The Bubble Bulletin

Pumpkin Patch Update & Fire Relief Fundraiser

Posted by Splash Swim School on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 05:37 PM

Dear Friends and Families of Splash:

We are writing with an important update to the Floating Pumpkin Patch events this Sunday, October 15th, at both of our Splash locations.

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Like many in the Splash community, we are heartbroken over the recent and continuing tragedies caused by the fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties. We have been in contact with some of the evacuation shelters in the area, and I, personally, was up there Tuesday, donating non-perishable food and personal care items on behalf of our organization.

I have been told by different relief groups that at this point, the needs are changing incredibly fast in all areas, and that they need financial support more than granola bars and toothbrushes. The powers that be have suggested that we donate money directly to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund managed by the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF), especially since recovery, when it begins, will be continuing in the year to come.

In response, Splash Swim School will be donating all of the proceeds from the Floating Pumpkin Patch, as well as any additional monetary donations collected, to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund. Giving to this fund will allow monies to be allocated where they are needed most in this evolving crisis. We will stay in contact with NVCF and the extensive network of charitable organizations that they support, so if opportunities to donate goods and supplies arise in the future, we will let you know should you wish to participate.

For Sunday’s Floating Pumpkin Patch, we encourage all of our families and friends to attend our event and have a good time with your kids in the pool while supporting a most important cause. Tickets are available at the front desk of both of our Splash locations until they sell out. Early registration is $20 per child before Friday at 1pm, and $25 per child after that. Each ticket sold includes one pumpkin to decorate and take home.

If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a cash contribution via check, Square Cash ($SplashSwim) or Paypal ( Include your family name in the notes or memo, and if using Paypal, be sure to select “send to friends and family” to avoid any fees. We have been told that every bit helps and is much appreciated!

Again, Splash will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund. Please call the office with any questions. We hope you will join us!


Liz Claytor

Tags: Splash kids, Splash Swim School news, Halloween at Splash, Splash families, San Ramon Halloween, Napa Fire, Sonoma Fire, Pumpkin Patch, Walnut Creek Halloween, Napa Valley Community Foundation, Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund, Floating Pumpkin Patch

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

2010 Contra Costa County Swim Championships!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 @ 11:17 AM

To all of the Splash swimmers and alumni who competed at County this year, congratulations for making the meet-- we are so proud of you!

We look forward to hearing how you all did, and we hope everyone had a lot of fun and at least one personal best time!

Tags: Splash kids, Splash alumni

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!

Tags: kid swim lessons, Splash stories, Splash kids