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Swim Stars – Hazelbeck Review

Like many parents in Bingley, my two sons have been having lessons with Swim Stars for many many years. To be honest, it’s the one thing I don’t mind spending money on – swimming lessons really are a right of childhood, and there was no way I was going to wait until my children were in year 5.  Having accompanied many year 5 classes myself to swimming lessons as a teacher, I always felt sorry for the children floundering in the water because their parents weren’t able to have them attend lessons from an earlier age (I’m not judging – some people I guess genuinely can’t afford it).

Aside from the embarrassment factor of not being able to swim, swimming is clearly really good for us all for a variety of reasons – health, fitness, that feel good factor as well as simple survival if the need ever arose! Although I learned to swim as a child, I’m still not really a strong swimmer, and I know if my children got into trouble in the water I would probably struggle to rescue them safely. Another good reason for them to learn to swim to a good standard! We chose Swim Stars because of its good reputation locally, and also due to the simple fact that it was our nearest provider. We did try the council run lessons for a while, but I didn’t think that the boys were making any progress due to the large class sizes so we moved – a good decision!

So a little bit of info about Swim Stars…

“The Swim Stars story started in 2000 when we were known as ‘C.A swim school’ we started with just 5 swimmers, and have gone from strength to strength, we now have over 800 pupils across our 3 pools…..and we are still growing!

We pride ourselves on having some of the best teachers in the area, who are devoted to giving all our swimmers personal attention whilst developing excellent relationships with both children and parents.

From the first lessons as a beginner where time is spent encouraging confidence in the water, to mastering the perfect stroke with our more experienced swimmers- we aim to make each lesson as fun and rewarding as possible.

Our lessons are carried out with no more than 6 pupils per lesson. (4 at our Hazelbeck and Cragg Vale pools) with water based instructors at all pools. Private 1:1 lessons are also available as well as adult lessons on request.”

Caitlin Belle

It’s worth knowing that lessons also take place at Bingley Grammar school if you prefer. The pool at Hazelbeck is a hydro pool which means it is quite a warm pool and atmosphere – great for the swimmers but worth knowing for parents as you’ll need to wear a thin t shirt during the session for sure!

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Hazelbeck Hydro Pool

My boys both started at Swim Stars being unable to swim at all – my second son particularly has made really good progress and even though he’s only 5 (Swim Stars take children from 2.5 years old though), he can swim a length under water unaided and is really water confident. My older son has struggled a bit more (it’s just the way he is!) but under the guidance of Louise, he has really focused down to learning his strokes properly to make him a more effective swimmer. As well as teaching children the correct swimming techniques – children also get to have some free swim and jumping in at the end. Though the lessons themselves are “fun” based – unlike the lessons we as parents perhaps remember as children ourselves! The groups are really small – usually around 4 in each group, so each child gets personal attention from the instructors, and they are taught according to their own ability, rather than the ability of others in the group – although the groups are put together according to age and ability.

The instructors are really “child friendly” though know when to be strict when it’s appropriate – to ensure that the children make progress.  The lessons seem to build on the children’s skills each week so that  children clearly progress through a range of skills and strokes. There are badges and certificates when children achieve certain things which I think is a nice motivation!

My boys both really enjoy their lessons and have really bonded with their instructors – which is really cute to see! They really look forward to their lessons and as a parent I get a real sense of satisfaction from knowing that we’ve provided something for them that is going to last a lifetime.

Swim Stars also run crash courses during the holidays which we’ve attended a few times. With this, children attend each morning for a week – I have to say that the progress during that week is incredible, which just goes to show how important regular swimming is.

Lesson places are now currently available, and if you’re not signed up already, I really urge you to think about it. If you just pay for one thing for your child – this should be it.

Contact Swim Stars on:-

01274 560570

bradford@ukswimstars.com

Or visit their website over at http://www.ukswimstars.com/

Swim Stars are a site sponsor of Bingley Mums, but all thoughts are my own.

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Summer Holiday Activities in Bingley!

I’ve had a few requests over on the Bingley Mums facebook page for ideas for things for kids to do in the Summer holidays, so here’s a round up! If you are running a group or aware of something I’ve missed from here, please let me know via the comment section below. Where I’ve written “for pre school children” this means children under school age not necessarily pre school age (so 0 – 5 is fine). There is also a Bradford Website which has a general list of stuff going on in the wider area. Click here to have a look.

Saturday 25th July – Bingley Show – Myrtle Park.

Monday 27th July – Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre are running a trip to Flamingo Land. £25 each for over 3s. Free for 3s and under (phone 01274 435850 for more info and to book)

Friday 31st July 11:30am – 1:30pm Picnic in Myrtle Park (run by Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Wednesday 29th July 11am – 3.30pm – Paddington Film and Fun – City Park.

Wednesday 29th July 1 – 3pm – Summer Club Pirate Day (fancy dress for pre school children) at Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre (phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Monday 3rd August – 10 – 11.30am Messy Play – at Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre (phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Monday 3rd August 12:30 – 2:30pm – Woodland Play – Myrtle Park

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Wednesday 5th August 1 – 3pm – Summer Club Bugs and Insects – at Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre (for pre school children, phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Monday 10th August 1 – 3pm – Children’s Party – at Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre for pre school age, (phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Monday 10th August 12:30 – 2:30pm – Woodland Play – Myrtle Park

Wednesday 12th August 1- 3pm – Summer Club Super Hero Day (fancy dress) at Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre (for pre school age, phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Friday 14th August 11:30 – 1:30 – Picnic at St Ives – (phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Saturday 15th August 12 – 6pm – Fairy Fest – Cottingley recreation ground

Monday 17th August 12:30 – 2:30pm – Woodland Play – Myrtle Park

Wednesday 19th August 1 – 3pm – Summer Club Party – at Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre (for pre school age, phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Monday 24th August 10 -12pm – Play Bus – Bingley Trinity 5 Rise Children’s Centre (for pre school age, phone 01274 435850 for more info).

Every Tuesday and Wednesday 10 – 4pm – East Riddlesden Hall Forest School – “Explore, play and learn in the wonderful setting of East Riddlesden Hall’s magical gardens and outdoor spaces.We will be outdoors whatever the weather-please come dressed appropriately and bring a packed lunch!Suitable for 5-11 year olds” –  £20 for first child and £15 additional children. Click here to book.

Farmer James Holiday Club
“Enrol your 5 to 12 year olds on our OFSTED registered Child Care scheme during the Easter & Summer school holidays!
Based in our indoor Fun Barn and on the Farm, activities include:

  • Fun Barn Play
  • DVD Corner
  • Quiet Reading Area / Arts & Crafts
  • Animal Feeding & Husbandry
  • Tractor & Trailer Rides / Mini Tractor Rides
  • Straw Bales Play

8am – 6pm Monday to Friday.

  • Summer:
  • 27th – 31st July
  • 3rd – 7th August
  • 10th – 14th August
  • 17th – 21st August

£150 per week / £35 per day / £25 per ½ day.
Price includes catering from the Wain House Tea Room (breakfast / lunch / tea / snacks).
Contact Denise or Jane on farmerjames1@aol.com or 01274 598795″

Bricks4Kidz sessions mainly in Silsden or Cullingworth, too many to list here! Take a look at their website here.

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Teeny Linguists‘ parent and tots French and Spanish classes. “It’s at the Bingley Youth Café on a Friday morning. It starts on Friday 7th August. Due to popular demand there are 2 morning slots for the Spanish (10am and 11.30am) and there’s a slot for the French at 10.45am but people need to book in advance. It’s FREE to try and we’re currently up for a ‘Best Languages Class’ award so I think a few more people by like to try it. To book the free trial people can contact Michaela Haynes on 0772946116”.

Swim Stars Crash Courses at Bingley Grammar. Call 01274 560570 to book.

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Swimming Classes

Taking your child swimming is probably one of the best skills for life you can teach. Not only is it a potential life saving skill, it’s fun, healthy and enjoyable! Here is a list of swimming schools in the Bingley area.

Swim Stars

Offers classes at Bingley Grammar School and Beckfoot School through the week. Prices start at £28 per month. Children can attend from the age 2 1/2 – 3 upwards and lessons last between half an hour and and forty five minutes.  Call 01274 560570 or email bradford@ukswimstars.com for more information.

Bingley Swimming Pool

Lessons are offered at most council run swimming pools though there is usually a waiting list. If you would like further information, please call 01274 438786 or contact by email on bradfordaquatics@bradford.gov.uk

Splash Academy

Classes are held at St Bedes Grammar School or Bradford Grammar School.

“All our swimming lessons in the Bradford area are run either after school between 4:30 PM and 7 PM on Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM. All lessons are 30 minutes long, with a maximum of four children per group and your instructor teaching in the water.

In addition to the above weekly lessons, and times. We also run intensive courses during the holiday periods.
Which will start on February 16th – 20th. Sessions available between 4:30 PM and 7 PM.”
Email – Info@splash-academy.co.uk or call 07890 854408.