Learning to swim, like aging gracefully or enjoying dried fruit, requires acceptance of pruney fingers. Outfit your little ones for aqua play with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get four weeks of group swim lessons at Marlin Swim School in Folsom (a $75 value).
Drawing on its alliance with the Sierra Marlins swimming organization, Marlin Swim School transforms land legs into water wings with group classes for all ages and ability levels. During 30-minute sessions in the heated indoor pool, skilled swim instructors start by introducing humans to their bodies’ main component—water. Learn-to-swim lessons for kids aged 3 and older focus on developing confidence by keeping class sizes small with 2–4 students per coach for each of seven progressive class levels. Individualized approaches to each child’s abilities begin with a mastering buoyancy and submersion before working up to powerful butterfly strokes and perfecting Poseidon’s secret handshake. Parent-tot classes for kids aged 6 months–3 years acquaint little ones with aquatic surroundings through engaging songs and games while keeping them close to the calming presence of their parents. Grown-ups seeking to better understand their pet sea monkeys or those who simply long to glide along watery surfaces like dolphins on a buttered runway can enroll in adult classes, which tailor lessons to student goals, be they safety minded or competition bent.
Boost Swim School (formerly Marlin Swim School)
Given that roughly two-thirds of the planet's surface is covered with water, Jeff and Kristy Pearson firmly believe that knowing how to swim is a necessary life skill. The Pearsons and their staff of handpicked instructors impart this essential talent in lessons for students of all ages, from adults to children. Boost Swim School's mission is to teach people how to safely stay afloat and swim with fundamental stroke mechanics, but they also help attendees develop the form and technique needed to compete on a team. Regular practice is the best way to become comfortable with swimming, so the school hosts year-round lessons in its indoor pool, which remains heated to a comfortable 89 degrees regardless of the season.