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To think that when I pay £20 per month for swimming lessons

(20 Posts)
farendofafart Tue 02-Dec-14 17:41:32

... I shouldn't have to fork out £3.50 every time DD passes a stage just for a certificate and badge?

I know it seems trivial but I'm a lone parent on benefits at the moment, and I struggle just to find the £20 monthly fee, let alone extras.

Besides - £3.50 for a sheet of paper and a fabric patch? Really??

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 02-Dec-14 17:44:28

Yanbu.

I have the same with dd. There's no way you can't buy them. either

CMP69 Tue 02-Dec-14 17:45:09

We don't pay extra for badges/certificates/etc. It's all included in the lesson prices. YANBU

shakemysilliesout Tue 02-Dec-14 17:46:17

I pay £28 per month plus £3.50 for badges. Badges and cert are optional. Badges are once a term. How often are yours? I don't mind paying for badges termly but I wouldn't every month/ 6 weeks. I find swimming a good value activity tbh

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 02-Dec-14 17:47:26

£20?! Round here it's £56 per month.

Coffeethrowtrampbitch Tue 02-Dec-14 17:49:04

Yanbu. I paid £45 for dd to have gymnastics lessons. She was off three weeks in a row due to holiday and illness. Then she was removed from lessons because if you are off for three weeks you lose your place. This would be fine if they had mentioned it when I booked, because then I would have found her something else.

I think they should mention all additional charges and t&c's when they take your money, it's very unfair otherwise.

Scholes34 Tue 02-Dec-14 17:49:05

You don't have to have the badges and certificates. I've no idea what happened to the badges and certificates my children got. Probably binned them.

Doublethecuddles Tue 02-Dec-14 17:50:34

I used to "forget my purse " when it was badges night. It never really bothered DC if praised the effort of going up a level. I never sewed the badges on , so perhaps that helped!

3boys40 Tue 02-Dec-14 17:50:47

gosh thats expensives. ours were £2.00.

Hurr1cane Tue 02-Dec-14 17:55:16

Bloody hell I pay £20 per lesson, with no badges.

farendofafart Tue 02-Dec-14 17:55:41

I know I don't have to have them, but it made DD so proud and happy - her first ever!

The poster paying £56 per month, surely that's for one to one lessons? DD is in a group of up to 10.

Rowgtfc72 Tue 02-Dec-14 18:35:31

We used to pay £54 for a terms lessons. Groups ranged from 3 up to ten children. We were always lucky and dd was in small groups. Badge and certificate was £2.

Purplepoodle Tue 02-Dec-14 18:36:24

If instructor is selling them for what they brought them and they gave them for free it would wipe any money made on the lesson

threepiecesuite Tue 02-Dec-14 18:42:45

I pay £9 a lesson, 2 in the class. Badges are free.

Jamrollypolly Tue 02-Dec-14 19:01:06

I pay £60 a term, for a group lesson & £4.00 per certificate/badge. DS has had 3 badges this term.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 02-Dec-14 19:05:35

I agree with the OP though. Our school charges us £2.50 for a badge and I do resent it oh so much. I might have not exactly tried to hide it the last time blush

EduCated Tue 02-Dec-14 19:09:50

Depends if the £20 is costed to cover the price of the badges or not, and if/what profit they make on them.

If the cost of lessons only covers costs and doesn't really make any profit, and badges are sold at cost price as an optional extra, YABU.

If they're makihg a healthy profit off both, then YANBU.

PlanetCodeine Tue 02-Dec-14 19:30:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

minionmadness Tue 02-Dec-14 19:38:44

YANBU... We pay £20 pm for each child, badges and certificates are free and we got free swim bags.

Our package also entitles us to an additional 3 weekly activities at the sports centre.

BackforGood Tue 02-Dec-14 19:40:29

Well, this way, you have the option of getting the certificates and badges or not. The alternative would be to add the cost onto the lesson prices, and then you have to pay for them whether you want them or not.

I have to say £3.50 sounds a lot, but the principle is right.

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