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Friday, May 31, 2019

Jumpstart Clinics at Goldfish Swim School

Thank you Goldfish for sponsoring this post. As always, content is 100% honest and my own.

School’s out for the Summer!! With it officially being pool season, there is no better time than now to make sure your kids know all about water safety and brush up on their swimming skills. 

Goldfish Swim School offers Jumpstart Clinics and it’s not too late to sign up for the week long classes. 

Jumpstart clinics are unique and perfect for families looking to get their kids water-ready in a hurry. They’re a great way to introduce kids to the fundamentals of water safety, take full advantage of school vacations, get peace-of-mind before a water-centric vacation or even start the journey to an Olympic gold medal. #justsayin

I’ve talked about Goldfish’s Jumpstart Clinics before, but if you are unfamiliar, they include four or five consecutive days* of 30-minute swim lessons that focus on everything from teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique. These clinics are so effective, Goldfish guarantees you’ll see significant improvement in your child’s swimming skills in just four or five short days!

Seriously, how amazing is that? And so worth it when it comes to your child’s safety and well-being. My girls are currently taking weekly classes, but they could even benefit from talking these classes and I know it will be something we consistently do each Summer. 

For more information, Find Your Local Goldfish Swim School.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Girls trip to Great Wolf Lodge | Mason, OH

Having four under five years old is hard, especially when you're the older of the four and don't get as much attention as you used to get.  I wanted to do something fun and special for Emma for her fifth birthday last week and decided that a trip to Great Wolf Lodge would be perfect!  Her little Florida girl heart loves the water and has really been missing it.  Since the weather isn't quite pool ready here in Indiana, an indoor water park sounded perfect.

It took me about a week to recover from chasing them around the entire time, but we had the best time.  Great Wolf Lodge is nothing short of being worth it and has everything you need without having to leave.  Trust me, you won't want to leave.  From the water park, to dining, to so many activities for the kids and drinks for the adults.  It has it all. 

Great Wolf Lodge lets you use the water park and amenities as soon as you arrive since check-in isn't until late afternoon.  You can however do a pre-check and they text you as soon as your room is ready!  We arrived just before lunch so we could scope it out before we started in on all the fun.  The girls got wolf ears and Emma's even had a birthday hat!  They loved it!

They couldn't wait to go the water park so we didn't make it long before we were changing into our swimsuits and splashing around.  The water park was bigger than I thought it would be and had so much for little ones to do.  My girls, who are still learning how to swim safely but who have no fear, had no trouble getting around.  Emma's favorite part was the wave pool and once Charlotte figured out what was going on, it was her favorite too.  They also went down the water slides more times than I can count.  It was hard to drag them away from them.

After hours at the water park, we ordered pizza and headed to our themed room to get cleaned up and ready for the Clock Tower Show and Story Time, but not before having ice cream first in our pjs!  The girls got Pup Passes and I highly recommend getting them.  It allows your kids to do a lot of the attractions (at a discounted price) that the Lodge has to offer, including the animal station.  Emma and Charlotte were so excited about that part and it was a complete surprise for them.

We made it to the arcade after Story Time and ended our night on a high note.  Needless to say, the girls slept great and they thought sleeping in bunk beds was so cool!  We had breakfast the next morning at The Loose Moose Cottage, which is buffet style and so good.  They had a huge spread and my girls ate their weight in delicious waffles with berry sauce and so much more!

After breakfast, Great Wolf Lodge offers more activities for the kids before the water park opens.  My girls loved it, but were anxious to go play in the water again.  We were the first through the doors once 10am hit!

We opted for a late check out and I'm so glad we did.  It allowed us to play a little longer at the water park and still get back to our room to clean up before our drive back home and grab some lunch.  Our last stop before leaving was to meet Violet!  We loved the character appearances throughout the day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

TLF Interview with a Goldfish Swim School Employee!

Thank you Goldfish for sponsoring this post. As always, content is 100% honest and my own.

Last week, my older two who are currently taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School got to interview (more like ramble and ask the most random questions) with their favorite swim instructor, Mr. Nate!  It was adorably entertaining and they had so much fun.  Although, now they think taking their glitter microphones to swim class each week is a thing ;)  I love how open GSS was to this idea and how they took time out of their schedules to do this for us.  Just another reason why we love Goldfish!  (watch their interview here)

A little bit about Nate Slack. He is a senior at Indiana University where he is studying social studies education in hopes to be a high school history/economics/geography teacher. In addition to swimming he loves biking, hiking, camping – pretty much anything outdoors. If he isn't outside, he is usually reading or watching TV (mainly sports – go Pacers, Colts, and Hoosiers!). He is always willing to talk about anything to do with history and social studies. His favorite historical figures are President Teddy Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Civil War general and Senator Carl Schurz.

Q & A with a Goldfish Employee:

1. What is your swimming background?

I have been swimming for a majority of my life. I was thrust into swim lessons at a young age, 2 or 3 years old, and by 7 years old I began to swim in my neighborhood rec league every summer. It wasn’t until I turned 10/11 that I began to swim competitively at Carmel Swim Club for over a decade. In high school I joined the Carmel High School swim team where I was apart of two state championship teams. Upon graduating high school, I attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where I swam on their swim team for two years. I then “retired” and transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington to continue my studies. In addition to being a swimmer, I have also coached and taught swimming since my freshman year in high school. From coaching in summer leagues to a summer position at Carmel Swim Club coaching middle schoolers and high schoolers to my current job teaching lessons at Goldfish Swim School, I have spent most of my life in or around a pool.

2. What are jumpstart clinics and why do you recommend them?

Jumpstart clinics at Goldfish are a week of lessons with the same teacher at the same time, five days in a row. You can sign up week by week during the months of June and July. Jumpstarts are incredibly beneficial for young swimmers for a number of reasons. Jumpstarts condense 5 weeks of lessons into five days with the same teacher, which can help establish trust and confidence in the water right away. Being in the water five days in a row and not having to wait a whole week to get back in the pool is incredibly beneficial for young swimmers that are beginning to get comfortable in the water. Jumpstarts are also great for swimmers who are already comfortable in the water and are just looking to brush up on their skills right before the summer pool season. And for more advanced swimmers, Jumpstarts are perfect for getting some extra instruction that can help them become stronger and faster swimmers.

3. How long have you been with Goldfish Swim School?

I began my time with Goldfish the summer right after my freshman year of college, when I was 19. Because I went to school outside of Carmel, Indiana, I only worked at Goldfish during the summer months when I would move back home. At 23 years old now, I have since moved back to Carmel and will be looking forward to my fifth summer at Goldfish Swim School.

4. As a GSS employee, why do you recommend Goldfish Swim School?

I cannot say enough great things about Goldfish Swim School. At Goldfish, our focus encompasses and all-around experience for all families and their swimmers. The fun and inviting atmosphere provided by our great staff helps swimmers and families feel comfortable in the water. The curriculum and teachers do a wonderful job at pushing swimmers all while being patient and comforting towards swimmers who have not yet gained confidence. Building trust and confidence in young swimmers drives every teacher to do their best when teaching. While learning to swim is our focus, safety is our priority. The swim teachers, lifeguards, supervisors, front desk, and managers all have the safety of each patron at the front of their mind at all times. At Goldfish we are constantly working to ensure everyone is safe both in and out of the water. We make sure teachers are constantly watching every child and each lifeguards ensures that everyone on the pool deck and in the water is safe and secure. We value safety above all else and I would say that our focus on safety sets us apart.

As a parent, I love knowing that my girls are getting lessons from strong swimmers and that Goldfish Swim School trains their employees thoroughly, especially when it comes to swim safety.  I know my girls are getting the best teachers and being taught all the right swimming techniques to become strong swimmers themselves!