This post is part of a series to introduce you to the newly opened Goldfish Swim School in Mundelein. Follow our writer Rosemary as she shares her aquatic adventures with two little ones.
Confession: I don’t know how to swim to save my life. In all actuality, I can probably get from one side of a pool to the other via doggy paddle, but you won’t find me hanging out in the deep end or going down any water slides. I vowed that my children would learn water survival skills young so they don’t fear water as I do.
Goldfish Swim School, Mundelein
Goldfish Swim School officially opened earlier this summer. Each class is 30 minutes long. Every week the teachers go over some similar exercises with a couple of new skills to teach. Both my kids have class at the same time in two different lanes.
There are a couple of things that Goldfish Swim School requires; one is cloth swim diapers for children who are not potty trained. Don’t make the mistake we made by ordering one for one-day shipping online. Goldfish sells everything you might need at the school. Goggles are more recommend than required since they understand some children won’t wear them; however, it does help them see better underwater, giving them more confidence with their swimming.
There are snacks and coffee for purchase at the front desk and a waiting area for adults and siblings with plenty of stuff for everyone to do. Parents are asked to come in 5 minutes before the end of class to run through everything the kids learned and give a little progress report on how much their child has learned.
There are private and public showers to rinse off the chlorine, and they are equipped with Johnson and Johnson shampoo for everyone to use. There are plenty of clean changing rooms. Hair drying stations and a swimsuit dryer are available for use, and regular diapers in various sizes if you forget any in your car, as I have on a couple of occasions.
The room temperature inside the pool area is kept at 93 degrees and the water at 92 degrees.
Both of my children’s teachers are so sweet and patient with all their kids. Every teacher has a limit of 4-5 kids per class. This helps them let each child have a turn with an exercise. A lifeguard is always watching over the lanes to ensure the safety of the staff and students.
Gabriel, my 4-year old, is in the junior 1 class. While Rafael, my two-year-old, is in Mini 2 parent-tot class. Both my kids had not taken a swim class before going to Goldfish. We are a few weeks in, and I’ve noticed huge progress for both children. Gabriel is more confident with independence in the water and remembers survival moves from class. Rafael needs to work on his independence and confidence in the water, but he’s doing well with his paddling.
I love that they are both learning water safety and having fun while doing it.
by Rosemary Bridges
Rosemary is a mom who wears many hats. She is a working mom and has two little boys. Together with her husband, David, they set off to find adventures all over Lake County. Rosemary moved to Lake County from Chicago as a teenager and has been a resident for over 10+ years. Although the big city lights have a special place in her heart, the quiet suburbs won her over to raise her children.
Disclosure: Goldfish Swim School provided the with swim lessons in order to facilitate the reviews. No further compensation has been received and all thoughts and opinions are the writers own.