Sunday, June 12, 2016
Impressions: Supersharkz Swimming School
We have tried the swimming school in One Club Bandar Utama but it wasn’t very effective. The instructors does not seemed to have a proper methodology. They are good swimmers teaching swimming lessons part time. We went with a private instructor who taught 4 kids only and after two full lessons, we felt that the girls didn’t learn anything. We decided that we needed to look for another school.
It so happened that I saw Supersharkz Swim School in the factory area of Kota Damansara when I was around there for a meeting. This is a specialized swimming school and they were from Puchong and they expanded a branch in KD.
We went in to take a look
Nice and proper reception counter, with staff in yellow uniform, as compared to One Club’s temporary table manned by some part time school kid.
I love how they have proper program for each level. I think this is similar as One Club except that Supersharkz have a detailed curriculum.
The view right after the counter, walking into the pool area...
There’s a nice cafeteria as well as a waiting place for parents to hang out when the kids are swimming.
The same view from the cafeteria overlooking into the pool. I think there are a few good points about the pool - one, it’s indoor which means there will be lessons regardless of weather condition. And it’s not so hot for us poor parents waiting for the kids.
Secondly, the pool are salted instead of filled with chroline. This is for hygiene purposes and of course, it’s better for kids with sensitive skins. Quite thoughtful of them.
This particular pool is for toddler which is 6 years and below. This pool is heated! So for those worried about their babies catching cold, have no fear. They have classes for kids below 3, in which parents joined the classes. For 4-6 year old, it is instructor guided.
The one thing I really like about Supersharkz is that the instructors followed proper SoP when teaching the kids. First the kids have to sit down at the side of the pool for warming up. Then they straddle by the side of the pool and learn to navigate by walking around the pool. The kids will hold hands in a circle and learn to dip their heads into the water while blowing bubbles. They then learn jumping and hopping in the pool. Lots of fun activities to orientate them into the water and remove the fear of water.
It’s this standard SoP that I find lacking in One Club which made it difficult for the kids to learn especially if the instructors themselves are not trained to teach. Because of the SoP, you can have replacement class on another day with different instructor without needing to worry if they will fit in or not.
The girls thrive very well in this school. They enjoyed it and I can see good improvements in Supersharkz as compared to One Club.
The school was setup by Mark Chua who was a national swimming champion.
I love the murals and words of encouragement all over the place. Good to read them every weekend and be reminded and get recharged.
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