Most human swimming techniques are borrowed from animals, including the doggie paddle, the butterfly stroke, and the floating suit made out of jellyfish. Emulate animalian style with today’s Groupon: for $61, you get group swimming lessons twice a week for a month at British Swim School (a $157 value). Classes meet in Aventura, Doral, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, and Wellington.
A water-survival instructor for more than three decades, Rita Goldberg established the British Swim School following a career on Great Britain's national swim team. Children ages 3 months (with a parent) and up can get wet in the 30-minute swimming lessons. Beginners start with the basic technique for floating on their backs—a crucial survival technique that lets swimmers rest, breath, call for help, and spot life-preserver-shaped clouds. Taught year-round in indoor, heated pools, classes consist of small groups of students learning techniques from the basic to the more advanced freestyle and breaststroke. The deal includes classes ($122 value) and registration fee ($35 value).
Comcast Newsmakers featured an interview with British Swim School founder Rita Goldberg, and more than 650 Facebookers like the school. There aren't many reviews for the British Swim School at present, but parents praise it in online testimonials.
- I see such a huge difference in his confidence and progress. THANK YOU! – Michelle Lewis, testimonial
- Thanks to you and your wonderful teachers my daughter loves the water, and she is safe and comfortable. – Donna Johnston, testimonial
British Swim School
Swimming through an indoor heated pool, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming and safety skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one classes and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety skills. Swimboree (ages 3 months–2 years with parents), Young Minnows (ages 1–2 years with parents), and Minnow classes (ages 3 years and up) teach swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. 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. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.