Regular swimming is a hearty way to start your metabolism and rid off excess calories. It also tones a good number of muscle groups, since swimming is one of the only exercises that utilize most of the body’s muscles. Additionally, swimming is rendered as one of the best low impact, anaerobic exercises that are healthy for your cardiovascular system. If you have mobility difficulties, swimming is an apt way to keep your body flexible. Prescription swim goggles Prescription swim goggles not only provide the vision correction required for people who normally require glasses to see clearly in the water, they also minimize the likelihood of eye infection by reducing direct contact between the swimmer’s eyes and the water, the latter of which may contain harmful micro-organisms. A lesser-known fact is that the risk of infection would increase if you swim with your contact lenses on instead since harmful bacteria could adhere to the contact lenses. Further, some goggles also provide protection against the sun’s UV rays while others also come with color-tinted lenses that help reduce sun glare when swimming outdoors. A more practical alternative When you swim without any visual aids you do not have good vision under water so you will have to exert greater effort to see what is happening and risk bumping into others or miss important things, which predominantly becomes an issue if you are swimming in an open pool. Regular glasses would not easily come off nor are they designed for use under water; most likely a hindrance to your strokes and stops you from diving in. Prescription swim goggles conversely offer you... read more
As the new year begins, Colorado Parent Magazine running its annual Family Favorite voting. If you’ve had an incredible experience with SwimLabs, and support locally based family run businesses in Colorado, be sure to vote for SwimLabs as Favorite Swim Center & Swim Lesson at www.coloradoparent.com. If you really want to support us, vote for us as your favorite Swim Lessons in the Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Awards at www.highlandsranch.macaronikid.com. Thanks for the... read more
SwimLabs’s hosting of Touch the Wall is just around the corner and tickets are running out fast! Visit https://www.tugg.com/events/12414 to purchase your ticket and enjoy the fun with SwimLabs! The screening will be at AMC Highlands Ranch 24 on Wednesday, January 28 7:00PM. See you... read more
When it comes to Swim Schools today’s buzzword seems to be water safety and, all else equal, the commotion around this word is justifiable—safety is the number one priority. What if, though, all else wasn’t equal. The truth is the majority of Swim Schools maintain a high level of safety emphasis, but the majority of Swim Schools do not put emphasis on other factors that you should look for when deciding where to enroll your child. These factors are as follows: 1. Style of instructor 2. Recollection of instruction 3. Adaptability of instruction 1. Challenging students to step outside their comfort zones creates results. The best instructors maintain a focus on their job while going beyond what the curriculum mandates. It’s important to remember that there’s a difference between following a set progression and progressing through that progression— the latter is more challenging, and requires instructors who see challenges as results. 2. Going through the motions doesn’t mean water safety. When your child leaves the class, you want them to remember what they’ve learned. Curriculum that enforces instruction is key, and there are many ways to achieve this recollection. Whether it be creative acronyms, or even use of delayed video instruction, there are plenty of ways to instill lesson content. 3. Being able to build off of instruction is invaluable. Getting a lesson is great, but having the lesson act as an investment for long-term swimming progression is even better. To achieve this, search for Swim Schools that use curriculum built on the foundation of competitive stroke mechanics. This will allow students to develop proper competitive strokes in the... read more
As the last blog post mentioned, SwimLabs has been going through a series of progressive changes to both expand our brand and improve client experiences. Part of this process includes the purchase of SwimLabs Centennial by Karl Stewart in Fort Collins, CO. Now you will have the opportunity to continue lessons at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch and also check out our new facility in Fort Collins! We are looking forward to seeing you at both locations in the New... read more
After becoming an official franchisor in 2014, SwimLabs hit the ground running with an innovative approach to finding, educating and supporting potential franchisees. We’ve run national advertising campaigns on SwimSwam and with ASCA, and are rolling out new material in the new year. All this promotional material has yielded great interest, and we are pleased to announce the opening of SwimLabs Issaquah, Washington in 2015. We are looking forward to announcing new SwimLabs locations in the coming month, so stay tuned to swimlabs.com for the latest... read more
As the last blog pointed out, choosing to enroll a child in competitive swimming is a big implication with many tradeoffs. Needless to say, and take it from a former competitive swimmer, the sport will change your life in both good and bad ways. These ways will vary from person to person, so I can only give you one personal view on the sport which, like all personal views, should be taken with a grain of salt. Lifestyle Besides the fact that you will perpetually smell like chlorine once you become a swimmer, there are lots of other implications you should be aware of. Firstly, and most importantly, your social life outside the pool will be nonexistent, or at least minimally existent. Competitive swimming season never ends, and in the off chance a long-course afternoon gets canceled (once every 5 years…maybe), your coach will probably just replace the water workout with dryland. While your friends may become annoyed with your commitment to the sport, you will undoubtedly defend the sport you have learned to love. You better hope your non-swimmer friends don’t whisper a bad word behind your back. With all the time you spend in the pool, though, your club team will become your second family, and sometimes it may even seem like your first. You will develop a second language with your teammates, an addiction to spending all your limited free time with the people you all the time already, a knack at communicating full paragraphs in under 5 seconds, and not to mention an uncanny ability to blow perfect ring bubbles. Life Lessons Commitment, attention to... read more
This blog can be summed up in two words: Water Safety. You’ve probably heard all the statistics on how drowning is, in many locations throughout the United States, the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, and while this figure is alarming in nature, you’re only adding to its potential potency by not taking action against it. How to Start There are multiple routes, avenues and methods to promote water safety, but they all start with parental commitment to water emersion. While it may seem early and, well, premature, it’s vital to provide opportunities for your child to become comfortable in the water from an early age. This means taking your children in the water with you as babies, either privately or in a infant water safety course. The timing of this water based assimilation is crucial as the infant years, particular years 0-3, are when neurons within the brain begin to disseminate fear based situations from safe environments. These disseminations are lasting, and their fortifications become harder and harder to break as age increases. Next Steps Now that your chid feels comfortable within the water, you need to teach them the basic swimming techniques so that a certain level of water competence can be reached. This can be done privately, but the best way to gain proper technique is to look for and utilize Swim Schools that use a progressive teaching style. This will allow your child to continue to build upon technical lessons by becoming more and more advanced in individual stroke mechanics. Whether or not your child wants to take up competitive swimming or not,... read more
What are Franchises? The best way to answer this question is by rephrasing it as ‘What are the Best Franchises’ which, incidentally, is equally as difficult to answer. The fact is, the delineation of the term ‘best franchises’ will vary depending on what kind of franchise you want to buy. Someone may want a restaurant franchise, another person may want a gas station franchise, while you may want a fitness franchise, and all of these are fundamentally different. What remains constant, however, is that you will receive some sort of support system with the purchase of your franchise, and it is important to know what kinds of support you should be looking for. Freedom of Operation Simply because you are buying into a franchise means that you are entering an agreement with a parent company which, in itself, can limit your ability to function as a small business. It is important, then, to make sure you still have some control over the business you run, and that you are not being run by your business. While the Small Business Administration (SBA) watches out for overly controlling verbiage in Franchise Disclosure Documents, be sure to go over the documents with your lawyers to verify you can still operate as a small business owner would. Check out www.sba.gov/content/franchise-businesses for more information Marketing/Advertising This may be the most important facet of your franchise, and it boils down to a very simple sentence: Ask, question and verify. The most obvious step is first asking what kind of marketing assistance you will have as a franchisee, but it is more important to question the... read more
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