Swimming is a Great Outlet for Individuals with Special Needs

Swimming can be a great outlet for anyone but especially for adaptive swimmers or special needs swimmers, even those with the most severe disability can have a wonderful time in the water. Swimming lessons can be very beneficial for swimmers of all ages and all needs. Continue reading Swimming is a Great Outlet for Individuals with Special Needs

Swimming Safety Tips for the Summer

With the weather lately, it has a lot of us looking forward to school break and summer weather. With that, comes the increased use of pools and beaches. Elite’s outdoor pools plan to open Memorial Day weekend and it’s got a lot of parent’s thinking: is my child safe around the water? To be sure, here’s a few swimming safety tips to get you ready for the summer. Continue reading Swimming Safety Tips for the Summer

6 Tips for Swim Breathing

There’s so much to think about while swimming. To some it comes naturally, to others it takes hours of practice and instruction. In any case, learning a few new tips here and there is always helpful for new and experienced swimmers alike. Here’s some pointers to help you improve your swim breathing technique. Continue reading 6 Tips for Swim Breathing

Adaptive Aquatics, Swimming for Everyone!

One of the highlights of our jobs as swim instructors is being able to work with students with different abilities. Swimming is a great physical outlet and life-saving skill for anyone, but for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges, it is even more important.

Many times, these children and adults are naturally drawn to water, and swimming can aid in both their safety as well as their physical health, coordination, social interaction, and self-esteem. Swimming can help teach individuals with a number of developmental issues, including autism spectrum disorder, motor planning challenges, auditory processing problems, and attention deficit disorders. It also aids orthopedic, neurological, and congenital issues, such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, and Down syndrome. Continue reading Adaptive Aquatics, Swimming for Everyone!

Safer Swimming for You & Your Child with New Red Cross Lesson Program

By Jessica Heller, Aquatics Director at Elite Sports Club-Mequon

All parents need to start their children on a journey to learn how to be safe in, on, and around the water and to swim well. The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program is made up of six levels of swimming and water safety instruction. As participants progress through the levels and develop these skills, they become safer and better swimmers. Continue reading Safer Swimming for You & Your Child with New Red Cross Lesson Program