Prepping for Summer with Miller Swim School

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A couple of months ago I decided to brushen up my 3-year-old’s swimming skills with the hope that by this summer I’ll be able to take both he and my soon to be 1-year-old (tear, sniff, sniff) to the pool by myself. Last summer she was an infant and it wasn’t an option because 1) big brother wasn’t very comfortable in the water 2) little sister was very needy 3) I had just had a baby and wouldn’t be caught dead in a swim suit – nothing much has changed there, but moving on.

So, I enrolled him in Miller Swim School and love it. He has gone from hanging out on the steps to jumping off the diving board in a few short months. He has never really been afraid of the water, but was anti getting his hair wet.

I taught swimming lessons all through high school, so I know that there are just some things that you need other people to do for you. Kids just do better when it’s not their mommies trying to dunk them. He was hesitant at first because he didn’t like getting water up his nose (who does?), but his instructor taught him how to blow out through his nose and it’s all good now.

I don’t expect him at three-years-old to be able to master the backstroke or to EVER swim alone, but I do want him to be be moving in that direction and be comfortable enough to hang out on my back while I push little sister around in a floatie.

If you haven’t been to Miller Swim School, here are some things I like..

  • The facility is super clean
  • You have a clear view of your kid the whole time in the glassed-in waiting area. There are two rooms, so it’s not super crowded.
  • Our instructor is really great with my kid! Firm, but fun. I’ve seen some kids clinging onto their mother’s leg, and the instructor just whisked them away and started their lesson. Don’t you just appreciate that? I do. Usually the kid will be smiling in the pool within 45 seconds.
  • They’re not pushy. One of my biggest pet peeves is walking into a place and getting bombarded with “buy this!” “sign up for this!” They’re just not that way.

I do wish they had someone designated in the changing room to hold my very busy baby-toddler while I’m trying to change my other wet child back into his street clothes. Asking too much? I suppose.

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