On the return to “desk -life” from the “deck-life” after a week in Irvine, CA, watching US Swimming Nationals, I reflected on five life-long and valued lessons that swimming has imparted to me.
At certain SafeSplash locations, we've strategically chosen to provide swim lessons in a 25-yard pool to ensure our swimmers are learning how to swim in a typical pool environment. This works well for little ones who are learning water safety and more advanced swimmers who are working on stroke development.
SwimSwam interviews an emotional Missy Franklin still determined and focused on Tokyo 2020!
As a 5-time Olympic gold medalist who has broken multiple world records during her swimming career, Missy Franklin has had to face the pressure and expectations that go along with being one of the sport's swimming superstars. It was also her first time swimming in a U.S. meet since 2016. She trained and swam hard but finished at a disappointing 17th and 19th place in the 100 (55.33) and 200 free (1:59.25). In an interview after her races, Missy showed she was not going to let this performance deter her from higher aspirations and displayed a warrior's spirit and an inspiring level of professionalism even through a sometimes shaky voice.
Retention and consistency are the keys to forward progression when learning any new skill.
As our children head back to school, and our lives as parents get busier, it is important to remember that the ability to swim efficiently is a lifelong skill that can save your child’s life. Like learning any subject in school, such as reading or math, learning to swim is a process that requires ongoing repetition and practice.
As summer winds down many parents ponder removing their children from swim lessons. Many believe that after 2-4 months of lessons that their child is “water-safe” and “drown proof”. This approach to swimming is antiquated and dangerous. Water Safety and Swim Skills should not just be practiced during the Summer when temperatures are warm. In the southern states, like Texas, where the climate is hot and warm through November many neighborhood pools are left open, lakes and ponds are still frequented, backyard pools remain uncovered, posing as safety and drowning hazards for children.