Thursday, April 28, 2016

Giveaway: Swimming lessons with British Swim School

If you follow our facebook page, you may have seen over the past few months as I've been sharing pictures from my kids recent swimming lessons. I was recently introduced to British Swim School and was intrigued to learn more about their programs. One of the first reasons BSS caught my attention was their immediate focus on water safety and survival.

British Swim School teaches water safety survival skills to children as young as three months old. The back float is considered the most important water survival skill, as it enables swimmers to rest, breathe and call for help, alleviating the “silent” danger of floating face down. Drowning is the leading cause of death in children under five. Go here for more safe swimming tips. 

My four kids started lessons in January. They were given a swim cap for their class level and they were ready to go! 



They began with learning how to float on their back. The first strategy of British Swim School is to teach kids if they were to fall into the water anywhere, that they would be able to roll to their back and float. This would also allow them to call for help. I love that first focus! Their instructor, Ryan Grindle, has been fantastic!







Another aspect that I (and my kids!) greatly appreciate about BSS is that all their lessons are done at indoor, heated pools. If your kids have ever taken outdoor lessons in Pittsburgh, you might have found that your kids end up freezing half the time which makes it difficult for them to concentrate. We did a short session of outdoor lessons last summer and I felt like my kids didn't learn very much simply because they were so distracted by the cold and didn't really want to be in the water. They have excelled much more quickly in the warm pools!


Although three out of four of our kids love the water, we have one that feels very uncomfortable in swimming situations. There were definitely quite a few tears in the first two sessions (as we've seen from a few other kids in the pool as well), but since lesson #3, he has grown more and more confident.  The instructors are great with helping kids get over that fear. Now he isn't even afraid to jump off the side of the pool to the instructor!


Speaking of jumping, I love that one of the first things they learned to do was jump in the water and hold their breath without plugging their nose! 



Once they can jump off the side into the pool, roll over and float on their backs, they are ready to graduate to the next swim cap color!


Now they are focusing more on swimming face down in the water as well as learning the back stroke. 




Swim groups are kept small, so there is a great teacher-to-student ratio!


And it's not all work and no play! At the end of each lesson, they get a short free play swim time. 



British Swim School is offering lessons all around the Pittsburgh region! Go here to locate your nearest location. 

I am also thrilled to give one of you a chance to experience British Swim School for free! They have generously offered a great giveaway! EIGHT free lessons as well as a basket full of swim goodies!

Prize package includes:


* Twice a week lesson for four consecutive weeks 
   No make-up's - New customers only! 
*  Basket includes:  Swim towel, Goggles, Swim Ring, Waterwatcher, Water toy, 
   Drawstring bag and beach ball.  Valued at $250.00!

Click "Enter the Giveaway" to be entered to win.


--> But here is another cool freebie for everyone! If you sign up for lessons through BSS, mention "Momtourage" to get FREE registration. 

We're thrilled with their progress and my kids are safer swimmers through our lessons with British Swim School! We hope you will choose them as well! 



This post sponsored by British Swim School. We were given lessons in exchange for my review. All opinions remain my own as I don't endorse venues that I don't love! 

25 comments:

Emma said...

Would love to try swim lessons for my son here. He really thinks he will be able to go down the big slide at the pool this year but I have to explain to him that he has to learn to swim alone first.

pam said...

Looks like its is a really great swim school.

Jessica H said...

Thanks for this. I've been meaning to check it out.

anonymous said...

These lessons look so important. The rest of my family lives in Florida and they're concerned my daughter has not been around water enough.

Crystal said...

Very cool! We'd take lessons on the east side of the city - maybe in Shadyside or one of the Monroeville locations!

Claire B said...

We would love to check out the British swim school for our kiddos!
Claire

Stacey Y said...

I would choose the Shadyside location.

JENBEE said...

Love swimming!

jhoselyn mendez said...

Thank you for such a cool giveaway!

Jona Dudley said...

This would be awesome I was literally just taking about teaching my kids to swim in a pool instead of a bath tub lol, my location would be Monroeville La Fitness

Amanda M. said...

Although there isn't a location close to me, it seems like a class like this would be worth the travel!

Adrienne said...

We would go to Cranbery Hyatt in Cranberry Township. Do you know if they work with special needs children?

Heather Dippold said...

Home 2 Suites North Hills would work great for us. I have heard really good things about British Swim School. Thanks for the chance!

Aimee said...

What a great give away!

Allison Emsurak said...

Cranberry would be a good location for me!

Amy said...

I think shady side.

Michelle said...

One of the monroeville locations.

Bonnie said...

The Baum Boulevard is just down from my husband's work. Maybe Daddy time can involve splashing!

Emily said...

Bakery Square location would be great for us!

Leah Franczyk said...

We've been thinking about signing the boys up at our gym....L.A. Fitness in Monroeville!! Baker Square could work, too:).

Andy Kubis said...

very cool! Would love to win this for my kiddo.

Faith said...

I have been looking into swim lessons recently! The Shadyside or robinson locations would be the closest to us.

Erika Schaltenbrand said...

This sounds great! I would love to win this for my son!

KimD said...

Glad you loved it here! Cam is our last that needs to learn to swim!

James said...

Maybe one of the Norrh Hills; maybe Shadyside