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We are scheduling a destination lesson in Colorado for May 6-10. We will be holding this Beginning/Next Step lesson at the Glenridge Hot Springs Resort, Lodge, Pool and Spa in Glenridge, Colorado. This is a resort located about an hour from Aspen, CO and a 2 hour drive from Denver. Here is the link for your reference..https://www.hotspringspool.com, The water in the large pool is 90 degrees and the smaller pool is 103 degrees. The accomodations are really nice and the daily rate is $179 which includes a full breakfast. The cost of the Beginning class is $1150 which includes 3 instructors as well as spotters. The class includes 24 hours of instruction, 16 hours in the pool and 8 hours of classroom time. This is a nice way to have a vacation in beautiful Colorado and begin your journey toward overcoming your fear of deep water. May is a perfect time to set your sights on enjoying a summer of swimming with family and friends.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, if I can provide further information for you or if you want to register. Registration is open until April 6, 2019. Please tell your friends and family..those that are still holding back from becoming the swimmers they have always dreamed of being. There is no time like now to jump in and get wet!
Each day I interact with people in all walks of life. However, when I meet people in the service industry we often end up talking about how much they are charging, whether it's worth that price, how much time it is taking, and guilt about whether the price is too high. The dishwasher repair man charges more than I do just to arrive at my house, never mind the repair time itself. My rate per lesson hour is less than his to drive to my house. So what is it that my students are paying for?
They are paying for my knowledge. This is information I have learned over more than 40+ years teaching swimming, being a swimmer, coaching kids, reading books about swimming, watching DVDs, listening to CDs, going to conferences, hiring other professionals to teach me their strategies and understanding first hand how fear paralyzes people. I too have had to overcome a terrible fear and it took me a long time so I know how hard it can be to take those first steps and keep moving forward.
Experience matters, believe me it does. Experience is knowledge in action. It's the difference between knowing that being in the water next to the student is much more important to the student than having the teacher walk along the deck with a pole outstretched in case the student needs to grab it. That tells me the teacher doesn't want to get in and get wet and therefore the teacher's needs trump the students. We never do that, believe me. More than that, quite often knowing when not to do something is just as important as knowing when to do it. All that experience is critical. It allows us to work with more precision, better final outcomes, the ability to adjust when necessary, and it can mean the difference between success and failure for the student.
Time is a currency we spend each and every day. If someone is calling us for our services and they have the knowledge and some experience but no time to implement – time becomes very important in the transaction. It drives me crazy when a student calls for lessons and tells me he/she needs to be able to swim fear free in 5 weeks for a cruise. They want us to be able to determine ahead of time how long it will take them in the water to be comfortable, confident, be able to float for 5 minutes in deep water securely and happily as well as be able to swim free style with correct breathing in 5 weeks. That is not going to happen. However, it is true that we are being hired because we have the time to do the work and that alone is valuable. (Not to mention the knowledge and experience that prompted them to call us in the first place.) It's also true that the cruise goer will have to devote at least 5 days a week for an hour or more for the entire 5 weeks to be able to do some of what they want to accomplish. We can't guarantee it all.
Value is our last element, but certainly not least. Being able to offer provenexperiences that are worth the price paid shows the value of what we do. We offer testimonials from our students who have overcome their fear, love the water and spend as much time as they can swimming. The smiles on their faces are testimony enough but each of them has had the experience of his/her life and learned how wonderful it is to be able to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the water.
Then there is the fact that we can save your life, as well as make it more enjoyable. We've taken the tests, done the water work and are willing to use it all; for the cost of half of what the dishwasher repairman charges. I'd say our lessons are really a bargain.
We put a lot of thought into our new name. We wanted to convey the fact that we give lessons to both children and adults, particularly fearful adults. When we teach, however, we teach both children and adults about buoyancy so that they know how the water holds them up; so that they understand how to be safe in the water. That is what separates us from other instructors. Before we teach strokes we teach safety and comfort. Strokes are just mechanics but safety and comfort are the true basics of swimming.
It's February 2017 as I write this and the weather is bleary in my study but at the pool it's warm and the water is 85 degrees. The hard part is just getting in the car to go, but once you're at the pool it's inviting.
It's time to start thinking about spring and summer. Before you know it, you'll be planning vacations, making preparations for kid's summer activities and the idea of water activities will occur to you. Let me say this to all the adults who are reading this who don't know how to swim or can only be in water where they can stand; learn to swim yourself before you teach your children. You never know when a child will need you to save them and if you can't swim and are afraid, you will not be able to help. You know how the pilot on a plane tells you to pull down your own oxygen mask first before assisting your family, it is because you cannot help if you are unconscious. The same goes for swimming.
My friend Susan and I specialize in fearful adults. We are patient, kind, never yell, push or demean. We are always in the water with our students so that we can be ever present to provide support, help and safety. There was an ad on TV many years ago that I always remember, The Life You Save May be Your Own and I usually add to that my saying, Or Someone You Love. Don't wait till the last minute to call and make an appointment to begin your lessons so that by the time summer is here you can be in the water with your family and friends enjoying yourself, free of fear.
Sallie and Sue have been teaching people of all ages to swim since 1973. Our goal is to promote water safety, comfort, enjoyment, and stroke techniques for all ages and all abilities. There is no one we believe cannot learn to swim and enjoy the benefits of being in the water.