The Aqua Life - Feed http://theaqualife.ca Welcome to the Water Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:12:26 +0000 en-US Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons http://theaqualife.ca/blog/winter-break-intensive-swim-lessons/ Sat, 25 Nov 2017 21:36:35 +0000 http://theaqualife.ca/?p=4414 Looking for something active to do with your kids after New Years? Maybe burn off some of that holiday energy?

Let’s get your kids learning in the pool!

Whether you’re looking to have some fun or learn new skills, the Aqua Life Swim Academy’s winter break intensive swim lessons are just what Santa ordered.

Why Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons?

Since summer ended, we’ve had lots of families asking about how we can help prepare them for winter vacation. As fall wears on, kids get busy with school and other activities, and some fall out of practice with their swim skills.

Whether you’re planning to escape the snow this winter or not, there’s lots of reasons intensive swim lessons are ideal for so many families.

For starters, daily lessons make it easier to pick up where you leave off. Rather than trying to remember what they learned a week ago, material and techniques stay fresh in your child’s mind (and muscles!).

The frequency of our intensive swim lessons also helps to build a stronger relationship between the instructor and your child. Seeing each other everyday for a week helps them to connect and establish trust, which ultimately makes for better learning.

It’s also a great way to get the family out of the house during winter break. Imagine it: get up and get everyone moving, hit the pool for your lesson, and then you have the rest of the day to do as you please.

Plus, it’s a great way to burn off some of your kid’s cabin fever!

Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons look like this:

  • January 2 to 5, 2018
  • Daily 30 minutes lesson, from Tuesday to Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Daytime lessons at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata
  • For kids & adults!

Interested in our Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons? Current students can log into their portal to register. Are you new to the Aqua Life? Contact us to get started!

The following article Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons was originally published to: The Aqua Life

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Looking for something active to do with your kids after New Years? Maybe burn off some of that holiday energy?

Let’s get your kids learning in the pool!

Whether you’re looking to have some fun or learn new skills, the Aqua Life Swim Academy’s winter break intensive swim lessons are just what Santa ordered.

Why Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons?

Since summer ended, we’ve had lots of families asking about how we can help prepare them for winter vacation. As fall wears on, kids get busy with school and other activities, and some fall out of practice with their swim skills.

Whether you’re planning to escape the snow this winter or not, there’s lots of reasons intensive swim lessons are ideal for so many families.

For starters, daily lessons make it easier to pick up where you leave off. Rather than trying to remember what they learned a week ago, material and techniques stay fresh in your child’s mind (and muscles!).

The frequency of our intensive swim lessons also helps to build a stronger relationship between the instructor and your child. Seeing each other everyday for a week helps them to connect and establish trust, which ultimately makes for better learning.

It’s also a great way to get the family out of the house during winter break. Imagine it: get up and get everyone moving, hit the pool for your lesson, and then you have the rest of the day to do as you please.

Plus, it’s a great way to burn off some of your kid’s cabin fever!

Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons look like this:

  • January 2 to 5, 2018
  • Daily 30 minutes lesson, from Tuesday to Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Daytime lessons at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata
  • For kids & adults!

Interested in our Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons? Current students can log into their portal to register. Are you new to the Aqua Life? Contact us to get started!

The following article Winter Break Intensive Swim Lessons was originally published to: The Aqua Life

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How to put on a swim cap http://theaqualife.ca/blog/how-to-put-on-a-swim-cap/ Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:20:13 +0000 http://theaqualife.ca/?p=4411 Does your kid wear a swim cap during lessons? There are so many great reasons to wear one, from protecting your luscious locks to staying aerodynamic when you're in the water. Whatever the reason, swim caps can be troublesome - especially when you're trying to get one on a kid.

Check out the video for two straightforward ways to get that swim cap on!

https://youtu.be/sSrLb9z93OM

Solo method:

Pull your hair back into a bun, ensuring it's all secured behind your head. Remember that you should be able to split the strap on your goggles to go on either side of your bun or ponytail, even when you have a swim cap on. Place your hair accordingly. Once your hair is secured, bow your torso forward with your swim cap in both hands. Align the front peak of the cap with your forward, then pull back from there to fit the rest of your head inside. Stand up and adjust!

With a friend:

Once your hair is secured, have a friend stand in front of you holding the back section of the swim cap. Grab the front portion with both hands and bow to align your head with the peak of the cap. Once you're in position, have your buddy pull the back of the cap over the rest of your head. Stand up and adjust.

This method works well for parents helping a child put on their swim cap, as it leaves the trickier part of stretching the cap over the head to the helper, rather than the wearer.

Does your child wear a swim cap to swim lessons? Share your tips and stories in the comments! And, we'd love for you to join us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy swimming!

The following article How to put on a swim cap is republished from: The Aqua Life Blog

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Does your kid wear a swim cap during lessons? There are so many great reasons to wear one, from protecting your luscious locks to staying aerodynamic when you're in the water. Whatever the reason, swim caps can be troublesome - especially when you're trying to get one on a kid.

Check out the video for two straightforward ways to get that swim cap on!

https://youtu.be/sSrLb9z93OM

Solo method:

Pull your hair back into a bun, ensuring it's all secured behind your head. Remember that you should be able to split the strap on your goggles to go on either side of your bun or ponytail, even when you have a swim cap on. Place your hair accordingly. Once your hair is secured, bow your torso forward with your swim cap in both hands. Align the front peak of the cap with your forward, then pull back from there to fit the rest of your head inside. Stand up and adjust!

With a friend:

Once your hair is secured, have a friend stand in front of you holding the back section of the swim cap. Grab the front portion with both hands and bow to align your head with the peak of the cap. Once you're in position, have your buddy pull the back of the cap over the rest of your head. Stand up and adjust.

This method works well for parents helping a child put on their swim cap, as it leaves the trickier part of stretching the cap over the head to the helper, rather than the wearer.

Does your child wear a swim cap to swim lessons? Share your tips and stories in the comments! And, we'd love for you to join us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy swimming!

The following article How to put on a swim cap is republished from: The Aqua Life Blog

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Three Swim Friendly Hair-Do’s http://theaqualife.ca/blog/three-swim-friendly-hair-dos/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:16:05 +0000 http://theaqualife.ca/?p=4408 Most parents will admit that maintaining a kid's long hair can be a struggle (even when it's not soaked with pool water). It can be a distraction for kids, especially those who are still learning.

As a swim parent, it makes a lot of sense to master at least a couple hair styles you can bust out when it comes time to hit the pool.

In this video, we take you through three hair-do's that keep long locks out of the eyes and looking great!

https://youtu.be/eeBzNu6fZFo

Ponytail & Barrettes

This style is simple and easy to pull off for any parent, no matter their skill level with long hair. Brush back the front section and tie it off - either with a sturdy barrette or an elastic. Then, brush the remaining hair back into a sleek ponytail. Quick and easy!

Multi-Pony

This style might look complex, but it's actually pretty straightforward to pull off! Part the hair horizontally on the back of your head. Split the top most section into two ponytails and tie off with elastics. Then, combine these two ponytails with the remaining hair into one larger ponytail. Approximately two inches down the ponytail, add another elastic to create a small section. Continue creating these sections until you reach the end of the ponytail.

Crown Braid

Brush the hair onto one side of the head. At the top of the head, start a dutch braid (or inside out french braid). Pull hair from all the way around the head so that the braid falls off to the side. This one takes a lot of practice, but once you nail it it'll become your go-to, for swim lessons and everything else!

What's your go-to swim hair-do? Let us know in the comments. We'd also love for you to join us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy swimming!

 

The following blog post Three Swim Friendly Hair-Do’s was originally seen on: The Aqua Life

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Most parents will admit that maintaining a kid's long hair can be a struggle (even when it's not soaked with pool water). It can be a distraction for kids, especially those who are still learning.

As a swim parent, it makes a lot of sense to master at least a couple hair styles you can bust out when it comes time to hit the pool.

In this video, we take you through three hair-do's that keep long locks out of the eyes and looking great!

https://youtu.be/eeBzNu6fZFo

Ponytail & Barrettes

This style is simple and easy to pull off for any parent, no matter their skill level with long hair. Brush back the front section and tie it off - either with a sturdy barrette or an elastic. Then, brush the remaining hair back into a sleek ponytail. Quick and easy!

Multi-Pony

This style might look complex, but it's actually pretty straightforward to pull off! Part the hair horizontally on the back of your head. Split the top most section into two ponytails and tie off with elastics. Then, combine these two ponytails with the remaining hair into one larger ponytail. Approximately two inches down the ponytail, add another elastic to create a small section. Continue creating these sections until you reach the end of the ponytail.

Crown Braid

Brush the hair onto one side of the head. At the top of the head, start a dutch braid (or inside out french braid). Pull hair from all the way around the head so that the braid falls off to the side. This one takes a lot of practice, but once you nail it it'll become your go-to, for swim lessons and everything else!

What's your go-to swim hair-do? Let us know in the comments. We'd also love for you to join us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy swimming!

 

The following blog post Three Swim Friendly Hair-Do’s was originally seen on: The Aqua Life

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How to put on goggles http://theaqualife.ca/blog/how-to-put-on-goggles/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 01:19:12 +0000 http://theaqualife.ca/?p=4405 Have you ever got your kid's hair caught in the band of their goggles? It HURTS. This week's video takes you through how to put on your child's goggles - without pulling out any of their hair.

A few quick tips on goggles before you watch:

  • Size them to your child's head before you head to your lesson. Goggles can be tricky to adjust and nobody wants them to leak or come off mid-lesson.
  • You know how the band on most goggles splits into two parts on the back of your head? This is actually meant to secure them better - make sure you separate the band slightly once you get them on. (check out the video for a demonstration)
  • For kids with ponytails, the band should split on either side of their hair. This will keep their goggles stable and their hair out of their way!

https://youtu.be/H73UtR0IFFA

Any other tips on how to put on goggles? Leave them in the comments!

 

 

 

The article How to put on goggles was originally published to: TheAquaLife

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Have you ever got your kid's hair caught in the band of their goggles? It HURTS. This week's video takes you through how to put on your child's goggles - without pulling out any of their hair.

A few quick tips on goggles before you watch:

  • Size them to your child's head before you head to your lesson. Goggles can be tricky to adjust and nobody wants them to leak or come off mid-lesson.
  • You know how the band on most goggles splits into two parts on the back of your head? This is actually meant to secure them better - make sure you separate the band slightly once you get them on. (check out the video for a demonstration)
  • For kids with ponytails, the band should split on either side of their hair. This will keep their goggles stable and their hair out of their way!

https://youtu.be/H73UtR0IFFA

Any other tips on how to put on goggles? Leave them in the comments!

 

 

 

The article How to put on goggles was originally published to: TheAquaLife

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Pack the Perfect Swim Bag http://theaqualife.ca/blog/pack-the-perfect-swim-bag/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:48:36 +0000 http://theaqualife.ca/?p=4372 How would you rate your swim bag packing skills from 1 to 10? If you didn't answer 10/10, then this blog is for you!

Check out the video for our step-by-step guide on how to do it.

https://youtu.be/yNeknghfFIc

Here's a few tips, learned from packing many a swim bag.

*First in, last out. Pack your bag in the order of what you'll need first. One of the last things you'll need after your lesson is a change of clothes, so these should go at the bottom. Items you'll need as soon as you get there - like your bathing suit or a game for a younger sibling - should go into the bag last.

*If you're bringing little ones to evening lessons, bring PJ's or a cozy bathrobe to change into after your class. Once they get out of the pool, shower and get dressed they'll be well on their way to being ready for bed.

*Bring hair conditioner - put it in your swim cap! Some people find it much easier to put a swim cap on and take it off if you apply a small amount of conditioner to your hair first. This way, you'll also have silky smooth locks once you shower after your swim.

*Buy a swim bag with a waterproof compartment. The one used in our video has one and it makes packing it up before and after a lesson so much easier.

*Bring a plastic bag for wet clothes and towels. If you don't have a specialized swim bag, always remember to pack a bag to put your soggy swim suit in at the end of your lesson.

We'd love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments what pointers you have for packing the perfect swim bag.

The post Pack the Perfect Swim Bag was first published on: The Aqua Life

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How would you rate your swim bag packing skills from 1 to 10? If you didn't answer 10/10, then this blog is for you!

Check out the video for our step-by-step guide on how to do it.

https://youtu.be/yNeknghfFIc

Here's a few tips, learned from packing many a swim bag.

*First in, last out. Pack your bag in the order of what you'll need first. One of the last things you'll need after your lesson is a change of clothes, so these should go at the bottom. Items you'll need as soon as you get there - like your bathing suit or a game for a younger sibling - should go into the bag last.

*If you're bringing little ones to evening lessons, bring PJ's or a cozy bathrobe to change into after your class. Once they get out of the pool, shower and get dressed they'll be well on their way to being ready for bed.

*Bring hair conditioner - put it in your swim cap! Some people find it much easier to put a swim cap on and take it off if you apply a small amount of conditioner to your hair first. This way, you'll also have silky smooth locks once you shower after your swim.

*Buy a swim bag with a waterproof compartment. The one used in our video has one and it makes packing it up before and after a lesson so much easier.

*Bring a plastic bag for wet clothes and towels. If you don't have a specialized swim bag, always remember to pack a bag to put your soggy swim suit in at the end of your lesson.

We'd love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments what pointers you have for packing the perfect swim bag.

The post Pack the Perfect Swim Bag was first published on: The Aqua Life

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