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Speedo event day feedback: non attendees: all your comment about swimming to win a Speedo goodie bag! NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 29-Oct-13 16:18:23

This thread is for the Mumsnetters who attended the Speedo 'Underwater World' VIP event on Tuesday 29thOctober.

Here's what Speedo have to say, "After new research revealed that 81% of kids wished they could go swimming more often and that a third would rather get a new badge for swimming than be able to ride a bike without stabilisers, Speedo wanted to celebrate this by hosting a unique Underwater World event for kids and parents."

Non-attendees: Is swimming something you do with the whole family? Have you got any tips to share on how to introduce your children to swimming? Everyone who adds their comments or tips about getting kids in the water will be entered into a prize draw to win a Speedo goodie bag.

Attendees: Below are a few questions for you to answer but please feel free to add any other comments you may have.

- What was your and your DCs overall experience of the Speedo VIP day? Could you describe the day to non attenders?

- Did you find the swimming lessons and Q&A with the Speedo ambassador helpful and informative, or not? If so, why? If not, why not? What questions did you ask and what response did you get?

- What did you think about the Speedo products shown to you on the day? Did you like them, or not? Do you think you'd be likely to purchase any in the future? If so, why? If not, why not?

- What was your DCs highlight of the day?

- Do you think the day overall helped encourage your children, and yourself perhaps, to go swimming more often and / or to learn to swim?

If you took any pictures on the day feel free to upload them onto this thread. Remember, however, only to take and upload pictures of your own children.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!


sharond101 Fri 08-Nov-13 21:17:08

non-attendee. My 18mo DS wasn't keen on the water until a few months ago when I took him to a Mother and Toddler swim class. They showed me things to do with him in the water I would never have thought of. I now take him weekly when it is quiet and we take a ball from his ballpit with us as it's light enough to float he throws it and jumps in with me to go and fetch it. He loves this and also has learned in the few weeks we have been going to kick his legs which I am most proud of. We time it so lunch is eaten as I get dried and dressed then straight home for a well earned nap.

soontobeslendergirl Fri 08-Nov-13 22:17:39

I won a prize on the last survey they did - it took ages for the voucher code to come through and when I went to use it it was expired so, stuff Speedo!

SparklyFucker Fri 08-Nov-13 22:22:56

I'm a non-attender. The only reason we don't go swimming is because it's so expensive. To take myself and two children it costs £10.50 in our local pool - that's a seventh of my food budget for a week. So perhaps my husband and I shouldn't eat for a day each?...

Notcontent Sat 09-Nov-13 22:30:07

My dd, 7, has been going to the pool since she was a toddler so she was very confident in the water before starting formal lessons at 5.
I think there is a need for more pools in the UK. Also, they are often too cold in the winter.

Helspopje Sat 09-Nov-13 22:43:44

non-attendee: we swim a lot - 2-3 time a week and have done since both babies were tiny. My 3 yr old now has her rainbow 10m badge and is very water confident - to the point that one of the lifeguards once suggested to me that perhaps my then 18-mth old toddler hauling themselves up onto a big float, running across it then diving in off the edge was not something to be encouraged.
Swimming is a big part of our world and they don't remember being introduced to it as they came along with us from v early on.

BonzoDooDah Sat 09-Nov-13 23:18:50

We love swimming as a family. Makes a lovely family time boo we take turns with who plays with each bike and they love the attention.

I started going to the pool when mine were young (a few months old) so they have always been used to water. We used to take a favouritefloating bath toy with usand just splashed around with it, chasing it and dunking it. Made the pool friendlier with a 'known toy' there. Another big favourite was a plastic watering can - both children loved just pouring all the water. Then came mermaid Barbie (spit) but DD loved swimming with her in the pool.

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Nov-13 10:59:33

Thank you everyone for your feedback and comments. Congratulations to SweepTheHalls who has won the prize draw for a Speedo goodie bag! We'll be in touch shortly.

Willemdefoeismine Tue 12-Nov-13 11:06:33

Hi Michelle, could you just say thank you to Lucy from Speedo for sending on a towel to DS - the trunks in his goodie bag weren't big enough and she'd promised to send something else instead. He was very happy!

ninjathegersh Wed 13-Nov-13 22:07:48

Myself and my 2 daughters were very excited to be invited along to the Speedo VIP day and had a great time in our half term holidays swimming & having fun in a beautifully decorated pool in London's South Kensington.
Once we'd got changed (and locked and unlocked, then locked and unlocked again the pin number lockers - a novelty for us not to have to use a locker key & token..!) we got to the poolside to be greeted by the Olympic swimmer who then led a warm up session and talk on how important swimming was.
After a little fashion show and demo of Speedo products (we liked the look of the pool toys that flew through the air!), the girls were then shown their swim lesson groups and got in the water. My 5 year old really benefitted from the teacher being in the water with her and having to share him with only 1 other child, as he was able to give her some great pointers on how to improve her swimming technique.
My 3 year old however was a bit shy, so just clung to me in the water and didn't want to interact with the teacher unfortunately. She did however perk up slightly when the Speedo toys were used, and delighted in being given a little bucket with some of the toys in it at the end of the session (easily won round with some free stuff..!)
Once the lessons were over, we enjoyed some 'fun time' in the pool, jumping around on the big inflatables. The water was so deep that I also had to make use of the Speedo floats & woggles to keep afloat while trying to get the girls onto the inflatables.
We were reaching the end of the session as most people had already got out and gone for their lunch, so I took some photos and out we got.
Once dressed we went back upstairs to the cafe area for our lunch - unfortunately as we were probably one of the last ones up, there was not much lunch left, or whatever was leftover was not particularly 'child friendly' (wraps with spinach & egg, along with some vegetable crisps). With 2 grumpy hungry children, I was being hassled about where their 'goodie bags' were, so I went to ask one of the ladies where I could find them. She was very amenable and delivered 2 goodie bags to us, and very kindly even changed the swimsuit for us as one of them was too small. The girls were thrilled with their new bags, goggles, swimsuits and floats, they made do with a packet of nuts I bought them and after being interviewed by someone, we strolled off in the general direction of the Science museum having had a great time in the pool.
To answer the other questions:
The swimming lessons were fantastic, and my daughter definately learnt alot more with the instructor in the water with her, watching her and giving her feedback on what she could do better. I asked the other instructor a question about how to cope with my daughter that (due to shyness) just clings to me in the water when we have our usual swim lessons - he recommended swimming in a pool that is nice and shallow to give them confidence.

The Speedo products seemed fine - I would consider buying them in the future, but it really depends on the availability of them....most products at our local pool are Zoggs. The only time I would search out a Speedo product would be when buying a new swimsuit for my children, as they really do last alot longer than the cheap one you get at the supermarket.
Highlight of the day for the girls was going swimming in a lovely pool and getting to play with all the inflatables, and (of course) getting the goodie bag..!

We do already go swimming alot (my husband's default mechanism is to take them swimming or to the park!), and they also have lessons once a week.

I have emailed the photos to Mumsnet...hoping you see them....the girls are holding up their ages in numbers, and then I got them to find the ages they'll be soon...we may use those photos for cards..!
Thanks again for a great day.

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