What's in a Name?

December 12, 2017

"Hi, I'm Coach Rose! What's your name?" Believe it or not, that's one of the most important things that happens at a swim lesson. The first two minutes of class, which we affectionately shorten to "Goggles and Greetings" is a valuable teaching moment. This seemingly "idle" chit-chat is where connections are formed and trust begins. Our staff makes a point of knowing our little swimmers' favorite colors, or a preferred breakfast snack - or perhaps a pet's name. Routinely, we have a quiz at our staff training meetings on current cartoons, movies and popular children's characters!  Swimming often means overcoming fears and challenges - so trusting the instructor can be critical to success.


That's why we post photos of our staff on the wall with many of their favorite things - foods, movies and more! It helps make an initial connection with a common interest. Or perhaps spark a question or conversation. Before your child's lesson, make sure to check out the "Spotlight of the Month" where we feature some special interests of one of the coaches, in addition to our staff wall. 


It's fun to see how the tidbits that emerge during "Goggles and Greetings" help later in the lesson. You might hear, "Let's do Elsa bubbles today!" or "Pretend the water is mint chocolate chip ice cream...use those arms to scoop it up!"  


What's in a name? It's the first step to learning to swim!





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