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Largo, Florida - United States





LIFE LESSONS "swimming"

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a timid one year old

Our daughter Hillary, age 2 has been taking lessons with Brooke for over a year and we are thrilled. Hillary started as a timid one year old who would cry when it was time to swim and now she is eager to see Coach Brooke and develops or enhances a new skill after each lesson. She now is blowing bubbles in the water, beginning to master the art of floating, as well as pulling herself out of the pool. Brooke has a wonderful way with young children, and understands the needs of an individual child. Hillary always looks forward to seeing Miss Brooke and has a lot of respect for her as a teacher. I appreciate Brooke's professionalism, consistency, and positive attitude. I am very comfortable and confident with Coach Brooke's approach and impressed with Hillary's progress. My favorite part is the guarantee of an Olympic gold medal some day! parent ~Jessica


When Landyn first started lessons with Brooke, she refused to get her face wet and insisted upon floating in a small inner tube. Landyn has a lot of energy but was scared of being in the water. We had done previous swim lessons with another organization but did not have good results; Landyn would cry as we were turning into the parking lot. This broke my heart since swim safety is so important, as we live in Florida with water and swimming pools everywhere. Brooke was instrumental in turning all of that around for Landyn. Brooke had extreme patience with Landyn and gave her the skills that will last her the rest of her life. I am so grateful that Brooke was able to conquer that initial fear and give Landyn the skills and confidence to be a swimmer. She has been able to capture all of Landyn’s high energy and help her focus it into swimming at a level that I never thought would be possible at five years old. She is excited every week to go to swim! Landyn’s swim abilities have also given my husband and I peace of mind because I can now feel safe with my child around the water. I am so happy that Landyn has Ms. Brooke and now Ms. Emily at BBSA to continue to learn techniques and the skills necessary to continue swimming for years to come. parent ~Landyns' parents


Our son has been taking lessons with Brooke and her team since he was 10 months old. From the beginning, Brooke made sure that he had a positive experience with the water. Introducing playing and fun while also teaching him life saving techniques has him laughing and playing throughout his lessons and learning to love the water. parent ~Hendrixs' parents


“If you fail to prepare, you've prepared to fail" - Mark Spitz If you have the opportunity to enroll your child in Brooke Bennett's Swim Academy - DO IT! There is no substitute for having a 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and her staff being hands on with your child. The training they will receive, coming from an individual that has “Been there, done that”, is literally beyond words. My son, Colton, has been training with Brooke since 2015 and I will tell you that he has benefited both physically and mentally from his training with Brooke. The confidence he has gained has also been a huge factor in regards to his training. When a Gold medalist jumps in your lane and shows you a better way, your child tends to listen! Thanks Brooke! parent ~Steve

Frequently Asked Questions

The bath tub is a perfect place to practice many skills for swimming. Help your child learn how to deal with water in their eyes by not wiping them with a towel and teaching them to blink it out of their eyes. Teach them to blow bubble in the water by putting a toy in front of them and making them move it with blowing their bubbles. Help them with floating on their back by letting them lay in the tub with their head back, ears in the water and their belly up. If your children don’t take baths anymore, practice blowing bubbles for 3 seconds by putting cheerios on the table and allowing them to blow it across the table for 3 seconds, taking one breath and blowing again for 3 seconds (Make it fun by having a race between you and your child). Practice kicking with straight legs and pointed toes on the couch.
Goggles can be a great tool AFTER they know how to swim without them. Our main goal with swim lessons is to get them safe around the water. If children fall in the pool without goggles on, we want them to know how to get to safety without worrying about the water in their eyes. Once they are comfortable without them, the best type to get is a pair with two straps in the back. Having two straps will help stabilize the googles and keep them in place. Also, we discourage the use of masks because of the piece that covers the nose. A huge part of swimming is breathing technique and learning to blow bubbles through the nose and mouth. Masks hinder that process. Also, water can get caught in them and cause the child to get water in their nose more frequently.
Each child is different. They all learn at different paces. The best thing to do is reinforce what we are doing in the pool at home by allowing them to practice skills without a lifejacket under careful supervision. Keep them in swim lessons so that they don’t regress during long breaks.
As early as possible! We have classes for infants (Water Babies) all the way through adults.
First, let me say that lifejackets should not be used when you are playing in the pool with your child. It provides a false sense of security in your child and limits mobility. It also gives you the false sense of security that with a lifejacket on, your child is completely safe in the water. With limited mobility, your child can get stuck in a position that they can’t get out of. I have seen at times where a child in a lifejacket tries to swim under railing on a ramp or at the stairs and the top of the lifejacket gets stuck on the railing, trapping them under water. I am not saying that you should never use a lifejacket, I am saying that having a lifejacket can be hurtful rather than helpful in certain situations and you should still use caution in the water. The time most needed for a lifejacket is in a boat. A coast guard approved lifejacket is best. You can check the inside on the label to see whether or not it’s a Coast Guard approved life jacket. Water Wings do not count and are very dangerous. Children can easily slip out of them and it forces their arms to be above their head in the water. If they do not have the upper body strength to stay up, their head will sink below their arms.

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