Waterworks Irvine: Adventures of Turbo!

March 31, 2014

Adventures of Turbo!

March 31st, 2014

by: Beau B.

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During school at Waterworks Way

A special announcement was given this day.

Excitement growing as Turbo waited

The teacher came forward and then he stated,

Today we will start what we call a promotion

A raffle with a prize of free lessons in the ocean

Be sure and tell your parents that now is the time

To renew their packages which they can do so online.

“I have to win!” Turbo said with motivation,

“To earn the prize! To increase my education!”

Turbo beckoned his parents with his reward in mind,

Being extra helpful around the house and so very kind.

Mom and Dad agreed and so renewal began

Now in the raffle Turbo awaits his successful plan!

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Waterworks Presents: Easter’s Rockin’ Family Swim Night!

March 31, 2014

Waterworks Irvine:

Easter’s Rockin’

Family Swim Night!

March 30th, 2014

by: Alexi E.

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Are you as excited as we are for our upcoming Easter Egg Hunt at Family Swim Night?! Have you

guessed what gifts you’ll find in your Easter eggs? Do you have dreams about splashing around and

jumping off our diving blocks into a sea of laughter? Well that dream will be a reality very soon, but in

the meantime, check out some footage from last year’s Family Swim Night!

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Easter’s Rockin’ Family Swim Night at Waterworks Aquatics

Our locations are hosting their Egg Hunts on different days, so please check below to see when your

facility is scheduled:

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Pasadena:

Saturday, April 5th

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Sierra Madre:

Sunday, April 13th

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Irvine:

Sunday, April 13th, and Saturday April 19th.

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Carlsbad:

Sunday, April 13th, and Saturday April 19th

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Don’t forget that prices are a bit different this time around: Kids are $7 and adults are $5, with a max

of $25 per family. Please register soon, since it is sure to sell out!

We can’t wait to see all the colorful eggs that you find. See you soon!

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Is 3 Months Old Too Young?

March 31, 2014

Waterworks Irvine: Is 3 Months Old too Young?

March 29th, 2014

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Is 3 months old too young?

By: Chelsea A.

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People are often terrified to take their babies swimming in the water. And especially as early as three months? Well I don’t blame you! Taking someone who seems so vulnerable into the water may seem like a crazy and scary experience, but I want to reassure you as to why it’s not only a great idea to start young, but a natural one as well.

                Babies have a very natural reflex called the bradycardic response, which causes babies to hold their breath and open their eyes when they are underwater. To examine how this response works Goksör, Rosengren, and Wennergren performed a study with thirty-six infants to see how they would react with basic diving exercises. According to this study, every single infant showed an immediate decrease in heart rate, they saw the bradycardia response sustained during the dive and for some time after, followed by a tachycardia response after the bradycardic response had ended (when the heart rate goes higher than normal) (Goksör).

                So what does this mean for our young swimmers? Can they swim on their own then, since they have the natural instinct? Well, no, they couldn’t actually swim on their own. The responses that the infants have to water are just the preliminaries to swim. Their body believes it knows what it is doing by mimicking what appears as swimming, and the chemical responses follow suit, but an infant cannot be by themselves in the water going along since they are unable to hold their heads up independently out of the water. This is why it is so important to start young, because even though they can’t actually swim they do have a very natural response to water that is a lot easier to build on. Consider it a foundation that can and should be built upon. In that same study they found that these natural responses seem to vanish around the six month mark.

                So yes, starting an infant in water can definitely be a little scary. Sure, that’s only natural. But just as one’s fear of starting an infant in swim lessons can be natural, so is their natural drive in the water.

 

References:
Goksör, E., Rosengren, L. and Wennergren, G. (2002), Bradycardic response during submersion in infant swimming. Acta Paediatrica, 91: 307–312. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2002.tb01720.x

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Waterworks Irvine: Photo Friday!

March 29, 2014

Waterworks Irvine:

Photo Friday!

March 28th, 2014

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Take a look at our photos for this week!

 

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Waterworks Irvine: Swim Tip Thursday!

March 27, 2014

Waterworks Irvine:

Swim Tip Thursday!

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For this week’s Swim Tip Thursday we have Chelsea from Irvine interviewing Irvine swim instructor Mandy!

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Q: Hey Mandy! Thank you for agreeing to meet with me! I’m super excited to interview you, since I first got to know you in the office. I’m a little sad since you’re in the water now, but I know the kids are in great hands.

A: Definitely! I’m excited too.

Q: So tell me, what inspired you to become a swim instructor?

A: Definitely the kids!

Q: I suppose it doesn’t hurt that you are a mom yourself, huh?

A: Of course. I have my own son and I love teaching other kids too.

Q: When did you originally start swimming, Mandy?

A: Um, let’s see. Probably when I was around 7 or 8 years old.

Q: Did you know your strokes, or was it a doggie paddle?

A: Actually, I taught myself the strokes. I would go in and take my jacket off and just start practicing. It wasn’t until I was in high school though until I really started to learn my strokes when I was on the swim team.

Q: Which strokes were your favorite, and why?

A: I would say freestyle and backstroke. I like freestyle because I am able to swim more quickly, and I like backstroke because it feels like the easiest stroke to me.

Q: I could see that! I tried teaching myself breaststroke the other day and I was having such a difficult time. I guess I should jump in the water and have a lesson with you, huh?

A: Oh yeah, definitely! However, my real specialty is teaching children levels four and under.

Q: Speaking of that, I’ve seen many children start in the water with you completely terrified of the water and at the end of their lesson they are having a great time. Do you have any advice for some of our beginning swimmers that are just starting in the water with us?

A: You know, I would just reassure them that all of our instructors are really nice and would never EVER let anything bad happen to them, and just to focus on our kites because that tends to calm everyone down.

Q: Good point! And while we’re on that train of thought, I know we have some young readers that are interested in YOU. So tell me, what’s your favorite Disney movie?

A: Oh no! I wasn’t prepared for this! You might have to give me a couple minutes to give you an answer *laughs*.

Q: That’s alright! I can wait.

A: Going by how many times I’ve seen Aladdin, people might think that one is my favorite. I’ve seen it hundreds of times! But, you know, I’m going with The Lion King. It’s a classic and it breaks my heart.

Q: That’s my favorite too! I have a Simba sweatshirt at home just to prove it! Okay, what’s your favorite color?

A: That’s easy! Purple!

Q: What about your favorite food?

A: Pizza!

Q: Mmm, you’re making me hungry. What about your favorite TV show?

A: Hmm… That’s hard. I would say ”My Little Pony”.

Q: Nice! Okay, thank you Mandy! I know you have a child that’s excited to start swimming with you. We’ll talk to you soon!

A: No problem! Thanks Chelsea!

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Waterworks Irvine: Easter Egg Hunt!

March 26, 2014

Waterworks Irvine:

Easter Egg Hunt!

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Here at our Irvine facility, students have been asking us all week about our egg hunt, so today I want to announce that we are going to have 2 EASTER EGG HUNTS at Waterworks Aquatics (at our Irvine and Carlsbad locations)!

On Sunday April 13th and Saturday April 19th, during our Family Swim Nights, children will get to search around the facility for our many colored eggs inside which we have hidden a special gift that they will get to keep!

Little egg hunters are allowed to bring one small bag, but please no backpacks! Pools are going to be separated by age for these Swim Nights for safety reasons, so please be aware of that when you show up. As always, guests are allowed to bring snacks and are encouraged to wear their favorite swim outfits for the occasion!

After the egg hunt is finished, we’ll go back to the pool party with inflatable toys and games, which are always a hit with kids and adults alike!

Family Swim Nights are open to members and non-members, so if you have a neighbor, a friend, or another relative that wants to join in, encourage them to give us a call! You do have to register in advance, so please call early because they will sell out fast!

It’s going to be a very exciting time for everyone. So get ready, pack your chocolate bunnies & peeps, and come on down for lots of Easter fun! We’ll see you there!

***Please note, there is a small price increase for children on these special Egg Hunt Family Swim Nights. Children will be $7, adults will remain $5 and the total per family will not exceed $25. ***

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Waterworks Irvine: Testimonial Tuesday

March 25, 2014

Waterworks Irvine:

Testimonial        

Tuesday!

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Today it comes from Sherry M., who took a survey for us at the Irvine facility. 

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Have you spoken to a receptionist recently? Yes.

How would you rate your experience? 10 out of 10! They were able to help me purchase more lessons and were able to make the changes I needed to my schedule.

Who is your instructor? Jordan, Kyle, and Maria

Do you feel your instructor is a good match? Yes, they communicate with me every lesson and their personalities are a good balance of fun and discipline.

What do you like the most about the lessons? Convenience! I can get all 3 kids in lessons at the same time.

Would you recommend your instructor to your friends? Yes

Would you recommend the school to your friends? Yes

How would you rate the facility? 9 out of 10

How would you rate overall experience? 10 out of 10.

Thank you, Sherry, for your feedback! We’re glad you love our instructors Jordan, Kyle, and Maria. We love them too!

We want to know what our customers think. We occasionally send out surveys to our customers while they watch their children’s lesson, so keep a look out for the clipboard going around or you can ask to fill one out at the front desk. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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