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A parent will ensure to childproof the house and teach their kids not to talk to strangers, yet one of the most important things a parent can do it teach their kids how to swim. Besides the obvious importance of safety, swimming lessons can be rewarding and fun. Do the research, visit the facility and chose a program that cultivates the enjoyment of the water while teaching them the skills. Summer is around the corner and even children who have already taken some swim lessons could use a refresher course.
SafeSplash Swim School
7600 E. Academy Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
SafeSplash Swim School is one of the most talked about places in the Denver area to take the kids to learn to swim. With a well-defined step-by-step program, the kids will not only learn to swim, but have a blast doing it. Most of the instructors actually have a background in children’s education as well as swim instruction. The school has a flexibility that works for busy families. With no long-term commitment, the kids can swim for a month, three months, a year or even longer.
Douglas H. Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
Highly recommended by parents in the south suburban area, the Douglas H. Buck Recreation Center offers year-round swim lessons for kids. With two indoor pools and flexible lesson times, it is an ideal place for both the parents and the kids. The small class sizes offer each swimmer personal attention. The facilities offer amazing indoor pools including a great baby pool that starts at zero depth, a lazy river and plenty of swim toys and accessories. Just five minutes from the Littleton light rail station, the center is easy to get to.
Coors Fitness Center
Daniel L. Ritchie Center
2201 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
The Ritchie Center is a huge gym and a great facility for centrally located families north and south of the Denver area. With an ideal instructor-to-student ratio of one to four, the center offers a learn-to-swim program for ages three and up for every level of swimmer. It has a progressive program that allows participants to “gain confidence and improve their ability in the water, progressing to fine tune all four competitive strokes.” The lessons are in a class or private and are well taught and fairly priced. Visitors will be impressed with the huge Olympic-size indoor pool and the amazing fitness center to entice the parents while the kids are having fun swimming.
5640 E. County Line Place, Suite B100
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
SwimLabs swim school is made up of an amazing staff and state-of-the-art facility. With a guarantee of no more than four students per class, the competent, helpful and friendly instructors provide the help kids need. SwimLabs keeps its water temperature between 90-92 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates an inviting environment kids cannot wait to jump into. Between the water temperature and the amazing stuff, a child may enjoy five minutes of instruction with SwimLabs more than 30 minutes anywhere else. For those kids looking to improving their skills, SwimLabs offers a diagnostic with Dartfish Video Analysis that shows swimmers video providing them with immediate feedback to help them become better swimmers.
Aqua Kickz Swim School
Cherry Creek High School
9300 E. Union Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Rarely found at any other group swim school, Aqua Kickz Swim School boasts a small class ratio of two to three swimmers per instructor. The small class size makes all the difference in the world when it comes to making a child feel comfortable in the water. The programs are tailored to swimmers ages two to 14 and the staff is very accommodating to the parents’ schedules and needs. The school’s program of certified and enthusiastic instructors focuses on fun as well as technique for kids of all ages.
Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.