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 $99, you get a four-class swim-lesson package for a parent and child from Northshore Swim (a $200 total value) in Mandeville. Lessons run Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. The package includes the following:
- Four parent-and-child swim lessons (a $150 value)
- Children's T-shirt (a $15 value)
- Waived annual registration fee (a $35 value)
Northshore Swim's parent-and-child class helps nervous paddlers of any age get accustomed to the water with a trusted adult nearby. During each lesson, youngsters splash around Northshore's heated, 32,000-gallon in-ground pool with four to five other students, practicing basic swimming techniques and highly advanced whale noises under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Parental participation during each class helps allay young backstrokers' fears while letting adults monitor and encourage their swimming spawn's progress. The class is designed to prepare paddlers for more advanced instruction, leaving them less frightened of the water than they are of the rising costs of crayons.
Northshore maintains 88-degree water temperatures during cold months to enable year-round instruction, covering its pool with an air-filled dome structure that shields swimmers from cold winter winds and pesky seagull paparazzi. Check the online schedule for more details.