Private Swim Lessons Options

United States
July 28, 2008 9:22pm CST
OK, I have a 2 year old daughter and I have quite a few people asking me to give private swim lessons since she has been swimming on her own since she was 19 months old. My husband is out in the field often working, would it be inappropriate if I lowered my rates for parents who are willing to allow me to bring my daughter with me to the lesson? I have done group lessons before and as I said my daughter can swim on her own VERY well. I would also be up front from the get go, so the clients would be well aware of my situation... is this doable or should I find something else to do with her?
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@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I think it is up to you if you want to lower your rates. If the parents don't mind that you bring your daughter with you, i don't think you should have to give them a discount. I don't see how bringing her would be a problem, if nothing else their kids can see her doing it. If you can afford to lower your rates and it would make you feel better than its fine to do it. But I would say you shouldn't have to unless having your daughter there might make it so that you can't give their child your full attention during the lesson.
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• United States
29 Jul 08
Ineresting thought. Thank you!
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
29 Jul 08
As long as you can teach the lessons with your daughter being there and still watch her, I don't think there should be a problem. Telling them that she will be there is fine. I'm not sure I'd lower my prices because of that. Maybe if they have an older child who could babysit you might offer to pay her. I think I'd keep my prices the same.
• United States
30 Jul 08
Thank you for the thoughts, I will definately think about it before I lower my rates!
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
31 Jul 08
Hi there! My daughter is in group swim lessons currently at the community center pool. This is the second year we have done the lessons, and honestly the reason we do them is twofold. First of all, we have an inground pool and jacuzzi at home and it can be used practically 9 months out of the year. Secondly, even though she's been in the water since she was about 6 months old and she LOVES water, my husband and I seem to not be able to teach her much ourselves. She learns wonderfully well in the lessons, although we only do one 2 week session each summer. They are every day, half hour lessons and she has 5 other kids in her class. Anyway, now that I have bored you with the background, I don't do the private lessons due to cost and time, I think the community center's private ones are like $55 and they are hour long but not every day. If I WERE to do private lessons with a private party, I would have absolutely no problem with them bringing their own child who could swim. I wouldn't ask for the rates to be lowered unless they seemed too steep in the first place. The only time I would prefer not having their child(ren) there would be if they could NOT swim and the mom or dad would be having to assist or watch their child(ren) carefully and not be able to focus on my child. Too bad you don't live near me lol!