We know the school year looks a little different this year. Whether your little fish will be learning in-school, trying out distance-learning or you are testing the waters with homeschooling, we’re here to support families by providing kiddos a platform to make BIG waves wherever they are, while giving parents peace of mind.
Here’s a look at how we’re supporting learning in, and out, of the pool:
HELPING KIDS MAKE BIG WAVES IN LIFE, SCHOOL & THE POOL
When it comes to childhood development, there are so many positive parallels between swim lessons and school – learning patience, using active listening, following directions, comprehension, teamwork and building friendships.
Not only are swim lessons a great release for all that energy that’s built up throughout the day (making it a great option for PE), studies show that children who are enrolled in year-round swim lessons are more likely to reach a higher-than-expected level in school testing, and reach a range of developmental milestones early!
It’s also one of the few non-contact activities that children can safely participate in, and literally the only extracurricular activity that can save their lives!
MAKING LEARNING FUN THROUGH THE SCIENCE OF SWIMPLAY®
Created by parents, for parents, Goldfish Swim School was started with one goal in mind: giving kids the platform to build valuable life skills that will help them make waves in life.
So, we created an inviting and safe place where kids can push past their comfort zone, develop the courage to dive into new experiences, learn to swim, and have lots of fun while doing it!
We’ve done extensive research on how kids learn best, and developed our own curriculum that incorporates auditory, visual and kinesthetic forms of learning. Using The Science of SwimPlay®, our holistic approach to play-based learning, we help kids develop essential life skills they can use to make a splash in and out of the pool, and we celebrate their progress every step of the way.
When it comes to our teachers, we truly have some of the best swim instructors around—each of whom are highly trained and bring the Golden Experience to life for our swimmers each and every day!
CREATING A SAFE, FUN AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN & GROW
Every square inch of our unique facility is designed to enhance learning, fun and safety for every child and parent who joins our Goldfish Family.
Our award-winning tropical atmosphere and shiver-free pools are simply the fun backdrop where kids do some incredible growing. So while we’re focused on the serious stuff, your family can focus on the fun.
With the ability to provide a controlled learning environment, we’re grateful for the opportunity to continue to provide children with essential life-saving skills in a safe and responsible manner.
Through our Safer. Stronger. Together.™ initiative, each of our 100+ locations have made notable adjustments to class sizes, sanitization procedures and school policies to ensure social distancing and to abide by local health department regulations and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
PROVIDING EXTRA PRACTICE AT HOME
In addition to the progress being made in our pools each and every day, we’ve also developed several ways for kids to continue learning at home!
In addition to creating a collection of at-home activities that make learning fun, our #GoldfishAtHome adventures on YouTube are a series of swim-inspired exercises that get kids moving and using their imaginations while learning about water safety skills and swimming techniques.
We’ve also converted our free in-person W.A.T.E.R. Safety Presentations to an online platform that teachers are welcome to explore as a way to enrich their classes.
SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES WITH A BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
We understand first-hand how challenging it has been to navigate the pandemic while continuing to educate children. As a growing number of states have announced schools will be reopening this fall, our ‘From Backstrokes to Back-to-School’ supply drive aims to benefit teachers nationwide.
On average, teachers spend $500 out of their own pockets to help bring much needed school supplies into their classrooms, and Goldfish Swim Schools across the country are stepping up to help.
Teachers have so much on their plates right now as they prepare to safely reopen their classrooms this fall, the last thing they should have to worry about is paying out of their own pockets for classroom school supplies.
Our community has been such a tremendous support to us throughout these trying times, this is just another small way we can all rally together, united on the importance of child enrichment, as we aim to make a positive impact this back-to-school season.
Throughout August and September, participating Goldfish Swim School locations are encouraging members, and non-members alike, to contribute to our national school supply drive. Those who donate will be entered into a raffle to win various prizes from their local swim school, such as free lessons, Jump Start Clinics, snacks, swag and more.
Please see below for a list of participating Goldfish Swim School drop-off locations and requested school supplies, and be sure to contact your local swim school for details on drop-off dates.
- Lakewood Ranch, FL
- Glen Ellyn, IL
- St Charles, IL
- Marlborough, MA
- Charlotte, NC
- Closter, NJ
- Wyckoff, NJ
- Hudson, OH
- Edmond, OK
- Katy, TX
- Richmond, VA
- Fitchburg, WI (Note: Requesting book donations)
MAKE SWIMMING PART OF YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL ROUTINE
As the world begins to dip its toes into the new normal and safely return to daily routines, we remain committed to educating children and families on the importance of water safety while building valuable life skills. To enroll your kids in swim lessons, find the Goldfish Swim School location near you and ask about our flexible scheduling options today.