Get the inside scoop on all things kids and parenting on Long Island.
BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
Free swimming lessons brighten up fall
The coming autumn reminds us that first-time parents are a little bit like college students: we rarely sleep and we love free stuff. Saf-T-Swim, a Long Island swimming school, beckons us stroller-pushers with a deal that also gives parents a fun indoor activity for the fall.
The company, which has ten locations on Long Island, offers free swimming lessons for babies age two months to six months. The earlier a baby starts, the more free lessons the baby gets, meaning that a two-month old swimmer can look forward to a full four months free. The company offers the deal at any time of year, but autumn, with its chiller temperatures, is a wonderful time to start.
My wife and I first brought our little swimmer to Saf-T-Swim in Commack last fall, when he was about two months old. The Commack location is located inside a New York Sports Club, and the school provides an instructor to provide your baby with a one-on-one lesson. The lessons are fairly simple: instructors teach babies basic strokes, in the hopes that they will gain muscle memory they can use later in life. Baby swimmers are well cared for by the school, as they receive about a half hour of one-on-one time, and never leave the arms of the instructors.
Parents need to bring some minimal gear to swimming lessons, including two pairs of “swim diapers,” as some local laws require babies to double-diaper during swim lessons. The Commack location tends to be busy but has a sizable changing area and changing booths to accommodate parents. After our son’s free trial period ended, my wife and I signed him up for paid lessons, and we’ve come to learn that he loves the water.
Saf-T-Swim can be reached at 1-866-SAFE-SWIM or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.saf-t-swim.com.