Now that the school year is underway, a growing number of parents are enrolling their children in fun-filled, after-school swim lessons at the Hubbard Family Swim Schools. The summer swimming pool season might be drawing to a close, but learning how to swim, developing a love for the water, and learning crucial lessons about water safety continues indoors here all year long. The temperature of the indoor pools remains at 90 degrees all year round.
“The fall months are a great time to enroll children in year-round swim lessons,” says Bob Hubbard, co-owner of the Hubbard Family Swim Schools. “Not only is swimming excellent exercise for children after school and a great way for them to burn off energy, our basic philosophy is this: Children everywhere must learn how to swim. Learning to swim should not be a choice.”
Children who learn how to swim are also demonstrating more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children, according to world-leading research led by Griffith University in Australia. Their 2013 findings of a four-year study indicate that swimming children have an advantage when starting school. Swimming children scored significantly better than the normal population on a number of measures that are really important for their transition to school – their cognitive development, language development, and their physical development. The study surveyed 7,000 parents from Australia, New Zealand and the U.S., over three years, as well as individually assessing 180 children.
The study showed that children’s fine motor skills and overall coordination were more developed as a result of taking swim lessons and it showed that children who start lessons early were more socially and emotionally ready to start school.
Hubbard Family Swim School offers lessons to children 8 weeks to 12 years of age. There are even FREE “baby splash” swim classes for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. Parent participation in the water is required. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. There are several different baby splash class times offered throughout the week. Advanced registration is required. There is a $25 joining fee for the baby swim classes but there’s no charge for the weekly classes after joining.
“Our popular baby splash classes give parents an excellent way to spend quality time with their babies in the water,” adds Hubbard. “Their swim class together is wonderful bonding time and then after the class, the babies always enjoy a nice, long nap.”
In business now for 20 years, Hubbard Family Swim Schools have three Valley locations – Phoenix, Peoria, and Mesa. To register for classes, call (602) 971-4044. For more information, visit www.hubbardswim.com