My 9-year-old is an award-winning swimmer. She has 6 gold medals, 11 silver, 7 bronze, and has represented the United States on our Olympic team. This is all in her head though. The truth of the matter is, she knew how to do just enough to stay afloat. I told her numerous times she needed lessons, but each time I was met with “But, I know how to swim.” The fact that friends and family have gassed her up saying the same, has NOT helped. I totally understand speaking positivity into children, however, telling a child they can swim when they cannot, is dangerous!
Personable and Motivating Swim Instruction Is a Swim Lesson WIN!
Enter Goldfish Swim School in Wake Forest. I was super nervous before her first lesson, that she was going to be irritated I made her go, and she wasn’t going to listen to the instructor. After all, she “already knows how to swim.” Thankfully, the Goldfish instructor immediately talked to her like they were old friends, and I could tell she was at ease.
Once comfortable, I knew she would readily listen to feedback. Her instructor was obviously knowledgeable in addition to being personable. I also loved the fact that she was super encouraging. Even critiquing an area of improvement, she spoke in positive and motivating words. Never once did my daughter feel discouraged. Within the first 3 weeks, my daughter had already moved up a level and was wanting to practice all of the time.
I was so impressed with the Goldfish swim instructors and staff I asked Shannon Stefansky, Wake Forest Goldfish Swim School owner, what type of training process does each swim instructor go through? She shared:
Our instructors go through 40 hours of in water training before they teach their first class. They also are lifeguard, CPR, AED, as First Aid trained. In addition, all instructors attend multiple workshops to constantly improve their teaching and safety skills.
The fact that focus was on not only learning to swim but water safety, is top-notch.
Since my daughter was enjoying her classes so much I also wanted to know how long we could continue taking lessons or if my daughter would age out. Shannon shared:
We teach lessons to kids up to age 12, but if they complete all the levels before age 12, they can join our swim team! At our highest level they will be proficient in all four competitive strokes and put pro classes and swim team will work to constantly improve their stroke technique.
The Goldfish Swim School experience catered to our entire family in & out of the pool.
Logistically, Goldfish Swim School in Wake Forest appeals to both my daughter and me. She loves the blow dryer station and being able to get dressed and undressed “away from boys” in the individual dressing rooms. The fact that the pools are heated was also a plus for her. I love the bathing suit dryer machine and the fact that they also think of the siblings that may tag along. I brought one of my one-year-olds to a lesson, and OF COURSE ,I forgot her baby wipes. Again, enter Goldfish Swim School! They had packs of wipes readily available in the dressing area. My little one was also able to sit at a coloring table and entertain herself. Not for long of course, because, well, she’s one. Having the option was awesome though! I also appreciate being able to easily watch lessons through the glass walls, and the fact that instructors speak to parents at the end of each lesson on what was taught, in what area the child excelled and what they need to continue to practice. Not to mention, we missed a few lessons over the months due to weather, sickness, family trips, etc., and we were always able to reschedule with no issues.
Take a look below at Goldfish Swim School in Wake Forest.
Thankfully, the super knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating staff at Goldfish Swim School in Wake Forest has made our swim experience fantastic. My daughter looks forward to lessons and always talks about how much fun they are. We can’t wait to bring in our one-year-old triplets to their Family Swim Times and to start lessons this summer.
Goldfish Swim School in Wake Forest and Goldfish Swim School in Cary are providing year-round indoor swim lessons to Triangle area families. Learn more below and contact the Goldfish Swim School near you.
Goldfish Swim School Wake Forest, located at 14660 Falls of Neuse in Wake Forest, serves families in Wake Forest, North Raleigh and surrounding areas. Goldfish Swim School Cary, located at 2980 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, serves families in the Apex, Cary and Morrisville area. Both locations offer a wide range of swimming classes for all ages and skill levels at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule. Families can register for lessons by visiting the website or calling 919/435-3753 (Wake Forest) or 919/635-8950 (Cary).