Friday Close-Up: Clown Fish Swims

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Justbecause we are city dwellers doesn't mean we can ignore the need to swim. We are living on an island after all! Thankfully, NYC parents have resources such as Clown Fish Swims to help teach their kids the strokes.

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Tricia MacKenzie, Founder of Clown Fish Swims, is certified in American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer and she teaches swim lessons to infants and children at her pool on Manhattan's Upper East Side. She founded ClownFishSwim School in the summer of 2006 with a vision to provide children and adults with the individual attention needed to learn swim skills in a safe, positive, supportive environment.

What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in a safe, positive, personal swim experience with each student.

How does a session go?
Each ClownFishSwim Lesson is 30 minutes. All lessons contain a warm up, skill review, new skill session and a cool down.

How do you give special attention? Student ClownFish Instructor ratio is always 1:4 (or lower) for small children 1:5 for older children and adults.

What is this going to cost?ClownFishSwim costs $70 per 1/2 hour private lesson, then an additional individual is $10 per lesson.

Why is swimming important to a NYC family?
Swimming is important to everyone whether you live in a big city or a small town. Not only is swimming fun and excellent exercise, it is a skill you keep with you for a lifetime. Also, especially as a parent, it is important to learn to swim for the sake of your children and pass along your knowledge to them by enrolling them in swim lessons so you can swim together- a great family activity!

What are some of your favorite "watering holes" for NYC kids?
I love the Tony Dapolito Pool outdoors in the West Village. It's small, quiet, clean and has a very cool mural of Keith Haring... and of course, my ClownFishSwim pool for lessons on East 68th Street at 2nd Ave.

Email tricia@clownfishswim.com to reserve a date and time.

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