How does your centre run lessons? What is the best way to schedule and run your swimming program? This article will discuss pros and cons of the 2 types of program, which may give you some food for thought when scheduling lessons for your centre.
Swimming year round has benefits and negatives attached to it. The following are a few things to think about when scheduling your perpetual swimming program.
Perpetual Swimming Pros
- Keeps clients swimming throughout the entire year without giving them an option for a break.
- Avoids the headaches of rebooking week and alleviates long lines for administration.
- Financial payments continue throughout the year while clients continue to swim.
- Clients don’t need to remember or pay attention to breaks as they continue to swim.
- It is the client and not centre’s responsibility to continue swimming or cancel as they see fit.
Perpetual Swimming Cons
- Staff may become tired, run down and cranky without a designated break.
- Classes can become stagnant without much movement or change over time.
- No time within the program for holiday courses, free intensives, clinics or special occasions.
- Ethical dilemma to take payment for times when swimming won’t occur – eg public holidays.
- Swimmers get used to the same teacher each week and may not be willing to give others a go.
Having a centre that runs within school terms or creates its own swimming terms can be both a positive and negative experience. The following are a few points to consider when scheduling Term swimming within your centre.
Term Swimming Pros
- Beginning and end date for parents, swimmers and staff to work towards a common goal.
- Payment can be made in full for an entire term upfront or ongoing.
- Instructors, classes and times have the chance to change once a Term has finished.
- Gives swimmers who are tired, bored or uninterested a break so they can return refreshed.
- Offers swim centres a chance to schedule more or less classes depending on seasons, public patrons, school swimming program, time of school year and other extenuating circumstances.
Term Swimming Cons
- Administration spends a lot of time rebooking clients into exactly the same booking.
- If clients are away during rebooking week they may miss out on their regular spot.
- A break may harm swimmers who crave routine and repetition.
- New clients booked into established classes may pose a challenge for instructors.
- Terms may not match up with all schools due to Private, Public and Independent systems.
These are just a few thoughts on the Perpetual VS Term swimming debate in the Aquatics industry. What are your thoughts on the above? Please comment if you have further points for discussion.