March 2014 It’s Springtime! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and Spring is finally here after so much rain. As usual lots of info in our newsletter, including rebooking (pay attention if its your first time) Swim school, your Water Babies journey , term dates and anything else we needed to tell you. We’re a bit short on stories so if you have a fab story you’d like to share please get in touch or if you have any other ideas for content do let us know. Hope you are looking forward to the Easter break and lots of chocolate eggs (why does Easter egg chocolate taste so good?). Make sure to find time for a family swim to burn it all off! Happy swimming from all of us at Water Babies xxx
Welcome Courtney & Stacey We’ve got a new face in the office, Courtney who has joined us on an apprenticeship scheme. Here she is on their 1st day (which happened to be photo shoot day). She looks amazing under the water although most of the time she’ll be on dry land answering your calls. With the extra pair of hands in the office we should now be able to respond to your calls and emails more promptly. However as she’s still learning the calls may take a teeny bit longer! In Hereford we’ve got a new face coming to the pool after Easter. Stacey will be teaching the Hereford classes so give her a big smile and a splash when you see her.
New pools We’re always keen to bring Water Babies to as many new places as possible — so why not help us! If you know of any swimming pools in your area, let us know. We try to research as many as we can but sometimes one or two slip through the net. And, if you manage to point us in the direction of a new venue (that we don’t already know about) and we end up securing Water Babies classes there, we’ll give you an entire term free of charge. Happy Hunting!
Summer Swim School For the 6th Year running we will be running our hugely popular Summer Swim School. It’s an intensive course of 5 x 45 minute lessons running from 4th to 8th August. This year is will again be held at Duffryn High School, Newport, NP10 8YD (5 minutes from Junction28 of M4) . The course costs £85 saving you £50 on the usual course price. Great if you want to get ahead over the holidays. For our existing clients we have Intermediate 1 and 2, Advanced, and toddler classes. Older toddlers will be working towards their next ASA Stage. Badges and certificates (£3.50 for the pair) will be available on the Friday for toddlers that achieve them. We will also be running classes for older children (under 7) as these were very popular last year. Tell your friends that we will have an intensive Beginner course and toddler classes (for those that have missed out on Water Babies).
Rebooking for Summer Term Our automatic rebooking deadline is Friday 4th April. Note all payments will be processed on Monday 7th April. Please contact us before this date if you have a new card. More information on how to rebook and term dates are inside ...
ASA Awards—Congratulations! Congratulations to all our brilliant toddlers who have achieved their ASA Stage 1 awards over the last few terms. We’ve even had a couple of you pass Stage 2 which is fantastic. All badges and certificates have now been sent out to those of you that requested them. Thank you for your patience it was a logistical headache but all sorted out now and going forward should be much easier. If your toddler has passed Stage 1 or 2 and you haven’t received your badge and certificate and you would like one please let us know. They are £3.50 inc P&P .
Rebooking Information All you need to know to stay with us!
The automatic rebooking date for the Summer term, starting Monday 12th May, is on Friday 4th April . Payment will then be taken on Monday 7th April. It is an 11 week term, so course fees will be £148.50 . If you have new card details please would you contact us with them ASAP. If your circumstances have changed and you can’t continue to make your current lesson, please make sure you get in touch as soon as you can. We have lessons seven days a week and will try our best to find something else that works for you.
I WANT TO STAY
I WANT TO CHANGE
If you want to carry on to the next level, you don’t have to contact us! We will assume you want to stay.
If you would like to change your day, time or venue let us know by e-mail or phone ASAP.
Put your feet up! Go on, you deserve it. As this is the most common option, we’ll do all the work for you, taking payment from the last card you used on the day mentioned above. If you’ve had a new card since you last paid for anything, please get in touch to give us new details.
Give us a call. We’ve got a selection of classes, so I’m sure we can find you something new that fits your routine. Unless you tell us you definitely can’t do it, we’ll hold your existing place until we’ve found you somewhere new, and we’ll only take payment once you’re sorted. Places are filled up on a first come first served basis, so get in
I WANT TO STOP If you’re ready to go it alone please let us know by Friday 4th April 2014. Get in touch and let hear from you, we’ll your payment. If you we’ll have to charge £30.
us know. If we don’t rebook you and take cancel after the date, you an admin fee of
We’re not trying to be mean about this – there’s loads and loads of work involved in juggling you all around at rebooking time (just ask Suzie!) and if we then have to do it all again because people cancel late, it’s double the work!
Important information: The deadline for cancellations and changes is Friday 4th April 2014. Changes and cancellations after this date will incur a £30 admin fee as per your terms and conditions. We really don’t like to do this so please contact us before the deadline. Once the course has started we unfortunately cannot refund fees. Please be informed the fees will be taken from the card used in your last transaction (including Photo Shoots and product sales) unless you tell us otherwise us. Please contact us if your card details have expired.
Your cut-out guide to all the Summer term dates Monday
May 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14, 21, 28 (Holidays May 26)
May 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Holidays May 27)
Wednesday May 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Holidays May 28) Thursday
May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Holidays May 29)
May 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25, August 1 (Holidays May 30)
May 17, 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2 (Holidays May 31)
Saturday Llanhennock & Duffryn classes May 17, 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19, August 2, 9 (Holidays May 31 and July 26) Saturday St Martins classes May 17, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19, 26 (Holidays May 24) 10 week term £135.00** Sunday St Martins classes May 18, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27 (Holidays May 25) 10 week term £135.00** Sunday Llanhennock classes May 18, 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, August 3, 10 (Holidays June 1 and July 27) **Spring term change at St Martins –classes will not swim on 3rd or 4th May but will swim on 26th or 27th April**
It's not all about the splish-splash you know; a guide to your Water Babies journey After your first beginners term comes the
Intermediate 1 Level We introduce a new swimming position and help you and your little one enjoy going underwater together. We also teach your baby to hold on to the side unaided and develop their reaching out skills. Using our fun array of toys, we learn new songs and skills to encourage independent kicking. We increase the depth and distance of underwater swimming.
Intermediate 2 Level Babies will swim longer distances underwater, and they'll start to swim to the side and secure themselves. We begin to work on their arms and they even get to have a go at diving. We use our fabulous wibble wobble mat! We teach you a beautiful glide swim technique and add more songs and skills such as ‘horsey, horsey’ and ‘five in the bed’. There is also lots of monkeying around to be done!
Advanced 1 Time for Woggles and sea horse races! And watch out for the tigers roaring around the pool! We will encourage more independent surface swimming and complex swims underwater with Mum or Dad. We begin to work on push and glides. We aim to get your little ones swimming solo on the woggle and have some fun new skills and songs to learn, like ‘row, row, row the boat’ on the mat!
Advanced 2 A new warm up song and lots of bubble blowing to be done, we link lots of existing skills together and introduce new ones. We love ‘twinkle twinkle’ and get independent back floating well on its way! With many release swims and turning around under water to collect dive rings. This level has all the progression needed to move onto the toddler stages.
Toddler 1 The toddler classes are more fluid in their structure and can be adapted to the ability of each individual child. Now that your little one is a bit bigger and more aware of their own skills they will begin to show more independence in the water. Jumping in from the side, running across the mat and using bubba out in front, helps streamlining and with tiger arms all the time, we start the base of stroke techniques! Toddler classes are still all about learning through play. This way your child continues to have fun while learning
Toddler 2-5 Although at times may be challenging, its also very rewarding. You will see them swimming completely on their own, while we introduce new strokes, games and characters. During this period of learning, progression slows down somewhat as they learn to control their bodies and get to grips with what this means for them in the pool. For this reason all our Water Babies mums and dads remain in the water as who better to help them through this stage than you.
Toddler 6-12 Preschool aged children, are really moving along with swimming! They will swim good distances on their own use skills to perfect diving down to the bottom of the pool and practise a range of different strokes. Around toddler 6 our Water Babies are able to achieve their ASA Stage 1 awards which we will assess them for during lessons. Don’t worry we’ll make it fun!
Nappies We have started to notice that some babies and toddlers are not wearing the required nappies to class as per our terms and conditions, which state: All babies/toddlers, regardless of age or whether they are potty trained, must wear our double nappy system: a disposable paper swim nappy with a Happy Nappy on top. Water Babies reserves the right to refuse entry to any child who is not suitably attired. We have recently had several accidents in the pool caused by older toddlers. It is very distressing and embarrassing for the child and parent, not to mention the others in the pool when such accidents occur. We also need to close the pool in these instances and may need to cancel all classes for that day. However we acknowledge that we now have 4 and 5 years old swimming with us who have been potty trained for a long time. If your child is at least 3 years old and have been dry for at least 6 months then they may swim in just a Happy Nappy. Your Instructor has been reminded to do a nappy check at the start of the lesson and not to allow entry into the pool without the correct nappies. She does have a limited supply of Happy Nappies should you need to borrow one until you can buy a new one if you have outgrown yours. We can get them up to adult size so we should have one to fit even the biggest toddlers!!!!!!!!!!!
Photo shoot What a wonderful time we all had at our St Davids Day photo shoot. Some of the lovely babies that came along are pictured here. Our next photo shoot is the weekend of 31st May/1st June at Duffryn High School just off junction 28 in Newport. If you’re not booked yet or you fancy coming along again it’s a great opportunity to get a lasting memento of your little one under the water, taken by one of the country’s most experienced underwater photographers. Your photo shoot will include a warm up like we do in class and up to 3 ―dips‖ in front of the camera. On each dip we take up to 3 photos. Once you’ve dried off after your shoot you don’t have to wait to view your photos you can view them almost straightaway! If you fancy something different bring along some fancy dress, fairy outfits look particularly cute, we can also do sibling and family shots . Call us to discuss your ideas .
Keep in touch
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It is really very important to us that you are enjoying your lessons and that you and your little fishy feel you’re gaining the maximum benefit from your Water Babies experience.
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If you feel that there is room for improvement then we would really welcome your comments. Equally if you would like to tell us something positive about teacher or your lessons then we’d love to hear from you too. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01633 278504* or drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
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