Zoning-In at Swim-in Zone: Spring 2019

Written by Kevin Weikert

April 4, 2019

Wonderful Spring! Swim-in Zone is in the midst of a busy season. Sign-ups are on-going.

Spring is usually lively because parents want to give their children a head start on summer. Typically, children lose some of their swimming ability during the off months, but they gain maturity and coordination. The recommendation is that to regain those lost swimming skills, 1-2 lessons are usually required for every month off and out of the pool. Spring lessons end June 16. Summer lessons start June 17.

Our Theme: “For a Safer Summer”

We include safety skills practice into all levels. We designate a SAFETY Week during each session. The teachers focus an additional 5-10 minutes on the safety skills listed on the child’s level sheet, as well as the proper use of life- jackets, rescue equipment and techniques. Did you know that a person in trouble in the water rarely kicks, and cannot call out for help?

What Safety Skills Do We Teach at Swim-in Zone?

  • Find safety
  • Rollover to breathe
  • Fall of steps? Turn & go back
  • Fall off the noodle? Go to your back, float and call for help
  • Treading water
  • Use the bottom to push up to get a breath (safety jumps)
  • 4 ways to get to safety after jumping in.
  • Ask a grown-up to help get the toy –don’t get it yourself
  • Wait for the grown-up. Kids go in the pool last & out first.
  • Mom/Dad put your lifejacket on & take it off, so Mom/Dad KNOW it is off.
  • Rules for safe jumping & div- ing. What is the depth?
  • Information about rip currents
  • Jumping in without goggles
  • Learn how to help by throwing something that floats.
  • Victim recognition
  • Spinal injury prevention

Water Safety Challenge– an optional event

We know that MOST drowning incidents do NOT happen when a child is wearing a swimsuit and goggles. Children should be prepared to handle an unexpected situation, so Swim-in Zone is offering a time to float test your kids wearing their clothing.

Water Safety Challenge in CLOTHING– what the kids need to do

  1. Children will be asked to pretend to fall into the pool fully clothed, float on their back and call for help.
  2. Children will be asked to pretend to fall into the pool fully clothed and get back to the side of the pool unassisted.
  3. Children will be asked to tread water wearing their clothes.

Sign-up for our Water Safety Challenge: Kids come fully clothed and pretend fall into the pool and save themselves by floating on their back, calling for help and getting back to the side. $10 per 15 minute challenge. Call the front desk to schedule.

Spring Events

Easter Egg Hunt

for current spring swimmers is April 20 at 3:30pm. Adults MUST be in the water with their children ages 5 and under. Stay in the water and swim until 5pm. $7.50/child or $20 for the family. Limit 100 pre-registered children. Sign ups start March 20.

Fun Swim Meet

Friday, May 3 6:45-9:00pm. All ages 100 swimmers

What fun! Younger swimmers will swim across the pool and older swimmers will swim lengths. We have an event for all ages. Every swimmer gets a ribbon. No charge for swimmers in our spring session. Pre-registration required. Forms available at the Front Desk.

Records Broken at our Latest swim meets.

Congratulations to:

Liam Rummer (13) 50 IM 48.47

Michael Timm (10) 50 IM 48.75; 50yd. butterfly 56.47

Ryan Grieg (6) 30 ft. freestyle 10.16

Christopher Oliveira (14) 25 yd. free 16.56

Emily Korniyasov (12) 25 yd. butterfly 23.28

Reilly Jankowski (3) 30 ft. freestyle 31.72

Patrick Roberts (5) 30 ft. butterfly 11.87

Jason Deppner (7) 30 ft. freestyle 9.59

Karsten Immerzeel (10) 50 yd. freestyle 38.22

Valia Tsirakis (11) 50yd IM 42.18

Maja Romero (13) 25 yd. freestyle 17.84; 25yd. Breaststroke 27.31

Layla Nelson (5) 30 ft. freestyle 7.81; 30 ft. backstroke 9.97; 25 yd. backstroke 31.18

Brianna Carvalho (12) 100yd IM 1:02.25; 50 yd. breaststroke 43.03

FYI: Breath Control:

Swimmers should exhale underwater through their nose and mouth then inhale quickly- not hold their breath. Swimming is exercise. Rhythmic breathing is calming to the body and keeps the swimmer in control. Do not buy a face mask with the nose enclosed for the kids– they will never learn to keep water out of their nose, severely limiting their ability to swim.

Parent Portal

Check out our parent portal on our website! User name is the email address we have. Make your own password. Sign-up for make-ups and to make a payment! Sign up for classes online. Call if you have trouble accessing the parent portal.

Make Ups

Make-ups Must be completed by the end of the session!

Group: Group make-ups are offered throughout the session. All make-ups are 30 min. with a ratio of 4:1. Sign-ups on par- ent portal 10 days ahead. Our website and App have the full schedule.

Parent/Child: Make-up a par- ent/child class by coming to another class. Dippers classes are made-up by attending a parent/child class. No pre-sign- ups are necessary for either.

Swim Team, Gold and Purple: Swim team practices are made-up by coming to another practice. Gold & purple level swimmers may attend a pre- scheduled make-up day or come to a swim team practice.

About Lifejackets for Kids

US Coast Guard approves lifejackets, or PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices). Pennsylvania law requires children <12years and all non-swimmers to wear a USCG approved device when boating. The different types for children are:

  • Type II PFD is for anyone of any weight (infant to adult). It is designed to float the wearer on their back and may turn an unconscious person face-up.
  • The jacket-type or Type III PFD is designed to float the wearer. It may float the wearer face down or on their back. It will NOT turn an unconscious person face-up. Children must be over 30 lbs. and able to kick upright, or they will fall face forward.
  • Type V (Special-use device)– aka “puddle jumper” is for children 30-50lbs. The ones with the shoulder straps prevent the children from pulling the puddle jumper off their arms, sliding it down over their hips and taking it off themselves.
  • Devices without a USCG approval number carry the disclaimer “only to be used in water in which the wearer is within it’s depth”. When you purchase a flotation device for your child please check the manufacturer’s information.

When can my child tread water?

Treading water is complicated.

It requires:

  1. a supportive kick that pushes the water down.
  2. sculling hand motion to push the water down.

A child’s head weighs 6-10 lbs.- a lot of weight to push up. Putting the head back, allows the person to breathe and float.

Weak & non-swimmers of any AGE CANNOT tread water at all– no sup- porting kick.

Children who can swim and are fairly comfortable in the water:

  • Age 3 about 2-3 seconds
  • Age 4 about 4-7 seconds.
  • Age 5 about 10-12 seconds

Summer 2019

4 different programs available this summer

3-hour Week-long Morning Camp for 5 days Includes: lesson + fun swim + activity/craft

Accelerated Weeklong Classes (five 45 min. group lessons): Offered Mon-Fri 9a-3pm for the entire summer, or in the evening during selected weeks.

Classic Once-a-Week Classes (10 lessons) Offered: weekdays, evenings and Sat. mornings

Splash Lab: July 8-12 or July 15-19 from 1-4p. Swim-in Zone will host a PSU Lehigh Valley swim camp for kids. Sign up through PSU Lehigh Valley.

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