Jump in with a Jump Start Clinic

This post was written in partnership with Goldfish Swim School.

Imagine: it’s a million degrees outside, and all you want to do is relax in a big cold swimming pool. You’re dreaming of floating and maybe enjoying a cold beverage while your kids play in the water, blissfully occupied by all the fun they’re having.

But you’re brought back to reality when you realize that your five-year-old is terrified of the water. Despite the fact that he has floaties on, the only way he will get in the pool is if he’s clinging to you the entire time. Goodbye, relaxing pool. Hello, holding your kid for two hours.

Two years ago, I was the parent in this scenario. Despite a six-week-session of lessons at a local pool, he was terrified of the water. I wish I had known about Goldfish Swim School Jump Start Clinics.

Jump Start Clinic

What’s a Jump Start Clinic?

It’s a supplement to Goldfish’s perpetual lessons that is designed to give kids a “jump start.” Children attend lessons every day for five days in a row. This focused week of swim lessons helps them make big progress, and it may be the secret to salvaging your summers at the pool or the beach.

Jump Start Clinics
My now-confident swimmer.

My middle son overcame his fear of the water and learned to swim thanks to the amazing staff at our local Goldfish Swim School. However, I think a Jump Start Clinic could’ve really helped him progress faster, and in hindsight, I wish we had taken the plunge (pun intended). Goldfish does such a great job of fitting the needs of each individual child, so I know he would’ve been in great hands.

If you have a child that really needs to build confidence in the water, or even a child who is thisclose to swimming independently, consider a Jump Start Clinic at Goldfish Swim School. It’s worth the investment for a safe summer of swimming — for you and your kids!



Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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