I believe one hundred percent that swimming is a worthwhile, wonderful activity for you and your baby to enjoy together. I'm also the mum of two young girls, and I remember very vividly what the newborn stage is like and know how challenging life with toddlers and young children can be.
I remember what it's like to have a night with very little sleep. I remember the frustration of having a baby who decides to nap just at the second you need to leave the house.
At a time when money is tight for a lot of families, signing up to a term of swimming lessons can feel like a stretch too far - especially when it feels like there are a million reasons you might not make the class every week.
And that's why I've set up Pay as you Swim - you commit to and pay for one lesson at a time - if you or your baby are off colour, you haven't lost out financially. If you've been up all night with a teething baby, you can take it easy the next day and come and join us again when you're both ready.
How does it work?
Classes will run on Tuesday mornings during term time at Whitings Hill, Barnet at the following times:
10.00am: Babies aged 4 months - 1 year
10.30am: Children aged 2-3.5 years
11.00am: Babies aged 1 -2 years
£13.50 per class (or £12.50 per class if you sign up for the term in advance, paying by bank transfer or monthly direct debit).
What to expect
The lessons run in much the same way as any of my Parent and Child classes. I use the same toys, songs, holds, moves and techniques as I would if you booked for a block of lessons. The term will be structured so that you can dip in and out of the classes - I can modify each activity to make it more challenging for swimmers who have attended more of the classes and simpler for newcomers. I specialise in working with you and your child at your level.
As always, my lessons are relaxed and play-based - a time for you and your baby to enjoy the water and pick up some new skills and confidence together.
Frequently asked questions
Why do I need to register before I come along?
It's important to register so I have your name and contact details, as well as your child's medical history. When I have your email address I can send you the access codes so that you can get in to the pool and know what to bring to your lesson. If for any reason a class was cancelled, I would be able to do my best to let you know ahead of time if I have your mobile number and email address.
How will I know whether there will be space for me to join a class?
I use an online booking system on the website which will allow you to prebook your class, either paying in advance or choosing to pay on the day. The booking page will show you whether or not there are available spaces for the time you choose.
What is the maximum number of swimmers in each class?
I take up to ten swimmers in each class for parent and child sessions.
Do you run Pay as you Swim classes at the weekend?
Unfortunately I don't currently have space to run Pay as you Swim during my weekend classes. I'm always on the lookout for new pools to hire, so if I have more pooltime in the future it is something I will add to the weekend provision.
Can I switch to a pre-booked course mid-term?
Of course! If you find you're coming swimming every week, a pre-booked course is definitely a more cost-effective way to enrol. As long as I have space, I can switch you across and you can pay pro-rata, either in advance or by monthly direct debit for the remaining lessons of that term.
What if we miss a session?
Babies enjoy routine, rhythm and familiarity, and for that reason I use a lot of repetition in all my classes. Pay as you Swim in particular will build on a fundamental core of swimming skills which will be repeated from week to week. If you or your child are finding something challenging, we can simplify it - if it's too easy we can extend the practice. The lessons and routine are designed to be dipped in and out of!
Which payment types do you accept?
You can pay by card in advance of the lesson online, and then on the day I can also take cash payments.
What do I need to bring?
All babies who aren't yet using the toilet should wear a disposable swimming nappy and a neoprene swimming nappy, ensuring there is a tight seal around the tummy and legs. Then you just need your swimsuit and towels and you're ready to go!
What if I change my mind after booking?
Booking confirms your space and stops another swimmer from taking it. If you change your mind, for any reason (medical or otherwise) after booking, no refunds or catch up lessons will be offered. If you have booked and planned to pay on the day, please email me to let me know that you won't attend.
When can I book?
You can book in advance for any lessons listed on the calendar. Booking closes 24 hours in advance for each class.