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SWIMMING SCHOOL INFORMATION

You may book courses online or at the customer service point of the location. Payment is always made in connection to the booking. We will post the course registration dates on our swimming school webpage.

What level should I choose?

When you are booking a swimming school placement for your child, it is important that the level is suited to your child’s skills. We recommend that you will first test your child’s skill level and choose a course after that. You should not book several courses back-to-back, but rather allow some time for the child’s skills to develop after the swimming course. The best way to do this is to go swimming independently for at least 8 weeks.

Terms

Spring term

  • January–March (registrations begin in November)
  • March–May (registrations begin in February)

Summer term

  • June–July (registrations begin in March)

Autumn term

  • August–October (registrations begin in May)
  • October–December (registrations begin in September)

Our swimming schools have 8 sessions, one per week (due to public holidays, exceptions may occur).
In addition to this, we hold intensive courses during the year (duration varies).

SWIMMING SCHOOL RULES

At the hall

  • Be there on time.
  • Report to the customer service personnel every time by telling them your name. This way, no swimming fee will be requested from you. The swimming teacher will greet school-aged children and adults at the pool. Regarding preschoolers, please read the instructions below (arriving to swimming school).
  • School-age children go to the dressing rooms appointed to their gender.
  • If a parent comes to swim, while their child is in swimming school, the swimming fee is 5€.
  • Bring swimwear, towel, seat cover and personal hygiene products.
  • Always wash yourself carefully before entering the pool.
  • Swimwear is not allowed in the sauna.
  • If you need to use the toilet, do it before coming into the pool (and before washing up). If you need to go to the toilet in the middle of the lesson, notify your teacher before leaving the pool.
  • Never run in the pool premises; the floors are slippery!
  • Use of a swim cap and goggles is recommended
  • Long hair must be tied back (makes swimming easier).
  • Do not eat candy or chewing gum in the pool!
  • We hope that during the swimming school, the parents will either stay in the dressing rooms or pass their time by swimming.
  • If you wish to stay by the pool to watch, you will need to pay the normal swimming fee.
  • We also request that parents do not remain right by the pool to watch the swimming school in procession, as the child should be able to focus on learning in peace.

Swimming teacher

  • Your swimming teacher will meet you by the pool at the beginning of the lesson and will be responsible for you until the teaching is over (for preschoolers, please see the instructions below).
  • You need to follow the instructions of the swimming teacher and the teacher should not be interrupted if they are still teaching the previous group.

At the end of the course

At the last meeting, the swimming teacher will give you a certificate and an assessment of your swimming skills. The swimming teacher will also recommend which course you could participate next. If you miss the last meeting, the teacher will leave the certificate and possible swimming badge with the swimming hall's customer service, where you can pick it up later. The customer service will hold the certificates for about two months.

ARRIVING TO SWIMMING SCHOOL

Kallio

When you arrive to class, please check in at the hall customer service point.

Preschoolers: Please help your child dress in swimwear and make sure s/he has a towel and swim goggles. The swim teacher collects the pupils 5 minutes before the class starts from the locker room entrance (lobby side) and takes them to the showers and pool area. Alternatively, you may bring your child directly to the pool area if you also plan to go swimming. After the swimming school, the teacher helps the pupils shower and returns them to the same place they were collected from.

School-agers and adults: Please use gender-appointed dressing rooms. The swimming school participants gather at the pool lifeguard station before the class starts.

Kontula

When you arrive to class, please check in at the hall customer service point.

Preschoolers: Please help your child dress in swimwear and make sure s/he has a towel and swim goggles. The swim teacher collects the pupils 5 minutes before the class starts from the corridor located outside the locker rooms and takes them to the showers and pool area. Alternatively, you may bring your child directly to the pool area if you also plan to go swimming. After the swimming school, the teacher helps the pupils shower and returns them to the same place they were collected from.

School-agers and adults: Please use gender-appointed dressing rooms. The swimming school participants gather at the pool lifeguard station before the class starts.

Malmi

When you arrive to class, please check in at the hall customer service point.

Preschoolers: Please help your child dress in swimwear and make sure s/he has a towel and swim goggles. The swim teacher collects the pupils 5 minutes before the class starts from the swimming hall cafe and takes them to the showers and pool area. Alternatively, you may bring your child directly to the pool area if you also plan to go swimming. After the swimming school, the teacher helps the pupils shower and returns them to the swimming cafe.

School-agers and adults: Please use gender-appointed dressing rooms. The swimming school participants gather at the pool lifeguard station before the class starts.

Mäkelänrinne

When you arrive to class, please check in at the hall customer service point.

Preschoolers: Please help your child dress in swimwear and make sure s/he has a towel and swim goggles. The swim teacher collects the pupils 5 minutes before the class starts from the swimming hall lobby (locker room entrance) and takes them to the showers and pool area. Alternatively, you may bring your child directly to the pool area if you also plan to go swimming. After the swimming school, the teacher helps the pupils shower and returns them to the swimming hall lobby.

School-agers and adults: Please use gender-appointed dressing rooms. The swimming school participants gather at the benches next to the pool lifeguard station before the class starts.

Siltamäki

When you arrive to class, please check in at the hall customer service point.

Preschoolers: Please help your child dress in swimwear and make sure s/he has a towel and swim goggles. The swim teacher collects the pupils 5 minutes before the class starts from the swimming hall lobby and takes them to the showers and pool area. Alternatively, you may bring your child directly to the pool area if you also plan to go swimming. After the swimming school, the teacher helps the pupils shower and returns them to the swimming hall lobby.

School-agers and adults: Please use gender-appointed dressing rooms. The swimming school participants gather at the shallow end of the large pool before the class starts.

Töölö

Preschoolers: Please help your child dress in swimwear and make sure s/he has a towel and swim goggles. The swim teacher collects the pupils 5 minutes before the class starts from the locker room entrance (lobby side) and takes them to the showers and pool area. Alternatively, you may bring your child directly to the pool area if you also plan to go swimming. After the swimming school, the teacher helps the pupils shower and returns them to the same place they were collected from.

School-agers and adults: Please use gender-appointed dressing rooms. The swimming school participants gather at the pool lifeguard station before the class starts.

Vuosaari

When you arrive to class, please check in at the hall customer service point.

Preschoolers: Our customer service guides you and your child to a group locker room that is available for swimming school use. The swim teacher collects the pupils before the class starts from the group locker room showers and takes them to the pool area. After the swimming school, the teacher returns the pupils to the group locker room showers. Alternatively, you may bring your child directly to the pool area before the class if you also plan to go swimming.

School-agers and adults: Please use gender-appointed dressing rooms. The swimming school participants gather at the pool lifeguard station before the class starts.

 

 

BABY AND TODDLER SWIMMING AT SILTAMÄKI

We have a few basket carriers for borrowing, but we recommend that you bring your own carrier. Please leave your stroller outside the hall, because our facilities are quite limited. You may also bring your own stroller lock and cover, if needed.

The name lists are held by the customer service point. When you come in, please state your name to get the keys to the lockers.

The child should be fed approximately 1-1.5 hours before swimming. The happier the child is upon arrival, the more they will enjoy swimming, instead of being cranky or impatient. Don’t hesitate to stop early, if your child is having a ‘bad day’.

Before swimming, please wash up per normal swimming hall practices from head to toe, without swimwear. Wash your child as well. You should always remove swimwear before going to the sauna. We recommend going to the sauna only after swimming, to prevent sweat from ending up in the pool, or the children feeling cold due to the changes in the ambient temperature. When there are babies in the sauna, do not cast water onto the stove.

Special note regarding jewelry: all jewelry, including stud earrings, watches, rings and activity bracelets must be removed before entering the pools. Piercing that are hard to remove must also be disinfected carefully before entering the pools.

Every child must have a swim diaper to prevent any excrement ending up in the pool. We also recommend children to wear full body swimsuits over their swim diaper. This will make it easier to handle the child in the pool, as the swimsuit is less slippery than the skin. The full-body suit will also serve as an additional barrier in case of any excrement accidents.

Depending on the child’s mood, the first times in the pool may sometimes last less than 30 minutes.

You can wait for your group to start in the children’s pool for a maximum of five minutes. When you come for the first time, please wait for the instructor to guide you into the pool. After swimming, go directly to the showers.

Sick children or parents are not allowed in the pool (e.g. fever, diarrhea, infections). Please ensure that both you and your child have enough of a recovery period after being sick.

Unfortunately, absences cannot be refunded. In cases of prolonged illness, please contact nea.teponoja@urheiluhallit.fi and present a doctor’s certificate.

For more information, please call 09 3488 6563 or email nea.teponoja@urheiluhallit.fi.

The goal of baby swimming is not to teach the children how to swim, but rather to get them to enjoy water in general. Therefore, the classes are always carried out on the child’s terms. As every child develops at an individual speed, there is no need to compare the child's progress to others.