Waterworks is excited to announce that at our next indoor swim meet this Saturday, February 28th, we will be throwing gold dollar coins into the pool! What?!? Yes, you read that correctly. We are replacing some of the usual pennies, nickels, and dimes with dollar coins. For those of you who haven’t been to a swim meet, we always end the competition with our popular Coin Toss. Waterworks throws coins into the pool and all swim meet participants get to jump in and gather what money they can. All the coins they find, they get to keep. We would like to express our gratitude to US Bank for sponsoring this upcoming Coin Toss, and giving the children an opportunity to end their day with this special event.
One of the questions that many parents have brought to our attention is the concern that it is too early to have their child participate in a swim competition. Many are also unaware of the many positive benefits of participating in swim competitions. We wanted to take a moment to share some of those advantages with you. Children often experience a boost of confidence in their swimming skills after they participate in their first swim meet. Once a child swims across the pool with a crowd cheering them on, they truly realize what they can do and have fun while doing it. This usually results in a boost in their self esteem and confidence. I have seen many first time competitors take a couple minutes to finish their first lap while all the parents and our staff have been very supportive in cheering that child on. Every child is rewarded for their hard work by receiving a ribbon, so they will always leave feeling like a winner. Swim meets not only give children motivation to work harder in their swim lessons but participating in meets consistently gives them a tangible goal to improve their speed and accomplish a better time with each meet. In addition to placement and participation ribbons, we also give time improvement ribbons so they can easily track their progress. Swim meets are exciting because children get to perform in front of their family and friends. This, in turn, breaks up the monotony of weekly classes and gives the children something to look forward to and work towards. We encourage you to have your child participate in our competitions as we believe this activity builds great confidence, self esteem, motivation, and progression.
On Saturday February 28th, Waterworks will be holding a swim competition in our indoor pool! Competition starts at 1pm, and will end at approximately 3pm. Check-in and warm up laps will be between 12pm and 12:30pm. We encourage any child who can swim across the pool to participate. This meet is open to the public, so you don’t have to be enrolled in classes at our school to compete. All participants will receive a ribbon, so every child leaves a winner! For more information please pick up a flyer at our front desk, or speak to one of our Customer Service Representatives.
Some of you may have noticed that our outdoor pool has been closed for the past few months. Although, most of our clients prefer the warm indoor pools during these colder winter months there has been some curiosity aroused as to the closure of the outdoor pool. For those curious ones I wanted to share with you that, yes, the outdoor pool will open again. The closure is only temporary during the winter, and we expect to open it back up in March or April. The demand to move all swim classes and activities indoors during the winter is very large, and in the end, far outweighed the few who preferred the outdoor pool. Since the cost to heat the outdoor pool in the winter is so expensive, and it gets such little use, it only made sense to conserve on energy and close it down completely. I’ve talked to a lot of happy parents of children in our more advanced programs such as Swim Team, and Stroke Clinic Classes who are very enthused about having their classes moved indoors for these months. We are also excited we can now hold Swim Meets year round, moving them indoors during the winter.
With Valentine’s Day approaching and in the spirit of love and friendship, we wanted to express our thanks and gratitude to all of you who have shared the good experiences you have had at Waterworks with your friends. We greatly appreciate your continued support, and are so grateful when you refer your friends to us. To thank you for this we are currently running a Refer a Friend Program where you will be awarded a $10 credit for each new family you refer to us who signs up for lessons and purchases a package by February 28th, 2009. We are also giving you a free raffle ticket entry into our New Year’s Raffle where you could win 2 free swim lessons and a free portrait session with photographer Mali Workman. If you would like to know more about this program please stop by our front desk and pick up a flyer.
At Waterworks, we feel it is important to provide a fun and happy atmosphere for the children to enjoy and learn to swim. Not only do we provide a great teacher to facilitate our lessons, but we also want your child to enjoy coming to our facility, interacting with our office staff, and participating in both swimming and non-swimming activities. We think that if a child looks forward to coming to our facility as a whole, enthusiasm for learning to swim will increase. For this reason we periodically hold fun contests for the children to participate in and win prizes with no extra cost for Mom and Dad. Over the winter months we held a Dippin’ Dots coloring contest where 5 winners each won a package of Dippin’ Dots and a Waterworks T-Shirt. Currently we are holding a Water Bottle Candy Contest. We have filled a Waterworks Water Bottle full of M&M’s and all children can submit their guess of how many M&M’s are in the bottle. Already we have had many children participate in the contest. It is so much fun to see the excitement on their faces as they think of what number they want to guess. Yesterday I watched some of the children be very creative in how they came up with their number, ranging from doing complicated math equations to just plain guessing! Five winners will be chosen based on their age, and each will have the chance to win a Waterworks Water Bottle, Waterworks T-Shirt and a bag of M&M’s. The candy filled water bottle is displayed at the snack shop along with contest cards for the children to fill out.
With never ending advancement of technology, it seems like you can do everything online these days.. It amazes me how one can now connect online via one’s phone and do everything from making a reservation at a restaurant, to paying a credit card bill. I love the ease of being able to quickly and efficiently take care of business with a click of a button. Of course in staying current with these advancements, we at Waterworks would like to provide easy “click of the button technology” to our clients. If you log into www.waterworksswimonline.com you can access your personal Waterworks Account to view your schedule or cancel classes. We hope this provides you with a quick and convenient way to cancel lessons, find out the times of your lessons, and see how many paid lessons you have left on your account. First time users can click on “new user” to get started.
In the near future, we will be expanding the different functions to include, making payments, scheduling make-up classes, and registering for swim competitions and camps. If you have any suggestions on what we can do to better serve you, we would love to hear from you.