I have been wanting to enroll my 4-year old son this summer in a swimming program and have been studying my options. He enjoys dipping in pools and at this point, I think he is ready for formal lessons. The first one I considered was the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman College of Human Kinetics (CHK) offering which is held at the UP Women’s Pool at UP Diliman. I am told that the programs are very affordable and UP employees, dependents and students could avail of discounts. Unfortunately, there is only one class schedule which suits only early risers (Classes start at 7:30am). According to their website, 10 1-hour sessions cost Php 2500 (as of 2008). The website is not updated so it is best to call or visit them at the UP Gymnasium during the week.
Then there is the ubiquitous Lozada Swim School which has been around for as long as I can remember and offers lessons for all age groups at various locations within the country. Their website is very informative and one gets the impression that the company is professionally run. They are the only ones I know that offer swimming lessons for babies. For a toddler class of 10 sessions (1 hour each), you pay Php 3750 (as of 2010). The closest venue to us is Celebrity Sports Plaza. I am concerned though about the Olympic-sized swimming pool. It might not be easy to manage little kids who wander off during class.
From a friend of mine, I learned that a group called Aqua Sprint Swim Team conducts swimming lesson at various locations in Quezon City. I am not sure if they also extend their services to other cities in the metro. The toddler class costs Php 3000 (as of 2010). I checked out the BF Homes Clubhouse swimming pool and I found the size just right. My good friend has signed up with them and that instantly makes me a potential client.
I have no direct knowledge on all of these swim schools so I really cannot yet recommend any one of them personally. I will try to give feedback as we go along. I am hoping that the course we eventually decide on will allow him to have fun while learning new skills.
UPDATE: I signed up my son with Bert Lozada Swim School in March 2011 and was impressed that he was doing laps with a floater right on the first meeting. He is not a particularly adventurous child and getting him to jump into the water is not easy, as with some kids. When he ended the 10 sessions, he was already swimming without floaters.
I have updated the list of service providers below:
UP College of Human Kinetics
Tel. 929 6033 or 981 8500 local 4128/4130
Bert Lozada Swim School (accepts babies)
Tels. 563-5532, 562-8041, 353-4948, 485-2234, 800-1357
Aqua Sprint Swim Team
Tels. 486 3250, 482 3452, 431 0760
CAL Swim School
Tel. 387 1424
Aqualogic (accepts babies)
Tels. 837 1716, 703 6386
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