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WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED TO BRING?
Potty trained children and adults will need normal swimming clothes (please ensure these are one piece and tight fitting, Bermuda style shorts and bikinis are not advised.).
If your child wears a nappy they are required to wear a double nappy system (a disposable nappy or liner under a splash about type neoprene nappy). It is also advisable that babies under 6 months wear a wet suit type costume or rash guard. Swim hats are encouraged, goggles are optional and a towel is essential. All other equipment such as flotation aids and toys are provided.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FACILITY?
Willow Lodge pool is set in a residential setting with its own access. There is on site parking for around 14 cars. The pool is perfect for teaching being 10 meters by 5 meters in size. It has a depth graduating from 1 meter to 2 meters. The changing area is on the poolside perfect for family changing with 5 pull around cubicles for your privacy. We provide ample changing tables for your little ones so no more bending down to change them on a wet floor! There is also the use of a play pen if required. in addition to these facilities there is a toilet and a shower and seats for spectators.
WHO CAN WATCH THE LESSONS?
Only parents or their trusted family members such as aunties or grandparents (Please be respectful of the noise and congestion a lot of spectators can cause and keep numbers to an absolute minimum). In line with our risk assessments for yours and your child's safety we do ask that each swimmer has 1 adult is present throughout the lesson.
CAN WE TRY A LESSON OUT BEFORE WE COMMIT TO A FULL BLOCK OF LESSONS?
Absolutely and its FREE! Here at Willow Babes we pride ourselves on an excellent service and lesson delivery. We appreciate your feelings and needs to be sure that Willow Babes is for you. A free taster session in our group lessons also allows us to meet you and assess that the class we have paired you with is the best fit.
WHEN SHOULD WE START SWIMMING LESSONS?
Anytime! The main thing is that you do start them. Swimming not only carries a huge list of physical and mental health benefits its the only sport that potentially could save your life. It is never too late to start!
That said there is now much research around babies and swimming. At under 2 months of age we feel the best place to introduce your baby to the water is at home secure, safe and solely with their caregiver. After 2 months babies may start their swim journey with us. We will work on bonding, learning their cues and creating that firm mutual trust foundation that will set them up for fulfilling enjoyment of all the water not only throughout their classes with us but for their whole life.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We work out of Willow Lodge Pool which is between Penistone and Hoylandswaine. When heading to Huddersfield on the A629 when you get to the Hoylandswaine Roundabout take the 2nd exit towards Huddersfield and Willow Lodge is the first Building on your right around 100m from the roundabout. we are ideally situated for people living in Penistone, Barnsley, Holmfirth and their surrounding villages.