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Pools cost an arm and a leg

July 28th, 2007 at 03:38 pm

We are doing early research on swimming for the fall. The kids love it soo much but I hate to have them stop for the whole winter yet again. I thought I would check a membership to the Y. you ready for this?

150 start up fee and 74$ a month, plus a 75$ class fee! Absolutely no possible way we could afford that!

I called another place and found class prices to all run 75-150 for a month of classes with 5-8 kids per class.

I called one more place and got a direct number to the instructor, she mentioned they didn't have classes set up yet but that she would offer a private lesson for $20 for both kids. I felt like I was being led into a selling spiel where you tell what your competition costs to numb customers to the high price of your item (I sold cutco knives, that was the gimmick, tell em what other brands cost so the 100 dollar knife seems low in comparison)

But the more I think about it, $20 for a private lesson, not stuck in a group of 3-5 year olds who prolly don't swim at all, while our two can not only swim, but GMC can swim well...not to much time for one on one.

That is for both kids, whereas the other classes are 75 per kid...and that is totally individual instruction....

Not to mention I think we might be able to let gmas know that lessons would be a wonderful gift.

But then again..$20 per week?

7 Responses to “Pools cost an arm and a leg”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    I hear you. I remembered I had learned to swim at the Y about 25 years ago when my parents were broke and so I was checking it out and it was insanely expensive. The Y is not what it used to be...

    Out here the city offers the best rates but their swim classes suck at the preschool level so I have been looking around. But there is not a lot that is affordable otherwise as far as pool access or lessons. At least we have the city I guess...

  2. tklahn Says:

    Look into a Y scholarship. We were able to get one (had a membership for a few months) and usually if they give you any amount off the monthly rate, they also waive the start-up fee.

    Maybe worth checking into??

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Sounds like a great grandparents gift!!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I am a big advocate on private swim lessons. All it takes is for one kid in the group to be afraid of water to freak everyone else in the group out, or make the instructor spend all their time trying to get the one kid to swim and ignoring everyone else.

    Our city owned aquatic center had private lessons available, $50 for four lessons per kid, and they learned more in those lessons than they ever learned in group lessons, which were $40 for four lessons per kid. They learn much faster and much better. If you can swing it, it is the way I would go.

  5. Stein Says:

    Wow, I learned at the Y and I can bet you that my parents didn't fork out much money. We didn't have much, but used the Y all the time.

  6. nanamom Says:

    It would be nice to have the kids swim in the winter but the Y is expensive. Can your DH get a waiver of the start up fee because he works for a local "big" company? Mine did. Our local community does private swim lessons and classes (I was afraid of the kid who is scared "infecting" mine) for much less. Look at it this way, it is really only $10.00 a week you just have two kids!! What would she charge to do the third one too?

  7. princessperky Says:

    Same 20 even if we add the third, but at 1.5 I am not sure he needs it Smile
    As to the price difference, I recall you live in a small town..I live in Charlotte, NC, growing bigger by the minute...

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