June 27, 2008,
N.A. asks from Wheaton, IL on June 26, 2008
Swim Lessons Woodridge, Lisle, or Downers Grove
Anyone have any experience with Lisle Park district swim lessons for 3 year olds? Or Woodridge Park districtt? Anyone happy with the Downers Grove YMCA for swim lessons? I took my daughter there for a couple of other lessons and was not too thrilled with teachers. But would consider swimming if recommended. Thanks
B.W. answers from Chicago on June 27, 2008
I can not comment on the suburbs you have suggested, but I can tell you that Bolingbrook park district is EXCELLENT. I live in palos hills and drive all the way to bolingbrook because it is so good. My son is now 11 months and their lessons have been great. They have clearly stated goals and things to achieve each class. It is not simply and sing songs and get used to the water on your own type class. Highly recommend. Good luck!
D.T. answers from Chicago on June 27, 2008
I cant speak specifically about 3 YR OLDs but my kids have attended lessons at the Y in DG. My daughter did learn to swim there , she is now 15 YR. She was in the daycare there so she got lots of lessons and we worked with her alot. More recently we had my son there and were very disappointed. It seems like the kids cant advance....that they keep them in the lower levels to keep them on the rolls or something. According to the Y staff(HS students) he wasnt ready for the more advanced class...we went on vacation the next week,and he jumped in the deep end of a swimming pool and began swimming...the Y had said he couldnt handle swimming with the floatation belt!We stopped going to the classes after that ... More recently, in the last couple of months,I have heard similar stories from other parents who have their kids in classes currently.
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S.G. answers from Chicago on June 27, 2008
I am currently bringing my 4 and 2 year olds to the YMCA in DG. The 2 yr old is a mommy & me class. This is fine. The 4 year old class I am not thrilled with. They are pushing a bit too hard, but she is definetly improving in her swimming ability. We first brought her to Lifetime Fitness, which I was happy with, but the cost was too much. The Y is ok, but I would consider other choices if they are out there.
P.P. answers from Chicago on June 27, 2008
Wherever you look, ask who teaches the lessons and consider when the class is held. I was also looking to enroll my son in swim lessons and got this tip from a friend of mine. She had her son in a swim class at the YMCA (in LaGrange, I believe) where the "teachers" were high school students and the class was held on a Saturday morning. Ummm...how many high school kids do you know that want to be out of bed on a Saturday morning? Needless to say, the "teachers" showed up late (but always ended on time), or barely gave any instruction. So my friend suggested swim lessons at LifeTime Fitness for my son, which she had heard great things about. We've been going for 2 weeks now and the teachers there are fantastic. Definitely not sleepy high school students! So take the advice you get from this post and when you call about the lessons, ask who teaches the classes. Then make your decision on where to enroll your daughter.