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    Swimming classes in the North West

    Hi all

    We've been trying to find swimming classes/lessons in the North West for our 21month old daughter and 4month old son. All the council run courses seem to start from age 4 but we would rather start our children younger than that if possible.

    So far we have found a few private classes for around £10 per class, but a large number of these won't accept our 21month old as they'll only allow children to start if they are under 1!

    Does anyone now of any good classes near them? Also, is anyone else in a similar situation? You never know, if there are enough people locally who would be interested we could arrange our courses, hiring pools and getting qualified instructors in ourselves etc.

    All comments appreciated!

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    Hi
    I would like to send my 4 year old too and we live in northwest. I will be watching this thread
    Wasn't aware that the council ran swimming courses. Are they free by any chance?:thinking:

    Marina;2783384

    HiI would like to send my 4 year old too and we live in northwest. I will … HiI would like to send my 4 year old too and we live in northwest. I will be watching this thread :)Wasn't aware that the council ran swimming courses. Are they free by any chance?:thinking:


    Ours council ones aren't and there is usually a waiting list. Our council pool does run some classes for toddlers (I think they call it splash tots or something) so I'm not sure why the north west ones don't....

    We taught our children to swim ourselves before the age of four, mainly just by throwing them in early and letting them have fun and learn not to drown! I think there is probably a good reason why actual 'lessons' are generally not considered appropriate before that age. Do you think perhaps that your children will be in better hands if you and your partner just bring them to the pool yourselves (somewhere quiet if possible, or at a quiet time)? We are in the NW too btw, but the kids are now in the 6-10 age group so we are a little removed from these issues now. Good luck whatever you choose/find! :thumbsup:

    gari189;2783403

    Ours council ones aren't and there is usually a waiting list. Our council … Ours council ones aren't and there is usually a waiting list. Our council pool does run some classes for toddlers (I think they call it splash tots or something) so I'm not sure why the north west ones don't....


    Thanks for the reply gari:thumbsup:

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    Marina;2783384

    HiI would like to send my 4 year old too and we live in northwest. I will … HiI would like to send my 4 year old too and we live in northwest. I will be watching this thread :)Wasn't aware that the council ran swimming courses. Are they free by any chance?:thinking:



    Hi, I think the council ones are around £3 to £4 a lesson, but not entirely sure. We phoned round a few swimming pools near us (we live in Leigh, nr Wigan) but didn't bother to ask about the prices when we found out we wouldn't be going to anything they offer for at least 2 years!! :lol:

    The annoying thing is that we have nephews in Dartford, Kent and their the council does run courses from around 2 months old!

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    Liddle ol' me;2783420

    We taught our children to swim ourselves before the age of four, mainly … We taught our children to swim ourselves before the age of four, mainly just by throwing them in early and letting them have fun and learn not to drown! I think there is probably a good reason why actual 'lessons' are generally not considered appropriate before that age. Do you think perhaps that your children will be in better hands if you and your partner just bring them to the pool yourselves (somewhere quiet if possible, or at a quiet time)? We are in the NW too btw, but the kids are now in the 6-10 age group so we are a little removed from these issues now. Good luck whatever you choose/find! :thumbsup:



    We have taken them ourselves but we are looking for something more structured. There are certified courses for their age group but none, that I'm aware of, are council run near us.

    For your info, the courses aren't basically handing the children over to someone else to teach them, they help the parents to teach them in an appropriate and fun way. The courses starting under age 1 also encourage taking the children under water as, apparently, they do not panic if they start going underneath early.

    I'm certainly not "dissing" parents doing it on their own, but we just want some reassurance and guidance on what qualified swimming instructors believe is the best way to go about it.

    monkeydo;2783443

    Hi, I think the council ones are around £3 to £4 a lesson, but not e … Hi, I think the council ones are around £3 to £4 a lesson, but not entirely sure.


    I must make enquiries as well as DD keeps asking for both swimming and karate.

    Anything on this link ? all4kidsuk.com/sea…ion

    We have splash tots in Bristol so my nephews/nieces are all proficient and I think it was only about £18 a term. Areas vary I suppose.

    Marina;2783471

    I must make enquiries as well as DD keeps asking for both swimming and … I must make enquiries as well as DD keeps asking for both swimming and karate.



    Karate is good, teaches them discipline. :thumbsup:

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    choc1969;2783803

    Anything on this link ? … Anything on this link ? http://www.all4kidsuk.com/search_result/nokeyword/allareas/Swimming_TuitionWe have splash tots in Bristol so my nephews/nieces are all proficient and I think it was only about £18 a term. Areas vary I suppose.



    Hi, mank thanks for the link. Only had chance for a quick look but it does seem promising at the moment. Will take a closer look later and make some calls, then post my findings on here.

    Cheers :thumbsup:

    i take my girls to manchester aquatics and i can totally recommend it been going for 2yrs now and they love it

    6r old is doing her 50m badge
    4r old is doing her 15m badge as she has her 10m

    very structured and dont take any c**p and only £3.30 a lesson :thumbsup:

    also they take them very young 6m i think as you get in with them at first

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    twoangels;2784079

    i take my girls to manchester aquatics and i can totally recommend it … i take my girls to manchester aquatics and i can totally recommend it been going for 2yrs now and they love it6r old is doing her 50m badge 4r old is doing her 15m badge as she has her 10mvery structured and dont take any c**p and only £3.30 a lesson :thumbsup:also they take them very young 6m i think as you get in with them at first



    Many thanks for this. I tried to phone them but got the answer phone so I've e-mailed them instead. Again, will post findings here.

    Checked on google maps and they reckon I could get there in about 30 minutes! Think that is a bit ambitious myself, but we were considering drives down to Stoke for swimming lessons at the weekend!

    Thanks again

    monkeydo;2784319

    Many thanks for this. I tried to phone them but got the answer phone so … Many thanks for this. I tried to phone them but got the answer phone so I've e-mailed them instead. Again, will post findings here.Checked on google maps and they reckon I could get there in about 30 minutes! Think that is a bit ambitious myself, but we were considering drives down to Stoke for swimming lessons at the weekend!Thanks again



    No problem keep phoning though as they sometimes don't return calls...it is well worth it they only do sat and sunday but it does make it easier for travelling there as roads are queit :thumbsup:

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    twinks;2784408

    Hi, my kids started swimming when they were months old and that was just … Hi, my kids started swimming when they were months old and that was just by taking them when they were babies, then it came naturally to them. When they were a little older I asked one of the swimming instructors how much they charged for private lessons, and they learnt to swim to a very high standard this way. They werent that expensive as they were being taught more intensley on a one on one basis, and were very very good in a short space of time.:)



    Hi, thanks for your reply. I agree that private lessons would probably be good to push them forward, perhaps when they are around 3 to 4 yrs old, or older. If you don't mind me asking, roughly how much was it for, say, 30 mins one-on-one?

    The other problem we've found with taking them ourselves is that the pools can be much too cold for them. My 21 month old daughter often clings to me while shivering, at least while she gets used to the temperature a little. But I can't keep her in the water too long as the wife doesn't like to see her turning blue, especially as she was born with a heart problem (operated on at 7 weeks but doing fine since)! I'm kind of hoping an organised course for youngsters might mean slightly warmer water, as if all the kids and parents thought it was too cold then the organisers might do something about it. Pools we've been to have been of the attitude that "if we turned the temperature up then those swimming lengths would complain it's too hot". Nothing to do with costs then!!!

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    twoangels;2784374

    No problem keep phoning though as they sometimes don't return calls...it … No problem keep phoning though as they sometimes don't return calls...it is well worth it they only do sat and sunday but it does make it easier for travelling there as roads are queit :thumbsup:



    No reply to my e-mail yet so I'll try ringing them again in the morning. Out of interest, is there any car parking on site? If not, where is the best/cheapest place nearby?

    Thanks :thumbsup:

    monkeydo;2789861

    No reply to my e-mail yet so I'll try ringing them again in the morning. … No reply to my e-mail yet so I'll try ringing them again in the morning. Out of interest, is there any car parking on site? If not, where is the best/cheapest place nearby?Thanks :thumbsup:



    At weekend you can park on the road outside if you prefer not to then there i a ncp carpark just across the road and if you swipe your ticket you get a £1.00 off
    There are a lot of road parking though as its opposite the RNCM and other small university buildings :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Sorry to anyone who had been looking out for an update on this, finally had a chance to provide more information.

    We actually just started some lessons for our 2yr and 6m old (1st of a block of 10, costing £36 for the block)
    on Sunday over at Manchester Aquatics. I've been meaning to update my post, or maybe start a new one now.

    The first session was ok:

    [*] the room was warm, but the pool was slightly chilly (still better than
    some places, although the wife reliably informs me that the toddler pool
    at Howe Bridge is warmer!). Room and water temp is high on our list of
    priorities.
    [*] staff slightly disorganised (no-one with a commanding voice to sort out
    the kids into their four groups, hence started late),
    [*] The session basically involved about 4 nursery rhymes at five minute
    intervals with kids either being lifted out of the water or jumping/being
    lifted in from the side. Pretty much what I expected really but will be
    looking at whether our two year old gets anything different if we stay
    there after the first 10 weeks,
    [*] The changing rooms by the side of the pools were inadequate for the
    number of kids (not good to have to wait for one of the two showers in the
    changing room!), so next week we will be getting them changed in the main
    changing rooms on the floor above (despite needing to go up marble stairs
    with wet feet!) which will have the advantage of us being together in a
    cubical rather than needing to go in separate mens/womens changing.

    We're going to see how the remaining 9 weeks go (although we are away for 1) and then make a decision on whether to stick with there or look elsewhere.

    I've been contacted by someone on here whose partner offers swimming lessons in the Bolton area, when I have more details (and then their permission) I'll let you all know.
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