This article is a part of our reflection on swim lessons series, sponsored by Goldfish Swim School.

I do my best to avoid operating my life out of fear. That said, I will tell you that during my childhood, there were three drowning deaths of children that have made a huge impact on my understanding of the importance of learning how to swim. As I wrote that last sentence, the sadness and the shock from those times is boiling inside of me, springing up as tears in my eyes. I’m picturing the memorial plaque on a kindergarten gate at my elementary school, I’m hearing the song from the funeral of a preschooler and I’m remembering the words of neighbors who were shocked by drowning deaths two summers in a row.

That is not why we have our children in swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.

My husband and I have given our children the gift of swim lessons for the past seven years because we enjoy spending time in the water. We love boating at the lake, visiting the ocean, jumping into the pool and playing at water parks. We want our children to enjoy doing the same things and we want to do these things as a family. This is why we are investing time into making sure that they develop the important skill of swimming and a respect and understanding of water safety.

We want our children to have fun, refreshing and joyful memories of the water, THAT is why we have our children in swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.

The outdoor pools may be closing, but Goldfish swim school is open year round for lessons and fun. My children are looking forward to progressing to the next level of swimming, earning ribbons and playing as a family during open swim nights. I’m thrilled with the amount of fun that they were able to have this summer when we swam in the ocean all day for a week and I’m looking forward to the fun they’ll have NEXT summer after having another year of swimming lessons on the books.

Come swim with us! Goldfish Swim School offers lessons at their gorgeous pools in Fishers and Carmel.

The Mann family has been enrolled in swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School since January 2017. Quinn has been swimming in the Mini Class with her dad since she was about six months old. James recently left the Mini Class and joined the Junior 1 Class. Six year old Scout decided after one year that she wasn't ready to continue with swimming. Lulu began in the Glider 1 Class and in the past 18 months worked her way through Glider 1, 2, & 3 and then through Pro 1 & 2. In July 2018, she made it to the Swim Force Swim Team, a goal she's had ever since her first lesson.