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Parents' Blog

Pick a Swim Instructor That Meets Your Little Swimmers’ Needs

June 02, 2017

“There were times I wouldn't come to practice because it didn't excite me. It wasn't interesting. I was kind of going through the motions.” - Michael Phelps

We all have certain needs that we strive to meet. Your little swimmers are no exception. In his famous Hierarchy of Needs, Abraham Maslow's identified 5 needs and explained how these needs motivate us all. According to Maslow, a student’s basic needs of physical and emotional well-being must be met before the student can begin to learn and achieve their potential. So, let’s start with the most basic needs and how they relate to swimming lessons.

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How Swimming Gave Me My Best Friends for Life!

May 12, 2017

I started swim team as a child because my Mom wanted something for me and my sisters to do during the summer. I think her purpose was to keep us out of trouble and wear my sister and me out. Little did she know that decision was going to change my life forever.

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Autism Awareness Month: What You Can Do To Help

April 28, 2017

It is truly important to Brian and me at SafeSplash-Austin that we can help EVERYONE learn how to swim, regardless of their fears or challenges. Autism is a complicated and often misunderstood disease that can isolate children and keep them from taking part in activities that many of us take for granted. Every child on this planet is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses. The same is so for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). While their condition may make it a bit more difficult to discover what makes them tick, that extra investment of time and patience is well worth the effort. 

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UPDATE: How to Prepare Your Baby for Their First Parent-N-Me Class

March 08, 2017

If you were able to read my blog from a month ago, you might be wondering how my six-month old son’s Parent-N-Me class went. Did I prep enough? Did he end up liking it?  Well, I will tell you that the swim class not only exceed my expectations it actually brought me closer to my husband. I know that sounds strange so let me take some time explain.

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A Visit from the Isle of Man: Swimming is a Life-long Sport

February 20, 2016

At a recent swim class while my daughter was in the water with her dad, I noticed a woman also watching the Parent-N-Me class in session and introduced myself. Instantly I recognized a familiar accent. Phyl was visiting her daughter’s family from the Isle of Man, and was the great-grandmother of student, 20-month-old Alfie. It is relatively rare to meet anyone from that part of the U.K. since the small island in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England only has a population of about 88,500.

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