Vote: Best Swim Instruction Program in Northeast Arkansas

Vote: Best Swim Instruction Program

Hello, my fishie family!! We need your help! We would love to have your vote for Best Swim Instruction Program for Kids in the NEA Kids’ Directory Best Choice Awards!

Here are the rules:

Voting ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Must complete at least 50 percent of ballot (at least 29 categories). Only one ballot per person. Multiple ballots submitted by a single person will be disqualified.

Winners will be announced in the March 2021 issue of NEA Kids’ Directory.

How to vote:

You can cast your vote for us on the official form:…/1FAIpQLSfz…/viewform…

Again, we would absolutely love it if everyone could help us earn the title of Best Swim Instruction Program in Northeast Arkansas! We have been working so hard to provide your littles with the best care possible while they are here, and this would just be the icing on the cake for us!

Thank you so much.


P. S. Don’t forget to get in touch with us and sign your kiddos up for the 2022 training season!

Yaya talks to one of her fishes on the steps her swim school's pool

Our swim school breaks water on KAIT!

Oohhhh!!! We are so excited here at The School of Yaya’s Fishes! Our swim school was featured on KAIT last night.

KAIT Reporter Griffin DeMarrais came out to interview Yaya and swim instructor Madline Chamber, and got a first-hand look at the important work we do at our school. 

See the full report here: The School of Yaya’s Fishes saving a life one stroke at a time

We have so many fun things coming up soon, and we miss our little fishies!

While we aren’t currently in the pool, we are scheduling students. We still have some construction left to do on the new enclosure around our swim area before we can begin classes for the year.

The new enclosure will give us so much more time to work with our littles by giving us shelter from wind and rain. It also retracts backward, so we can still enjoy the beautiful days brought to us in the summer!

Reach out to our swim school to get information on pricing and schedules for 2022. And, don’t forget to remind your friends to sign up, too. We want to train and equip as many infants, toddlers, and children as possible with these critical survival skills, making NEA a SAFE Swim Zone.

Love you all!


Swim classes will continue into Fall!

School has already started for most of the children around here. Our youngest started pre-k this year. Where does time go? Speaking of school…The School of Yaya’s Fishes swim classes will continue into Fall. Even though our schedules have changed, the weather continues to be warm enough for outside activities. Pools are still open and trips to the lake still planned.

 Little ones are curious and carefree making the threat of water accidents still possible. So, as you are thinking about preparing your children with life skills they need for their future, remember the importance of enrolling your children into our S.A.F.E Swim training that equips them with the survival skills crucial to being in and around water.

Again, swim classes will continue into Fall, and as your family begins this new school year keep in mind…The School of Yaya’s Fishes is still taking new students, starting at 6 months.

We will continue our endeavor to train and equip as many infants, toddlers, and children as possible, making this a safer Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas.

Remember…drowning is silent…if they are screaming they are breathing.

Here’s to your lil one earning their fins!


 Swimming Lessons for Infants and Toddlers

I’ve heard it called everything from essential life saving skills to the torture of water boarding. To on lookers, sometimes strangers and sometimes family, infant swimming lessons appear cruel and uncalled for. The new student is “taken” from the parent, many times kicking and screaming, and introduced to the pool. This is just the first in many scary events over the next few weeks. Next, the precious little one hears the call to action, “Ready…Go” and suddenly these little ones grow eight arms and ten legs, trying to cling to anything they can latch on, to no avail. The instructor hears them take a quick breath to scream and that’s the cue…into the water, face first they go. Only to be lifted out of the water by another strange person who repeats the process. Then, on to the back…. The screams that were stifled by the water at first are at full tilt now. What child likes to be “put” on their back…in water? Really? And just to be brought back the next day for more. To me this doesn’t sound like much fun or even  necessary. Until, one day I heard a mama tell the story of the day she was working around their pool, when she looked up to see that her 3 year old had stepped off into water over her head. The mama stood amazed as she watched her precious little one put her newly learned life saving skills into action and reached safety.


Ok, let me ask you a question. Have you ever heard a child drown? Nope? And you probably won’t. Witnesses of children falling into a pool have said that  all they heard was a soft “plunk” and then nothing….No sound!!!! Drowning is silent. Don’t have a pool? It could happen in a bath tub.

So, next time you are deciding whether or not infant/toddler swimming lessons are worth it, remember this:  If they are screaming they are breathing.

Here’s to your little one earning their fins!