Humans have looked to animals to develop most of their swimming techniques, which include the doggy 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 one month, including registration, at British Swim School (a $157 value). Classes meet in Aventura, Doral, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, and Wellington, and this Groupon is good at all locations.
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 hone their gill skills during the school's 30-minute swimming lessons. Beginners start by learning how to float on their backs—a crucial technique that lets swimmers rest, breath, and spot life-preserver-shaped clouds. Classes, which are taught year-round in heated, indoor pools, consist of small groups of students learning techniques from the basic to the more advanced freestyle and breaststroke.
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.