Princess has been asking to have swimming lessons for about a year now but I’m the working mum who can never make it to the 2pm mid-week, once every term, sign up sessions and always finds the lessons fully booked by the weekend or in one case on the same day at 6pm! Anyway, this time as luck would have it our local leisure centre had classes left so I quickly rushed to sign by budding swimmer up for a term of lessons.
The lady behind the reception nearly put me off signing up for the classes. Seriously. No smiling, hardly no eye contact, monosyllabic answers to my questions – just plain depressing and frustrating. There was no information about the times and lengths of sessions online, there were no leaflets available in the leisure centre and it was like I was causing her great discomfort to get the available times and dates from her so as to book Princess in. Luckily, we persevered and signed her up! I believe being able to swim is so important. I had swimming lessons when I was young and I want to give Princess the same opportunities I was lucky enough to have. Plus if The Games has taught us anything, it’s the importance of encouraging young people to become active and excited about sports.
The swimming lessons start in September and Princess is super excited, though the prospect of tackling the post swim hair is leaving me anything but filled with anticipation! Also, although the attitude of the staff seemed to leave a lot to be desired, I’m sure the actual swimming instructors will be bubbly and encouraging! Not too sure what I need for the lessons other than her cozzy and I’m guessing some arm bands but I guess I’ll have to brave the reception desk before then to double check.