Many people who know me and know how much I enjoy being in the water may think my favorite season is summer when I can swim outdoors or go to the lake wakeboarding or to the coast bodyboarding. Although summer is one of my favorite seasons, it is not my all time favorite. Living in Texas we don’t really get to experience seasons like Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter but we most certainly get to enjoy Football Season.
It was May 6, 2016, and the Northside Independent School District here in San Antonio had a half-day of school. It also happened to be the Friday of Mother's Day weekend. As it had been a very warm Spring, most neighborhood pools were already opened for the summer season, but were without lifeguards until late May, so the pools were "Swim at your own risk". Several families decided to head to the subdivision pool after getting the kids from school. All the kids from these families ranged in the 3-7-year-old range and were in floaties or puddle jumpers while playing in the pool. They decided to order pizza to be delivered, and once it arrived, the moms got the kids out, took jackets/floaties off, and started preparing the food to eat. One of the little 4-year-old boys decided he wasn't hungry and walked to the midsection of the pool which happened to be the deepest end and jumped in.
As a swim instructor for the past 20 years, I have had swimmers of all ages and abilities. Some wore goggles and some did not. It is not mandatory to wear goggles while swimming. But... for the next few paragraphs, I am going to explain some benefits of wearing them.
Learning to Swim in The Dog Days of summer
My name is Carol Thienpont and I am the General Manager of SafeSplash Swim School locations in San Antonio, Texas. Since I have been a swim instructor for the past 20 years I wanted to make sure my new best friend, my “Bassador”, Ranger, knew how to swim. As I love being in and around the water, I would take Ranger to the lake a lot last summer. He wanted to be everywhere I was, so I wanted to make sure he knew how to doggie paddle. Although as a swim instructor I discourage the doggie paddle with children, I definitely encouraged Ranger to use it.