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5 Cost Saving Ways to Choose Swimming Lessons For Kids in Singapore

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Joanne Poh

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While not every parent might agree that math Olympiad classes or archery lessons are necessary for a kid, swimming lessons are pretty much mandatory, unless you want to get a panic attack each time Junior walks by a pond or monsoon drain.

Here are 5 tips to help you to choose swimming lessons for kids in Singapore:

1. Know The Market Rate

If a salesman at Sim Lim tries to sell you an iPhone for $10,000, you tell him to shove it. While you can’t exactly do that if someone tries to overcharge you for swimming lessons, at least know what reasonable prices should look like. Weekly group classes for beginners can cost around $50 to $80 a month.

2. Ask For a Free Trial Class

Many schools and coaches are open to giving your child a trial lesson free of charge if you ask. It’s a good idea to ask not only because it’s a freebie but also because you want to be able to check if the coach is right for your child. If the coach scares the living daylights out of your kid, the lessons might not be as productive as you hope they are.

The last thing you want is to pay for a package of classes, only for your kid to fear going to the pool to face Coach Dread every week. So don’t feel shy about asking for a trial lesson. At the end of the day, it should benefit both parties.

3. Observe the Lessons

If you hire the wrong coach you might as well just ask your kid to paddle around in the bathtub. Some parents have complained about coaches who don’t bother correcting students’ strokes and just let them flail around in the pool until the lesson ends.

While this sounds like great money if you are the swimming coach, to you as a parent it means the added hassle of having to go and find a new coach. While you might have gone for a trial class, you can bet the coach was on his best behaviour, and that is not necessarily a reflection of how the rest of the classes are going to go. So don’t discount the importance of sitting in on the classes.

4. Enrol Multiple Children

If you have two kids who are reasonably close in age, get them started on swimming lessons at the same time. You can also enrol your child for lessons together with cousins or friends’ children. Private coaches might lower the cost per kid if the group grows in size.

5. Know What Sort of Course You’re Signing Up For

When you buy a head of cabbage at the supermarket, you’re usually vaguely aware of whether it’s normal cabbage or super special cabbage grown in the meadows of some German town.

When you source for kiddie swimming lessons, you need to know whether they’re just normal lessons or, well, not normal. Regular beginner lessons usually teach basic techniques like blowing bubbles under water and then start kids on breaststroke and then freestyle. Infant swimming lessons are for babies too young for regular swimming lessons and cost more.

Then there are competitive lessons where your child is trained to become a jock later in life. Those are, as expected, more expensive. So tone down your kiasu side and adjust your spending to your child’s development stage.

Have you had any experience with swimming coaches in Singapore? Let us know in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.

  • Nori

    All my children (I have 5 of them) attended their school’s mandatory swimming classes conducted by some vendors…and sadly none knew anything beyond blowing bubbles at the end of their prescribed school term of learning. I was so disillusioned. Little did I realize the best coach is within the family itself. My husband ended up coaching them swimming (and myself, at 47 years, whose relationship with a body of water is like that of the living with the walking dead!) My children are excellent swimmers now.

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  • Esmond

    As a swimming instructor myself, I agree with points 1, 3, 4 and 5.

    However, with regards to trial classes, few instructors will be willing to provide them free of charge. I would propose that you request for the trial lesson be charged at a pro-rated amount then pay for the full monthly fees if you are keen to commit. After all, paying for 1 lesson is better than 4 if you don’t like it. This is what a true win-win situation should entail as the instructor did provide you with a service. It takes some time for instructors to build rapport with your children but it should not take more than a lesson or 2.

    I would also ask that parents try to understand the objectives of each term of lessons. Moderate your expectations as every child is different, some may take longer than the rest to learn. We usually do our best to accommodate to every child’s pace, especially at the confidence building phase where haste usually causes more disruptions than good. The sequence at which strokes are taught also vary from instructor to instructor.

    To add on to the author’s point on observing the class, it would be better to observe from a distance as it can be disruptive when a parent is nearby.