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6 Ways Your Family Can Stay Safer In/Around the Water

Spring break is coming up soon! Is your family going on a vacation or planning a staycation? Love Swimming teaches water safety skills during every lesson to help make sure kids stay safer in water and LOVE the experience whenever they are. Make sure your kids are prepared to attend pool parties and enjoy the waves at the beach by enrolling them in swim lessons to ensure your child’s safety in/around the water. Here are some ways your family can stay safer on your upcoming Spring Break and Summer vacations:

  1. At parties: With friends and family to talk to and the busy nature of a party, it’s easy to turn your back for just a minute and stop paying attention to what is going on in the pool or beach.
    • How to stay safer: Designate one specific adult to keep an eye on the kids and rotate the duty during parties or get-togethers.
  2. Crowded pools and beaches: It’s hard enough to keep your eyes on your children when it’s just them; add in a few dozen more and their parents and it can be very easy to lose sight of what your child is doing.
    • How to stay safer: Make sure your children take swim lessons even if they “know” how to swim – and always have kids swim with a buddy to keep an eye on each other. Most important, make sure you recognize the signs of drowning and know what to do in an emergency.
  3. Unknown water: Part of the fun of summer is going to pool parties, going fishing, and heading to the beach for the weekend! You could end up dipping your toes in unfamiliar water (literally). But do you know the potential hazards?
    • How to stay safer: The feeling of being in the ocean can be incredible, but waves are constantly crashing, unlike a pool. This makes it hard to see everything that is going on in the water. Always know the water that you are going to swim in. Check out the depth, sea life and creatures in your surroundings; also, make sure you pay attention to the lifeguard signs and warning notices. Teach kids water safety skills to help them become better swimmers!
  4. Open pools:  Everybody loves playing in the water, especially kids. That means sometimes they may not pay attention to when they’re not supposed to jump in the pool.
    • How to stay safer: If you have a pool in your backyard, install a fence around and keep it locked. Also, remove the ladder whenever the pool is not in use. Cover the pool when practical.
  5. Pool drains: Even though you can see what is in the pool, as opposed to being at the lake or ocean, there can still be hidden dangers in an indoor or outdoor pool.
    • How to stay safer: Be cautious of the power and suction of drains. Maintain the pool properly and install a new, safe drain to prevent from getting caught. Also, consider modernizing the drain system or installing a sensor. You should also be careful when wearing having fun and wearing a mermaid fin.
  6. Deep water: Whether jumping off the diving board into the deep-end of the pool or running into an unknown depth of the ocean or a lake, it’s even more important to know how to swim and utilize important water safety skills.
    • How to stay safer: Consider purchasing some U.S. Coast Guard approved floatation devices, and know when the proper time for kids to wear lifejackets. If you’re out on the water, riding on a boat with your friends, know what to do during an emergency situation. Love Swimming helps keep children safe in/around the water!!

Enjoy your spring break and make sure your children are prepared to have a fun and safe time! Enroll in year-round swim lessons at Love Swimming your mind at ease when you’re on vacation. We’re here to help keep your little ones safe!

5 Things to Keep in Mind While Dealing With a Reluctant Swimmer

Every parent knows that swimming is a crucial life skill that their children NEED to learn. However, if a child shows resistance, it can be difficult for both the child and their parents. Many families struggle through swim lessons, but we are here to say that it will be okay!!


“What if we just put our feet in the water, first?”

These comments are all too common when you are dealing with a child who is unwilling to go near the pool. Parents/guardians endure the screaming and crying as they walk their first-time swimmers up the stairs. Children can be stubborn!

“I’ll buy you an ice cream cone after the lesson! I’ll even let you get sprinkles, too!”


Even if parents have made their own attempts at getting their kids in the water, it can be a never ending battle to get them comfortable in the water. Swimming is a life skill, and many parents feel strongly towards their children learning how to swim. This is where our Love Swimming instructors step in. Our staff is here to take your little ones on, and will endure what feels like the impossible!

I know that it sounds crazy to hand your toddler off to a complete stranger and hiding out of plain sight. It is difficult knowing that your child is crying and looking for mom/dad while the instructor is teaching them unfamiliar skills. Letting the swim instructors teach your children for 30 minutes while your child is frantically trying to find a way out of the pool, can easily be the hardest part for parents to watch and hear; however, it is essential for your child.
We want parents of fearful swimmers to know that they are not alone and to share 5 things to know going into your child’s very first swim lesson:

  1. Breed familiarity: When you arrive for your child’s first swim lesson and they’re crying hysterically, it can be agony. It can also feel embarrassing; it seems like the tears and screams are endless. Know that you are not alone and that this won’t last forever. For most children, a pool is daunting. Children can also become fearful when they are expected to go off with an instructor, whom they are unfamiliar with. Don’t forget, our instructors train for these moments and we will get your child swimming! But, there are things that you can do to help before your child’s first lesson. Visit our facility and meet the team! Show your kids the pools and prepare them for what to expect in swim lessons. Then, walk your child to their first lesson, and enthusiastically greet the teacher. If you trust us, your child will too! Building familiarity can reduce fear.
  2. Try to remain positive: If you dread swim lessons, then your child will too. If you exude negativity or worry towards swim lessons, again, your child will too. Talk positively about the instructors, the pool, and the swim school. Remain calm and upbeat, and cheer your child on during the lesson, even when both of you are nervous/scared. As a parent, you have to make sure that you push your children out of their comfort zone and build confidence. Hugs and high fives go a long way to reassure children.
  3. Be the parent: Your child is going to tell you that they don’t want to swim. They will probably also tell you that they don’t want to eat their vegetables, go to sleep, or go to school. As a parent, certain things have to be non-negotiable, especially when it comes to your child’s safety. So, when they start putting up a fight against going to swim lessons, just remember #1 and #2 above. They might be mad at you now, but they will be happy in the long run.
  4. Commit the time: Mastering swim skills take time. All children are different, and some may need more time in swim lessons to execute the proper skills. Swimming requires persistence and practice. Doing the doggy paddle to the side of the pool is not swimming. It’s not even keeping your child safe. Commit the time to make sure that your child learns how to swim efficiently, properly, and skillfully. If you pull your child out of swim lessons before they move onto the next swim level, then they’re not ready for the water. Children should stay enrolled in swim lessons longer than six weeks; make sure you place swim lessons above other frivolous hobbies. Something is wrong when we don’t place enough emphasis on a life skill.
  5. Practice, practice, practice: The more you practice the skills we teach your child, the faster they will learn and be able to graduate from our program. Try to take your children to the pool outside of swim lessons; practice what we teach your children. Practice blowing bubbles and getting their face wet in the bath tub. When you devote the time and energy into helping your kids learn how to swim, you are helping to foster independence and confidence within your children.

Why You Should Continue to Swim in the Winter Months

When Summer is over, many families discontinue swim lessons in favor of soccer, football, piano, or guitar.

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in 1-4 year-olds, and the second leading cause of death in 5-9 year olds. But formal swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88%.

  • Safety: Little swimmers who break during the fall and winter months not only lose swimming skills, but they can also forget crucial water survival and safety skills. Without repetition, these skills leave a child’s long-term memory and, when faced with a life-threatening situation, it is more likely that a child who has stopped lessons will forget what to do when it matters most.
  • Skill Progression (and Retention): We’ve all heard the saying “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” right? It’s true. In order to retain skills for the long-term, students must continue to swim beyond the summer months. Love Swimming coaches see it all the time: a child has advanced to a particular level over the summer only to leave in the fall and regress to the previous level when re-enrolling the next summer. The longer a child is away from swimming, the longer it takes him or her to work back to the initial skill level.
  • Health: We hear it all the time: “We are stopping when the weather turns cooler because getting wet and going from hot to cold environments will make him/her sick.” The truth is, children who spend fall and winter months swimming are not more susceptible to colds and viruses. Our warm (90 degree) hygienic saltwater pools ensure that your children’s body temperatures stay constant. In addition, research has shown that swimming keep lungs clear of accumulated mucus, reducing proneness to respiratory problems. Finally, swimming (and other physical activities) increases appetite and improves sleep patterns which can contribute to increased immunity against winter illnesses.
  • Brain Building: Science has proven that practice does, indeed, make perfect. Brain imaging technology allows us to see how the repetition of actions affects the brain’s make-up. In order to perform a task, various parts of our brain are activated and create electrical signals to engage other parts of the brain. The faster these signals can transmit, the more “automatic” the task becomes. Transmission becomes faster through myelination. Regularly practicing a skill like swimming causes the same pattern of electrical signals to activate which, in turn, triggers the myelination of this transmission system. This is how you build aptitude, speed, and enhance procedural memory for a specific skill.

It is common sense that has been scientifically proven: the more you do something, the better you get at it and the more automatic it becomes. By enrolling your child in year-round swimming lessons, your child perfects strokes, gets faster, and advances to the next class level. More importantly, it means that at any time, in any season, your child will be more likely to remember and implement the life-saving skills he or she has learned when around water.

Swimming Before Bed!


Isn’t that the fruit that grows on golden trees and makes anyone better at anything? No…? Aww, man! Well, even if the tree of our dreams doesn’t exist, there is always the old fashioned way to improve: Practice.

Practice is something that is necessary for anyone who would like to be better at… well… anything! Of course, the same goes for your little swimmers. As we move into the cooler months, we know that swimming in the backyard pool won’t be an option. And even though Love Swimming houses heated, indoor pools, we must also realize that practicing our swim technique can extend outside the pool as well.

If we only practiced an activity once a week, we would never be as far along as we could be. For instance, if babies only practiced walking once a week, it’s doubtful they would walk before the age of 10, if that. The same goes for writing, speaking, and numerous other activities. So that bares the question: How do we practice swimming out of the pool? Well, we have an answer!

When it comes to swimming, our kicks play the largest role. If we don’t know how to kick properly, we inadvertently cause ourselves to expel more energy than necessary. And if that happens, we can’t swim as long and as much as we’d like to! So, here is a tip we have for our little swimmers to try before they head to bed or at anytime during the day.

Legs Hanging Off Bed --- Image by © Image Source/Corbis

Legs Hanging Off Bed — Image by © Image Source/Corbis

Have your child sit on the edge of their bed and kick their feet. Keep in mind that they should kick with long legs, up and down. It’s very easy for young swimmers to kick in a crazy and hectic fashion. But, sitting on the edge of their bed while kicking helps them to be aware of their form and control. The same could be said for kids who are working on incorporating their arms into their swimming. Coordination is something all swimmers must work on. So, if your child is working on their freestyle arms, have them walk while moving their arms accordingly. Using their arms and legs at the same time will improve their coordination, thus improve their swimming.

These simple exercises can last, at most, 5 minutes a night. And you can always make it fun by playing along with your children! Practice makes your best! So, let’s inspire our children to be their best.

Water Comfortability Isn’t An Overnight Process


What are they besides smaller versions of ourselves? They are adventurers, zoologists, actors, and much more. But, above all they are learners. Generally when we think of learning, we sometimes tend to consider it an in-school activity. But, our children are learning every day! From how to say “Mom” or “Dad” to not crossing the street without a grownup, our children learn to become comfortable with the lessons, activities, and boundaries we instill over time.

When it comes to your child starting a new activity like swimming, there is A LOT to take in. With the fact that they have no idea where they are, who these people are, and why they are here, they are bound to partake in the action that best expresses their disapproval: Crying. It is inevitable!

As parents, we hate to hear our children cry and try to stop it immediately. But, when it comes to teaching your children an activity that you know will benefit them for the rest of their lives, we have to be willing to withstand the crying for their sake. Comfortability isn’t given. It’s learned through repetition, reassurance, and a happy attitude!

Children are so aware that they not only learn their parents’ mannerisms, but they will also learn their parents’ attitudes. If you display a nervous expression, your child will do the same. If you display a happy expression, your child will soon enough do the same. We simply have to be there during the tears and nervousness with a fun-loving, happy attitude. No one said getting used to the water would be easy. But, everything worth having isn’t always easy. Let’s set great examples for our children with great attitudes! After all, our children deserve that and more.

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Ensure Safety!!!

As we open our doors to let in the fresh, spring air, we know that the time for water related fun is here! Slip-and-slides, pools, and beaches will be the talk of the town for the next four months. And during this time we must keep in mind the safety precautions needed when we near any body of water.

Spring and summer months happen to be the time of year when water related accidents occur the most. Any person who doesn’t know the proper techniques or tips to make it to safety in the event of an accident may find it quite difficult to not only save themselves, but others as well. Love Swimming strives to make a difference in the lives of our fellow New Orleanians. In a city located below sea level, learning how to swim is just as important (if not more) as your other everyday activities. We can’t control how and when accidents occur in our lives, but we CAN control how we react to them through preparation! Just as we have car insurance to prepare for any accident on the road, your child’s lessons will be their insurance when nearing a body of water. It’s all about taking the initiative to prepare for anything! Let’s have no water tragedies this summer.

Love Swimming looks forward to helping your children prepare for any water related accident. Let’s take the initiative! Let’s teach our children what they need to know so they can enjoy the water well into their adult years.

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Why 12 Weeks of Lessons Is Best!

As we approach the spring and summer months, more parents are rushing to get their children into swim lessons. Though the water can be a fun experience, it can also be dangerous if a child is unaware of safety and swim techniques. At Love Swimming, we initially enroll new students in 12 weeks of lessons. To some, that may seem like an extensive request. But, when you consider the time and patience needed for your child to not only learn, but retain what they learn, three months is almost not enough.

When we first learn to do anything, from walking to writing our names in cursive, we don’t get it perfectly on the first try. It takes practice and patience. As busy adults, we sometimes feel the need to rush through activities and tasks. But, when it comes to teaching our children efficiently, we simply can’t speed through their lessons. As a swim school that wants your child to learn new skills and retain them long after they leave Love Swimming, we can’t accept cutting their education short. We want them to be the very best that they can be. We want them to build a strong relationship with the water. And we feel that the best way to achieve such goals is by teaching them more than four lessons.

It’s what’s best for our children! And it doesn’t hurt to have some piece of mind whenever your family nears a body of water. So, we hope to see you this summer, and we hope that your children will swim with us long enough to remember their swim techniques well into their adult years.

Happy splashes to all!

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5 Reasons Why Love Swimming is the Best Swim School for Your Child

We know there are other places to have the kiddos learn how to swim. So why choose Love Swimming? Easy: Love Swimming offers things that other places don’t. Here are a few benefits you’ll get with us:

1. 90 degree pool water

When you first jump in the water, you don’t want to be shivering and forcing yourself to stay in, right? And cold water means kids aren’t comfy, either. Well, no worries about purple lips here! The pools at Love Swimming are always set to a warm 90 degrees!  This makes the transition to the water more welcomed for our little swimmers.

2. An island for little ones

In many places, kids have to either hold onto the edge or sit outside the pool on the edge when they’re waiting for their turn during swim lessons. Not at Love Swimming! There’s a nice island in our pools, IN THE WATER. This means kids can save their energy from hanging on or getting in and out repeatedly and use it on actually swimming — and it’s way more helpful when it comes to pushing off and swimming back, too. It’s the little things, right?

3. Building from the basics

It’s important that kids not only learn the swim strokes, but the building blocks that will sustain their skills. For instance, one of the key components of the specialized Love Swimming curriculum is teaching breath control. Little by little, swimmers learn how to hold their breath underwater, blow their bubbles and build up to being able to swim while their head is underwater. Then, your little guppy will learn to swim further distances in one breath. That is one of the reasons why repetition is so very important. Plus, swimmers learn what to do when they run OUT of breath while swimming: Roll over onto their backs, relax and catch their breath, then roll back over and continue swimming.

4. Safety, safety, safety

Safety is a HUGE focus at Love Swimming. Each week, lessons incorporate safety skills for kids in AND out of the water. Swimming is an important life skill and all kids should know how to stay safe, so they can have fun in the water. From teaching them to walk rather than run by the pool, to holding on to the ladder and taking one step at a time, Love Swimming covers those bases so your children know all they need to know about safety.

5. Our instructors!

Love Swimming prides itself in its instructors. Not only are they trained in swim technique, they are also trained to teach children proper swim technique. And when it comes to your little ones, they deserves someone who is patient, understanding, knowledgeable, and FUN! Love Swimming’s instructors have all those qualities and more. For a child to excel in swim lessons, they must feel comfortable with their instructor. And Love Swimming has the teachers that will make you and your child comfortable not just in lessons, but in any body of water.

Why You Should Enroll Your Baby in Swim Lessons!

Even though your baby can’t walk yet, he or she can certainly start learning swim skills! At Love Swimming, our trained instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach kids ages 6 months and older swim skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. You’ll find some additional benefits to jumping into lessons with your infant below.

1. It’s Natural

You may be surprised at how naturally babies take to water (after all, they were quite the little swimmers before you met them) — so it is only fitting that you immerse them in water to maintain familiarity. The sooner you introduce your baby to the water, the easier it is for them to enjoy the environment. Once they get a little bit older, toddlers may enter phases where fear (of many things) is more prevalent. So, by having swimming as a natural environment early on, they will not have any new feelings to become adjusted to when they start learning how to swim.

2. Bathtub fun

Maybe you’ve heard about the parents who struggle with bath time, or maybe you hate when your little one becomes agitated with water being poured over his or her head. Want an easy fix? Sign up your baby for swimming lessons! At Love Swimming, lessons teach babies that being in the water is fun — which translates to having a LOVE for all water, including in the tub.

3. Showers with Baby

Moms (and dads) may often find that taking a shower becomes nearly impossible when there’s a new baby — because when there’s a window of opportunity, say, when baby naps, you have to decide which is more important: Sleep or a shower? Usually sleep wins, right?! But when your baby is accustomed to the water, you can bring your little bundle of joy into the shower with you (provided you’re using proper safety precautions). Use shower time as time for both of you to get clean, then you can both nap at the same time. Two birds; one stone!

4. Enjoy the Beach

Just because your little one isn’t walking doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the water when you’re at the beach. Sure, you’ll have to make sure your baby is properly protected from the sun, but it’s definitely more fun to be splashing in the water than trying to stop all those tiny pieces of sand from continually making its way into your baby’s mouth. Because you’ve had your little guppy in swimming lessons and you’ve seen some extraordinary results, you won’t have to worry that he or she doesn’t know what to do in the water and you can enjoy the splashing and feel of the refreshing water.

5. Playing in the Pool

It can be a funny sensation for a baby to have their legs dangling in the pool with nothing to stand on, or just being wet in a pool — if they haven’t been introduced to it previously. When your baby is in swim lessons and looks forward to playing in the water, you get to enjoy the water, too! No more sitting on the sidelines looking longingly to the pool: You can bring your baby in the water with you! And babies who aren’t even one yet can learn how to go under water. Pretty fascinating, isn’t it?

Enroll your baby in our Love Swimming Parent-Tot classes today!!!

Swim Packages!!!

Wondering what to get your little one for the holidays?  For the first time ever Love Swimming will be offering new SWIM PACKAGES!!!  Give the most meaningful gift this holiday season or for any occasion!
You spoke and we listened!  Our new gift packages include enrollment fees, a series of group swim lessons and fun swim gear for your little swimmer at drastically reduced rates!! Below we’ve listed our main packages and their contents, so do take a look!  If you don’t see the swim package for you, we can create small specialty packages in-store,  upon request.
Take advantage of this great value while it’s offered…a life saving experience at a great deal. If you have any questions or inquiries, please call Love Swimming at (504) 891-4662or email us at
Package #1 – Parent-Tot Guppy Package
  • $150 for 4 lessons and includes:
  • Mommy and me tee
  • 2 swim diaper covers
  • 2 rubber ducks
Package #2 – LS Dolphin Package
  • $300 for 8 lessons and includes:
  • Tee shirt
  • Goggles
  • Dive toys
  • Swim cap
Package #3 – LS Ultimate Swimmer Package
  • $500 for 12 lessons and includes:
  • Tee shirt
  • Goggles
  • Swim suit
  • Swim cap
  • Kickboard
  • Fins
  • Dive toys
*Small specialty packages are available in-store, upon request.