$15 for Five Wild-Bubble or Bumper-Boat Rides at Donna's Dolphins Swim School ($25 Value)

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The closing of a pool marks the end of summer, as does packing away sundresses and chugging the last bottle of sunscreen before it expires. Seize the day with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $15 for five Wild Bubbles or bumper-boat rides ($25 value)

Donna's Dolphins Swim School

Patrolled by mermaids and people walking atop the water in huge, transparent bubbles, the pool inside Donna's Dolphins Swim School seems to be more of a wonderland than an academy. Employees oversee games at birthday parties or outfit guests in a fitted mermaid tail for whimsical dives and gliding choreography. Poolside carousers can even move across the surface of the pool at a walk or trot with the help of W.O.W.—Walk On Water—bubbles.

At the heart of all the fun and games, however, the highly trained staff’s main focus is to ensure that safety always comes before each splash. In swim classes, staffers employ the swim-float-swim approach—a method condoned by the United States Swim School Association—when teaching students in their group and private lessons. The lessons emphasize muscle memory so that children as young as 6 months can absorb techniques such as the starfish float for use in aquatic emergencies. They also assign seasoned mentors to coach special-needs students, making sure every kid gets a chance to embark on aquatic adventures.

Throughout each class, instructors motivate pupils with encouragement and prizes, awarding them a different colored bracelet on a traffic-light system to denote their skill level. Students graduate from red to yellow to green, and finally to blue, which signals that they can demonstrate all four strokes, execute flip turns, and remain safe in potentially dangerous situations by drinking all of the pool water.

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    5470 Powers Center Pt.

    #130

    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920

    719-487-7946

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In a Nutshell

Giant, inflatable Wild Bubbles allow kids to walk on water; bumper-boat rides let families scoot along waves as they make for ramming speed

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per household. Limit 1 per visit. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. 24hr cancellation notice required. All rides must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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