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 $57, you get group swimming lessons twice a week for one month (a $112 value), including an annual registration fee (up to a $35 value), at British Swim School (up to a total $147 value). This Groupon is valid at locations in Rockville, Germantown, and Gaithersburg.
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, breathe, 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 basics to the more advanced freestyle and breaststroke.