The Bubble Bulletin

Last Day to Vote Splash Best for Swim Lessons in Bay Area Parent

Posted by Liz Claytor on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Last year, we were honored to win Best Swim Lessons for the San Francisco East Bay in Bay Area Parent Magazine’s annual Best of the East Bay awards. Thank you!!

Best of the East Bay 2014

We would love it if you would help us win again for 2014. So, in case you missed it, today is the last day to place your ballot! Just go to the Best of the East Bay 2014 and vote Splash Swim School as the best for Swim Class in the Classes & Camps section.

There could be something in it for you too. When you vote your name is automatically entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards from Bay Area Parent magazine. Get all the details here: Best of the East bay 2014 ballot.

Thank you for your support. Happy Swimming!!

Splash Swim School


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Summer Fun At Splash!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 @ 10:38 PM

students having fun at splash


The warm, sunny days of summer have finally arrived, and Splash students have been staying cool and having fun with our Luau theme this month.

Also, hot weather means opportunities for extra practice for our students, and it shows-- there have been alot of ribbons awarded to our little swim stars in the past few weeks.  We are so proud of you!

Check out or Facebook page for more photos!


Tags: kid swim lessons, Splash stories, Splash kids, infant swim lessons, Benefits of swim lessons

Even Otters Need Swim Lessons!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Tue, Mar 08, 2011 @ 03:02 PM

baby swim lesson otter pup

We were recently sent a video of an Otter teaching her pup how to swim at the Columbus Zoo.  

It is interesting that otters are not born with the ability to swim, but need to learn just like us.  And while the pups are not always eager for their first swim class, they succeed with encouragement and practice-- just like our students at Splash!


Click here to watch!


Tags: kid swim lessons, Swimming news, infant swim lessons

Article on Baby Swimming in the LA Times

Posted by Liz Claytor on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 @ 05:14 PM

One of our parents sent us a link to a great article that was recently published in the LA Times about the benefits of starting swimming lessons early. We thought it would be of interest, especially to our Waterbaby parents and graduates. Enjoy!


 Capsule: Baby swimming appears to show later benefits -

Researchers find that 4-year-olds who had taken swimming classes as infants did better on gripping and reaching as well as balance.,0,3796339.story



Tags: kid swim lessons, Splash kids, infant swim lessons, Benefits of swim lessons

How One Splash Student's Perserverance Paid Off

Posted by Liz Claytor on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 @ 03:15 PM


I was signing Starfish Award certificates for our different levels of student graduates a few weeks ago, and one in particular caught my eye, as it was for one of my previous students.  I was so excited and inspired by this young lady's dedication and inspiration that I wanted to share her story.

Katelyn came to us as a beginner swimmer, a few summers ago.  She came in eager to learn, and while swimming to the ten foot mark came easily, learning to do turtle breaths across the width of our pool was proving to be a big challenge.  Like many of our students, Katelyn saw the thirty-six foot distance as a major hurdle, and her confidence started to waver.  I could see her classmates were also feeling a little apprehensive about this new skill, so we worked on increasing the distances slowly.  But instead of Katelyn's confidence in her swimming ability increasing with each increment of distance, it seemed to be decreasing.  Her apprehension began triggering a fearful "flight" response, and she grew prone to panicking even at shorter distances.  I was confident that she had the physical strength to swim the distance with ease, but it was a matter of convincing Katelyn of this fact, so that she could stay calm enough to push what she believed to be her limit.  It took a lot of time, patience, and a dash of tough love, but slowly but surely, I started to see that comfortable distance increase.  Even if her progress was measured in inches a particular week, I considered it an important step towards achieving what she thought was an insurmountable goal.  Through it all, I admired her tenacity to keep trying and to overcome those panicky feelings.  She always came to class smiling, "Ready to go, Ms Lizzy", and her hard work paid off! 

I remember the first day she swam all the way across by herself, panicking and yelling that she could not do it the last several feet.  I walked alongside her, reassuring her that I was right there if she really needed me and that she was just fine.  When she got to the wall and climbed out, I asked her to tell me how far she swam by herself and if I had helped her at all.  I saw her look at the wall she was sitting on, look at the far wall, look at me off to the side, and back again.  The recognition that she had swam the distance all by herself and through the fear and panic at the end, lit up her face like a spotlight.  A grin slowly spread across her face as she replied, "The whole way, Ms Lizzy", and gave me a high-five.   I knew we had turned the corner at that point, and that it would be much easier for her to be confident and in control  of those scary feelings from then on.  I was a proud swim teacher!

After that, Katelyn's confidence blossomed in the pool, and she was soon eagerly mastering her advanced swim skills.  I was not her teacher anymore, but every time she got a ribbon, I got an excited visit to my office to make sure I was aware of her progress.  It is like a whole new world has been opened up for Katelyn.  For the past year, our conversations have turned to how she helped her younger sister by explaining the skills to her (now that she is a pro!), and how she was going to be on swim team soon.  I am amazed at how much she has grown up and matured in that time.  By the start of this year, she was telling me that she was going to swim in the Olympics someday, saying, "Don't worry, Ms Lizzy, I will save a ticket for you to come watch!"  Great job, Katelyn, I am so very proud of you and how far you have come, and I cannot wait to see what you accomplish in the future!

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