When we lived in Bentonville, we had the BEST neighborhood pool (that we never knew we needed until we had it) (and that also was fully supplied with wonderful people and kids to hang out with for hours every day during the summer) and Sloane and Reece took full advantage of it! Tess, on the other hand, was just a teeny baby our last summer at the pool so her water days are definitely minuscule compared to her siblings.
I have thought about swim lessons for her for awhile and then was approached by Goldfish Swim School about working together and I thought, “This is prefect timing!” So I vowed to give my very objective opinions to you all on the staff, the facility, the swim program during the course of our lessons.
And on day one, I will tell you that I LOVE it.
Just call me ‘Hard to Please’! 🙂
The first order of business when we walked in was to get our new swim diaper that you get when you sign up (not DISPOSABLE, but an actual swim diaper that can be washed every time, which IS so friggin’ handy and much cheaper than buying the darn disposable ones that I despise) as well as a bag (that we will use to bring our towels and swimsuits in) and a few card with information including the cost, the different swim programs, passes for free family swims (ummm… yes!).
We didn’t just get this because I’m blogging about them, EVERYONE who signs up gets this!
We got a tour of the facility so we would know or way around and there are lots of decent-sized changing rooms – it’s not one big locker room (whew! I had visions of junior high and high school gym class flashing in my brain). They also have a nice area with a diaper changing station as well as a bar set up with numerous hair dryers.
And it was clean. Which to me, is SO huge. If it felt like it was gross, it would have thrown the experience off for me.
Because I’m ridiculous.
We got changed and went back to wait on our lesson to begin and because I forgot to look at what time our lesson started (#momfail), we had extra to sit and wait. Luckily, they have an area with toys and books for the little ones. As well as a big snack station that Tess basically stared at.
She somehow accepted my bribe of a sucker once her class was over and luckily, we went right into our class without too much sucker drama!
I must note… in other swim classes we have done with the kids when a parent has to participate, I have made Matt do it. For many reasons. But mainly because I didn’t want to freeze in the water (or put a swimsuit on). Luckily, Goldfish keeps their pools at 90 degrees so I was A-OK with hopping in (not OK with the swimsuit on and my super-duper bright white scary skin). It was a small class, which was great, and the instructor showed us the ropes as class went on. They do the same thing every week, which for this age, is perfect because it helps them to get acclimated and repetition is key!
It was a quick 30-minute class, which worked well for us because Tess was saying “all gone” – which means all done – by minute eight. She was not a fan of me dipping her head under the water and also she hadn’t forgotten about the sucker treat!
We hopped out when it was over and dried off – there are showers with soap to rinse your kid and their hair off if you want right by the pool. Tess was not having that, so we went and got our clothes on and got her sucker!
We have only taken swim lessons at our gym before, so taking them from a swim school was new for us. I can tell you that I’m so happy we are doing this and I think it will be a really fun way to introduce Tess to the life of the pool!
Just a few notes… There are Goldfish Swim School locations in 23 states. You can sign up for lessons at any time – they aren’t session-based. Swim lessons can start at the age of four months and go until they are 12, so there are MANY options! And lastly, this would be a GREAT place for a birthday party.
We’ve got two months of swim lessons ahead of us and I will post updates at the halfway point and at the end. And Tess will be thrilled for weekly suckers from the snack counter. 🙂