The SWIMkids USA Difference


The SWIMkids USA Difference
swim safe
swim smart
The SWIMkids USA Difference
• International Experts in Water
Safety, Stroke Development, and
Swimming’s Benefits on Brain
We offer:
☺ Parent-Tot Classes
6 months—2 years
☺ Survival Classes
1 year+
☺ Stroke Development
• Lowest Student to Teacher
Ratio in the Phoenix Metro area
☺ Competitive Swim
Classes & Swim Teams
• Certified Instructors with 150
Additional Hours of SWIMkids
USA Certification and over 200
Years of Experience
☺ Adult Classes—
Swim & Dance
☺ Gym Classes
• Free Practice Times
☺ Dance Classes—Ballet,
Tap, Jazz & Hip-Hop
• Awards for Achievement—
Ribbons, Medals, T-shirts
☺ Special Needs
Classes—Swim & Gym
• Make-Up Classes
2725 West Guadalupe Road at Loop 101
Active Movement Increases Academic Skills
Many researchers (Houston
1982, Ayers 1991, Hannaford
1995) verify that sensory integration involved in motor planning is fundamental to school
readiness. In a study, third
grade students in Seattle,
Washington, studied language
arts through active movement
Although students
reading scores district-wide
were plummeting, the children involved in the “active
movement” activities raised their scores by 13% in
six months (Gilbert 1977). The complete routine included rolling, spinning, tumbling, rocking and crawling,
skills that are used in activities such as swimming, gymnastics and dance. At Winona State University, Lyelle
Palmer documented significant gains in reading and concentration from these activities (Palmer 1980). Research suggests that the relationship between movement and learning continues throughout life. The sensory motor skills learned as children through play and
organized skill instruction mean the proper neural pathways have been laid for later learning (Miller 1989).
GYMkids USA: Developing the Whole Child
While swimming is what we’re known for at SWIMkids USA, we have designed quality gym programs
specifically to complement our swimming program.
These programs have been successful because children in different activities progress faster.
In gym classes, we build:
Breath control
Body awareness
We offer a 50% discount for a second different
activity because of these cross-benefits. Take advantage of a free trial class.
These skills directly benefit swimming.
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Swimming Develops a Child in Three Areas
1. Motor Development: By giving a child so many sensory experiences in
swim class, his neural memories of motor skills become more precise. The
child will have an accurate base so that his proprioceptors (sensors of where
body is in space) can update the brain with information, so the brain can plan
the next movement. This results in a stronger, more coordinated child.
2. Cognitive Development: More stimulation causes a child’s neurons to grow
interconnecting fibers and twigs reaching out to the other neurons. Each new
synapse adds to a child’s perceptions. The more synapses a person has the
more capable he is of learning.
3. Emotional Development: If the sensory-motor processes are well organized, a child will have an easier time learning emotional control. The more
organized the brain is, the easier it is to instill self control and self discipline. The easier the emotional, cognitive and complex skills are, the greater
the feeling of success and self-esteem experienced by the child.
Movement Essential to Learning
For years, the educational and scientific communities believed thinking was thinking and movement
was movement. They believed they were completely
separate functions of the brain and the body. Today, scientific studies reveal the strong links between early motor activity and learning. As parents,
we need to take advantage of the hidden power of
movement to facilitate our children’s intellectual
Norman Weinberger, a scientist at the University of California at Irvine in the Department of the
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, stated that
movement education facilitates reading readiness
and language development (1998). Movement helps
to develop the whole nervous system. The child
needs to progress from the brain stem up. We need
to supply the child with creative movement opportunities so that they will be ready for basic success in
school. If teaching experiences skip the sensory/
motor levels, then gaps will appear in a child’s development and learning will be more difficult.
“Physical activity is essential in promoting normal
growth of mental function,” reports Donald Kirkendall. Carla Hannaford states, “Arts and athletics are
not frills. They constitute powerful ways of thinking
and skilled ways of communicating with the world.”
They deserve a greater, not lesser portion of a
child’s daily routine and education. Movement must
become as important as computer and “book work.”
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2725 West Guadalupe Road @ Loop 101
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Fax: 480-820-3590
Email: [email protected]
swim safe
swim smart
In an atmosphere of patience
and love, our instructors build
each child's self-esteem through
repeated success.
USA's style of teaching keeps our
kids swimming, smiling and safe in
the water. Our swim lessons have
successfully trained over 50,000
children in one of the most effective swim school programs in the
Phoenix metro area.
Our swim and float sequence is
the standard in water safety training that many methods have tried to replicate: because it works! This award winning technique has saved thousands of
children, plus every individual who has been trained by this method is safer in
the water. Our instructors equip their students with an immediate method of
survival in an emergency situation by teaching them to roll on their backs where
they can breathe and rest for an indefinite amount of time. After a short rest
period, they are then taught to roll back onto their stomachs and continue to
swim to the safety of the wall or steps.
Funny Things that Kids Say...
DANCEkids USA: Show Business!
Mom to child in Tony’s class: “Why do you have to
wear your goggles?”
Child: “Because of the nectarine in the water.”
Pasquale was scrubbing the pool with a brush.
A child asked him, “Why are you combing the pool?”
Britt was playing with her children in the play pool.
One of her students asked, “Do you live here?”
Chris, do hate
your life?”
H a i r challenged
“No, why would
you ask that?”
Child: "Because
my dad says
that he hates
his life and is
going to rip all
his hair out, is
that what happened to you?"
Join DANCEkids USA as a dancer or audience
member for the beautiful annual dance recital. The
dance program is structured around learning the choreography of the recital dances, as well as dance basics.
“We want the kids to have fun at the recital, not
get stressed out about performing. They are so cutewaving at their parents and trying to remember the
steps,” says Allison Price, Program Director. She
adds, “Performing at the recital builds self-esteem.”
Weekly dance classes are available for ages three
to adult, and are 45 minutes long. Dance classes are
50% off if you are enrolled in a different activity.
Try a free class!
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