The Essence of Swimming Lessons for Kids

Swimming lessons for kids can teach them water safety, swimming skills, and others. But there are certain things that need to be considered during classes.

Often times you’ll hear about how swimming lessons for kids are essential in order to teach them water safety and swimming skills. While there is truth in that, it needs to be said that young children always need to be supervised around water. This goes especially for toddlers. Many parents with toddlers have a habit of going to the beach or pool and letting their kids play in shallow water. In doing so, they may forget that the dangers of water lurk always and everywhere. Toddlers love to explore, which is why there is a chance they will go off into deeper water without catching their parents’ eye.

Swimming Lessons: A Good Start, But By No Means A Substitute For Supervision

Swimming lessons for children are a good way to start off their water training. They instruct kids in feeling comfortable in and around water. However, keep in mind that kids that are accustomed to water are more likely to seek it out, even (and especially) when their parents aren’t looking. More to the point, parents are typically convinced that a handful of classes are enough to let their guard down. When it comes to toddlers, in particular, swim lessons usually focus on teaching the kids how to get their faces wet and some basic skills. It is critical that parents NEVER take their eyes off of their kids, even when they’re in shallow water. Swim lessons are a good start, but there is no substitute for adult supervision.

The Pros

The benefits of swimming lessons for kids:

They make kids feel comfortable tackling water
They teach both basic and advanced swimming techniques
They are highly beneficial for children

Then, What Do I Do?

Always remember when your toddler is playing in shallow water at the beach or pool, keep in mind that the safest way is to always be within arms’ reach of them. At the same time, in order to maximise protection, make sure your kids are wearing proper fitting Personal Flotation Devices, and especially infant PFDs if they weigh under 30lbs. If you are In need of reliable infant PFDs, check out Zodiac Swim School store to purchase their award winning infant lifejacket. What you want to stay away from are inflatables, which get punctured easily and deflate with added weight. Ultimately, you want to make sure to keep your eyes on your kids AT ALL TIMES while they’re both in and around water.

Bottom line, swimming lessons are good for kids and have many benefits. However, they require children to be mature enough to use them in the right way. The greatest number of toddler and child drownings take place because parents get distracted. This happens when they’re applying sunscreen, eating, talking to other parents, reading a book, talking on their phone and the like. The best way to keep them safe is to be in the pool alongside them and keep them within arms’ reach for the duration of the water adventure. Check out all the swimming lesson options at Zodiac Swim School and register your child today!

How to Become a Zodiac Swim School Instructor

Do you want to become a Zodiac Swim School instructor? Read on and find out how to become certified and licensed.

Learning to swim is something many people overcome early on in life, as children. However, children sometimes struggle with finding the correct and safest way of handling themselves in the water. Needless to say, the situation becomes more complicated as one gets older. In both instances, a professional swim school instructor is often needed in order to help overcome the challenge of water. However, becoming certified has typically been a long and costly journey. Well, not anymore.

At Zodiac Swim School, you’re able to enroll in a Lifesaving Society Program that trains and certifies candidates to become licensed swim school instructors.  The course is designed to prepare candidates to not only teach swimming but also evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills. During training, they are taught numerous stroke development drills and correction techniques, as well as proven teaching methods.

Candidates are also required to participate in both water and classroom sessions. They are trained to develop skills in administration, communication, leadership, evaluation, planning, and class management. Needless to say, in order to complete the course successfully, candidates need to have 100% attendance. When it comes to swim school instructors in general, they are an essential element in the development of their trainees. That is why this program at the Zodiac Swim School focuses on the effectiveness and competency of each candidate.

The prerequisites for applicants include:

  • Being 16 years of age (by the end of the course)
  • Bronze Cross certification (which does not need to be current)

All Swim Instructor candidates are evaluated and certified by the Swim Instructor Trainer. Upon obtaining the certifications, the Lifesaving Society deems them to be “current” for the duration of 24 months from the date of certification. Candidates who successfully complete the program are issued a Certification card. The course length is 20 hours stand-alone, though that length is doubled if combined with a Lifesaving Instructor course.

Those applying for this program with the goal of becoming certified swim school instructors need to also obtain The Canadian Lifesaving Manual, as it is required material that accompanies classroom and water sessions. If a candidate is unable to obtain the manual before classes begin, it is available for purchase from Zodiac at the time of registration.

The course will be held at Zodiac facilities at Havergal College on the following upcoming dates:

  • January 21, 28 / February 4, 11, 2018
  • April 8-29, 2018

If you have a passion for water and are eager to help others learn how to find their way around it as well as you, then becoming a swimming instructor is not only an interesting career but a noble one as well. Zodiac Swim School is already home to reputable swimming programs designed to cater to all swimmer levels, and now it also provides candidates the opportunity to learn how to pass on their knowledge in a certified and proven way.

How Swim School Lessons Can Help Save Lives When Ice is Involved

Swimming in cold water can be risky that is why enrolling in swim school classes is something that you should consider. Read on and find out why.

Swimming is not just a fun activity but also has numerous health benefits. However, when it comes to swimming in cold water and, particularly, when ice is involved, the situation is more complicated. Even though most people go swimming in the summer, drowning is something that happens year round. For example, in Canada, nearly 35 percent of drownings take place when most people have no intention of venturing into water – between October and April. That is why swim lessons is something you should think about regardless of the season.

In order to fully understand the importance of Ice Safety , consider the following facts:

  • Ice is everywhere and in all situations poses a risk;
  • The human body can survive in freezing cold water for only a few minutes;
  • Falling into cold water often causes cold water shock, which may lead to cardiac arrest;
  • It is extremely risky to snowmobile over frozen bodies of water;
  • The majority of drownings take place in water with a temperature below 20 degrees Celsius;

What To Do If The Worst Happens?

In the event that you do fall through thin ice, remember that there are several steps you can follow in order to get yourself out quickly.

  1. The first thing to remember is: NEVER PANIC. This because you’ll be buoyant after you fall in as your clothes will trap air by default.
  2. Secondly, DON’T VENTURE FORWARD INTO THE ICE. Always face the direction you came from. Use your hands and then arms to grab a hold of unbroken ice.
  3. Third, use your feet to prop yourself up out of the water onto the unbroken ice. Use your stomach for this – remember how seals perform this action when getting out of a body of water.
  4. Lastly, once you’re on the unbroken ice, AVOID TRYING TO STAND UP. Instead, roll away from the break until you reach the solid and thick ice. Immediately proceed to seek shelter, change your wet clothes and get warm.

You Can’t Go Wrong With The Zodiac Swim School

It is good to keep in mind that swimming skills represent an obvious advantage in any situation, including ones that involve ice and freezing water. Zodiac Swim School is the perfect place to learn or improve your swimming skills. It is home to a number of different swim programs that cater to all ages and levels of skill. Remember: no ice is without risk, but that risk gets lower with the more swim lessons you go through. And at Zodiac, the emphasis is on quality as much as it is on quantity.


4 Reasons Why You’re Never Too Old To Learn To Swim

Feeling conscious about not being able to swim? Private swimming lessons are always the best option to overcome your fear.

Regardless of whether or not you feel bad about being unable to swim, the key to overcoming such a state of mind is realizing that it’s an activity that can be learned very easily and, most importantly, with minimum effort. Private swimming lessons are always the best option in such cases, and  Zodiac Swim School offers four very compelling reasons why you’re never too old to learn how to swim. These reasons are embodied in the four different courses and levels available at Zodiac.

1. Adult Swim Basics 1

This is a form of swim lessons that don’t require any previous swimming experience, as you’ll learn everything you need from the start. It offers insight into water safety and swimming skills in a completely safe and highly enjoyable environment. It was specifically designed to both increase any existing comfort in the water or develop it from scratch through exercises like simple breathing skills, basic movement, and flotation. You’ll be taught back and front float, back and front glide with kick, shallow waters entries and exit, front swim for 10 metres, as well as assisted deep-water activities.

2. Adult Swim Basics 2

When it comes to taking swimming lessons, this course is one that does require some previous swimming experience. In fact, in order to enroll in this course, you must be able to comfortably perform a continuous 10-metre front swim. This course is focused on building confidence and establishing comfort in the deep water, as well as increasing the swimming distance, which is why it features instructions in front and back crawl. You’ll also learn to swim for a minimum of 25 metres, back swim with shoulder roll, treading water, stride dive and front dive, kneeling dive and sitting dive.

3. Adult Swim Strokes

This is yet another advanced course that requires participants to be comfortable in deep water and also be able to swim both back and front crawl at least 25 metres continuously. The course is, understandably, oriented towards swimmers who are ready to further improve and develop their strokes, which is to say, those that have mastered the basics of learning to swim. During this course, swimmers are introduced to sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke, and must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres of front crawl with side breathing.

4. Adult Swim Club

Lastly, this course requires participants to be able to swim 100 metres continuously and be able to perform front and back crawl as well as breaststroke for 50 metres. They must also have a level of fitness necessary to swim continuously and be comfortable in deep waters. The course is aimed at swimmers who have a working knowledge of breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and a working knowledge of front and back crawl. The course was designed to focus on basic water safety, technical workouts and stroke improvement drills, making it an ideal culmination of a well-rounded and all-encompassing adult program at Zodiac Swim School.

Zodiac Swim School’s New Babysitting Course Program

Zodiac’s Babysitting program was designed to teach attendees how to prevent injuries and other issues while children are under babysitter care.

Babysitting used to be done by neighbourhood kids whom you trusted and who wanted to earn some allowance-sized money. However, times change and there are more and more requirements nowadays for jobs that used to be fairly simple and straightforward. Babysitting happens to be one of those jobs, and luckily for you, the Zodiac Swim School offers a training course for babysitters that also covers training and certification for anaphylaxis rescues and basic first aid & CPR. In addition to providing professional certification, the course also provides comfort for parents and kids.

The Babysitting program offered at Zodiac is one of Canada Safety Council’s longest running programs, the course was designed to teach attendees how to safely prevent injuries and promote the responsible management of common situations that may occur while children are under babysitter care. Completing the course under the responsible direction of the instructor will result in the students demonstrating their maturity and capabilities with a hands-on approach.

In order to successfully complete the training and obtain their certificate, students must not only attend all sessions but also establish a passing grade of 75 percent on the final examination. During the course, students are taught and instructed in topics such as the behavior and misbehavior of children, caring for children from three months to school-aged, as well as how to become a successful babysitter.

The training will take place and will also include two additional modules: anaphylaxis rescuer and basic first aid & CPR A. This was designed to instruct students in the symptoms and signs of anaphylactic allergies. It also certifies candidates in the treatment and prevention of the condition by using auto-injectors. The latter, also a part of Zodiac Swim School, was designed to educate students in the basic first aid techniques that may come in handy not only while babysitting but also in everyday minor scenarios. The focus of this course is to train the candidates to both remain calm and, at the same time, react swiftly in first aid emergency situations. Students will be instructed in basic choking and CPR procedures, rescue breathing techniques, as well as making a call to Emergency Medical Services.

A good babysitter is not only an expert in the aforementioned techniques and procedures but many other ones as well.

Moreover, a convenient Zodiac keychain containing a face shield and gloves has been included in the course cost. This because PPE or personal protective equipment is not only required but also evaluated throughout all three courses. The keychain, along with the required text – the Babysitter Training Course Student Reference Material – will be issued to each participant at the beginning of training.

Zodiac Day Camp Offers Some Great Discounts!

Learn the advantages of summer camps and positive effects they have. Zodiac Day camps are designed for children to have fun and reach their full potential.

Swimming is an excellent physical activity that does wonders for the body in the long run. It is one of the few sports that requires humans to get away from the solid ground and cope in a completely new environment. As for kids, it’s been known to help not only with an array of medical conditions but also improve general health over the course of maturing into an adult. As important as it is, parents often don’t have the time or resources to send their children to regular swimming lessons. This is where summer camp might be the perfect way to combine both, and Zodiac Day Camp was designed specifically for that purpose.

Not all children do well in water or with other kids, but at the very least, they are given the opportunity to explore those areas of themselves in order to fully mature both on the inside and out. That is why it is Zodiac Day Camps mission to provide parents with the opportunity to give their children a chance to develop and progress at their own pace.

Zodiac fully understands the cost of raising a family along with the importance of providing high quality programs that will give you and your children the aquatic safety skills required. Both  Zodiac Swim School and Zodiac Day Camp are synonymous with children not only having fun but reaching their full potential. However, for those who would like to save money, but not lose on either of the aforementioned experiences, there is a perfect way to combine the two. Enrolling your children early for swimming lessons at the Zodiac Swim School now comes with a discount for parents who would also like to get their kids into the Zodiac Day Camp program. If you are registering more than one child there are also discounts available so be sure to contact us about all the saving opportunities available.

Swimming lessons and socializing with peers have one hugely important thing in common:

Both are healthy activities that cater to children’s interests in more ways than one. If you think about it, enrolling your kids in swimming lessons will not only make their water skills improve; it will also give them the confidence necessary to tackle far greater challenges in life. Similarly, interacting with their peers and learning how to handle small conflicts will teach them to make wise decisions on the spot, as well as live with the consequences of unwise ones. This is also a good thing, as it shows how to take responsibility for one’s actions.

Zodiac Swim School has all of this in mind and invites parents who are looking for a safe and proven reputation of top-notch personalized service to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity.

Keeping Your Family Safe Around Water

Swimming is generally fun and relaxing, but it can also be dangerous. Not too confident in your water skills? A swim class for the whole family is ideal.

You’d think that going to the beach/lake/creek/pond/pool requires one to be an avid swimmer. While that’s true in most cases, there’s nothing wrong with hanging out with your family and friends and staying near the water as opposed to going in. However, if you’re self-conscious about a possible lack of swimming skills, a swim school is always an option regardless of how old you are. That being said, if you’re heading out to spend time either in a body of water or near it, there are things to pay attention to in order to stay safe and keep those around you in the same state.

It makes sense to check the weather before you head out, as it’s logical to steer clear of water if there’s a good chance of lightning.

Similarly, when you arrive at your destination, be on the lookout for warning flags or other signs. In addition to just acknowledging their existence, also make sure to understand and, ideally, memorize them, as blue, purple, green, yellow and red flags often mean different things on different public beaches, for example.

Be mindful of rip currents, as well. These channels of water extending from the shore out into the deeper parts of the ocean are caused by the waves that break more strongly in some areas of beaches than others. That’s why it is always a good idea to choose a swimming spot that’s near a lifeguard just to be safe. Again, if you’re going to be drawn to the water, which is almost a given for most people, reconsider visiting a swim school – even if you’re a naturally good swimmer. There’s always room for improvement and learning new tricks and techniques in the water.

It probably goes without saying, but it doesn’t hurt to go over it one more time: steer absolutely clear of alcohol when near bodies of water; not only does it dehydrate the body, but it also increases the chances of heat-related sickness. Similarly, waves are also a big consideration when you’re weighing your options of whether or not to tackle the water. Remember – Mother Nature is not to be underestimated and the ocean is one of her most deceiving playgrounds. What appears to be a mid-sized wave from the shore may turn into a gigantic one.

Other ways of ensuring safety when near water include the classics: avoiding ocean life, finding mandatory shade, applying ample suncare products, and bringing abundant water and snacks. All of these, as well as the aforementioned, are essential in staying not only safe but healthy as well. It pays to put some thought into creating a game plan for your day near the water before you leave your home – including brushing up on your water skills. If you are looking for a place that has highly trained and professional instructors you must check out Zodiac Swim School . With close to 40 years in business they have proven to provide the best swim and day camp services for students and customers of all ages. See why they have earned the trust and confidence of many families over the years.

Benefits Of Winter Swimming

Swimming is a great way to help the family keep fit by having fun. Swimming offers the ideal conditions for kids to stay active despite the cold weather.

Everybody knows swimming is beneficial – not only does it work the largest muscle groups in the body, but it also comes naturally. Adapting to water from an early age has countless positive consequences throughout teenage years and adulthood. One of the best things about starting swimming lessons young is that they allow kids to build self-confidence from a very early age through conquering challenges and fears in a safe and controlled environment. Now, vacations and swimming in summer is great, but the question is – what to do in the long winter months? Well, a swim school might be the answer.

Year-round swimming is kind of like learning to play a piano – you wouldn’t expect someone to become a good pianist if they only practice playing for 2-3 months a year. Similarly, not only is year-round swimming a great way to keep the young ones occupied during the cold, winter months, but it’s also a way to ensure their growth and physical development is continually healthy. An active lifestyle is pretty difficult to maintain nowadays, considering factors like technology, smartphones, television and the internet. Swimming is a great way to help the family keep fit by having fun.

Furthermore, if your kids enjoy the water chances are they’re not only reaping the benefits of swimming during the summer holidays.

 If they’re attending swimming lessons or are members of recreational swim teams, their water skills keep evolving and becoming better. So, if they start swimming in the spring and work hard, by fall they’re already in serious shape when it comes to handling water. Wouldn’t it be a shame to cut off their dose of water for several winter months? This is another reason why a swim school is a good way to bridge the gap, even if it’s just for one season of the year.

More importantly, kids that always stay indoors when it’s too cold to hang out at the mall, see a movie or head out to the playground still have to use up their energy throughout the day. As many parents know, this goes especially for toddlers and teenagers, with both groups becoming affected by cabin fever more than adults. Swim school may provide the perfect answer for this dilemma. After burning off the excess energy in a heated pool, they’re much more likely to feel happier and play quietly – compared to when they play video games or watch TV for hours on end in their free time. Remember – it’s not only a good way to keep them calm and content, but it’ll also do wonders for their health in the long run.

Strong Swimming Skills and Safety Help Prevent Drowning

Prevent drowning with strong swimming skills and safety tips for your child.

In Canada, water related fatalities are decreasing but preventable accidents still remain a problem today. It is important for children as well as adults to have strong swimming skills and learn water safety in order to avoid drowning or other water-related accidents. To prevent drowning, children need to know how to swim as well as how to react when in the water and an issue occurs. Adults need to know how to swim as well and will need to know proper safety measures such as first aid in order to assist if an accident were to occur.

Swim Lessons

To begin with drowning prevention and swimming skills, swim lessons need to be scheduled. Children can begin swimming lessons at a young age and quickly develop the knowledge needed to be safe in the water. When you start your child in swimming lessons at a swim school, they are open to training and as their brain develops, the skills they learn become associated with muscle memory. Your child is better able to retain the skills learned which means they will catch on quickly and remember the skills.

When a child learns to swim at an early age, they are able to stay safe in the water. You can feel good about your child swimming in the pool or open water as they have gained the necessary skills to stay safe, also knowing how to react in stressful water situations.

Causes of Drowning

There are many causes of drowning when it comes to children. For example, small kids can drown by having access to swimming pools that are not fenced in. Kids always need to be supervised around water. However, drowning deaths can also occur in supervised pools where lifeguards are on duty. While you must always be within arms reach or close proximity to your child while they are in the water, they need to know how to swim. Accidents can happen within seconds and you do not want your child to be involved in one.

Enrolling your child in a swim class will help to prevent an accidental drowning. Children learn how to float and stay safe. Small children can learn how to float and paddle to safety even at a young age which helps to cut down the probability of a drowning accident.

Swim classes are easy to find in Canada. Zodiac Swim School is a top provider of swim lessons for children of all ages. You can easily enroll your child in swim classes and help your child to learn how to stay safe in the water. Allowing you to feel better about water activities with your child, when they know the proper way to swim as well as stay safe when in or around water.

Leadership Skills Gained at Swim School Lessons

Swimming Lessons can teach your child leadership skills that can then be carried over into other areas of their life.

When you sign your child up for swimming lessons, your main focus is probably water safety. You want your child to learn the necessary skills so that they can be safe when enjoying the water. But did you know that swimming also teaches valuable skills that can be used in different aspects of life? Swimmers can learn how to be successful leaders which is a great benefit for your child as they move into their teenage years and adulthood. With the leadership skills learned, your child can see success in the pool as well as in other life situations.


At swim school, your child will be able to learn the basic movements of swimming and then move on to more advanced techniques. When learning swimming skills, the instructor will have children work as a team to reach a common goal. Leaders do not work alone, they have a team with them at all times to be effective. With swimming lessons integrating teamwork, your child can learn the valuable lesson of getting along well with others and being able to work as a group.


To persevere means to be able to handle a setback and continue on. In life, setbacks are going to occur. Your child needs to learn how to persevere, no matter how hard the situation. In swimming, children may have difficulty learning a new skill. However, if they are taught to persevere, they will keep going and eventually see that their hard work pays off. A good leader knows how to keep going and doesn’t let anything get in their way of achieving a goal.

Setting Goals

Speaking of goals, let’s talk about setting goals. A good leader will set a goal, be it in their personal life or for work. They will work hard to reach this goal. As children take part in swimming lessons, they will learn how to set goals and work towards them. This could be working on a new stroke, holding their breath, etc. Whatever the case may be, your child will learn how to set goals and meet them, feeling a great sense of pride and accomplishment in the process.

Decision-Making Skills

A good leader is always making decisions. When in a leader position, others lean on that individual to make decisions, something that can impact the entire team as well as the individual. With swimming, children are faced with decision-making and learn how to think quick on their feet. Take for example swimming goals. If your child has made a goal of practicing four times a week, they need to decide to come to practice that many times. When they don’t, they can see that their decision-making process hurt them as they were unable to train or build on a new skill.

Overall, swim lessons assist with the characteristics of being a good leader. Your child will be able to not only learn how to swim and be safe in the water during lessons, but they will also be able to gain leadership skills. These skills can be carried over into other areas of their life to reach accomplishments with ease. At Zodiac Swim School, swimming lessons are offered for children of all ages. Enroll your child today to begin them on the path to success!