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?”
Summertime is the most common time of year for kids and adults alike to experience otitis externa (commonly known as swimmer’s ear). This outer ear infection is often caused by water trapped in the ear during swimming or even showering or bathing. The moist conditions created by the trapped water make the ear canal a great place for bacteria to thrive, but swimming isn’t the only cause. While Q-tips are a temptingly easy way to clean out earwax, sticking anything inside the ear canal can scratch the sensitive membrane inside, giving bacteria an entry into the body.
Easy right?! Thirty minutes of un-interrupted screen time.
Unlike many athletes of her caliber, Missy Franklin stays true to her humble roots. She is as dedicated to her family, faith and friends as she is to her sport – a true role model for not only children, but adults as well. We at SafeSplash consider working with children a true honor. We strive to give not only the gift of a life skill through teaching swim lessons, but to also surround our schools with people who are dedicated to doing good and those who will be someone to look up to.
Summer as a kid could quite possibly be the most amazing time on planet earth, at least it was for me! For as long as I can remember my summers growing up ALWAYS involved swimming. Family vacations revolved around swimming and boating at the lake long before I was able to walk. Then, as I grew up summers consisted of cannon balls in the neighbor’s pool, splashing in the creeks while camping and weekly excursions to the community pool. I was definitely a water loving, sun seeking, adventure kind of kid. I was also lucky, I was exposed to water at a very early age and never had any qualms about diving right in. I loved the water from day one and still do to this day.