Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School – Part One: The Lay of the Land (or the Pool)

CBUS Dads dad blogger Steven Michalovich and his daughter pose for a picture after their first swim lesson at Goldfish Swim School in Westerville.

The following article is a result of a partnership between CBUS Dads and Goldfish Swim School

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Spring is upon us, with summer soon to follow. For my family and many others, weekends will soon be spent at the pool, and an annual pilgrimage to the beach is in the near future.

Because of this, it becomes increasingly critical for my two-and-a-half-year-old to gain more confidence in the water. We’ve enrolled her in swimming lessons at our local community center in the past, but this spring we were looking to make a larger splash with her development.

In March, we started attending weekly lessons at Goldfish Swim School in Westerville. From the start, the staff and instructors have been accommodating, patient, enthusiastic, and helpful in the process, from getting us on-boarded to us actually stepping into the water. I can’t say enough about the team they’ve assembled.

The facility is just as marvelous. You’re greeted by an online check-in and reception desk that is reliably staffed with several people who can help. The facility – which is always remarkably clean – is divided into two areas: a dry side and a wet side.

The pool has been quite the treat during some of these lingering colder days, as they keep the temperature of the room and the water at 90 degrees. The entire process for entering the pool is very efficient. Prior to their lesson time, the kids line up outside the door. Once it’s time to enter, the staff files the kids in with an encouraging high five. From there, the kids are in the pool and put to work swiftly.

After lessons are over, most kids march over to the showers adjacent to the pool. With their suits still on, they’ll rinse off and soap up. When my daughter is done, we’ll gather our stuff, and head to one of the many changing rooms to get dried off and into her pajamas. Her lessons are at 7 p.m., so we are nearing bedtime when we finally get home. The dry side has stations with hair dryers and mirrors to aid in getting your kids as close to bedtime ready as possible. There’s also lockers for use.

At her current level, I am in the pool with her. If you’re unfortunate enough to not participate in the lesson, Goldfish has a glass-walled viewing gallery with chairs that overlook the pool on the dry side.

On our way out, my daughter gets a lollipop from the reception desk if she’s been good during her lesson.

We haven’t taken advantage yet, but Goldfish offers birthday parties on Saturday afternoons. They also open the pool to family swim time several instances a week.

We are still getting our feet wet, but my daughter has already grown her swimming capabilities immensely in just a few weeks. This is a testament to the first-class facility and team of professionals at the Westerville Goldfish Swim School.

-By Steven Michalovich, Regular Contributor

A Family Fun Day at Ohio State’s RPAC

Dad blogger Steve Michalovich with his kids at the RPAC on Ohio State's campus

I’ve been a proud member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association since graduating nearly ten years ago. Member benefits are vast, but now that I’m a parent, I’m able to take advantage of another benefit: Family Fun Days.

On March 18, the OSUAA hosted a Family Fun Day at the RPAC (Recreation and Physical Activity Center), which opened during my time on campus.

We were excited to attend but were even more delighted upon arrival when we realized how much the space catered to families. I guess I missed it while enrolled, but there is a huge indoor pool that is completely designed for children, with a whirlpool, slides, a basketball hoop, and interactive elements.

Kudos to the team at OSUAA for a smooth event. Registration was easy and staff was on-site to answer questions. An impressive slate of snacks and drinks were also given to attendees. Bonus points for the awesome towels each of us received.

Whether you’re an alumni or not, try to figure out a way to get to the RPAC indoor pool with your kids.

By Steve Michalovich, Contributor

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