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!


Love,

Miss Tiff, Miss Daphne, Miss Lauren, Miss Jeni, & Miss Heather (in spirit!)

November Swimming Tales Newsletter

It's hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us and in full swing! With the joy and excitement of the holidays, also comes the busyness and distractions, making drowning incidents more likely to occur. Friends and family come and go, leaving doors and pool gates opened and unlocked. Crowds of people make it easy to believe that someone is watching your child and they're safe. Schedules fill up quickly and taking a break from swim lessons is easy, making your child more likely to forget their skills and use them if needed. Keep your family safe and don't become a statistic this holiday season!

Make sure doors leading to outside areas and pool gates are closed and locked at all times! We cannot stress this enough! Creating physical barriers between your child and the water is one of the best ways to protect them from falling in. When family and friends are visiting, please explain the importance of keeping doors and gates closed at all times!

  • Always assign a water watcher when the pool is in use! There should always be one person dedicated to watching children in the water at all times. This person should be free of distractions such as using a cell phone, drinking alcohol, and talking with others. Rotate out water watchers as needed. NEVER ASSUME someone is watching your child, as drownings still occur even with many people around.
  • Keep all pool toys and floats out of the pool so children are not tempted to access them. Never let children swim in pools partially covered with a pool cover, as they can easily get trapped underneath.
  • Keep up with swim lessons, even during "off" season! Odds are, you are spending less time in the pool as a family, which means less practice. Weekly swim lessons will keep your child's skills strong, even in the winter months. Drowning knows no season and children are just as susceptible to drowning now as in the summertime.

October Swimming Tales Newsletter

Some very common questions we frequently get asked are:
  • "How long will my child take to learn how to swim?"
  • "They've been in lessons for a long time. Shouldn't they be further along?"
  • "Why did my other child learn to swim quickly, but now this one is taking so much longer?"
  • "We've had friends that learned to swim in a few lessons, why is my child taking longer?"

The most simple answer is, every child is different! There are averages and ranges for every skill a child learns (walking, talking, learning to read, etc.). Some learn quicker, some learn slower. As with anything, the more time spent practicing, the more proficient one will become at it. Did you know that it takes a child approximately 1,000 hours of practice from the time they pull themselves upright to the time they are able to walk alone? Or that learning to talk and language development is a process that takes years, starting from when a child is just a few months old? But once, weekly swim lessons is only approximately 17.3 hours a year that your child is learning how to swim, assuming your child never misses a swim class in a whole year. So why do we put such a stringent timeline on children learning how to swim, but not on their other developmental milestones?


Learning to swim is a multifaceted process that requires children to continuously build upon their skills over a length of time. Progress is completely individualized and dependent upon a number of factors, such as:

  • Comfort in the water -were they exposed to and familiar with the water before beginning swim lessons?
  • Fears - are they afraid of getting their face wet, going underwater, floating, etc.
  • Personality - this is a huge one! Some children are naturally more easy going and willing to try new things. Some are more stubborn and resistant. How your child is with other things at home and school, they will be the same way in swim lessons!
  • Exposure - does your child practice their skills at other times during the week? Or only during swim lessons?

Our best advice? Be patient, trust the process, and try not to compare your child's progress to other children. You never know what factors have come into play (or haven't) for other children. Each child has their own journey in learning how to swim. Be consistent with lessons, reinforce skills in your free time, and everything will fall into place!

September Swimming Tales Newsletter

Hope everyone is getting into their new school routines and things are going smoothly! Now that summer has come and gone, swim lessons may not be the first thing that come to mind. Many of you may start thinking, is it okay to take a break from swim lessons?


The American Academy of Pediatrics official position on the topic is that "parents should monitor their child's progress during swim lessons and continue their lessons until at least basic water competence has been achieved. Basic swim skills include the ability to enter the water, surface, turn around, propel oneself for at least 25 yards, float on or tread water, and exit the water." If your child has NOT mastered these basic skills, swim lessons should not be stopped, as regression will occur during their time off.


"There is a misconception that there in an optimal swim lesson 'season'. The general rule is that the more your child can attend classes, the faster they will progress and retain what they are learning". Unfortunately, drowning knows no season and your child is still just as likely to fall into a pool during winter months as they are in the summer months, especially in Florida! Keeping them enrolled in swim lessons and keeping their skills sharp is the best way to keep them safe!


What if you child HAS mastered these skills? Should they still attend swim lessons? The answer is, YES! The skills mentioned above, although life saving, are still considered a basic, minimum requirement to stay safe in and around water. As children grow, their ability to learn and retain more complex skills increases, allowing them to continue to build upon basic skills. More advanced skills include learning strokes such a side breathing freestyle and backstroke, diving for toys in deep water, and increased endurance. Not only do these skills allow them to truly enjoy the water and have fun, but it will open doors for them in the future! Some of the sports they can become involved in include competitive swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, and diving. All of which require a solid swimming base. Through continuous lessons, your child might discover a "passion that will last a lifetime!"

July Swimming Tales Newsletter

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July and is enjoying the last full month of summer vacation! How fast does summer break fly by?! With that in mind, please be sure to let your instructor know ASAP if you will need a different day and/or time once school is back in session. Although we hope most of our swimmers will continue throughout the school year to keep up with their skills, we do understand that this is not feasible for everyone. Please let us know ASAP if you will not be continuing in swim lessons once school begins. This will allow all of our instructors ample time to try and rearrange their schedules and accommodate you to the best of our abilities!


We have had so much great feedback of our swimmers becoming more comfortable, confident, and safer around the water! We love hearing your stories of how your little ones have been able to enjoy and use their skills this summer! We are proud of all their progress and hope to continue to build upon them this school year!

June Swimming Tales Newsletter

After wrapping up National Water Safety Month, we wanted to discuss what being a safe swimmer consists of and define the meaning of the word "swimming". Hearing phrases such as "my child can swim" or swim schools promoting "learn to swim" in 1 week, can be very relative and misleading, depending on what you define swimming as! Is "swimming" being able to simply swim from point A to B? Or being able to jump in and swim back to the wall? Or knowing how to rest and breathe and continue swimming again?


According to the American Red Cross, being a proficient swimmer consists of being able to confidently perform these 5 skills:

  • Step or jump into the water over your head
  • Return to the surface to float or tread water for 1 minute
  • Turn around in a full circle to find an exit
  • Swim 25 yards to an exit
  • Exit from the water without the use of a ladder, if in a pool

These 5 skills are what we go by to determine if a child is truly water safe, confident, and SWIMMING! It is for this reason that we promote weekly, continuous swim lessons, so they are able to properly build upon skills being learned. A  great article posted by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, they compare children learning how to swim with learning to read. "The learning stages are very similar. With reading, children learn by degrees, first to identify letters visually, then the sounds, then matched with pictures (ie ‘A is for …), then short words, short sentences, simple concepts, etc., until they reach a stage of being able to read a paragraph with multiple sentences and concepts and understand all of it. That is the ultimate goal.

So with swimming and safety, children learn the stages of comprehension much the same way. First, with isolated skills, then layering of skills together, then simple commands, then multiple skills and safety commands and when practiced over and over (​as we know repetition over long periods of time is the key to real learning​), they begin to make connections and understand what they’re doing. Then we can begin to challenge them to problem solve and ‘think it through’, meaning what situation requires what form of action for safety purposes."


Wow! Makes so much sense, right? So then why is our society fixated on how long it takes our children to learn how to swim? It is a process that cannot be rushed and takes time, experience, and maturity to truly become water safe. You can read the full article HERE!


THANK YOU to all our families who made it out to our 2nd Annual Beach Bash this past weekend! We had a blast and are already looking forward to next year! Happy 4 years SoFla Aqua Fitness!

May Swimming Tales Newsletter

May is National Water Safety Month and we have been discussing different water safety topics each week with our swimmers! It has been fun to listen to their answers and teach them more about water safety. Children love learning and sharing new things, so feel free to ask them what they've been learning and continue the conversation at home!


Although teaching your children how to swim is extremely important when it comes to keeping them safe around water, true water safety is multi-faceted. Drowning prevention experts have agreed that having "layers" of protection in place are the best way to keep your children safe!


  • Education: ANY body of water (not just a pool) can pose a risk of drowning. This includes lakes, oceans, lakes, bathtubs, buckets, and toilets. It takes just inches of water and seconds for a child to drown. Educate your kids early on of the importance of following pools rules such as never going to a pool without an adult, never enter a pool first, never reach for objects in the pool, etc.
  • Active Supervision: There is no substitution for active, constant adult supervision around water. This includes being aware of bodies of water nearby when not at home ( neighbor's house, lakes, fountains, etc.) Even strong swimmers must have adult supervision. No child is "drown proof" and accidents can still happen! Always assign a designated water watcher when at the pool or around water, who is responsible for keeping their eyes on the children at all times without distractions. It is never safe to leave a child of any age unattended around the water, even if it is only for a minute. If your child is not a strong swimmer, you should always remain in the water with them, within arm's reach.
  • Barriers: A pool fence is the only physical barrier separating your backyard from the pool. Pool fences should be at least 4 feet tall and should remain closed at all times. Nearly 70% of all drownings occur during non swimming times when a child is not supposed to be near a pool. Having a fence in place can play a major role in protecting your children from accidental drownings.
  • Alarms: Drowning is silent; alarms help to break that silence. Alarms should be placed on doors and windows leading to the pool and high door locks should be installed out of a child's reach. There are also alarms that can be placed inside of pools that can detect any kind of movement, such as a child falling in.
  • Swim Lessons: Teaching your child to swim provides them with the final solution, should all other layers fail. This is the one layer of protection that goes with your child everywhere they go, even when they are alone. Being competent in the water WILL save your child's life by helping them remain calm and use the skills they have learned.
  • Emergency Action Plan: You should always have an emergency plan in place in the event of an accident. Adults should always keep a phone near by when swimming and know how to perform CPR. Keep devices such as buoys and noodles close that can be extended to a swimmer in trouble. Teach children to "reach, throw, don't go" and to never swim out to another swimmer in trouble.

Education and prevention is crucial in keeping children safe from the dangers of water! It is still THE LEADING cause of death in children ages 1-4. Have layers of protection in place, openly talk about water safety and pool rules with your children, and keep them enrolled in continuous swim lessons! 

April Swimming Tales Newsletter

This month, we wanted to take the time to thank you for choosing to swim with us and trusting us with your children! We know the decision to enroll your little ones in swim lessons is a big decision and you want to feel confident they are getting the best instruction possible! We are firm believers (and mention it often) that the best way for children to learn how to swim AND retain their skills, is through continuous swim lessons! This is a two step process! For the best possible results in the pool, there must be a commitment to attend weekly lessons AND lessons must be done consistently, each month, throughout the year until skills are retained. This is why we do not offer swim lesson "packages" or only promote seasonal swim lessons. Consistency is the best way to help protect your children in and around the water, by making sure their skills are always fresh in their minds! We know life can get busy and more "fun" activities may pop up, making it tempting to skip a class, but please remember that drowning is THE LEADING CAUSE of accidental death in children ages 1-4. Thank you for working alongside us to help keep your children water safe all year round!

March Swimming Tales Newsletter

Whether you're a new family or you've been swimming with us for a while, we are so happy to be teaching your children such an important, life saving skill! We love that our swimmers are able to have the same instructor every week, as this creates a bond that helps build trust and confidence in the pool, which is a necessity when learning to swim! The beauty of individualized swim lessons is that it really allows us to tailor each lesson to your child's specific needs and go at their pace! Whether your child is a beginner or more advanced, there's always new skills to be learning in the pool. Building confidence and a true love of the water starts at a young age. It is truly a skill that will last them a lifetime and there is no such thing as "too strong" of a swimmer!


Safety Tip:

We always take extra measures to protect our children from swimming dangers outdoors. But what about the dangers lurking indoors? Children are curious and naturally attracted to water. To help protect your child from potential indoor hazards...


  • Empty buckets, bathtubs, and coolers
  • Install a latch or doorknob cover on all bathroom doors to prevent access alone
  • Install latches on toilets

These items seem harmless, but it only takes seconds and inches of water for children to drown.

February Swimming Tales Newsletter

Hope you have been enjoying this beautiful weather! Longer, warmer days are just on the horizon, which means more time at the pool! We are happy that so many of our swimmers this year swam through the winter season and will be more prepared for "swim season". Continuous lessons are ALWAYS the best way to keep your child's skills strong!



In preparation for more time in the water, it's a great opportunity for some reminders about water safety!

  • Never leave your child unattended by any body of water (pools, lakes, bathtubs, buckets, etc.) even if it's only for a few seconds. That's all it can take for your child to drown.
  • Flotation devices such as water wings, puddles jumpers, or life jackets should not be used. This creates a false sense of security in the water and reinforces an incorrect body position that is not used to swim properly and efficiently. Instead, always be in the pool with your child within reach and reinforce skills being taught in lessons.
  • Keep toys and rafts not in use away from the pool, so your child does not attempt to reach or go after them.
  • Always enforce water safety rules ( ie: always ask before going into a pool, never swim alone, wait for cues to swim, no running or horseplay around the pool)
  • Make sure your pool is safe! Fences should be installed and locked at all times and drains should be inspected to make sure they are up to code to prevent a child from getting stuck. HERE is a great article to help ensure your pool drain is safe! Never let your child play around drains or touch them.
  • Make sure your child's swim suits and rashguards fit properly and do not have a lot of loose material. This creates drag in the water, making it harder for them to swim and breathe. It is also easier for loose clothing to get caught in drains.
  • Always have your child wear US Coast guard approved life jackets in open bodies or water such as the ocean and lakes. Making sure it fits properly and is the correct size is crucial! HERE is a great article on choosing a correct life jacket for your child. 

January Swimming Tales Newsletter

We hope you are having a fantastic start to the New Year! We are ready for another great year in the pool with all of you! Our goal for 2019 is to continue providing the highest quality swim lessons to you and your children! We are committed to providing exceptional instruction and will continue to have all our instructors train and stay current with our certifications. We are also hoping to incorporate more socials and expand the services offered beyond just traditional swim lessons, that we will be announcing throughout the year!

Thank you for sticking to swim lessons during the winter months! Swimming year round allows children to better retain skills and move on to more advanced skills faster than those who take breaks from lessons. While taking lessons at any point in the year will certainly help make your child a stronger swimmer, consistency in the lessons is the major determining factor in their progress and skill retention. As with any other skill you would want your child to learn (walking, riding a bike, playing an instrument), you would not expect proficiency if they only practiced a few months out of the year!

Just a friendly reminder that for temperatures above 60 degrees, lessons will still be taught since all the pools are comfortably heated. Anything below that, we will be in touch to reschedule lessons! According to Dr. Sam Hay, "People may be surprised to know that swimming through the winter can improve a child's immune system by keeping them fit and healthy, reducing their risk of catching a cold, so it's time to stop fearing wet hair." Cases of cold and flu are more common in the winter months, but both are actually spread from staying indoors, huddled up with other people, rather than being cold. Swimming also aids in clearing mucus from the lungs. Dr. Hay goes on to say, "We can officially confirm that having kids in the water or out with wet hair won't make them sick, so that's not a good reason to give up on swim lessons!". On cooler days, do be sure to limit swim time before lessons, bring extra towels, and change out of wet suits immediately after!

December Swimming Tales Newsletter

Happy Holidays! Hope you and your loved ones have been enjoying the holiday season and festivities! Even through all the craziness the holiday season brings, it's so nice to take the time to create memories and spend a little extra time with family and friends.

We are excited that so many of you are still committing to swim year round! Drowning knows no season and continuous swim lessons is the best way to keep your child's skills strong. Skills that are not practiced regularly are quickly lost and regression occurs. Ensuring that your child is safer in the pool is one of the best gifts you can give your child this season!

As a thank you, we will be offering a $25 referral credit monthly through February for any referrals who book lessons with us! Limit 1 per family per month. If you donated a toy for Toys for Tots, we are still waiting for a date to be reserved for the CPR class and will keep you posted.

We know the weather can be a bit tricky this time of year and can be a concern. With the pools being heated, lessons will still be taught if it is 60 degrees or warmer. Anything under 60 degrees, we will be in touch to reschedule for a warmer day/ time. Thankfully the cold fronts have not lasted long and lessons are easily rescheduled!


Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

November Swimming Tales Newsletter

Hard to believe the holidays are upon us already! Where did this year go? We are feeling very thankful to have all of you as our amazing swim families. We know there are a lot of places in South Florida to choose for swim lessons, so thank you for choosing us! We truly value getting to know each and every one of you and building relationships with you and your children! We are also thankful for all this warm weather still! The community pools have all turned their heaters on, so the pool temperatures are comfortable! If lessons are done at your home, you will definitely want to start turning your heaters on the day before your lesson!

This year for our annual fundraiser, we will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots. This is a great organization run by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide toys for underprivileged children. The deadline for dropping off an unwrapped toy to your instructor will be Thursday, December 6th. For each family who donates a toy, we will be providing a FREE CPR class in December. This will be a great time to brush up on your skills and learn how to be more prepared to keep your loved ones safe. Date and time TBD

An email will be sent out regarding the class schedule next week for Thanksgiving. We hope all of you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

October Swimming Tales Newsletter

Fall is finally in the air! You can all feel that slight breeze at dusk, right?! Hope you're enjoying this fun season of pumpkin patches, costume picking, and Halloween decorating! As we have mentioned in the past few newsletters, keeping up with swim lessons this time of year is extra important. With the busyness of the season, pool time can easily be forgotten about. That's why we are here to keep swim skills strong, so it is one less thing you have to worry about! We will be announcing some fun events that we are hosting as a thank you for continuing swim lessons during the fall and winter months, so stay tuned!

We are very fortunate to have not only one, but two new wonderful instructors join our team, who both happen to be Lauren! They both offer a wide variety of skills and experience and are passionate about their calling to help others learn such a valuable skill. We feel so thankful to be able to reach even more families in South Florida! You can read more about them HERE on our website!

Don't forget to follow all of our adventures on Facebook and Instagram! We would love for you to "like" our pages and leave us a review! Knowing that all of our families are happy and enjoying their lessons is important to us. All reviews will be entered into a drawing to receive $25 off of November's swim lessons. There will be 4 drawings, one for each instructor's swimmers!

Quick reminder to please let your instructor know any dates that you will be out of town for November by the 25th of this month. We will be announcing which days there will be no swim lessons for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

September Swimming Tales Newsletter

Hope everyone has adjusted to your new schedules and are getting back into the swing of things for the new school year! We know it is a busy time of year and all that extra "free time" is now nonexistent! During these busy school months, keeping up with swim lessons is even more important, as pool time with family and friends occurs less often. Swim skills need to be practiced regularly in order for them to remain effective. As with anything, if you don't use it, you lose it! Statistics have shown that until swim skills have become second nature, any interruption in lessons result in regression and the need for swim skills to be reintroduced again. Keeping your little ones enrolled in continuous lessons not only allows their skills to remain sharp, but it also allows us to build and progress to new skills to further their development. In addition, it is a great way to keep you kids active and involved in an activity to help burn some energy and stay healthy!

Stay tuned for next month's newsletter, as we have some very exciting additions to announce!

August Swimming Tales Newsletter

Our very own instructor, Daphne Wiley, wrote a fantastic article for the Palm Beach Mom's Blog, shining light on the importance pf continuing swim lessons year round! 


Summer is coming to an end, and as our thoughts shift to the start of the new school year, fall activities, and even the holiday season (how many shopping days left until Christmas?), the time for daily trips to the pool and beach are over. But just because you are deflating that unicorn raft, finding a spot in the garage for the endless amounts of pool toys and beach buckets, or hanging up those swim suits to dry one last time, it is important that EVERYONE continue to practice water safety!

There have been several stories in the news recently about children drowning. In June, Bode Miller, winter Olympian, and his wife tragically lost their baby girl when she fell into a friend’s pool and drowned. On that very same day in Alabama, another family experienced their own loss while on vacation at the beach. These national stories, while eye opening and heart breaking, can still often instill the “but that could never happen to me” mindset. Unfortunately, in our own community we have a family who is also grieving. Last month, in Boynton Beach, a toddler drowned in her home pool, days before she was scheduled to begin swim lessons and a month shy of her second birthday.

As an aquatic professional, these sad stories are a rude awakening that not everyone has knowledge about water safety. As a fellow mom, I never want to hear about another parent losing a child, much less in such a preventable way. So, for my first blog post, I have decided to share some tips and encourage others to continue talking about water safety year-round!

Unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children under the age of four. While this statistic is shocking, there are many ways we can prevent this from happening. Just in Palm Beach County alone, we have numerous bodies of water to be aware of. Drowning can happen in pools, the ocean, the intercoastal, lakes, canals, retention ponds, and any standing water that a child’s mouth and nose could be submerged in. Drowning can occur in seconds and without any struggle, splashing, or yelling for help. Parents, please take the time to follow these water safety practices.

The most important step of water safety is to be VIGILANT! When swimming always assign a WATER WATCHER, someone who’s sole responsibility is watch those swimming. This means putting the smart phone down, holding out on that drink/snack/beer/cocktail, and even limiting conversations had with those around you. Every 15-20 minutes switch with another adult to keep fresh eyes on the swimmers. Always stay within arms reach of novice, weak, and non-swimmers. If your children are using floatation devices, they should be U.S. Coast Guard approved and properly fitted.

Even when NOT swimming, it is important to still be vigilant when NEAR water. If a child ever goes missing, the first place to look should always be the pool or nearby body of water. Pool and backyard fences are a MUST for homes with children living in them. And installing a cover and locking system on spas and hot tubs can prevent children from falling in or getting trapped inside them.

Children are crafty and when there is a will, they will find a way. That pool gate that takes you five minutes to un-do and lock up, can take them mere seconds. The six-foot tall fence separating the backyard from the canal is easily scaled by moving the patio furniture and using it as a step stool. In a recent viral video, a toddler managed to climb up an above ground pool’s ladder WITH a safety cover on it! As a toddler mom myself, I am constantly wondering if my daughter is part monkey, and can 100 percent relate to the shock and terror those parents felt watching their child outsmart the “safety” cover.

Besides barriers around water, you should also check and install door and window locks. We recently just added another lock to our sliding door when we noticed our darling two-year-old managed to get past the safety toggle, lock, and remove the wooden stick from the track on the floor. Alarms attached to your doors and windows are also suggested to prevent small children from wandering out unnoticed. There are even pool alarms on the market that will sound when someone enters the water or falls in. And don’t forget to make those vacation rentals safe! There are many products that are cheap enough and easy to remove so you can take with you while you are on vacation.

Prevention is always the goal when discussing water safety but knowing what to do in an emergency is just as important. All parents and caretakers should take CPR and First Aid training courses. Knowing how to check for signs of life, when to treat vs. when to call, and how to give proper, effective breaths and compressions, can make the difference between life and death. Visit the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or local hospital websites for CPR course offerings.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a conversation about water safety without mentioning SWIM LESSONS. We are so lucky to live in a community that has so many options for learning to swim. You can choose to do in-home private swim lessons, group lessons at the local community pool or YMCA, or even Infant Swimming Resource (ISR). While budget can be the number one factor when choosing a swim lesson program, it should NEVER be the reason a child does not learn to swim. While ISR and in-home private lessons run higher in pricing, group lessons at community pools are often very budget friendly. All options help children become safer in the water, and in the end that is the number one goal. There are also many options for scholarships from national organizations such as the Live Like Jake Foundation, and even the Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention Coalition.

So even though you may be thinking about that pumpkin spice latte or cooler weather. . . ok, ok, PRAYING for cooler weather, don’t let your guard down. Drowning knows NO season!

July Swimming Tales Newsletter

Summertime is full of long days, pool parties, and holidays! The amount of time poolside increases, but unfortunately so do the dangers. Accidental drownings are more likely to occur during holidays and parties when distractions are high and assumptions are made that someone else is watching the children. Sometimes it's easy to become lax around the pool and overconfident in our children's skills because they are enrolled in swim lessons. Although being enrolled in swim lessons will help your child become a stronger, safer swimmer, no child is ever 100% drown proof.


  • Always be diligent in watching your child at all times
  • Always be an arms length away from your child in the pool
  • 9Assign a water watcher when children are in the pool
  • Enforce the pool rules at all times
  • Always check pools or lakes first if your child goes missing

Click HERE for some great tips and reminders from the American Red Cross

June Swimming Tales Newsletter

Hard to believe another school year has come and gone and it's officially summertime again! We loved going over water safety last month with all the swimmers and it was perfect timing entering into summer, with all the extra time that will be spent in the pool. To finish off our water safety month, we felt it was important to go over what "swimming" really is! There are a lot of terms floating around, such as, "Learn to Swim in 5 Days!". This can be extremely confusing and deceiving, as "swimming" can be a very relative term. Does "swimming" mean they can kick to me underwater for a few seconds? Or maybe turning around to get back to the wall? Or is it being able to safely swim across the pool, breathing on their own?


According to the American Red Cross, the sequence of critical water safety skills, or water competency, is the ability to do the following:

      • Step or jump into the water over your head

      • Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute

      • Turn around in a full circle and find an exit

      • Swim 25 yards to the exit

      • Exit from the water without use of a ladder


While being able to jump in and swim back to the wall is a very important aspect of water safety, it is not the only component. Learning proper swimming techniques, including breathing and proper stroke mechanics, are vital to your child becoming a strong, confident swimmer. There is never a case in which a child can be "too strong" of a swimmer! Even if your child never steps foot on a swim team, learning proper swimming technique will only help them to be strong,confident, and overall safer in the pool and at the beach, as it gives them many different skills to rely on!