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Our annual Halloween Survival Week was a huge success!

While we are always teaching our students water survival, during our annual Fall Survival Week we did a bit more: During all swim lessons in Jersey City, Bayonne and Secaucus that week, we asked our students to wear regular street clothes in addition to their bathing suits – and because it’s was Halloween week, we encouraged dressing up for the occasion during swim lessons. Our staff was leading the way with an array of creative costumes, even the instructors in the water.

Why teach kids to swim in their clothes for survival week?

In a word: safety. As we teach students water survival techniques, one important lesson is learning to navigate the water while fully clothed. After all, anyone who accidentally falls into a pool may not be dressed for it. Understanding the weight of their clothes underwater and how their body moves in them, brings a whole new level of appreciation and skill.

What does it feel like to be in the water in clothing with no goggles? How would you get yourself out of that situation? What do you do in the case of a water emergency involving a friend? How do you get yourself safely to the pool edge to climb out?

Our students learn all of these things and more, it’s not just about swimming! And a bit of fun along the way…

Swim instructor in cowboy halloween costume

Child swimming in the pool with parent and swim instructor

Child floating in the pool with a swim instructor

Child floating on a lily pad in the pool

Child in halloween costume at the pool






British Swim School is the leading provider of premier swimming lessons in the U.S. for anyone from 3-month old babies, kids, special needs and adults. We now teach swimming year-round out of heated indoor pools in Jersey City, Bayonne, Secaucus and Weehawken, servicing all of Hudson County including Hoboken, Edgewater and Union City. With a history of over 35 years, we provide swim lessons to over 13,000 students every week across the nation, always in small groups, using our award-winning fun, happy and goal-oriented method.

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