Folks, I have been stalking Great Wolf Lodge for quite some time now and I have some amazing news for my peeps in the Southwest region – we are getting a Great Wolf! Yup, you heard that right. Great wolf Lodge is opening up in Colorado Springs in just a few short months! So close, so fun – what an amazing indoor water-park right in our backyard surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Colorado Springs! I am so excited! Woohoo! Here we come indoor water park – here we come!
I love swimming with the kiddos and we can sleep in (almost) any old hotel room, so long as the pool is warm and inviting! You might not think about pool safety on your winter vacation, but why not? You and the family hit the indoor Jacuzzi in your sweet hotel after a day of hitting the bunny slopes and forget all the days worries. I know I have not given a second thought to swimming pool safety since the cold winter months moved in on us, but just because we aren’t at the pool every day doesn’t mean that we don’t need a little refresher on swimming safety. Especially when we head to Colorado Springs for the Great Wolf Lodge Grand Opening in a few weeks! Woot Woot! My kids are little fish and swim nearly every day throughout the summer – but I know that their skills have gotten a little rusty in the past few months. I would hate to put them on one of the many water slides without giving them a little refresher on the rules of the pool. These tips from The United States Swim School Association are great reminders to even the most veteran swimmer to keep us all safe during our holiday getaway!
- Before heading to the pool, gather all the family together to keep youngsters from straggling behind. Those slippery little boogers think they get to run around like little maniacs on vacay, so make sure you’ve gone over the rules of the pool with them before-hand. Because good freakin’ luck catching them once you’ve released them into the fun.
- Designate a parent to be the “water watcher”. There has to be at least one responsible adult in your group who doesn’t mind sitting on the side lines listening to a never ending stream of “hey watch this” and the occasional cannon-ball splash.
- Take the time to familiarize the kids with the swimming pool. Make sure they know where the shallow and deep ends are and where the ladders and stairs are. Also make sure they know if there are areas of the pool that are off limits to them.
- When visiting a hotel with an indoor water-park, Like Great Wolf Lodge, you will have lifeguards available, but you shouldn’t rely only on the lifeguards to watch your kids. You’re going to want to be right in on the action snapping all the insta-worthy moments in Chinook Cove anyhow!
- Water Wings a pool floats are great support for a not-so-strong swimmer but they are no substitution for parental supervision!
- Always go to the hotel pool with your kids. You know you wanna.
- Cold weather destinations aren’t a guarantee of water safety. Water that is frozen can be very dangerous. Don’t let those little shits recreate the knuckle-puck scene from The Mighty Ducks on a pond that looks like it might hold them, leave that to dad.
- Before heading out on the open road to grandma’s for the holidays, make sure that you have your swimming pool secured. Check fences and secure coverings to keep others safe while you are not around to keep watch.
Swimming lessons have been on the books for each of my kiddos since infancy. I love to be in the water just as much as the kids do, so it is important that they know how to be safe while having fun. If you’re interested in finding a USSSA accredited swim school near you, visit the website at http://www.usswimschools.org. You can find great resources for you and your children to get them ready for the trip to Great Wolf Lodge!