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 $40, you get one group swimming lesson per week for one month (a $68 value) and an annual registration fee (up to a $35 value) at British Swim School (up to a $103 total value). This Groupon is valid at locations in Rockville, Germantown, and Gaithersburg. A new outdoor-only location is now open in Gaithersburg at Potomac Oaks, where summer classes will be available until August 16. After this date, Groupon customers are invited to transfer to any of the three indoor 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 age 3 months (with a parent) and older 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 the locations with heated indoor pools, consist of small groups of students learning techniques from the basics to more advanced swim strokes.