We’re now three lessons into our new term with Puddle Ducks and there’s been some changes. Although Amy is still a “Kicker” and is therefore repeating the term we’ve already done, we have changed our lesson time and consequently our teacher. The main reason for changing our lesson time was because the Friday lunchtime class clashed with Amy’s playgroup sessions which she started last week. I was a bit sad that changing our lesson time also meant changing teacher but I was pleased that we were able to stay at the same venue.
Puddle Ducks swimming lessons take place at a range of different venues with ranging facilities, some pools are warmer than others, some are schools, others gyms. Our pool at DW Fitness isn’t especially warm but it’s far more comfortable than our local council sports centre (Ben used to go visibly blue when he was little!) I quite like that our pool isn’t overly warm as that’s the norm isn’t it? Swimming pools are cold. I don’t want Amy getting used to a bath-like pool only to get the shock of her life when we take her somewhere else! The facilities at DW Fitness are great, there’s plenty of parking, the changing rooms are spacious and clean, there’s a little spectator area and a reasonably priced cafe if you need a bit of lunch or a hot drink. All these little things add up to make our swimming experience just that little bit easier! (Far easier than the mad rush I experience trying to get the big two sorted at their council run lessons – small car park, small changing rooms, freezing cold pool, over heated spectator area . . . the list goes on. Maybe I should move them to Puddle Ducks lessons too!)
I must admit to being quite surprised by the difference that the change in timing has made to Amy’s lessons. It’s worth bearing in mind how your little one’s swimming lesson fits into their routine. Amy’s 12pm lesson was basically right on lunch time and she would almost always fall asleep in the car on the way home as she was so worn out. Now she has an 11am lesson and she just seems to be so much more able to cope with things – she’s not tired, she’s not hungry and she’s generally just more prepared to get on with it. Another little girl from our Friday class happened to swap to the Monday class at the same time and her Mummy has commented the exact same thing. So definitely a top tip – make sure that your lesson timing suits your child! It might seem like a little thing but Amy is getting even more out of her lessons now than she was before! (It also means that our day just pans out better as we get more time in the afternoon for a sleep or to get some jobs done in the Trafford Centre).
So how has the change in teacher been for Amy? We had met Clare before when we went for a bonus lesson in the Autumn so I already knew she was lovely. I mentioned to Amy a number of times before her lesson that we were going to see her new teacher so that it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise. She still asks for Sarah but the change in teacher certainly hasn’t done her any harm. In fact I think the change has actually done her good as it’s a bit “new teacher, new rules” and she has been much braver about demonstrating swims with Clare, going under the water and even jumping in for the first time on her own last week! (I’m a bit sad for Sarah that these are all things she worked so hard towards but now isn’t getting to see!)
What’s also really lovely is that as we are completing a second “Kickers” term Amy is able to take part in all of the early sessions and really absorb them instead of clinging to me like a little limpet. Repeating sessions and activities from the start really does show how far she has come and allows her to develop even further before she moves into the next stage.
*Amy currently swims free of charge with Puddle Ducks for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*