Mermaid Birthday Parties at Nepean Indoor

Mermaid Birthday Parties at Nepean Indoor

Is your child’s birthday coming up? Are you trying to think of something fun, exciting and original to do for their birthday? Well, look no further, because Hippo in the Bathtub has the perfect service for you – Mermaid Hippo Parties!

Mermaid Hippo Parties are a great option for a hassle free and exciting birthday party for your child. Our Mermaid parties can accommodate up to 8 swimmers and lasts for a total of 1.5 hours. During this 1.5 hours, the time is split: 45 minutes in the pool and 45 minutes of party time.

Throughout the 45 minutes of party time, the swimmers are able to swim and try out the mermaid tails, fins and accessories. While in the pool there is always one lifeguard on deck who is watching all the swimmers in the pool to ensure that everyone is having fun while being safe. There is also another lifeguard who is there to help with the fins. Depending on the age of the swimmers at the birthday party, this lifeguard is either in the water helping the swimmers or on the deck facilitating putting the tails and fins on.

During the swim time swimmers are not only able to swim around with the tails and fins, but they are also able to play pool games. We provide a variety of toys that the swimmers can use to play games and have fun. One of the mermaid favorites is the hula hoop! This is used by the swimmers to practice swimming through while collecting jewels and gems on the bottom of the pool.

Following the pool time, swimmers will be able to enjoy party time for cake and presents. For the party, Hippo in the Bathtub provides you with all the utensils and cutlery that you will need. However, you are in charge of bringing the food for the party, any pizza, chips, cookies, cake, or drinks that you may want. This way the birthday kid is sure to be eating their favorites on their special day!

We know how important it is to have a memorable birthday party so for that reason we make sure to decorate our facility just for your child! To do that, when you book the party, we ask you what your child’s favorite colours are. With this information we go out and purchase decorations that we think will look great in our facility but that also your child will like!

If this sounds like a fun time (which we all know it does), be sure to book your child’s next birthday party at Hippo in the Bathtub today!


3 Reasons to Hire a Lifeguard for Your Backyard Pool Party

3 Reasons to Hire a Lifeguard for Your Backyard Pool Party

With the weather warming up and summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your upcoming pool parties. If you have a backyard pool you are sure to have at least one pool party this summer. But have you thought of hiring a lifeguard for your pool party?

One of the services Hippo in the Bathtub offers is lifeguards for your backyard pool parties. The reason we offer this service is because we know how important it truly is to have a designated set of eyes watching the swimmers in your pool. There are many reasons why we believe having a lifeguard at your pool party is vital to your summer.

One of the main reasons having a lifeguard at your pool party is important, is because of safety. Not everyone who shows up to your pool party may be a strong and confident swimmer. If there are weaker swimmers present, the lifeguard will be able to identify them and keep an eye on them. The lifeguard will also be able to make sure only strong swimmers capable of swimming in the deep-end actually go in the deep-end. It is all too common for a swimmer to reach the part of the pool where they can no longer touch the bottom and start to freak out. Having a lifeguard’s eyes on the pool can help to make sure this does not happen and to keep your pool safe.

In addition, if you are hosting a pool party you are sure to be very busy. From greeting people, to preparing food, to making sure everything runs smoothly, it is easy to get distracted and not always pay attention to the swimmers in the pool. With a lifeguard present you may still have to run from duty to duty but you won’t have to keep an eye on the pool!

Lastly, we all know how stressful hosting a party can be. You want everything to run seamlessly and go just as you planned. Having a lifeguard present at your party can provide you with the peace of mind you need, to know that your pool is safe. You will be much more relaxed knowing there is a trained professional watching all the swimmers in your pool.

Having a lifeguard at your backyard pool party is an excellent idea as it not only provides a safe environment for everyone swimming but it also allows you, the host, to feel at ease knowing everyone is safe in the pool. So, if you are planning a pool party this summer, be sure to book our Hippo in the Bathtub Lifeguarding Services!

Swimming Lessons in Your Condo Pool

Swimming Lessons in Your Condo Pool

Do you live in a condo or apartment building that has a pool? Do you enjoy the convenience of not having to leave your building to attend an activity? Do you enjoy personalized instruction for either you or your children? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are in luck, because it means you can take swim lessons through Hippo in the Bathtub in the convenience of your own condo/apartment building!

One of the many services that Hippo in the Bathtub has to offer is condo/apartment swim lessons. The way that these lessons work is simple. The first thing you need to do is to book a swim lesson through our website ( or by calling our staff (613-695-6011). By doing this you will be set up with a client Acuity account. Though this account you will have the possibility of modifying, cancelling and booking lessons at your own leisure.

When the day of your lesson arrives, you will need to meet your instructor in the lobby of your building to let them in and to show them where the pool is. You will not need to bring anything with you to the pool except for your towel, as the instructor will come prepared with everything they need for their lesson! They will have toys, games, and activities for you or your child to enjoy.

If you live in a condo/apartment be sure to book a lesson with Hippo in the Bathtub today! By doing so, you will be able to watch you or your child progress and improve their swim skills, without even having to put on your jacket and hop in your car!

Why Swimming Lessons are Important

Why Swimming Lessons are Important

Being able to swim is a very important skill to have for numerous reasons. Not only is it an activity that is both fun and enjoyable, but it is also imperative for water safety. As mentioned in a previous post, drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental death in children. Swimming is one of the only sports that can actually save a life. Knowing how to swim at a young age is an excellent skill to acquire, as it helps to keep you safe when in the pool and around other bodies of water.

Although swimming is an important skill to acquire at a young age, you are never too old to learn how to swim, as swimming also has many health benefits. Swimming not only keeps your heart and lungs healthy, but it also helps to improve one’s strength and flexibility. As swimming is a low-impact sport, it is an excellent option for older adults who want a whole-body workout. On top of the physical health benefits swimming has, it also has mental health benefits, as swimming relaxes the mind and uplifts your mood!

Further, swimming is great for gaining confidence due to the fact that it is accessible to people of any age and any ability. Swimming lessons provide both challenge and rewards to swimmers. They challenge swimmers to continue to try and improve and become better all the while rewarding them for their accomplishments. This allows children, and adults, to become self-confident and believe in their capabilities. In addition, it is one of the sports that is most accessible for children with additional needs.

Swimming is also an activity that is very enjoyable and fun since swimming lessons are structured in a way for students to improve their technique through playing games and doing fun activities. Also, being able to swim means you can go to your friend’s pool party without having to worry or be afraid to go into the water.

Lastly, knowing how to swim opens up the door to being able to do other activities. If you know how to swim then you can partake in activities such as: kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, surfing, triathlons and much more.

Now that you see the importance swimming has in everyone’s daily lives, no matter their age, sign up for private or semi private swimming lessons today with us at Hippo in the Bathtub!

Helping Your Reluctant Swimmer at Home

Helping Your Reluctant Swimmer at Home

Do you have a reluctant swimmer?  Does your child not love being in the water and requires a large amount of persuasion to go swimming?  Introducing your children to water at a young age is an excellent way to ensure that they are water safe. Sadly, drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental death in children. That is why we believe that being able to swim is an essential life skill. However, what happens when your little one comes to the pool and seems very reluctant to participate in their lessons?

Of course, our highly qualified swim instructors will be there to help your child become at ease and more comfortable and confident in the water. But you, as a parent, can also help your child become more confident and comfortable in the water!

When swimmers are afraid and/or reluctant to go into the pool, it often has to do with the fact that they are uncomfortable and uncertain when it comes to water. Luckily, often times, all of our children take baths at home. The bathtub is an excellent tool to use to help children become more comfortable around water. The first step to helping your child become comfortable around water, is to make it an inviting atmosphere. This can easily be done by allowing your child to bring fun water toys into the bath with them. Toys that sink, such as rings, and toys that float, such as rubber ducks, are both excellent options to allow into bath time. As we also bring toys into the pool during lessons, this helps your child make the connection between toys during fun bath time and toys during lesson time.

Furthermore, another technique that can be practiced in the bath, is getting your child used to having water on their head. Often times this is something that young children or beginner swimmers do not particularly enjoy. Practicing this skill can be done by gradually, softly pouring water on your child (a toy watering can is a great tool for this). First, begin with pouring water on their shoulders. Once they are comfortable with this you can work your way up from their shoulders to their head – shoulders, neck, back of head, and finally top of head.

Lastly, an excellent way to practice swim skills with your reluctant swimmer, is to sing songs and play games in the bath. As this is how our instructors teach their lessons, one way to pick up on songs and games is to watch your child’s lesson from the window in the waiting area. Some examples of excellent games are Simon Says and Talking to the FishiesSimon Says is a great game to practice putting your face in the water. Some of the things you could say are: “Simon says put your ear in the water”, “Simon says touch your forehead in the water”, “Simon says blow bubbles in the water”, “Simon says put your whole face in the water”, etc. Talking to the Fishies is a great way to allow your child to practice rhythmic breathing. This game is easily played by asking your child to ask the fishies in the water a question by blowing bubbles and then listening to the response by turning to the side and putting their ear in the water.

Here at Hippo in the Bathtub, we are certain that our instructors will be able to turn your reluctant swimmer into a confident swimmer who is comfortable in the water. By practicing these skills at home, it will simply help to speed up the process and get your child at ease in the water even sooner!