Studies show that kids who swim are happier and less likely to pick fights with wall-mounted swordfish. Teach a child aquatic sparring skills with today's Groupon: for $47, you get an eight-week children's swimming-lesson program at Twigs Kids in West Carrollton (a $95 value).
Twigs Kids, a sports-training center for children, focuses on teaching athletic prowess and safety savviness in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Inside the facility, The Dolphin Cove Swim School imparts survival splashing skills and basic strokes to kids aged three and older at five different experience levels, from students who've never seen water before to seasoned sidestrokers. During the program, students glide between stations, where specially trained instructors teach specific swimming techniques. Kids can advance independently to the next station as they master each skill and prepare to leave the pool's near-tropical 88-degree waters and start a new life in the ocean. The 45-minute class sessions feature a five-to-one student-teacher ratio and are scheduled once a week.
Classes begin on February 28, 2011. Students must register before the first lesson.
Founded in 1972 as a gymnastics club, TWIGS Kids now resides in a sprawling 20,000-square-foot facility staffed by enthused staffers. The gym’s name, which stands for True Winners in God’s Service, reflects its mission of providing gymnastics, swimming, and cheer activities and instruction for kids ages 3–18 in a Christian environment. Cheer and gymnastics lessons simultaneously bolster students’ flexibility, coordination, confidence, and ability to best invisible friends in monkey-bar competitions. Amid the heated waters of Dolphin Cove, teachers and pupils soak their feet while lifting floating barbells and riding noodle floats during swimming lessons. An in-house café welcomes visitors to recharge their empty fuel tanks with refreshing snacks, while a gift shop displays colorful gym attire from designers including GK Elite Sportswear and Melody Leotards.