Winter is often associated with snuggling up indoors, snow sports and sipping hot cocoa. Water activities are the last thing on your mind! However, swimming during the winter season can be an incredibly rewarding and invigorating experience, not to mention important. Indoor swimming pools provide a controlled environment that allows you to enjoy the benefits of swimming all year round, regardless of the weather outside. It also prepares you...more
Sean Arroyo, Hudson Valley Swim National Aquatics Director
Upon first hearing about the ISR program many years ago, I must admit that I was intrigued. After all, watching the videos of infants being thrown into the water completely clothed, and then watching them roll onto their back to float and then cry, I thought to myself that this was remarkable. I even investigated getting certified immediately! After researching the subject, I discovered there was not much of a market for ISR...more
The skill of swimming comes with numerous advantages and is of great value for children of all abilities. However, its advantages become even more pronounced for children with special needs. Learning to swim not only enhances physical fitness but also plays a pivotal role in boosting self-confidence and imparting a life-saving skill. In this blog, we will explore the myriad benefits that swimming lessons provide for children with special...more
For experienced swimmers, the thrill of diving into the water and gliding effortlessly through its depths can sometimes start to wane. As you become more proficient in the sport, it's natural to seek new challenges and push your limits. This is where overcoming advanced swim challenges comes into play. In this blog, we will explore tips and advice for experienced swimmers looking to redefine their skills and dive deeper into the world of...more
Swimming isn't just a source of fun and enjoyment for kids; it also offers a host of physical and mental health benefits. However, some children may face anxiety or apprehension when it comes to swimming lessons. As parents, it's crucial to understand and address these concerns to help your child overcome their swimming anxiety. In this blog post, we will delve into effective strategies to provide support and empower your child in conquering...more
When it comes to nurturing a child's physical and cognitive development, parents are always on the lookout for activities that offer a holistic approach. One such activity that has gained significant attention in recent years is infant swimming lessons. Far from being a mere recreational activity, these lessons can be a game-changer for your child's growth and well-being. We will help you debunk common misconceptions, and provide insights...more
Swimming is an invaluable skill that offers a multitude of benefits. Whether you're a parent seeking lessons for your child or an adult eager to acquire this essential skill, finding the right swimming lesson program is a pivotal decision. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting swimming lessons to ensure a safe, effective, and enjoyable learning experience.
1. Experienced Instructors: The expertise...more
For some individuals, water can also be a source of fear and anxiety. This fear, known as aquaphobia, can restrict people from fully enjoying water-related activities and experiences. We will delve into the concept of water confidence and explore effective strategies to overcome the fear of water.
Understanding Aquaphobia: Aquaphobia is a common fear that affects many individuals, young and old alike. It...
For many individuals on the autism spectrum, water-related activities can be a source of anxiety and stress. The sensory experiences and unpredictable nature of water can be overwhelming, leading to a fear of swimming pools, beaches, or even taking a bath. However, it is essential to recognize that water is not only a vital element for our well-being but also offers numerous benefits for physical and emotional health. We are sharing...more
In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, finding moments of peace and tranquility can be challenging. However, there is a serene oasis that offers respite from the chaos—a place where you can immerse yourself in calmness and embrace a sense of mindfulness: the water. Swimming, with its rhythmic strokes and weightless buoyancy, has the power to unlock a unique form of meditation....more
Many swimmers who have honed their skills in the pool eventually feel the pull of open-water swimming, seeking to explore new challenges and environments. Venturing into the vast expanse of lakes, rivers, or oceans can be an exhilarating experience, but it also requires careful preparation and consideration.
Here are valuable insights and guidance for swimmers looking to transition and thrive in open-water...more
Swimming is a wonderful activity that many enjoy, especially in the warmer months. Whether you're taking a dip in the pool, swimming in the ocean, or enjoying a serene lake, it's essential to prioritize safety while in the water. By following a few important tips, you can ensure that your swimming experience remains safe and enjoyable.
Learn to Swim: The foundation of staying safe in the water starts with...
Swimming is not only a fun and refreshing activity but also an excellent way to stay fit and healthy. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swimmer, mastering essential swimming techniques is crucial to improve your efficiency, speed, and overall performance in the water. By incorporating techniques into your swimming routine, you can enhance your skills and enjoy the water to the fullest during the summer months in Middletown,...more
Swimming pools are a great way to cool off and have fun during the summer months, but it's important to remember that they can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. Water safety in pools is an essential aspect of pool ownership and operation, and it's critical to ensure that everyone who owns a pool is aware of the potential hazards and how to avoid them.
Here are some essential tips for...more
Swimmies, also known as arm floaties, are a popular choice for parents who want to ensure their children's safety in the water. These inflatable bands are worn around a child's arms, providing buoyancy and helping them stay afloat. However, while they may seem like a good idea, there are several reasons why using floaties isn't a good idea.
Floaties can create a false sense of security. Parents may assume...
Protecting your children against drowning is not difficult. Your primary responsibility to keep them safe is simply to supervise them; whether in the pool or the bathtub. You only have to remember one thing: ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR CHILD AROUND IN AND AROUND WATER!. Put your phone down. Put your book down. Face the water instead of the sun or your friends. Give him 100% of your attention.more
The terms “dry drowning” and “secondary drowning” (also called submersion injuries) are often used interchangeably — even by some experts — but they’re actually different conditions, says Mark R. Zonfrillo, M.D., MSCE, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In dry drowning, someone takes in a small amount of water through his or her nose and/or mouth, and it causes a spasm...more
Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision. We know it’s hard to get everything done without a little multitasking, but this is the time to avoid distractions of any kind. If children are near water, then they should be the only thing on your mind. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
When there are several adults present and children...more
Who doesn’t want to look incredibly intriguing and become the center of attraction with a great figure while on the beach?Flaunt your fit frames and great beach body which you have worked hard to get!What is so bad about desiring to look great? And besides looking great, how about feeling great too? Swimming is a great way to work your body and mind and the results give you a sense of self-confidence. What if you are not an accomplished...more
Swimming for children with special needs is beneficial not only for their physical health, but also to improve their behavioral and mental health. It helps them to obtain good stamina, muscle strength, better behavioral conditioning, body flexibility, better self control and coordination, etc. Moreover, spending time in the water keeps the children relaxed and calm, hence they are motivated to spend more time in the water, which further...more
Drowning is one of the major causes of death among all ages people especially kids and teens. Not to speak of swimming pools, infants or toddlers may drown even in bathtubs or buckets. Approx 1,500 kids and teens die every year in US due to drowning. Most of those departed soul were either having fun of swimming, boating or just playing in or around the water.
However, we all can prevent or diminish the risk of drowning if we be a bit...more
Sure it’s cold! And yes it is a pain to get everyone bundled up to go outside. But it is warm in the gym and especially in the pool area. And the water is at least 85 degrees at Gold’s Gym in Newburgh. Here are some great reasons to keep swimming over the winter at Hudson Valley Swimmore
Nothing can be more energizing and refreshing in hot summers than swimming in a cool pool while enjoying the warmth of the sun and luckily when you live in Dutchess County (the place full of lakes and river beaches) you don’t have to go all the way to the ocean for this heavenly experience. Swimming is an exercise, a meditation and a sport that can benefit you in all the possible ways and make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated at the same...more
There is no better way to beat the heat of the summer than by spending it in the water. Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by all ages at any time of the year; but of course summer is the best. But please…..keep safety in mind!more
In our life, we often encounter moments when we think, “I wish, I would have learned this or done that”! Normally, it is never too late to learn new things, especially a skill that can be both enjoyable and lifesaving. One such skill that fits these criteria and is good for any age or gender, is “swimming”.
Swimming offers many advantages to our bodies. It not only is an incredible way to stay healthy and fit, but is also a must-have...more
Your baby may not be able to walk but he or she can certainly start to learn swimming skills. At Hudson Valley Swim, our trained instructors use various techniques that we have honed over time to teach kids as young as4- to 5-months and older, swim skills that will stay with them for life. You’ll find some additional benefits to jumping into lessons now, like these Reasons to Start your Baby Swimming Before the Age of 1.more
Swimming is an important sport and should be enjoyed by everybody as it has several health benefits. Swimming increases the metabolism and helps energize your body and mind. Doctors suggest swimming to patients after surgery because the density of water takes pressure off of their bones and joints which helps them recover without additional pain. It really is the only exercise like it. Additionally, swimming is the only exercise that has an...more
There are numerous benefits that adults can realize when they are swimmers. Often, doctors have begun advising their adult patients to begin swimming as a safe and enjoyable way to realize the health benefits of routine aerobic physical activity. According to the CDC, just a few hours a week of an aerobic...more
When your baby is 5-6 months old, you can join a parent-child swimming class such as the Pollywog class taught by Hudson Valley Swim. You'll be in the water with your baby during these classes, which are opportunities for them to be around other babies and become comfortable in the water – not learn true swimming skills. Your child probably won't be developmentally ready for formal swim...more
Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
- 4,000 Every Year: An average of about 4,000 people die from drowning every year. That is more than 10 people every day.
- 20% Are 14 and Under: One in five people who die from drowning are...
When you are looking for swimming lessons, there are many factors to consider to help you choose the right program. Here, we have assembled some of the important factors to help you determine what is best for your children and for yourself.
- Instructor Experience - While certifications such as a current WSI certificate is nice, NOTHING replaces an instructor’s experience relevant to the needs of your child, or your own needs if you...
Swimming is the most loved but demanding summer activity by all age groups. Just like many other activities, swimming also has a downside. It is called drowning! Every year in the US, 4,000 people die because of they do not know water safety or how to swim at all. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death worldwide, and it is 5th overall in the US. This is scary!
Swimming is an exciting and fun activity for you and your little stars, but in a flash it can turn lethal if you don’t educate and supervise them whenever they are in or around the water.
As a parent there are many protection and precaution plans you can take to make water game a fun and safe activity for you and your family. Though we can’t avoid the essence of protection and precaution, the most important thing that really makes a...more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 37% of adults cannot swim the length of a recreational pool. Adults—including those who are able to swim—make up more than 70% of drowning deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC.
Adults may have skipped the whole swim thing as they were growing up for many reasons. Maybe there was no access to a pool locally. Maybe it wasn’t an activity their parents...more
Is bath-time a battle with your little one? Do they panic if you try to bring them to the pool? Have you wondered how to help your child overcome fear of water? A fear of the water is quite common with young children. Most kids will outgrow this fear on their own. However, it can be a difficult stage for parents to wait out. If your child has developed a fear of water, there are things you can do to help them overcome it. Here are a few tips...more
Dry drowning is a rare form of drowning which occurs after a someone breathes in water, usually during a struggle such as a near-drowning. This water causes the muscles in the airway to spasm. This person, often a child, who just had a close call in the water can seem otherwise normal as they walk around. This is however very rare and only results in no more than 2% of drowning cases annually.more
Swimming is one of the most popular and healthy activities in the world. It is an excellent activity for recreation, fitness and also for safety. Swimming is a low impact sport which means while performing this physical activity, the body’s joints don’t experience any impact due to the water so the strain on the joints is minimized. It actually serves as a full body workout since almost every major muscle group is are utilized when...more
Water is one of the important elements needed for the existence of life on our planet. With more than 75% of the Earth being covered by water, it not only is home to aquatic life but also provides a sufficient supply of fresh water for sustaining life on land. Apart from being a significant contributor to sustain life, water is a source of fun for animals and human beings alike. Swimming pools, water parks and even still water lakes are great...more
Swimming is a brilliant exercise and is one of the most popular sports worldwide. It is a perfect activity for fitness, therapy, safety and leisure which in turn empowers your body and increases stamina. Overall, swimming is an excellent workout which makes you whole and healthy.more