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Swimming Lessons for Kids Toddlers Infants Babies Children Read Payton's Story Read Dylan's Story I wanted to let you know that although I was your worst parent participant... Payton is doing great!

Payton is diving for rockets and swimming above and below the water and can swim from side to side without assistance. She jumps into the deep end of the pool and is not afraid to go under the water.

Thank You so much for giving her the skills to swim and most of all survive. We swim every day and I am enjoying the pool with Payton now the she can swim independently and I do not have to be so fearful.

Thanks Again!

Laurie Ruehlman

children’s swimming lessons

My son was never a big fan of the pool from the time he was very young. He was finally convinced to go in by a Spiderman "floaty suit" that gave him confidence in the water. He had no interest in leaving it behind and saw absolutely no reason to learn to swim without it. However, Julie was great at gaining his confidence quickly and by day 3 he was swimming like a fish! It was truly amazing to watch and he hasn't slowed down since. He now loves to swim - not only in the pool but in the ocean. He was actually riding a bike around a friend's pool recently and accidentally fell in, fully clothed, bike and all. Everyone commented about how calmly he swam to the side and got out of the pool. He never would have been able to do that without Julie's coaching. Having her teach my son to swim was a great decision on my part and I highly recommend her to anyone.

Liane Carmen
Sr. Marketing Activation Manager
Coca-Cola North America

children’s swimming lessons

There is no great feeling of peace for a parent to know that your twin daughters who are not yet three years old, would be perfectly capable of swimming to the edge of the pool if they were to ever fall in. What an incredible summer we had with our two year old daughters watching them jump, splash and swim in the pool every day. The learn to swim program was a great success for our family.

Brody Howell
Student Ministry Pastor
Calvary Chapel

children’s swimming lessons

Let me start off by saying that this swimming experience was MAGICAL! Julie is an absolutely incredible and quite talented person who was able to get our 3.5 year old spirited and strong-willed daughter, Kayla to swim in 3 days. I am absolutely astonished at the quick progression of Kayla's ability to swim. Being Bostonians, we don't have the accessibility of pools and weather as in Florida . We decided to hire Julie to teach Kayla to swim during our week vacation in Florida. I have previously exposed my three year old daughter for group swim lessons. I can honestly say that the one on one attention and instruction from Julie is so much more effective than these group sessions. Julie always remains calm, and she moves Kayla naturally and smoothly through each session. After the second session, Kayla didn't cry during bathtime when I poured water over her head. I saw progress so quickly. Now bathtime is so much more enjoyable. And after all the tears, screams, and anxiety seen in the third session, Kayla went back into the pool with us an hour later and was jumping and swimming to the wall as if she was doing this for months. After witnessing our daughter move easily from fear of the water to singing, laughing and jumping in the pool, we decided to have Julie teach our 2 year old. The DVD and book are excellent tools to assist with the 5-day program. In addition to teaching our child how to swim, Julie helped us become more aware of all the safety issues. She took the time to educated my entire family including my parents who own a pool and live on the beach. We feel like we owe a lot to Julie. Money seems irrelevant when it comes to the prevention of our children drowning. We NEED to know that our children will know what to do if they accidentally fall into the pool. Thank you Julie for all that you have taught us. We will never forget you! And we look forward to many fun years of playing in the pool and ocean.

Stephanie and Jason Boggs
Boston, MA

children’s swimming lessons

When my Aunt told me about Julie from an article she read I thought "yeah sure, another gimmick"! As a divorced mother with a young son, I called Miss Julie in a desperate attempt to get my almost 5 year old to swim. He would go in the pool and hang on me or my Aunt. Not allowing swimmy arms for a long time, he hung on a tube. Finally he got arm swimmy's and that was as far as he was going. I couldn't figure out why my super smart kid wouldn't swim or even attempt to try it. When I called Miss Julie, I could feel her confidence but couldn't imagine how she could teach my son when I could not, and I am a great swimmer. The price knocked me off the chair but I knew she was the one! I wasn't sure what to do. Then I realized that my sons life was at risk every day because he didn't know how to swim, especially here in Florida. I would've been devasted or worse if anything ever happened to him. I decided to hire her to teach my son how to swim and you know what? I thank God every day for bringing herinto our lives!! On the very 1st day, my son was swimming. The fear was gone! Just like that. Every morning for 5 days, my son looked forward to learning from Miss Julie. This is a real testimony. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. I truly believe that it is worth every penny to hire Miss Julie to teach your child how to swim. The peace of mind she has afforded me is worth 1 million dollars and in hindsight, I only wish I did this 4 years ago. I owe Miss Julie my life and will be forever grateful.

Gina Savage
Fort Lauderdale, FL

children’s swimming lessons

During the summer of 2007 a very good friend of ours offered to give our 2-year-old old son Brock swim lessons. We no longer had a pool but we had a lot of friends and family that do, so I was very aware of the need for lessons, so I took her up on her offer. Her lessons are focused on the safety side of swimming(i.e. how to get to the edge if he were to fall in). She said she would work with him for 5 days straight and at the end of those 5 days he would know how to get to the edge. Of course, he was not fond of her the first couple days, but then he got more and more used to her making him do the exercises and at the end of the 5 days “voila” he could do it. We were thrilled!!! We went to friends and family members houses during that summer and worked with Brock but once summer was over and school began, those outings were no more and since we didn’t have a pool at our home any longer, that repetition was gone. It was several months again before we were in another pool and he had forgotten what he had learned, or so I thought, and we went back to putting a life vest on him whenever he was near any body of water.

Fast forward to April 19th, 2008… when we were invited to a friend’s house for a late afternoon swim and dinner. Again, we had put a vest on Brock and were enjoying the day swimming. As we prepared for dinner, I had all of the other kids out of the pool. Our friends have an outdoor shower so I had my other children showering and getting ready for dinner. I always got Brock out of the pool last because I could take his vest off and would not have any other distractions from the other kids. This time, no different, or so I assumed. Our 9 year old daughter was finishing her shower when I got Brock out of the pool and took his vest off to put him in the shower. However, his sister had not rinsed all of the shampoo out of her hair, so I turned to assist her. As I focused on that, everyone else was inside getting ready for dinner, which is the direction Brock was heading and I assumed he continued to go inside. It couldn’t have been 20 seconds later and I heard God’s voice say to me “TURN AROUND!!” I ignored that voice 2 times (now knowing that if God ever wants to get my attention, he can and will) and on the third time I felt the urgency and turned around. It was then that I saw my 2 year old son floating in the deep end of the pool. I jumped in to retrieve him and lifted him up to my girlfriend who was standing there waiting to receive him. All I remember seeing as I lifted myself out of the pool was my son’s face and lips being very blue and his eyes wide open, but initially he wasn’t crying or saying anything (I think he was in a state of shock). By this time my husband had also come out and quickly grabbed him. I then ran in to call 911 and thank God, he started to cry. The paramedics came and it was unbelievable how fast they arrived….they were there in less than a minute.

The paramedics checked the oxygen level in his blood and said it was at 99% but they recommend he be taken to the ER to be checked out more thoroughly. By this time, Brock had fallen asleep on my husband’s chest. All the excitement exhausted him. The paramedics took them both to the ER and I followed in our van. They did an X-ray when he arrived, wanted to keep him in the ICU overnight for observation, and do another X-ray the next morning, to make sure no fluid builds up in the lungs. Once again, we were thanking God…no fluid built up and he was discharged the next morning.

When we asked Brock what he was doing in the deep end of the pool without his life vest and his response was “I was trying to get my shark toy Mom and I go like this”, filling his cheeks with air and holding his breath. He had some dive sticks that looked like sharks and either he threw it in the deep end and went after it, or it was already there and he wanted to retrieve it. Whatever the case may be, he dove in after it and didn’t get back to the edge but he had held his breath the whole time. This explains why he turned so blue, so quickly. It also explains why he was floating and had not sunk….he had not ingested any water and therefore it didn’t get in his lungs. He had remembered from his lessons that prior summer to hold his breath. Thank you Jesus!!

We had Brock back in the pool two days later so that he wasn’t afraid. A few weeks later, he took swim lessons again, but this time with Julie Gross. Julie gives music lessons to our other children and is awesome, so we knew she would be amazing with him. She made the learning fun for him. The difference this time was we practiced with Brock several times a week all summer. It was the beginning of summer, and we were watching our friend’s house while they were away for the summer, and they had a pool. That is the key to swim lessons, practice, practice, practice!! Now, I call him my little fish. He loves to go in the pool and “swim like his big sister and brother”. We will never be comfortable enough to turn our back, even if it’s just for a second, but were comfortable knowing that if he ever did fall in, he’d be able to get out.

I thank GOD constantly for sparing us the heartache of something more severe and I thank Julie Gross for giving us a lot more comfort now when were around water. She is an amazing swim instructor!!

Kym Butler
Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

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