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Why It’s Important to Start Swimming Early

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At a young age, we teach our children about the importance of being safe. We teach them not to run onto the street and to keep their fingers away from outlets. What often gets forgotten is the importance of teaching them to be safe in and around water. It’s not a matter of if your child will encounter water but when. Most children shy away from water. This is largely due to a lack of exposure during early years. At bath time, we avoid splashing water on their face and we panic when they go anywhere near a pool or lake. We recommend that parents start their children swimming early.

The truth is, it’s important that your child begins their swimming journey as early as possible. We offer free parent and tot classes for infants under six months to promote early exposure. This prevents children from developing a fear of water and makes progress much easier. We encourage parents to not shy away from getting water in their child’s face at bath time because it’s important to let your child know that water doesn’t have to be scary.

At Russell Aquatics, we begin teaching life saving water skills like back floats and swimming small distances at the age of two. Learning to roll onto their back to take a breath can allow them to reach the edge of the pool without assistance or extend the length in which they are able to swim at a time.



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Drowning is the second highest cause of paediatric death so it’s absolutely vital that we do everything we can to prevent that. This is especially important given the number of pools, lakes and open bodies of water in Ontario. It is impossible to watch your child 100% of the time so equip your child with the skills needed to be safe in and around water.

Aside from learning an incredibly important life skill, swimming at an early age can also help build muscle, increase appetite, build coordination and balance, improve quality of sleep and all around, is a fun, athletic activity that can ultimately save lives.
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Swim Skills

Progress Trumps the Badge

Working hard to reach a goal and not achieving the results you were hoping for is frustrating to say the least. It can be especially defeating when comparing yourself to others and feeling as though you’re further behind from everyone else. Rest assured, these discouraging thoughts are not at all a reflection of reality! In swimming lessons (and most other parts of life), the journey is so much more important than the destination, and we strive to help our students and families remember that.

At Russell Aquatics, we love to celebrate the little victories!

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Without the small moments of success, the bigger ones are simply not possible. That’s why we believe not nailing something on the first try is not always a bad thing. We often hear concern when a child needs to take a second or third attempt at a level, but there’s no shame in this! In fact, sometimes it’s for the best as it allows a student even more opportunities to reinforce and perfect their skills.

Students and parents at Russell Aquatics have been introduced to skill trees, which are an online record of the skills and progress completed in the level they are working towards. Instructors update skill trees online throughout the session and parents are able to log on and see the progress made by their child within a session. This allows parents to see that their children are making progress throughout a session even if they don’t complete a level and get a sticker or a badge. Parents are also emailed big milestones within a level like making an endurance swim or doing their first roll over so they can celebrate the successes with their children as well!

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There are so many reasons why progress is more important than the final badge. A badge signifies the completion of a level, and each level is comprised of a series of progressions that the student must make their way through. Without the progressions made in each level, skills within the next level would not be able to be achieved and the foundation to build on with new skills like front crawl would to not be an achievable goal.

Finally, the most important reason comes down to why we take swimming lessons in the first place. Ultimately, swimming is a necessarily skill that everyone should know. Accidents and deaths caused by drowning are almost entirely preventable by knowing how to swim. That’s why progress is so fundamentally important – it shows a continued dedication to keeping yourself and/or your children safe. If we rush to get through each stage of the program, we may end up missing the bigger picture.

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This is why we aim to consistently recognize all milestones at Russell Aquatics, not just the biggest ones. Whether it’s a moment of courage or the completion of endurance swim, we have a ribbon that commemorates any accomplishment! We always want our students to feel proud of their achievements, no matter the size or the frequency. Success comes in all shapes and sizes, and that deserves to be celebrated at every step of a student’s swimming journey – and it’ll make getting that well-earned badge that much sweeter.

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Why Choose a Private Swim School

Private Swim School MarkhamWhether we do so from childhood or a little later on in life, swimming is an essential life skill to teach and be taught. In Canada, where swimming lessons are readily available, 40% of drownings occur because the victim was a weak or non-swimmer. These incidents are highly preventable, and it is important to be well-informed on how proactiveness can be achieved and which options are the best. Read more “Why Choose a Private Swim School”

Water Safety

Tips for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

The water is an amazing place to have fun with your children this summer but it’s so important to remember water safety and be aware of the risks. You can never to be too safe in and around the water. Our main goal at Russell Aquatics is to teach our students (both young and older) to learn how to swim so that you will ALL have that skill when a situation arises that you need to know how. Approximately 500 Canadians drown each year. Even one drowning is too many! Read more “Tips for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention”

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