Posted by: waterworksonwheels | November 29, 2010

Janice’s Last 2010 Saturday Swimmers

Here are my kids on the last day of class!

Advanced Beginner Class

When Tressie (now age 3.5) started with Waterworks On Wheels, she was a baby in the Parent/Tot class. She cried and would not look at me for seven weeks straight! Now, she swims the width of the pool on her front and back. Tressie loves swim lessons and I won’t forget the day she trotted in while I was teaching another class and announced “Tressie’s here”!

“Tino” really does love swim lessons, I swear he does! You can’t tell by his frowny face in the picture above. It was Safety Day, where we ask children to wear long clothing in the pool to educate them about water safety and what could happen (and what it would feel like) if you fell in with clothes on. Tino was not happy, because he does not think it is appropriate to wear clothes in the pool! We understand, Tino!

Yeah!! Riley finally decided he loves to float and swim on his back! Riley always has a HUGE smile on his face and is ready to go from the time his toes hit the water. Riley was another swimmer who started in the Parent/Tot class and is sticking with the program – now these guys are STRONG Advanced Beginners!

Competitive Swimming Class

Charli, Ashlynn and Natalie have been with me since they were babies. They are now 4.5 to 5-years-old and today we swam eight laps (25 meters) in a row. Freestyle, backstroke and breastroke – believe it or not these gals are Competitive Swimmers!! It always amazes me to see children who were once swimming through the hula-hoop in the Parent/Tot class develop into fantastic swimmers.

This outstanding threesome just graduated from the Beginner class. You should see them swim!

 

Elizabeth just couldn’t get her kicks at first, but now she has GOT IT down and there is no stopping her! And she’s just 3!

Enrique can swim the width of the pool and takes breaths on his own. He just started with Waterworks On Wheels this year and he is 5-years-old.

Alexandra is decked in her cute full PJs. When she started with Waterworks On Wheels this past summer, she was not swimming. Now she can go quite a distance on her own! She is tall, so we have to swim in the deep end with Alexandra – pretty cool!

Parent/Tot Class

My Parent/Tot class is very dear to me. I love to see them improve each week little by little. I am always proud when the day comes that they can be in the class without a parent. Mom and Dad are usually excited about that too! Although basic skills are important to “move up”, they also need to be emotionally ready to be without mom and dad in the pool.

Charlotte has been a prize student since she started at age 10 months. The girl has never cried – not even once! She can go several feet and grab the wall on her own and hang on for several seconds.

Alyssa swam all summer in her own backyard with her parents, so she can swim really far in class and the fall and winter months allow her to keep up her skills so that next year she won’t forget what she learned (or worse yet, develop a fear for the water).

Brock does not love class all the time, but to see him grab that wall and get himself out of the pool has been awesome to watch!

Victoria seemed to always be cold and not enjoy the class the first several times. Mom was worried that she would develop a dislike for the water at home since she did not like the class. Two weeks after our concern, she was swimming like a fish! We are so glad we stuck with it. Mom and Dad come all the way from Phoenix every week for the classes, and they have not missed a single lesson in 16 weeks!! That is tough to do between illness, birthday parties and busy lives!

We are missing Owen in the photo, who doesn’t like me yet but has improved SO much in the past few sessions!

Thanks to everyone for such a great 2010 season with me! I will miss my Saturday swimmers.

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Posted by: waterworksonwheels | November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope everyone is able to spend a little extra time with their family this week, or at least enjoy a little extra time off! Stay tuned to this blog for some of these exciting updates, coming to you next month:

-Janice’s Saturday swim lesson kids (photos and success stories!)

-What’s new at Waterworks On Wheels in 2011

-New 2011 Swim Lesson Schedule

Posted by: waterworksonwheels | November 8, 2010

2011 Around the Corner

We’re working on the complete 2011 Swim Lesson Schedule this week. We’ve decided on the first sessions of the new year, so let us know if you’d like to register for February 2011! Call us at (480) 461-3888 or register online at www.waterworksonwheels.com.

Saturday Session: February 5th – March 26th (Fitness Forum/Fitness Works Chandler/Fitness Works Gilbert)

Monday/Wednesday Session: February 2nd – 28th (Fitness Works Chandler)

Most of the child drowning and near-drowning incidents in Arizona happen because of a parent “losing track” of their child. Having a child is a big responsibility. Having a pool in your backyard is an even bigger responsibility if you have young children. Recently, I have had several distressed parents with two-year-olds call my company urgently wanting swim lessons. Although I encourage and applaud a request for swim lessons, it concerns me when a parent might assume that swim lessons can make a child drown proof. “Will my child be knowledgeable once they have several lessons with you?” asks a parent. More knowledgeable, perhaps, but in all probability they mean drown-proof…and in that case the answer is a resounding “NO”.

We cannot assume that a child who knows how to swim isn’t at risk for drowning. All children need to be supervised in the water, no matter what their swimming skill levels. While infants, toddlers and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within arm’s reach to provide “touch supervision”, children who swim regularly and who are stronger in the water still need eye-to-eye contact.

In a news conference held this month to discuss water incidents and drowning in East Valley communities, Gilbert Assistant Fire Chief Vance Gray noted the “ABCs” of drowning prevention, which include Adult supervision, Barriers and enrolling in CPR classes and swimming classes. And when dealing specifically with barriers, many reputable websites assert:

  • Pool fences should stand at least 4 feet (130 centimeters) high with no foot or handrails for kids to climb on.
  • The slats should be less than 4 inches (110 millimeters) apart so a child can’t get through, or if chain link, should have no opening larger than 1¾ inches (50 millimeters).
  • Gates should be self-closing and self-latching, and the latch should be out of kids’ reach.

Although we live in the desert, there are tons of backyard and inflatable pools, lakes and canals, even hot tubs, bathtubs, sinks and buckets of which we must be cautious. A child can drown in as little as TWO inches of water!

In my next article, I’ll touch on some water activities (other than the pool) that children may participate in this summer – and how you can plan for the safest experience.

Resources:

Az Republic 7/16/10 Article,

Kids Health Water Safety Online Article

Posted by: waterworksonwheels | March 8, 2010

Avoiding Floaties and Other Safety Tips

An experienced swim instructor can always tell when a child has been using floaties. He or she will kick under the water rather than on top of the water. They will use more of a treading motion than a horizontal swimming motion. This, of course, will also keep the head above water rather than in the water where it’s suppose to be. The moral of the story — using floaties causes a child to need more time and more attention to learn to swim correctly.

Floaties generally serve as a child’s security blanket. Many children will get so attached and dependent upon their floaties that they will not want to give them up. I have heard more than one story about a child jumping in the pool thinking their floaties were on their arms (and they were not) or floaties falling off as the child entered the water. Most swim instructors will agree: Floaties are a false sense of security for your children, as well as an obstacle that hinders proper swimming and kicking techniques.

Floaties sometimes become a “safety tool” for parents as well. While most parents are responsible enough to realize that their children should never, ever be unattended in the water, there are certainly cases where a parent believes that floaties will be sufficient and leave their child to play unattended. Floaties cannot take care of your children.

Other safety tips that you’ve heard over and over again on the news and in articles:

  • Keep toys away from the pool area (inside the pool area). It is too enticing for a child who wants to get the toy near the water.
  • Keep large toys (like a chair, toybox, anything a child may be able to climb up on) away from the pool.
  • Be sure you have fence around your pool and /or a self closing latch on your doors that lead to the pool/backyard. Plus — keep your pool locks locked/latched  at all times.
  •  Don’t think just because your child is in swim lessons that makes them drown proof. No one is drown proof! Don’t let your guard down.
Posted by: waterworksonwheels | February 5, 2010

Swimming for Exercise

It’s no secret that child obesity is a problem in the United States. About 15.5 percent of adolescents (ages 12 to 19) and 15.3 percent of children (ages 6 to 11) are obese. Physical activity is a major factor in losing weight, if accompanied with the proper diet. This sounds like common sense; however, take a look at the shopping cart of many a young mother. It often appears that pre-packaged, processed foods and quick (but unhealthy) snacks are the more popular items riding home in the grocery bags.

Seven out of ten parents in Arizona do not maintain a sensible diet for their children. Society has fallen short with its fast food chains, super-size dollar menus and physical education classes taking a back seat in many school curriculums. Cafeteria food usually leads something to be desired, as well.

Enough of the negative, let’s move to the positive. Swimming can be a fun activity for children of all ages. Water is playful. It just makes you feel good (even for grown ups)! It is human nature for us to stick with things that we enjoy – so get in the water, play and workout! Swimming uses all the muscles in the body. Your arms, legs and torso are constantly moving and your heart rate elevates to a perfect level for cardiovascular fitness.

Start slow, and build your endurance. The rhythmic breathing of a freestyle stroke can be very tiring when you first get started. This is something that you can include when setting goals for yourself. To start, try doing two to four laps two times a week. Add more laps each week as your technique and endurance level improve. Before you know it, your lungs, heart, legs and arms will be stronger and your stamina will increase ten-fold. When you go to do other workouts on land, you’ll be amazed at how much more “breath” you have! You have just improved your entire cardiovascular system!

Learning how to swim the correct way is important for efficiency. If your children are too young for lap swimming (under five, for example), learning to swim is still a great way to start exercising. Starting too late can lead to fears and anxieties for the child, and it is much more difficult to teach a child to swim when he or she doesn’t like being in the water. Joining a respectable swim program that teaches discipline mixed with fun and safety skills mixed with technique is a great way to introduce your child to this wonderful workout and pastime. Because, after all, swimming is fun (in addition to being an exercise and a necessary safety skill to have in Arizona)!

**Moms and Dads: Please don’t start your kids in floaties! Next article we will talk about why these flotation devices are NOT recommended by water safety instructors across the valley.

Posted by: waterworksonwheels | November 3, 2009

Last Chance for 2009 Swim Lessons!

The last session of Waterworks On Wheels swim lessons will be offered starting next week:

Monday/Wednesday lessons at Fitness Works Chandler (Queen Creek & Gilbert Rds) from November 9th – December 2nd

Tuesday/Thursday lessons at Fitness Works Gilbert (Higley & Baseline Rds) from November 5th – December 3rd

If you would still like to reserve a spot in one of these classes, please contact our office immediately at (480) 461-3888. It has been a fantastic year and we can’t say “Thank You” enough to our Waterworks On Wheels clients. New classes will resume in February 2010.

Posted by: waterworksonwheels | October 13, 2009

New Office!

We’ve been working SO hard the last few months to get our new office space ready for habitation — and we’ve finally moved in! We are so excited to have a big, fresh space in which we can really start growing our business. Not to worry though, Waterworks On Wheels and FitnessFest will continue to bring you the same level of personal customer service and quality business!

A BIG thanks goes to Janice’s husband Perry for his dedication to the office project. THANK YOU PERRY!

mom and dad

Posted by: waterworksonwheels | September 2, 2009

Supervision Best to Ensure Safety

According to Safe Kids USA, more than 4.5 million children are injured at home every year. The good news is there are some proactive steps you can take, in addition to constant supervision, to help minimize the chances of your child being injured at home:

  • Make sure your floors do not have any small objects on them that can cause a choking hazard, such as buttons, coins or small pieces from a toy.
  • Store all medications and household cleaners our of sight and reach.
  • Ensure your water heater is set at 120 degrees or lower.
  • Install a fence around your pool, and never leave your child unattended around the pool or bathtub. Never leave a bucket of water unattended.
  • Keep furniture away from windows. A child can be strangled by a cord or fall from a window.
  • Secure heavy furniture to the wall with brackets and anchors.

By taking some of these steps, you can help decrease the chances of your child being injured at home. However, the best way to protect your child is constant supervision.

by Deanna Grey, R.N., the director of the Lund Family Pediatric and Adolescent Unit at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Posted by: waterworksonwheels | August 18, 2009

After-School Activity = Awesome!

After-school activities are a big part of the school year — and swim lessons are no exception. You’d be suprised at the extra benefits that come with having a routine group lesson with other children at the same age and skill level. While any after-school activity is sure to enhance your child’s development, we think swim lessons are the way to go (although we may be just a little biased!).

The Waterworks weekday program only takes an hour of your time each week (1/2 hour one day, 1/2 hour another day), and the cost averages out to less than $10 per lesson. Compare that to some sports and you’ll be smiling all the way to the bank! Not to mention, our class sizes generally have a 4:1 ratio, which means that our instructors get to know your child and spend quite a lot of time focusing on his/her individual experience in the lesson. You can’t beat that — and you also can’t forget that swimming is an activity that many students carry on into adulthood, largely because it’s a fantastic form of exercise that is conducted in a stress-free setting — the water!

Read more about the benefits of after-school activities for your children here and here, and make sure to contact us when you’re ready to get started with Waterworks On Wheels. We’d love to be a part of your school year!

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