When the Easter holidays came around, I panicked for what to do with my 3 year old boy. So when I saw the Swim World holiday programme – four days of swimming for $50 – I thought what a great idea.
Ten minutes through the first lesson, however, I wondered what I was doing there. He was obviously too young.
My boy was throwing floats into the water. He proceeded to have a meltdown and screamed when I handed him over to his teacher. Day 2: He didn't have a meltdown but he was sobbing and had to have his own private instructor (babysitter) again. Day 3: He refused to change into his bathers.
Fellow parents gave me empathetic looks. "At least you tried. You never know till you try. It's okay, my son was like that too." I was ready to pack up and go home when my son suddenly decided he would change. The next fifteen minutes he was laughing and following instructions with the rest of his classmates as if he'd been with them all year long.
We unfortunately didn't have a good experience with Swimworld, Glen Waverley. I found their practice to be outdated (ive recently completed 2 swim teacher courses with AUSSWIM) and there was a lot of crying. I asked 3 people at swimworld about this. They all said it was normal. One even said 25 minutes of crying in a 30 minute lesson was acceptable. This seemed cruel to me not fun at all so we didn't go back. I believe there is a great centre in Chelsea and another in Hallam.
Yes I have changed centre since because the teacher he had left and he couldn't adjust to the others. When he was in the class before though he only objected just before going in. Once he was in, he was happy.
I agree with you about the crying. I wouldn't be happy with 25 mins of crying, maayybe if it was the first class. Sorry you had a bad experience. Hope you find a better place. Sometimes it could just be about finding the right instructor?