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Goldfish Swim School Indianapolis Honors Area Make-A-Wish®Wish Kids… #AdventureswithBabyB

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Let’s go! Join me at Goldfish Swim School!

Four Indianapolis-area Make-A-Wish® Wish Kids are being honored for their courage and strength with fundraiser celebrations at two Goldfish Swim School locations in greater Indianapolis. These special events for the kids, their families, and close friends will take place on Saturday, June 3 and Saturday, June 10.

Goldfish Swim School is also raising funds with Make-a-Wish Fish that are available for purchase at the Goldfish Swim School locations in Carmel and Fishers and will help Make-a-Wish grant more wishes to area kids battling life-threatening medical conditions.  

Indianapolis native Lilliana will be celebrated at the June 3 event at Goldfish Swim School –Carmel. Lilliana suffers from Trisomy 18 – a rare condition that causes severe developmental delays due to an extra chromosome 18. Lilliana’s wish is to go on a Disney Cruise where she can enjoy the things she loves most – lights and sounds, balloons and sweets.

Mikhail will be celebrated at the June 10 event at Goldfish Swim School – Fishers. Mikhail suffers from Sickle Cell Disease, which causes red blood cells to become misshapen and break down. His wish is to go to Disney World where he can spend time on the beach with his family.

Goldfish Swim School Celebrates Water Safety Awareness Month #AdventureswithBabyB

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We’ll meet you at Goldfish Swim School!

How cool is this??? Goldfish Swim School is celebrating Water Safety Awareness Month and you can join!

Families will receive tips on staying safer in and around the water this summer during free event on Saturday, May 20

WHO:  Goldfish Swim School’s professional, certified and trained instructors, area families and local community partners

WHAT:  Goldfish Swim School’s annual Water Safety Day will be held at the Fishers and Carmel locations. At the free events, children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury death among children ages 1 to 4. Goldfish aims to educate families by calling attention to steps we can all take to prevent accidents from occurring.

At this fun and informative event, there will be:
·       Water safety tips from Goldfish and safety professionals
·       Family swim with professional, certified lifeguards on duty
·       Fire trucks and rescue personnel
·       Water safety clinics
·       Kids entertainment
·       Food and beverages
·       Open Swim
·       Bounce House (Carmel)
WHEN: Both events will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Goldfish Swim School – Carmel (This is where #BabyB and I will be)!
Merchants’ Square, 271 Merchants Square Drive, Suite A-100
Carmel, IN 46032

Goldfish Swim School – Fishers
11581 Geist Pavilion Dr. #114
Fishers, IN 46037We hope to see you there! Learn more at https://carmel.goldfishswimschool.com/events/water-safety-day/.

He Started Singing Along… #AdventureswithBabyB

b in poolToday may have been the cutest swimming lesson EVER at Goldfish Swim School. #BabyB sang along with all the songs out loud today! It was adorable.  He still isn’t talking much, but I’m pretty sure that’s just by choice. He jibber-jabbers constantly, but then out of nowhere, he says a complete sentence crystal clear.  He has been “singing along” with other songs for a while now, but today was the first time he sang in the pool. He has been in swimming lessons since November, so I was super proud of this accomplishment today!

#BabyB loves the water. We put him in swimming lessons to keep him safe, but he is also having fun and learning great social skills. Unfortunately, he still hasn’t learned how to not put every single toy in his mouth, so if you have any suggestions for that, let me know!

turtleGoldfish Swim School swimming lessons are just plain fun! #BabyB loves the water, he has a great time with the other kids in his class, he loves watching the fish and the turtle before class, he sometimes joins the other kids at the
coloring table, and he loves the bright colors and fun toys.  He might not know he is learning important survival skills, but I do.

Are you considering taking your kid to Goldfish Swim Schools? Goldfish Swim Schools specializes in teaching safety skills for kids from four months to 12-years-old and we practice these safety skills each week. For more information on lessons, visit the Goldfish Swim School Carmel website.

You Say it’s Your Birthday… #AdventuresWithBabyB

So what better way to spend your birthday than in your favorite place… The pool!

We thought about rescheduling his lesson for today, but #BabyB loves the pool so much, I thought having him at one of his favorite places would be best. Boy, was I right! Being the pool is exactly where he wanted to be.

As a special birthday treat, #BabyB received a postcard in the mail from Goldfish Swim School wishing him a happy birthday and letting him pick out a special treat from the snack area. He also received a ribbon congratulating him on swimming on his birthday. He was super stoked.

Did you know Goldfish Swim School hosts birthday parties? How fun would it be to have a pool party?!?!

Here are the details:

Lifelong Memories for Kids 4 months to 12 yearsNothing says “party” like a 90-degree swimming pool decked out exclusively for a special little boy or girl on their special day. For parents, nothing says “easy” like having the Goldfish team handle all the details and cleanup.

Please see swim lesson fees for party pricing and duration. Price includes up to 24 children. One party coordinator and two certified lifeguards will be provided to help with your party. Extra lifeguards will be required for parties over 24 children.

Our special party package gives you:

  • Two hours of private access to the facility
  • Certified lifeguards on duty to oversee all pool activities
  • Invitations with a map to our facility and matching envelopes
  • Table coverings, plates, cups, napkins, and forks
  • Balloons, tropical decorations & centerpieces
  • Cupcakes and beverages for the children
  • Goldfish T-shirt for the birthday child

*Please note:

  • A non-refundable deposit is required for all parties.
  • An adult must be in the water with each child that cannot swim independently.


Reserve your party today by pre-registering online or call us at (317) 810-0790 for more information!

Let’s Talk About the Locks… #AdventureswithBabyB

It is hard to find something to NOT like about Goldfish Swim School Carmel. I mean, seriously, a heated pool, showers with free baby soap, a heated pool… Yes, I like the heated pool because I have to get in with #BabyB.  I did find one thing that can be improved though–the changing room locks.

changing roomLet me clarify, nothing is actually wrong. The changing rooms are spacious enough to get in and get out quickly. Unfortunately, I have an almost two-year-old that is three feet tall and learned that if he pulls the handle down the lock pops and he can open the door. I’m not so worried about him opening the door and taking off. He can’t really get that far.  What he can do though is expose his naked mama to everyone in the viewing gallery! Oops!  Sorry about that, Goldfish.

Don’t worry, it wasn’t that bad. I did make me change up my strategy for getting us out of the changing room a little faster though. The key is to get yourself changed first while the baby is wrapped up in their towel nice and cosy. Then change the baby once you are dressed so if he runs off you can run after him!

Goldfish Swim School has been great for getting #BabyB ready for the swimming season. They could be great for your kid, too.  Not only do they have swimming lessons, but they have special programs, too.  Check those out here.

Have a question about my experience? Send me an email! #melforgoldfish

Grandma Comes to Swimming Lessons… #AdventureswithBabyB

swimming with grandmaToday was a super fun day at swimming lessons because #BabyB got to show off to Grandma! One of the many cool features of Goldfish Swim School Carmel is the observation set up. Not only is the observation area the entire length of the pool, but if you are with a baby (or toddler), you can actually sit on the deck near the side of the pool to watch. This is pretty exciting for visitors and it is pretty good motivation for #BabyB to show off his skills.

Event though #BabyB has the same teacher, he has the opportunity to make new friends during this new class time.  He has adjusted pretty well and is mostly concerned with getting me soaking wet.  He is definitely better at floating, he has no concerns with going under water, and he even climbed up the slide himself (when he wasn’t supposed to).  It is hard to believe he has only been in classes since November!

Curious about what a Goldfish Swim School looks like?  Give yourself a tour here!

Thanks for this opportunity, Goldfish! #melforgoldfish

Allergic Reactions are No Fun… #AdventuresWithBabyB

IMG_4477Since we started swim lessons at Goldfish Swim Schools in November, #BabyB has been dealing with some health struggles.  We have had a few rounds of ear infections and the latest health challenge was an auto-immune reaction to amoxicillin.  After some steroids and Benadryl, #BabyB is doing just fine, but we did have to miss swim lessons AGAIN.  I hate when we miss his swim lessons at Goldfish Swim Schools!

If #BabyB’s lessons were session based, we would have wasted quite a bit of money.  Since Goldfish Swim School has a perpetual swim lesson model, we really aren’t missing out at all! If you miss a lesson and call in, you can have a makeup lesson added to your account and go to another class. The consistency of the lessons helps build skills and confidence, so not missing out on a week and being to attend another class is super valuable!

We will try again next week.  We are switching class times, so we will be with a new group of kids, but we are excited to be with same teacher, Kylie.

We’ll check back in next week!  To learn more about Goldfish Swim Schools, visit https://goldfishswimschool.com/ and check out #BabyB’s school on facebook.

Another Monumental Moment at Goldfish Swim School… #AdventuresWithBabyB

IMG_4506So, this may seem like no big deal if you are not a parent, but if you have been taking your son to Goldfish Swim School since November and this is the FIRST TIME it’s happened, it’s monumental… #BabyB climbed out of the pool as directed (elbow, elbow, tummy, knee!) and ACTUALLY SAT DOWN!!! HE DIDN’T RUN OFF!!!  THIS IS HUGE!!!

Seriously, this is a really big deal. Before (and I mean every single class), #BabyB would climb out of the pool and get up and run off for a toy.  I would have to jump out after him or my husband or my mom would have to wrangle him.  If I was embarrassed easily, that would have embarrassed me. I usually laughed it off, but I was still frustrated that he was getting IMG_4483distracted and not following directions.  After reminding myself that he is not even two yet, I usually felt better and we would move on with our song and jump back in the pool.  One thing I did do purposefully, though, is switch up our place on the wall. Yes, I purposefully moved #BabyB to the
end of the line AWAY from the toys.  This definitely helped him focus and stick with the activities at hand.

I am just beaming with pride at the progress this little man has made since he started at Goldfish Swim School Carmel in November.  He was never scared of the water, and honestly, that is what prompted me to get him into lessons.  I want him to learn water safety. I don’t want him to be afraid of the water and I want him to learn how to take care of himself around water.  For not even being two yet, he is making wonderful progress.  He blows bubbles, he goes under water, he kicks, he paddles, and he is willing to try new activities.  I call that a win!IMG_4522

Each week we practice safety skills in a HEATED pool.  We splash, we sing songs, we gain confidence, and we get to spend quality time together.  Our half hour a week in the pool is pretty special.  Interested in learning more?  Visit the Goldfish Swim School website.


Back on track… #AdventuresWithBabyB

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We are finally back on track at Goldfish Swim School. We made it to our regular class, we had a great half an hour of swimming, and #BabyB adjusted well to having a substitute teacher. Sometimes you just don’t know how your kid is going to react to someone new, especially in a no so familiar territory (aka, a pool), but he did great!

I made some adjustments, too.  During every class, at some point and time, we work on the safe way to pull yourself out of the pool and get into the pool. Well, this is usually a challenge for me because #BabyB doesn’t just get out of the pool and sit on the edge. He gets out of the pool and steals a toy or jumps in the boat on the deck or even runs away!  Not this week,on the end though! Mama got smart.  While crab walking over to the other end of the pool, I realized #BabyB would be towards the end of the line right by the bin of balls.  I wasn’t wasting any time.  I just grabbed him and helped him “swim” to the front of the line to keep him away from distractions–and it worked!  He got out of the pool, sat on the edge, jumped back in, got back out… Pretty much, he just followed directions. I think this may be the first week I didn’t have to jump out of the pool to grab him.  #success

Interested in learning more about how your little one can get used to the boatwater, have fun, and learn safety at the same time? Check out Goldfish Swim Schools.  They have year around lessons, a heated pool, comfortable changing rooms, a great observation deck, family swim days, and more!  #BabyB loves it.  Maybe your kid will love it, too.

#BabyB Might be in Love with his Teacher… #AdventureswithBabyB

IMG_3470So I’m pretty sure #BabyB has a crush on his teacher.  He is so excited when he sees her, he loves to show off, and he loves when he puts a smile on her face.  I thought I would introduce you to her.  Meet #BabyB’s teacher from Goldfish Swim School Carmel!

Name: Kylie

How long have you been a swim instructor? I’ve been a swim instructor since February of 2016, so my one year is very soon!

What made you want to be a swim instructor? I wanted to become a swim instructor because I love little kids and I love swimming so what’s better than teaching little cute kids how to swim!!

What do you enjoy most about teaching swim lessons? What I enjoy the most about teaching swim lessons is how happy the kids are just to come to Goldfish and then when they accomplish something new or good it just warms my heart to see how happy the kid and their parents are for their IMG_3969accomplishment.

What puts a smile on your face during a lesson? My kids in my classes continuously put smiles on my face whether if it is from something funny that they said, how much they are improving or how cute they are!

Kylie is so good with #BabyB and the other little ones in his class. She is always enthusiastic, attentive, and helpful. Thanks for making swim class fun, Kylie!

IMG_4221Here’s more about Goldfish Swim Schools:

  • Goldfish Swim School offers state-of-the-art indoor aquatic facilities dedicated to indoor swim classes and programs for children.
  • Our experienced staff of Ellis-Trained swim instructors is taught to teach children to swim using unique and educational teaching equipment.
  • We believe in year-round, perpetual swim lessons. It’s the consistency each week that helps kids learn to be safe and confident in water.
  • A key part of our curriculum is teaching safety skills to kids between 4 months and 13 years old and we practice these safety skills each week.