From Our Editors
Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute small-group lessons, containing upto four swimmers in most classes, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Tadpole (ages 3 months to 18 months, with parents, to get babies comfortable in the water), Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents), Minnow (ages 3 and up), and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1.5–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float, before moving on to basic swimming skills. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and 45-minute adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities.