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Music Makes Swim FUN

Here at SwimWest we place a high emphasis on creating a fun, engaging atmosphere for our youngest swimmers. We believe that by developing a child’s love and appreciation for water, they will be motivated to work hard and excited to come to swim lessons. Since learning to swim is an essential safety skill, we know …

4 Ways Parents can Encourage Gratitude this Thanksgiving

We all know gratitude is important – we begin teaching kids to say “thank you” pretty much as soon as they can talk! But teaching gratitude is more than just manners – it’s a way of thinking about your life in a way that improves your overall mental health. Studies have shown practicing gratitude leads …

Winter Vacation Safety Tips

Oh, Wisconsin. With record-setting snowfalls already cemented this year, and a prediction of below-zero temps in our near future, I don’t blame anyone for fleeing our arctic zone for some sunshine and warmth! (I just wish I could go, too!).   Link: https://www.swimwest.com/winter-vacation-safety-tips/

4 Lesser Known, Scientifically Proven Benefits of Swim Lessons

We all know swim is an amazing physical workout throughout the lifespan. In early years it can help promote coordination, stamina and endurance. In later years, swim can help lower the risk of early death and promote mental and physical wellbeing. If you’ve ever had an injury, swimming is a great low-impact workout, and if …

All About Giving Blood in Madison

Blood is such a precious gift to give to others – it’s small action with a big impact – but unfortunately, winter is one of the most difficult times of the year to collect blood. Inclement weather and seasonal illnesses often affect turnout at blood drives. Since January is National Blood Donor Month, we wanted …

New Guidelines to Prevent Drowning | What you Need to Know

It may be February in Wisconsin with gray skies, blustery temperatures and occasional snow, but warmer days will be here before we know it! As we head into March (Spring break!) and beyond, we wanted to share some updated recommendations from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). The AAP is an organization of more than …

Sun Safety Tips

Two years ago, my dad scared us all with a Melanoma diagnosis. He went through treatment, and he is healthy, but it was a wake up call about the importance of doing anything and everything possible to protect my family from dangerous UV rays. According to the CDC, more than 5 million people are diagnosed …