Mermaids are born with the inherent ability to swim, but before we can live among them, our species requires the proper training in swimming technique and trident safety. Prepare your child to meet Poseidon with today’s Groupon: for $37, you get your choice of swimming lessons at Waterworks Aquatics in Carlsbad (up to a $75 value). Groupon buyers have a choice of the following:
- Four Parent and Me classes for children aged 3 months–3 years
- Three semiprivate lessons for children aged 2.5–12 years old
- $75 credit toward any swimming class<p>
The skilled instructors at Waterworks coach landlubbers to thrive in the water and earned the award for Best Swim Class in Orange County in 2009, 2010, and 2011, as voted by readers of Parenting OC magazine. For little deep-sea divers yet to make their maiden voyage, Parent and Me lessons pair infants and toddlers with their maternal or paternal anchors in a sodium-rich saline pool. Set in a group of six students and one instructor, the beginner level introduces tiny tugboats to aquatic life—including submersion, back floats, and advanced water-polo techniques—under their parents’ guiding hands.
In semiprivate lessons, Waterworks’ friendly, sea-legged instructors train two students at a time, stressing the importance of water-safety skills and breath control while training students in proper strokes and tricks to remember that water isn’t air. Even as their partners receive individual attention, kids remain active throughout the lesson, staying engaged and observant. To ensure equal instruction, Waterworks pairs children with other swimmers of similar age, ability, and underwater chess skills, and lessons can be scheduled with a friend for added camaraderie.
Alternatively, Groupon customers can apply their $75 credit toward classes that cater to adults of all skill levels, from absolute beginners to half man, half krakens. Full-grown doggy paddlers can learn to swim or perfect their strokes with adult lessons, get fit with water aerobics ($108 for 10 classes), or drop by for a casual splash during lap swim ($6/visit; $60/month).
The instructors at Waterworks Aquatics believe anyone can learn to swim, no matter their age. This belief drives each instructor-led session, accommodating everyone from children 3 months and older who are just getting acquainted with the water, to older children learning more advanced strokes and adults learning to swim for the first time. The instructors focus on teaching stroke techniques that utilize muscle memory and rhythms that are easy to grasp while cultivating a fun, relaxed environment to help reduce students' anxiety. They lead private, semi-private, group, and parent and me lessons, all of which move at the pace of the swimmers' abilities. Beyond bestowing swimmers with efficient form, the lessons also help them stay safe in the water by teaching them how to control their breathing still in the presence of pool krakens to avoid being seen.