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.

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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.

Teamwork

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.

Perseverance

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!

Want to Become a Swim School Instructor?

We’ve listed down the steps needed to become certified as a swim instructor. Learn how young adults can become swim instructors.

When a child starts swimming lessons at an early age, they gain a real love for the water. At swim school, children learn the basic skills associated with swimming at an early age and then develop even stronger skills and knowledge that can be used in extreme situations should they arise. They also have the ability to become a swim instructor in their teens. Below is a short guide to the steps needed to become certified as a swim instructor.

Bronze Star

At 11 years of age, a child who has completed a swimming program of Swim Kids10 or equivalent will be able to start Bronze Star training. This course provides training for the pre-Bronze Medallion stage. Problem-solving skills are worked on individually as well as in pairs. Basic first aid with CPR skills are included in this training type.

Bronze Medallion

With this training course, children must be 12 years of age and have completed Bronze Star training or be 13 years of age. The course provides information on life-saving principles based on four areas of water-rescue: judgment, fitness, knowledge, and skill. Teens will learn how to tow and carry individuals as well as defense options when the victim is fighting back. Challenging rescues are discussed with stroke efficiency developed as well as timed swim endurance. Emergency First Aid and CPR B is included in this class.

Bronze Cross

The next level of the life-saving skills taught is found in the Bronze Cross class. Children will become one step closer to being a certified rescuer or a lifeguard. This training class focuses on building up the skills learned during Bronze Medallion training. Children learn the difference between a lifeguard and lifesaver as well as learn more about deep water spinal injury and treatment.

The Bronze courses are open to children of a young age in order for the individual to receive proper training before beginning the National Lifeguard Courses. At 16 years of age, a child can begin these courses with Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid-CPR C training completed. The National Lifeguard Courses will get your child on the right path to becoming a lifeguard and helping others.

With this training, a whistle and basic first aid kit are required. A waist pack is provided to keep these tools plus a CPR mask and gloves during the training period.

Swim Instructor


The next stage in becoming an instructor is to take the Swim instructor course at 16 years of age. This course teaches candidates about lesson planning, teaching to various ages, progressions, and evaluating. Upon successful completion of both the Swim Instructor course and a minimum certification of a Bronze Cross, although National Lifeguard is preferred, candidates will be ready to seek employment as an instructor.

Overall, these training courses provide your child with the ability to learn leadership as well as life-saving skills. Your child can develop a strong sense of self and be determined to help others as a lifeguard during a rescue and teach others how to swim to prevent potential water incidents.

At Zodiac Swim School, training is provided for children to start Bronze classes,National Lifeguard courses as well as Swim Instructor courses. Trained professionals can get your child started on the right track to be successful in learning the key steps to water safety and life-saving measures both in the water and with CPR. Contact Zodiac Swim School today to learn more about the courses offered.

All Around Benefits Associated with Using Reusable Swim Diapers

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The benefits and convenience of using reusable swim diapers during swimming lessons.

Swimming is a fun pastime enjoyed in the summer outdoors but also throughout the year via swimming programs or indoor swimming pools. Children love to swim, especially infants and toddlers. However, when you take your smaller child to the swimming pool, you are now required to bring swim diapers. In the past, the only option was a disposable swim diaper. This option did not work very well to keep the baby free of accidents in the pool. Thankfully, there is now a new option with reusable swim diapers. Learn more about the benefits of reusable swim diapers below!

Eco-friendly

To begin, reusable swim diapers are eco-friendly. If you take your children swimming on a regular basis, you will go through a lot of disposable diapers. Instead of constantly throwing diapers away after a swim, you can wash one or two pairs regularly and always have a comfortable option for your little one. Plus you avoid creating further trash for the environment.

Affordable and Convenient

Having a reusable swim diaper is also an affordable option. With disposable diapers, you only can use them once.  Therefore, you are constantly having to buy new packs of diapers. This can become quite costly if you have enrolled your child in swimming lessons or go swimming with friends regularly. With a reusable swim diaper, you pay once for an item that you can use again and again with the adjustable buttons, it grows with your child. . Plus you never run out of diapers, the convenience of not having to run to the store is a huge benefit.

Safe for Other Swimmers

Reusable swim diapers are also safe for other swimmers in the pool. No one wants to be in a swimming pool when a pool fouling occurs This is not only gross but can be a health concern. By using a product that is proved to work in preventing accidents, you are keeping others safe. Reusable swim diapers are designed to fit closer to the skin without sag and have a plastic cover that prevents any leaks from entering into the swimming pool.

Quality Materials for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

Most babies have sensitive skin to some degree. With a reusable diaper, the materials used are softer and designed to be like a bathing suit. Zodiac Swim School offers a quality solution of reusable swim diapers that protect your baby’s skin. With buttons to adjust the diaper for both their height and weight, your baby will be comfortable and easily be able to have fun in the water.

On a side note, you can also use the reusable diapers for potty training! Once your child is old enough to try and go to the bathroom, put them in the swim diaper. Even if they have an accident, you simply wash the diaper and try again!

At Zodiac Swim School, we provide quality reusable swim diapers for your child in all prints and sizes. We can assist you in choosing the right swim diaper for your child. Our diapers are of the highest quality and ensure your child will be comfortable while in the water!

Bonding With Your Child Through Swimming programs

Enroll your child as a private student or in a group to help your little one start on the path to learning how to swim correctly.

Helping your child learn how to swim is one of the best actions you can take as a parent. Swimming programs for kids are the perfect way to ensure your child learns how to be safe in the water but also has the skills needed in order to swim when they need to or would like to. It is recommended that parents enroll children at an early age, such as with toddler swim lessons. You can enroll your child as a private student or in a group to help your little one start on the path to learning how to swim correctly.

One of the highlights of enrolling your child at a young age is you get to experience bonding time with your child. During the lessons, you will participate as well. The goal is to help your child feel comfortable in the water and you assist with games and activities in order for your child to learn the necessary skills to float, tread water and more. As you play games and complete the exercises during swim class, you are helping your child to become comfortable in the water and having fun with them at the same time.

As you engage in regular swim classes, you will begin to feel closer and more connected to your child. This will increase the trust and security your child has in your relationship as well as helping you to better read the cues of your little one. Communication will be improved which is beneficial throughout the relationship of you and your child.

Whether you enroll your child as an infant or toddler, you will be able to enjoy a bonding experience. You and your child will be physically connected to the water and your little one will be gaining quality water confidence which will help to boost learning potential as they age. The warm water of the swimming pool is also relaxing which can lead to a stress-free time for parent and baby.

Enjoy this time with your child as they are only little for so long. Sign up for swim lessons and have your child experience learning the art of swimming in your arms. You will feel closer to your child and strengthen the bond that you already have. It will be fun for you to see how your child is able to grasp swimming techniques. You will also have the ability to work with them whenever you like to build upon the swimming techniques presented by the instructor.

So, cuddle and hug your baby while in the water, having a good time during swimming lessons with your child. The benefits are immense with the most enjoyable factor being you get to spend quality time with your little one.

At Zodiac Swim School, swimming lessons are provided for children of all ages. Enroll your child today to begin teaching them the much-needed skills to be safe and secure in or around water. Classes are offered for all age groups and skill levels.  

Swim School: Reusable Swim Diapers Are The Way to Go

When you are a parent of an infant or toddler, you know the importance of a swim diaper when enjoying the water. Smaller children need swim diapers in order to avoid having an accident in the water, which can shut down the entire swimming pool for an extended period of time. For most parents, the only option they know of for swim diapers is disposable. However, there is a much more convenient and affordable option available. Reusable swim diapers are the way to go, including when parents enroll children in swim school.

A Better Option

Reusable swim diapers are affordable and can be used again and again. With disposable swim diapers they can be used once, and you are often changing your little one soon after they enter the water because the diapers hold water. With reusable swim diapers, you have a swimsuit of sorts that does not bulk up from the water of the pool or become difficult to remove after usage.

Zodiac Swim School carries their own line of adjustable and reusable swim diapers that come in two sizes. The soft inner lining is designed similarly to a true bathing suit and is designed for comfort. With multiple prints available, your child will be cute and stylish as they enjoy the water.

Disposable diapers are often paper thin or created from an uncomfortable material. Your child may have marks on their little legs after coming out of the water or a bottom that is sagging down due to the diaper retaining the pool water. With the reusable swim diaper, you have an adjustable waist and length so that the diaper is gentle on the body and comfortable.

Most swimming schools, like Zodiac, are mandating that children have a reusable swim diaper on when they enter the water. Such establishments have found that disposable swim diapers are not efficient when it comes to containing accidents. You want your child to be protected from an accident as well as ensure that the pool is not shut down if an accident were to occur.

Once you try these special reusable diapers, you will not want to use anything else. The diapers are easy to wash and reuse, staying super cute and functional for your child’s swimming needs. Purchase at least two reusable swim diapers and you will always have one on hand for swimming lessons or a simple dip in the swimming pool.

At Zodiac Swim School, reusable swim diapers are a must. The facility makes it easy for parents to purchase swim diapers in two sizes for children to use. Instead of opting to purchase swim diapers that you have to throw away, invest in a quality reusable option. Your child will be comfortable in the water and you will have a swim diaper that truly works!