Almost every little girl dreams of being mermaid at some point in their lives. Being able to swim through the ocean (or pool) with a mermaid fin and tail seems like a dream. However, today it is very easy to purchase a mermaid tail that your child can wear to swim in the pool. Although, mermaid tails are easily accessible, it does not mean that you should purchase one right away as these tails are actually quite difficult to use.
We believe that it is important to first have a mermaid lesson before actually purchasing a tail. The reason for this is threefold; to avoid disappointment, for safety reasons, and to learn how to use it. Here at Hippo in the Bathtub, our instructors are trained to use the mermaid tails and can easily share their knowledge of it with you.
If you book a mermaid lesson with us, our instructors will be able to show your child how to properly use the mermaid tail. Often times, if you purchase a tail without first trying it out, you may think you know how to properly use it, but in fact you may be doing something incorrectly. Our instructors are there to show your swimmer how to use the tail properly through numerous mermaid drills and games!
Knowing how to properly use the tail, follows suit with the safety concern that arises with swimming with mermaid tails. If not used correctly, a mermaid tail can be a danger to swimmers. Children need to be quite strong swimmers to be able to use and enjoy the tails appropriately. Trying out the tail in a class with a qualified instructor can help you to see if your child will be able to use the tail confidently by themselves.
This leads to the last concern, avoiding disappointment. As mentioned earlier, almost every little child wants to be a mermaid at some point in their lives. However, if a tail is purchased before testing it out, your child may become quite disappointed when they do not know how to use it. Booking a lesson with us will allow your child to test out how it feels to swim with a tail and see if they actually enjoy swimming like a mermaid.
Perhaps after one lesson you will be ready to purchase your own tail, but if you are not, you may book more lessons, both private or semi private, with us. Even if you are ready to buy your own tail, you may want to share your child’s excitement of being a mermaid with their friends, in which case you can book a mermaid party at our facility. Whatever may be the case, we strongly believe that before purchasing a mermaid tail, it is a great benefit to both you and your child to first book a mermaid lesson with us.
Here at Hippo in the Bathtub’s Nepean Indoor facility, we are unique not only in how we teach our lessons but also in where we teach. For this reason, your first day at Nepean Indoor may be a little different than what you have experienced with swim lessons offered elsewhere.
When you walk into our Nepean Indoor facility you will enter through our welcome/waiting area. This is where both you and any other children (who may be waiting for their own lesson) will wait. What is great about this area is that it is equipped with numerous things to occupy any little ones who are waiting for their turn. We have both a play area filled with toys and a table filled with colouring pages and activities to complete.
Our Nepean Indoor facility is equipped with two change rooms designed specifically for Hippo use. These showers are set at one temperature and are controlled by pulling on a chain. This allows us to help conserve water and be environmentally conscious. We also always have shampoo and shower gel in our showers so that you do not have to lug yours back and forth!
After changing in the change room and taking a quick shower, your child will be able to choose a couple of toys to bring with them to the pool for their lesson. We know that swim lessons are much more fun when toys are involved which is why we have a large selection of pool toys to choose from. After choosing their toys, your child and their swim instructor will enter the pool area and begin their lesson.
Due to the nature of our Nepean Indoor facility, we ask that all parents stay in the waiting area while their children are in their lessons. The main reason for this is that we like the pool to be a quiet, calm and relaxing space where the swimmers only have to concentrate on their swimming. Often times young children can be easily distracted by both their parents and siblings, and this alleviates this problem. However, when you walk into the waiting area you will notice a large window that looks onto the pool. So, although you may not be able to be on the pool deck with your child, you will still be able to comfortably sit and watch them though the window!
As our facility only allows for two lessons to occur simultaneously, there is always a maximum of three swimmers in the pool at once. If your swimmer is in a higher level, then they can expect to have the pool to themselves for a portion of their lessons. As we provide top quality lessons, you can expect your child to have a wonderful time during their private or semi private lesson. The instructor will be able to help your child progress at their own speed as they will tailor their instruction to the needs of your child.
Following your child’s lesson, you will be able to briefly chat with their instructor to see how their lesson went and to see what they still need to work on. This allows you to have continuous contact with their instructor and to know exactly how they are progressing.
As you can see, things are a bit different here at Hippo in the Bathtub’s Nepean Indoor facility, but it is because of these differences that our clients and students love coming to our facility for swim instruction!
If you are ready to book lessons, you can do so online by following the booking form on our Swim Instruction page. Hope to see you and your children soon!
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