Texas Swim Academy on KHOU
INFANT AQUATICS SWIMMER SAVES HIMSELFAs infant aquatic instructors and water safety advocates, we’re always trying to drive home the importance of life saving skills for small children. Unfortunately, this sometimes means sharing some horror stories. This time, we’d like to share a success story.
MEET TYLER: Tyler is two years old and participates in our infant aquatic program. His mother, Candace, enrolled him in the program after seeing how it had benefited her nephews (all strong Texas Swim Academy swimmers). Like many toddlers his age, Tyler is naturally drawn to water.
“We’re around water a lot,” said Tyler’s mom Candace in a recent interview. “Tyler is a very active and curious toddler. As he got more mobile, I knew water safety was going to be very important.”
When Candace saw the skills her nephew learned from our infant aquatics program, she signed Tyler up. It didn’t take long for him to catch on. After just a few lessons, Tyler was going through the life saving steps with little help from the instructor. But Candace didn’t realize just how much Tyler had learned until this past Easter weekend.
“We were visiting my mother for Easter weekend. The whole family was there, and even though it was too cold to swim, we spent a lot of time in the backyard socializing. We’ve set very specific rules with Tyler about going near the pool on his own, but he’s a toddler and doesn’t always remember the rules.”
While the adults talked, Tyler entertained himself with a ball. Eventually the temptation of the water was too much. “He kept going to the pool edge trying to play with the ball in the water.” Candace recalled. “Each time I would call him back and remind him of the rules, but he’d go back to the pool within minutes.” Candace began to realize that Tyler might benefit more from a supervised scare, so she allowed him to venture over to the pool yet again while she kept a close eye on him. Even though she was expecting it, the sound of him falling in still alarmed her. It scared Tyler too, but he knew exactly what to do.
“He flipped over onto his back to float,” she said. “Then, with everyone cheering him on, he paddled over to the steps where my husband was waiting. He was shaken up, but proud of himself- and cold!” Candace can smile about the situation now, but she knows that it could have easily been a very different story had Tyler not learned these basic life saving skills.
Tyler’s behavior is typical of most small children his age, which is why we believe so strongly in the infant aquatic program. We are very proud of the progress that Tyler has made in his lessons, and hope that this incident reinforces the water safety rules that he has learned at home and at the academy. His story is a testament to the merits of infant swimming programs and an encouraging reminder to all of us at Texas Swim Academy of why we do what we do! Thank you, Candace, for allowing us to share it.
Welcome to the new Texas Swim Academy Website!Along with a new website, Texas Swim Academy has also moved into our new, year-round 7,800 square foot facility! We are so excited to bring a state-of-the-art swim facility to our students and parents. Our new Katy location includes one 30 foot by 60 foot pool (four lanes) for group lessons and swim practice, as well as five 12 foot by 12 foot individual pools for private lessons. Parents can observe their children in our viewing area equipped with comfortable seating, rest assured their children are safe with our nationally and locally recognized swim instructors.
Upcoming EventsSpring Splash Open House!!
Please join us and tour our new facility on March 2nd, 2013 from 1pm - 4pm! We will have have Bouncy Houses, Balloon Clowns, Chick - fil - a, snow cones and more! We look forward to meeting you!Pre-Summer Swim Clinics
Pre-Summer swim team clinics start Saturday March 16th! Please call us for more details.
Saving Lives, One Child at a Time
At Texas Swim Academy, we exist to make a difference. If we can help one child learn to swim, then we may be able to prevent a child drowning accident - a quest we are extremely passionate about. We believe the sooner a child is able to protect themselves, the better. Our programs begin at six months old.
We offer infant aquatic survival programs. These one-on-one lessons are taught by nationally recognized swim instructors. We also offer group stroke development classes to help children prepare for swim season. Parents can have fun too at our facility in our Parent-Child program and Water Aerobics.
To learn more about our programs, click here.
Recruiting Qualified Swim Instructors:
We are looking for swim instructors to join our team. Applicants must have swim experience and knowledge of proper swim mechanics and enjoy working with kids. Must be at least 18 years old, and all candidates must pass a background check. If interested please email any questions or concerns and your resumé and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.