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Wearing Floaties Teaches Doggie Paddling

March 10, 2017

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. 

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How to prepare your baby for their first Mommy and Me Class

February 02, 2017

I have been a competitive swimmer since I was about 4 years old.  Basically, swimming is in my blood and the life-skill of swimming is something that I deeply value.  I am first time parent to an adorable baby boy who is almost 6 months old.  Now that he is almost 6 months old I am ready to sign him up for a Parent-N-Me class.  My excitement for him to get into the pool is off the charts!  I mean…I cannot wait to see that little guy in the water!  However, I have to admit that I am a little nervous.  What if he doesn’t like it?  What if he cries the whole class?  What if the class time I picked is going to be when he is too sleepy and has a royal meltdown? 

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Level 5 at 5: When The Unexpected Happens

April 27, 2016

For those of you who don’t know what a “level 5” swimmer is, think flip turns, the butterfly, freestyle for a long way, breast stroke for a long way, good backstroke form…overall a pretty darn good swimmer. At age five, I think pretty impressive by any standard. Keaton certainly didn’t come into this earth a swimmer, like all kids or adults, depending on when you start, swimming is a life skill like any other sport.  It takes time, dedication, great instruction and repetition to get good at it. 

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Trying New Activities Help Your Kids Find the Right Activities (Cont.)

March 02, 2016

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Trying New Activities Help Your Kids Find the Right Activites

February 27, 2016

21st century children have the opportunity to be exposed to an endless list of activities, considering there is such a wide range of choices available, it is hard to decide what to try. Parents worry their children are in too many activities or not the right activity. As a mom of three teenagers, we have tried many activities over the years. There have been times when I have wondered “why did we spend time playing that sport or taking those lessons?” However, I quickly learned that even the activities that don’t work have given us a good sense of what our kids like, what they don’t like, or hopefully led them to a skill they truly love. My oldest daughter played soccer from age 4 -10.  She enjoyed playing, but it really wasn’t her thing, looking back, keeping her in soccer was the best thing we could have ever done.

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