With spring break in the rear view and summer weather pretty much already here in our Sunshine State paradise, our thoughts are turning to ways to keep cool in the brutal summer heat to come. For most of us, that means taking a dip in a cool body of water.
As a Florida girl, much of my childhood was spent around water. There was a lake in our neighborhood when I was growing up that was the focus of long, hot afternoons spent floating on inner tubes, playing water tag and looking out for snakes and turtles. Between the lake, the beach and various swimming pools, water was a fact of life, so my mom insisted on one thing:
Class is in Session
It may come as no surprise that there are Olympic swimmers that have hailed from right here in the Tampa Bay area. In fact, Brandon is home to the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, which boasts Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett as one of its alumni. If your little swimmer takes to the water like, well, a fish to water, BSAC sports the renowned Blue Wave Swimming Team and Team Colwill Dive Team competitive programs. If your little one’s dreams of Olympic gold are still in the distant future, the Learn to Swim program teaches basic skills and water safety. You can opt for group or private lessons, and instructors will keep you informed at every step of the process. Your child only moves to the next level when they’ve mastered the skills of his or her current level.
In addition to those private organizations, many cities offer swimming lessons in local public pools. Here are some options to try:
Too Cool for (Swim) School
Most of the time, when you want to start swimming lessons, it means hopping in the car and heading to a pool. But there are some swim instructors who will come to you. This could be a perfect option if you live in a neighborhood with a community pool and can split the cost of lessons with other families in your area.
A few local instructors who will teach in a pool of your choice:
Get Connected with the Red Cross
No matter which approach you take to swimming lessons, water safety should always be part of your routine. As part of its own curriculum for swimming lessons, the American Red Cross has developed an app you can use with your little swimmers to help teach them swimming skills and safety while having fun. Even if your instructor doesn’t use the American Red Cross program, you can still check out the app.
Whether you’re hitting the pool or the surf, here’s to a safe season of fun in the sun and in the water!