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The Best Way to Teach Kiddos to Swim

March 22, 2017

"I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way" - Michael Phelps

Kids, like the rest of us, all have their own learning style. Some of us learn through what we see. Some learn by recalling what we have heard. Others learn through imitating examples. Part of the job of a swim instructor is learning and identifying how children and students are processing information as they try to learn or hone a new skill. How can we facilitate that learning and give them the best swim instruction? How can we communicate with a student in their 'own zone' and help them naturally excel? The first step often comes in recognizing there is a definite way some students learn.

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Setting Goals for Your Little Swimmer

February 24, 2017

My name is Emily Rehfeld better known as “Miss Emily”. I was born and raised in Denver. I started swimming at an early age and started swimming competitively at the age of nine through the first years of high school. After getting my water safety instructor certification I found out my passion was to teach kiddos to swim. I have been in aquatics and have taught for fifteen years, now going on my seventh year with SafeSplash. I have been in management since 2013 and have been the Assistant General Manager at Aurora Southlands location since the summer of 2015. It’s been a truly special experience being a part of this amazing team and watching SafeSplash grow!

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What Should I Do During My Kid’s Swim Lesson?

January 25, 2017

So you’ve signed your children up for swim lessons and established a routine. It goes something like this: school pick up, straight to lessons, change into bathing suits, healthy snack, bathroom break, and then into the pool. With kids away, you have an entire 30 minutes to yourself. Now what?

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When You’re a “Stay At Home Parent” with a Chronic Illness

January 19, 2017

I am a stay at home mom with two toddler boys. As an avid reader of online mom blogs, I know that it is perfectly normal for a mom of two children under two to be tired with “mom fog” and a messy bun not remembering the last time she showered.  However, my situation is a little more complicated than a punch line of a mom blog. I suffer from Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and a slew of other autoimmune diseases that cause chronic pain and fatigue.

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How to Keep Your Child Motivated to Stay in Swim Lessons (or any lesson)

September 14, 2016

Through my years of teaching, I’ve seen all kinds of parents and students from all walks of life come into swim lessons. Sometimes, unfortunately, I hear a child tell me they don’t like being in lessons and I always ask them why. Some answers I’ve heard include: “I don’t care about it anymore”,  “It’s not fun”, “I know how to swim, why should I stay in longer?”

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