April 28th Irvine Birthday Parties

April 28, 2014

Waterworks Aquatics Irvine
April 28, 2014
by: Chelsea A.

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Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday Dear Turbo,
Happy Birthday to YOU!
Thinking of some new fun locations to have you or your child’s birthday party at?
Have it at Waterworks Aquatics!
We have 3 AWESOME Indoor Pools Heated From 91-93 Degrees
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1 Outdoor Jr. Olympic Sized Pool Heated 86-88 Degrees.

A Party without a Mess?
We got it!
A Party without the Stress?
No Problem!
Life Guards Will be on Duty to Supply
Security, Games, and FUN Pool Toys!
Party Rooms are Available for Food and Gifts.

Does this sound like a great time to you?

Give us a call at (949) 450-0777 today to book your next birthday party 🙂

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April 25th Irvine: Photo Friday on Tumblr

April 28, 2014

Take a look at this weeks Photo Friday where you can see our excellent students learning their strokes indoors and outdoors! If you would like more information on our lessons, stroke clinic, or even swim team please call our front desk or email us at info@waterworksswim.com. Enjoy!

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April 24th Irvine Instructor Interview

April 24, 2014

Waterworks Aquatics Irvine
April 24th, 2014
Instructor Interview
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Senior Instructor Ally
Interviewed by: Chelsea A.

C: Hello Ally, thank you so much for agreeing to meet with me!
A: Of course, no problem.
C: You’ve been working here for a long time, am I right?
A: Yeah, I’ve been working here for almost two years now.
C: Wow, that’s a long time. When did you originally start swimming?
A: I started swimming when I was around 3 years old. My mom was a swim instructor, so she started me very young.
C: That’s awesome to have your own personal instructor. Did you start learning the strokes?
A: More or less, yes. It wasn’t until I was in high school though that I started swimming competitively.
C: What were your favorite swim strokes and why?
A: Definitely freestyle and breaststroke, because I was really great at them. Want to hear a funny story?
C: Yeah, I’d love it.
A: When I was first starting high school, I was playing soccer and broke my leg. BUT I really wanted to join the swim team and prove myself. So I showed up with a bright red cast and a bag that I could put over it to the practices and joined! I never competed, but I was always at practice.
C: That’s some serious dedication. Only swimming with one leg? That’s intense! I know that you are all over the place teaching different levels because you are a senior instructor, so do you have any advice for our younger swimmers that are scared of the water?
A: I would tell them just to play in the water. It doesn’t matter if the water is shallow, but just spend a lot of time playing in the water. Eventually they will get to a place where the water isn’t scary anymore because they have been playing in it for so long.
C: That’s great advice. I know some of our swimmers would love to get to know you outside of the water, so I’m going to ask you a couple of questions outside of swimming, like what is your favorite color and what is your favorite food?
A: I love the color orange, and…um, hmm. Bell peppers?
C: Bell peppers?
A: Yeah, I LOVE bell peppers. It doesn’t matter how you cook them or what you put on them, I just looooove bell peppers.
C: I’ve never heard that before! That’s cool. What is your favorite Disney movie?
A: Pocahontas. I always wanted to be just like her growing up because she could talk to animals.
C: Do you own any animals yourself?
A: Yes, I have two dogs and two cats. The dogs are more of the family animals, but the cats are mine.
C: What about your favorite video game?
A: Lego Harry Potter.
C: Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate you meeting with me.
A: No problem, thanks Chelsea!

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April 22nd: Waterworks Irvine Testimonial

April 22, 2014

Testimonial Tuesday!
Today’s testimony comes from Paige and her daddy, Chris!

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I found them by the pool today waiting for her lesson with Lindsay, so I asked them some questions about their time here at Waterworks.

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WW: So how long have you been coming to Waterworks?
Chris: 3 and a half years
WW: Oh great! And who is your instructor today?
Paige: Lindsay!
WW: Oh Lindsay’s great! Do you like Lindsay?
Paige: *Nods* Uh huh.
WW: What’s your favorite thing about Waterworks?
Paige: The Froggy.
WW & Chris: The what?
Paige: The Froggy
WW: Oh the breast-stroke?
Paige: Yeah.
WW: What type of lessons do you take?
Chris: Semi-private
WW: Great! Is Paige friends with her swim partner?
Paige: Yes!
WW: Did you know them before?
Paige: *Shakes her head*
Chris: No, we’ve had a couple come in and out, but we’ve stuck with Lindsay consistently
WW: Oh well that’s good that you are friends with them then. So Chris, how would you rate our customer service at the front desk?
Chris: It’s very good. Excellent.
WW: Thank you!
Chris: Yeah, it’s always great, but it’s just crowded now because we come at the peak hours. We used to come in off hours when she was in the Parent & Me classes and it was so quiet. So maybe you could open up a second free swim area so there’s more room for more kids.
WW: That is a great suggestion! I will definitely see if we can do that. Thank you. And thank you both for talking with me! I’ll see you later. Have fun in your lesson with Lindsay, Paige!
Paige: Okay
WW: Bye!
Chris and Paige: Bye!

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April 22nd, Swimming Pool Safety Tips

April 22, 2014

Swimming Pool Safety Tips You Need to Know to Have a Safe Pool Experience

While swimming pools are perfect places to get exercise, play with friends, or simply have fun, they can be dangerous if not treated with the proper safety protocol. Every year, nearly 50,000 people are hospitalized after improperly playing in a pool.

With that said, pools are not the least bit dangerous if you follow a few necessary safety guidelines. Follow these, and you can ensure that what takes place in the pool will be safe, fun, and wonderful exercise. Here are some tips to guarantee a safe pool experience:

Always swim with a partner

The biggest thing in swimming safety is to always have a buddy. You should never swim alone. If you have a partner, you assure that someone is watching you in case something happens. That way if there’s a freak medical accident, a cramp, or any other number of things, you have someone to help you.

Millions of lives have been saved by swimming partners who can either help a swimmer out of the pool, call for emergency help, or offer advice if they see something unsafe about to take place. Always have a swimming partner, and you’ll always be safe.

Avoid dives from high heights, or into shallow depths

One of the most common accidents that occurs in pools comes from people performing unsafe dives. Unsafe dives primarily happen in two ways: diving into shallow depths, or diving from great heights.

When people dive into shallow depths, they are at great risk of hitting their body on the concrete floor of the pool. A person jumping in feet first may have their damage limited to just a scratch or a sprained ankle, but those diving in head first can experience serious head, neck, and spine trauma.

And jumping from a high height can be equally dangerous: from great heights, water acts as a hard surface, and can damage a body that does not land correctly. Many people aren’t aware of this, but you can break bones or damage your neck or spine by landing improperly on water. As such, it is extremely important that only trained divers enter a pool from a substantial height.

Know your limitations

Many pool accidents occur when people are unaware of their swimming limitations. Often when people start swimming, they think they’re better than they actually are. They quickly swim out to the middle of the pool, only to realize that they haven’t yet developed swimmer’s stamina, and they’re too tired to swim back in.

Other people can get excited and start diving to the bottom of the pool, losing breath, or jumping into the pool from the aforementioned tall heights. If you don’t know what you’re capable of in a swimming pool, you are liable to put yourself in a very dangerous situation.

This is also one of the reasons why it’s great to work with a swimming instructor; they will help you assess your skill level, and then grow it further.

Take a class

There’s no better way to stay safe in the pool than by taking a swimming safety class with US Swim Schools. Swimming safety classes cover all the basic and intricate information that you need to stay safe at all times, and they also offer you tips to make sure that you can keep the people swimming around you safe at all times, too.

With these tips, you can relax and enjoy the pool safely!

You can read more about Happy Swimmers and can see us on facebook or twitter.

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Waterworks Aquatics presents “The Giving Tree”

April 21, 2014

Giving Tree Fundraiser at Waterworks Irvine!
April 20th, 2014
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Did you know that May is Water Safety Month? In celebration, Waterworks is hosting a fundraiser to give families in need the gift of water safety! We will be selling “apples” worth $1, $5, and $10 to put on our “giving tree” at the front office! There are also special $50 “apples” as well. You can put your name on the apple you purchase to see yours on the branches! As we receive donations, our tree will bloom with all your apples to show us getting closer to our goal. Our goal for this great cause is $1500 and the fundraiser doesn’t stop ‘til we reach it! 
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We are currently taking donations, so stop by the front desk the next time you’re nearby and help some families in need! Let’s reach that goal!
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Thank you, everybody!

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Waterworks Irvine: Merit Badge Programs!

April 21, 2014
Here at Waterworks Aquatics in Irvine, we love to get involved in our local community.
One of our top programs is our Boy Scout Merit Badge Courses.
All classes are taught by CPR and First Aid Instructors, who are also registered Boy Scouts America Adults and Merit Badge Counselors
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All year long we offer courses in either of two categories:
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1. The Swimming Merit Badge
Boy Scouts will be introduced to or improve technique in all 4 competitive swim strokes.
They will also discuss the prevention and treatment of water related emergencies,
as well as review First Aid, CPR, and Safe Swimming Practices.
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2. The Lifesaving Merit Badge
Boy Scouts will learn to identify and react to emergency situations commonly encountered in aquatic environments.
They will also learn and perform a wide range of water and land based rescue techniques,
as well as review/demonstrate First Aid, CPR, and Lifesaving skills.
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Both classes are $40 and they offer lifetime skills to help others in the water.
If your child may need additional help in the water, please feel free to sign up for lessons for a brush up.
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If you desire any additional information, please contact us at (949) 450-0777!

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