I’m not one to watch sports on TV, except for once every four years when Olympic swimming is on the air. I’ve grown up with competitive swimming, and our family groups around the TV with the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday when the USA Swimmers step up to the blocks.
It’s only once every four years when swimming gets so much air time and attention, especially with the buzz around Michael Phelps FIFTH (and likely final) Olympics, it’s a great time to get kids excited about swimming as they dream about being in the Olympics themselves.
I’ve recently discovered a great little gem in Reno called Bridgewater Swim Academy. It is the perfect place to get my kids off to the right start in swimming, as they focus on one-on-one instruction to teach proper technique.
My son has been taking lessons at Bridgewater since May. He has had a lot of lessons at other local schools and even did summer swim team last summer. Despite all of that effort, his technique was a mess, and I’ve been thrilled to watch his rapid progress once we began weekly private lessons with owner Holly Sprague and her team at Bridgewater Swim Academy.
Bridgewater is a completely different environment than other swim schools in town. When we have his lessons, it’s just him and his instructor and perhaps one other private lesson in the pool. The facility is silent – no distractions. In comparison to past experiences with other schools, he’s getting at least four times the instruction during a half hour lesson, and he’s able to completely focus the whole time because he’s the only child in the pool.
There really aren’t levels at Bridgewater since it’s private or semi-private instruction. Your child simply learns what they personally need to learn when they need to learn it. I know at other facilities with group lessons, my children would seem to stall out at a certain level for weeks or even months, and it started to feel like a total waste of time and money as I waited for my children to ring the bell so that they could advance and learn new skills. But at Bridgewater, it’s all custom lesson plans, so progress is faster as the child doesn’t ever stall in their learning.
Other Reno moms are having similar experiences as well. At my son’s most recent lesson, I asked a mom named Shanna A., whose child was in the lesson after ours, what her experience has been like at Bridgewater. “The progress has been amazing,” she told me enthusiastically. “My child’s confidence has grown and the progress has been so unbelievable that it’s totally worth the cost and time.”
Sarah Herndon also wrote a post about Bridgewater for Reno Moms Blog, where she said, “Because the children are in the water for the entire 30 minutes, they are advancing and excelling at lightning speed. Within the course of just a few lessons, my daughters had mastered the safety techniques and technical skills necessary to self-rescue and swim with excellent technique.”
At Bridgewater, the lessons are $360 for 8 private lessons which is about $45 per lesson (1:1 ratio). For children who have mastered self-rescue techniques the cost is $220 for 8 semi-private lessons which ends up being $27.50 (Compare this to $23.00 per lesson at the other swim school, which included about 7 minutes of instruction per lesson).
As your kids watch the Olympics this summer, take advantage of the excitement around swimming, and get them started off right at Bridgewater Swim Academy. Living in an area that has so many natural bodies of water, it’s not just a sport. It’s a survival skill.