Jump to content

Swimming lessons/classes pools in Vic feedback wanted please


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 cb2

Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

Hi
Posting here for more traffic
For those in Vic I am after some feedback on any of then mentioned pools/classes for a toddler

Aquarena

Nunawading pool

Babyswim Blackburn

Healthways Mont Albert

Bubbles Swim school (private lady)



What are these places like?
Facilities?
Do you find with the bigger public pools that your LO would /did get distracted

Can you recommend any other really good pools with great teachers
Suburbs willing to travel to: Whitehorse/Manningham/ Booroondara/ Monash close in such as Glen Waverley, Knox will go as far as Wantirna, Ringwood

Thanks in advance
also any tips/advice of what to look for when enquiring about swim classes I realise that under 2 it is pretty much water familarisation but what from there on???
Thanks


#2 StarKingdom

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:30 PM

We haven't done lessons at Nunawading, but we go there a bit and have seen the classes.

I wouldn't have my kids do lessons there.  It is very noisy and busy.  I don't know how the kids can hear the instructors.  I know of some people who have left there recently as they have not been happy - I think the main reason being that the classes are more crowded due to the extras being taken on while Box Hill Aqualink is being refurbished.

They have moved onto Healthways in Ringwood and are happy with that.

Personally, I can recommend Swim Like A Fish in Ringwood.  We have been going there for 3+ years.  For my kids (6 & 7 years old) there are no more than 4 to a class and no more than 2 classes at a time.  Water familiarisation has maybe 8 - 10 bubs and parents in the pool at a time.

If you look at water familiarisation as fun play then there is no harm in going.  My kids went from 2yo (DS) and 18mth old (DD).  I don't regret it at all.  But from my observations, kids that start lessons at 4yo nearly catch up to the kids that do it earlier, although some seem to lack in confidence.

From when each of my kids turned around 5.5yo I've been happy to watch them from the sidelines as they jump into deep water and swim to the edge confidently by themselves.

I've got no real advice about what to look for as all I know is I'm happy with what we have.



#3 froggy1

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

We use Nunawading and are pretty happy with it - but StarKingdom is right, it has got busier lately. We've had a good run there and are probably too lazy to investigate anything else! But really, I'm finding myself really happy with the quality of my 7yo's swimming in particular - she's had excellent instruction and has very good technique. I dragged my mother along to watch a lesson and she was extremely impressed with the focus on good technique (and she taught swimming for 20 years). So from that perspective I'm happy to stay.

Edited by froggy1, 04 February 2013 - 07:42 PM.


#4 libbylu

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

Although I live in Melbourne, we are in the inner north so use a different set of pools.  But, there are a few things to consider when picking a swim school.
Some private pools may be quieter, but may not allow you to stay in the water and play after (or before) your lesson.  This extended play time makes a big difference in how confident kids get, and is just fun, really - giving you better value for money.  At a public pool, as the kids get older you can meet up with friends with kids of similar age and enjoy the experience together etc.
Also, the instructors can make a lot of difference.
I would visit the pools and watch a lesson and see what you think.
Even in pools that seem very noisy from the edge, when you are down at water level, bobbing around with your little one in your arms, it can be less of an issue.  


#5 StarKingdom

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE (libbylu @ 04/02/2013, 08:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Some private pools may be quieter, but may not allow you to stay in the water and play after (or before) your lesson.  This extended play time makes a big difference in how confident kids get, and is just fun, really - giving you better value for money.


Yes, that is true.  We've never had that luxury and we pay for recreational swimming at other pools, such as Nunawading.

#6 ubermum

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

To be honest, I wouldn't and I didn't waste my time and money with swim classes at that age. I took my kids to the pool with a bag of toys and we got in and played. I used the Uswim program with them. It meant I didn't have to pay for classes they missed through illness, make up classes at different times or be stuck with a certain time we had to go every week. I was also able to choose a time to go when the pool was quiet and go to a pool who had facilities that best suited our circumstances.

Now that my kids are in first and second year of primary, they get lessons through school for part of the year and I enrolled them in Vicswim as a two week block in the recent holidays (total cost $5 per lesson per child plus pool entry). They are both as good if not better in the pool than most kids their age, including the ones that did structured lessons from a young age.

#7 tiggy2

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

My kids have done classes at aqualink box hill, nunawading, Ashburton an Healthways over the years.
For the under 6s I would recommend Healthways. The pool is small, warm and salt water. My kids both went blue from the cold in the pools at box hill and nunawading. It's also distracting having so many people around.

Ashburton is worth considering too, the small kids are on the warm smaller pool and you can have a play swim there too, which you can't at Healthways.

I'm really happy wih Healthways though.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.

The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

The newest Bugaboo Bee ? the Bee3 ? offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

We lost three babies in two years

Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.

Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.

My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don?t bond with your baby

They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

WIN two Sea-Bands plus $1000

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band Prize Pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos Gift Card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.