Mum and baby swimming

(11 Posts)
Pod1 Thu 13-Sep-07 09:28:30

Can anyone recommend a good local class to get us started in the water? Would love to take my four month old daughter! grin

JOHNSTY Thu 13-Sep-07 12:20:55

there is something called duckling dunk on a monday or tuesday(?) at fulwood leisure centre. it's in the little pool with floats and stuff in the water. its ok, but the the pool is rubbish, just a dull rectangle. priory pool in penwortham is colder but better.

JOHNSTY Thu 13-Sep-07 12:22:43

come and say hello if you go to the fulwood one, you'll know who i am because i'll be the only bloke in the pool.

Pod1 Fri 14-Sep-07 08:56:44

Thanks! Know what you mean about the Fulwood pool - hasn't changed since I was a baby! Might give it a go though!

emmaandisis Mon 17-Sep-07 10:12:32

what age is this for?

JOHNSTY Mon 17-Sep-07 22:14:12

pre schoolers. i went today. i've decided i dont like it because it is too short and not that much different to the pool just being open on a normal day.

annieshaf Thu 20-Sep-07 20:59:23

There is also a small private pool on Durton lane in Fulwood called otters which runs swimming classes for lots of different age groups. I took my ds there for a while until i had learnt what to do with him myself. We now go to fulwood regularly on a sunday morning although this is not an organised class. Would recommend a course of 6 weeks at otters (should cost about £25) just to get you started and then just use the local pools.
Have you been to West View - also has a nice childs pool.

AmberT Tue 04-Mar-08 10:21:30

If you google "water babies" you could find a swimming class near you for you and the little ones. Though I think water babies might just be for very small babies.

Kazza76 Mon 31-Mar-08 22:56:36

I have also been to Otters on Durton Lane and the instructor was really good. We only went for 6 weeks though as it was getting to winter and the pool and changing area was freezing! The changing facilities were also a bit of a non-event to be honest as you just had to go in one big room which got really crowded if there were a lot of you.

I wouldn't rule it out completely though as I'm sure it would be a lot nicer in the summer.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 22-May-08 15:19:49

Update - Otters have recently finished totally altering the changing areas - theres two now, usually too hot rather than freezing, and the loos are much better.

When your kids are old enough for lessons without you in the water, its considerably more expensive than Fulwood but you get to sit in a nice cafe bit and can watch through the glass while you sip lattes.

For future reference, when your kids are about 8 and they and their friends are competent swimmers its a really good place for a birthday party.

Crooksey Fri 23-May-08 12:19:41

The "swimbabes" session at Leyland leisure Centre is fantastic. I have been to a couple of different classes and this one is by far the best. I first took Imogen when she was 12 weeks old. The session is led by a couple of instructors. They help you introduce your baby to the water, get them kicking their legs, swimming with floats and dunking them!! Which was scary at first but now Imogen loves it and loves swimming under the water. It is everyday apart from Friday from 12-12.40ish and costs £2.80 per session. You have to get there early some days as it gets busy and they can only let so many in.
Have fun x

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