This year was Light’s second time to enroll at Bert Lozada Swim School. Last year when I enrolled her for the first time, I thought that she might’ve been too young. But BLSS has a program for toddlers, infants even, and I wanted something really “summery” as a summer activity for Light. What could be more summery than enrolling your child in a swimming class? 🙂
Why at Bert Lozada? Well, they had a class near our place. I didn’t mind actually whether it was an indoor or outdoor pool. But the BLSS class in Planet Infinity where we enrolled at was indoors. The pool was divided into two. One side for the Baby and Me Program. The other half for the bigger kids. The pool wasn’t heated also and it was fine.
The pool and the facility were okay. They were clean. There was a janitor constantly moping the floor to make sure nobody would slip. They had Messy Bessy shampoo/body wash in every shower area. Even though there were a lot of kids enrolled, whenever our class ended and it was time for us to shower, we never had a problem waiting for an available shower area.
The Baby and Me Program of course requires a parent or an adult to be with the child in the pool. The program was actually the same for all the levels under the Baby and Me Program (Starfish, Puffers, Guppies, Penguins and Seals). It depends on the child’s age which level she’ll be in. The program was P6,000 for 10 sessions.
The program was sort of an introduction to water and for the child to get familiarized under water. It combined singing popular children songs and swimming movements like kicking and paddling. Light enjoyed it. Of course it took a few sessions for her to totally like being submerged under water, maybe 2-3 sessions. But I can see that she really liked it and even looked forward to it.
Now, on her second year, I enrolled her again. They taught the same things with slight modifications for the advanced child or those who were ready to listen and follow instructions. It also helped that we practiced the movements at home or when we were at a pool. There were definitely improvements even though Light was doing the same routines.
Light had the same teacher, Teacher Berna, last year and this year. She was good with the kids. She would asses the child and make changes according to the child’s capacity. The ratio was 1 teacher to 6 kids per class I think.
Most of the time the class started late. So the schedule would be pushed back. They were not very strict, though. You could join in the earlier class or the later class. You also just had to inform the person in charge of the schedule if your child would be absent or when she would be taking the make up classes.
I wasn’t sure if they made changes with the program this year but last year, we didn’t get any assessment report or certificate. This year was much better because not only did we get a progress report and certificate, we also had a free shirt from BLSS. Oh, and you get 5% discount on Speedo products when you enroll at BLSS. You just have to present the ID. 🙂
I will definitely enroll Light again next year. Well, I plan to. It still depends on how our schedule will be like after our second child Siris is born. 🙂