Since the age of three, Oliver has found the water fascinating. Like many parents, Oliver’s Mom was determined to find the best resource for swim lessons. Seems like a relatively easy thing to do, but Oliver is not a neuro-typical kid. Oliver has autism, is non-verbal, and can be a bit aggressive.
Swimming is a life skill but I found out swimmers, and parents, can learn much more during swimming lessons than just how to swim!
As a parent, I am often pleasantly surprised at how much I learn from my kids as they journey through life. It is a rewarding, messy, heartwarming, exciting, exhausting, wild ride! And sometimes it is all of those in one day.
Swimming Questions: Answered
I had a few questions for SwimLabs co-founder, Mike Mann. What better litmus test for swim success than a tried and true veteran? He is a Colorado native who started swimming at the age of six, going on to play Water Polo and swim at the University of New Mexico where he earned his business degree at the Robert Anderson School of Business. Mike continues to participate in Masters Swimming and Water Polo and has earned All American status in both sports. Mike has participated in numerous open water swims, Maui to Lanai open water relay, Trans Tahoe relay race, 5K Big Shoulders Chicago, 13K Galway Bay Swim Ireland, and the 2.4 Rueter-Hess race. Mike currently owns 11 world records in Master swimming and was twice awarded World Master Swimmer of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Mike still coaches masters swimming and insists his success is attributable to his lovely wife of 30+ years Ann and his three beautiful daughters.