This post is sponsored by Steve Wallen Swim School. All opinions are my own.
Last summer we went to the gym pool almost every day. It’s a great summer activity that helps pass the witching hour time (basically the whole day during the summer, amiright? ha!) in the summer. Harrison was a new swimmer and Sullivan spent the whole summer getting a puddle jumper tan. It was fine. There were a few instances where I could tell Harrison was in the middle of the pool, getting tired, and on the verge of panicking about what to do. Let’s just say that I learned to get the beach loungers right next to the deep end to make sure I was closest to the “panic zone.” Obviously, this wasn’t ideal. I had to have eyes on him at all times, constantly worried, and never really able to relax. Meanwhile, Sullivan was super comfortable swimming around in his floatie, but scared to death of trying to put his face in the water or do anything that even remotely resembled swimming.
Fast forward to this year.
With summer fast approaching, I realized we really needed to get the boys on track with their swimming if I wanted to enjoy my summer with them. That’s about the time when Heather started her kids at Steve Wallen Swim School in Roseville. She saw amazing results and had nothing but good things to say about the facility and instructors.
Individualized Lessons, Together
My kids are at totally different skill levels but we needed them together for scheduling purposes. Harrison is a novice swimmer who is at the very beginning stages of learning different strokes. Sullivan loves the water but hates putting his face in.
I was impressed with the way the instructor at Steve Wallen Swim School was able to cater her teaching to each kid, and switch between them with ease. While she was working with Harrison, she gave Sullivan a small skill like blowing bubbles to work on while he waited on the steps.
Positive reinforcement and rewards
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not above
bribery, I mean, positive reinforcement. My kids really love any type of reward. Steve Wallen Swim School has a ribbon system where you earn ribbons based on mastered skills. You should have seen Sullivan’s excitement when he earned his Face in the water is magic ribbon. It was a highlight of our experience, for sure.
Top Notch Facility at Steve Wallen Swim School
I’ve definitely thought about the benefits of an indoor swim facility in the winter but I didn’t really realize the benefits in the summertime as well! I’m not stuck sitting out in the sun but instead can enjoy the lessons from my nice, air-conditioned seat inside.
Also, two words: Changing. Rooms. My kids have gotten so used to the routine that I just hand them their clothes and they go in to a changing room by themselves to get out of their wet swimsuits after a lesson (save for the time I forgot dry clothes and it was raining/storming outside, mom of the year status but let’s not talk about that). It makes life so much easier than riding home wet or trying to get two wild boys dressed in the van while they whip each other with their wet towels.
Our Results With Steve Wallen Swim School
We couldn’t be happier with how the boys have progressed over just two sessions. Sullivan’s confidence in the water has gone up overall and I’ve seen great progress in his skills–he’s conquered his fear of his face in the water and is so close to putting it all together in to something that resembles actually swimming! It’s really fun to watch. Harrison has become a stronger swimmer overall. His love of the water has grown even bigger and (most importantly? ha!) I feel more confident in his skillset.
If you are considering swim lessons in the Roseville or El Dorado Hills area, I highly recommend Steve Wallen Swim School. They offer the first 30 minute lesson free so you can see if it’s the right fit for your family!
At what age did you start swim lessons with your kid(s)?
Jennifer Leal says
I love Steve Wallen Swim School. I wish they’d been in their location about 2 years ago! My son started in the pool at 8 weeks and my daughter at 5 mo. They are now turning 6 and 8 years old next month. Both of them are on a swim team. As a former competitive swimmer, lifeguard, swim instructor, swim coach, and manager at a successful swim school in the Bay Area, I consider myself a bit of a snob when it comes to swim lessons. Steve Wallen is hands down the best program I have had the pleasure of taking my children too so far since my move to the area.
So you have had a good experience too. We agree, it’s a quality program!
Sounds like a really great program in your area! We start swim lessons today where we are at, and I am nervous so this was a good read at the right time.
They will do great! It’s totally a skill worth fostering and developing!
Mary Leigh says
Swim lessons are on our list! Our guys like the water – but I really want to be sure they are safe and not just confident! It seems like this swim school does such a great job of helping children learn safe swim techniques!
You put that so well- safe and not just confident! It’s so much more than just liking the water (although thats a huge part)!
This sounds amazing! My kids really really need swimming lessons!