I’ve taken my children swimming since they were babies and think it’s really important to get them used to the water from a young age and able to swim.
My daughter did the pre-school swimming lessons at Haltemprice from being aged 3 until going to school. Her water confidence improved dramatically; from not wanting to get her face wet at all to happily splashing around, ducking underwater and swimming a width with a woggle or float. The pre-school sessions were mid-week afternoons when it was nice and quiet and I really enjoyed the 30 minutes of sitting down (with a hot coffee from the café) and watching her! It was my few minute of peace in the day. For both the pre-school and after school classes in the small pool the teacher is in the water with the children, so parents/grandparents can sit and watch through the glass in the viewing area of the café. After us both getting in the water up to this point I really enjoyed not getting wet myself!
My daughter started school in September and we moved her into the after school swimming lessons for school age children. The teacher she had for pre-school classes, Nicky, also teaches the after school class so we kept the same teacher and having a familiar face really helped her settle in and she transitioned into the new classes really well. Nicky is fantastic with the children and my daughter absolutely loves her. Nicky also teaches the pre-school and after school Haltemprice gymnastic sessions which my daughter does too so we see a lot of Nicky during the week!
She has made such good progress in the lessons and can now confidently manage a width on her own; she got her 5 metre badge at the end of February and passed her first grade.
There are a lot of lessons going on at the same time but the 30 minute lessons start every 15 minutes so there is not a rush on the showers and changing rooms as everyone changes over. There is also plenty of seating to watch the lessons through the glass from the café. The changing rooms are communal which is really useful for both me and my husband taking both our son and daughter, we can always both be with the children in the same changing room.
My son is 8 and has previously had lessons at Haltemprice too. He started when he was 5 and did them for a couple of years until he could swim really well. We stopped the lessons last year as he was a confident swimmer but I noticed recently that his technique was getting a bit lazy (what was once a slick front crawl was now looking distinctly doggy paddle style) and his swim stamina was dropping, barely managing a length when we took him swimming as weekends. So it was back into lessons for him too! Haltemprice run 10 week blocks and a new block was starting last week so we started him on a new course (although you can join mid-way through a block if there are spaces in the class).
He went back to one of the teachers he’s had before, Amy, and absolutely loved his first lesson, he came out of the pool buzzing and with a renewed enthusiasm for swimming! His lessons are in the bigger pool and the children did a lot of lengths using a float in different ways to practice different elements of the strokes. The pool has a movable floor so they can vary the depth to suit the class in the lesson.
He’s very keen to go at the weekend to show us what he’s learned; any child on swimming lesson gets to swim at Haltemprice for free at any time other time so that’s a big bonus and cost saving. The lessons overall are very good value for money at £48 for a block of 10 weeks. There is a maximum of 8 children per class so they aren’t too big and both of my children have progressed fast.
The other benefit to swimming at Haltemprice is the rest of the facilities. The café does good food at very reasonable prices so we often tag on an after school tea with swimming or gymnastics lessons. There is the library too so we can choose and swap books and the park outside is great when the weather is nice. I drink a lot of coffee and I’m quite particular about good coffee; luckily the Haltemprice café is one of the best cups of coffee I have found, which is a good job as I get one for each lesson and quickly fill up my loyalty card for a free one!
To find out more about swimming lessons at Haltemprice call them on 01482 393980 or visit their website here.
For all new customers they also have 20% off a block of lessons (ends 31st March ’19), find out all details about that on the Mumbler Offers page here.
NB This is an Advertorial Blog for East Riding Leisure, East Riding of Yorkshire Council