Explore: Mary McCool's Swim School:
Swimming is a great way to stay active but also very important in life. There are many summer circumstances where knowing how to swim to safety or back float could save your child's life. Here in Bend, Planet Nanny checked out Mary McCool's Swim School.
She has a major following and from personal experience, does a stellar job teaching the kiddos how to swim in her salt water pool. Mary and her daughter Molly have a very structured approach that might not be for every family. They are strong and firm instructors that provide a safe encouraging environment to teach children to swim in. Mary and Molly work through the cries(that normally don't last past the first session) of children and keep going for the 1/2 hour lesson. In the end, the child learn that this is a fun activity, and even though swimming can be hard, it's also potentially lifesaving. The pool has a shallow end that most toddlers can stand on their own in and is roped off. The rest of the large pool gradually gets deeper. Normally you will see younger children in the morning classes and after school; all different ages and swimming abilities. An added bonus: at the end of each session (if the kiddo is a good listener) there is a rope swing that they get three swings with. The rope swing is great for a positive reinforcement during the lesson (and as a parent/nanny before to get the kids excited for the lesson!) They also learn to use their back floating skills to get to the ladder (with Mary and Molly's assistance, of course).
Where: 61900 Gosney Road. Bend, Oregon
Booking a Lesson: Mary likes to keep everything old school and it wasn't until a few years ago that there was even a phone number to be found online to reach her. Currently you can reach her at (541)-350-2449. The lessons last 1/2 hour and can be private (just your child) or semi private (2 children of equal swimming level/age). Make sure to check in with Mary about your child's spot since she uses a 6 month scheduling system. You wouldn't want to lose your place!
Cost: $20 for semi private lesson | $25 for private lessons
Payment is made at Mary's in the form of cash or check. She has a small black basket on the wall behind the table that you slip your payment into and a notebook on the table that you list your child's name, check # and amount or cash amount. You can always pay in advance for the next session or month.