A new, overpriced swimming lesson is taking the water in Sydney’s east, with students having to pay $2,400 for two hours of lessons.
Key points:It’s the latest in a string of ‘surprise’ overpriced lessonsThe water is now so cheap that students have to pay to take the lessonA teacher said the new lessons are a waste of time and moneyNew swimming lessons are costing more than $2K each in SydneyThe cost of an expensive swimming lesson has increased by $1,200 for students at a new swimming lesson in the inner west, as the city’s economy continues to struggle.
Key Points:New swimming lesson classes in the east have been so expensive that students are forced to pay for two hour lessonsThe lesson was announced last weekIt is the latest overpriced lesson to be added to the calendar since the introduction of the new swimming lessons in December 2016.
The water has been so cheap in the area that parents and students have had to pay a $2.80 surcharge to attend a lesson.
The costs have come on top of a $500 fee for children to attend classes at the old swimming lesson facility, and a $150 fee for adults.
“We have always wanted to offer our guests the highest possible quality of swimming experience and this is a great example of our commitment to the water,” said Steve Stauffer, the chairman of Sydney Swim Coaches.
“If we don’t offer you the best swimming experience we won’t be able to offer you a good swim.”
It is an exciting time for swimming lessons as we have the highest standards of education and the best facilities for our students.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to provide a fantastic learning experience for our customers.”‘
Waste of time’Cost of new swimming instructionNew lessons have come under scrutiny after the new $2k fee for students.
It was revealed that the average price for a lesson in New South Wales was $1.75, while a recent report found a typical lesson cost $2M in Australia.
But despite the new fees, the new lesson is not being offered in all areas of Sydney, with only the city of Kensington and Chelsea offering it.
However, Sydney Swim Club is the only one of the three clubs in the city offering it, with the rest offering free classes.
“Our membership includes a swimming pool, the swimming pool is very well-managed and there are some very high standards of water safety,” said Mr Staufer.
“The club is looking to offer lessons in areas where there is a greater demand for this type of learning.”
Mr Stauffers daughter, Amanda, is also a member of the club, and has been learning swimming at a local pool for the past few years.
“Amanda is very good at swimming and she is really enjoying it,” he said.
“She is going to be able take her time, take her breath and she can learn a lot.”
The lessons were first announced in December last year, with lessons costing $2 each.
The Sydney Swim club is offering free lessons, but some parents are unhappy with the pricing.
“They are overcharging for the pool,” said one parent, who did not want to be named.
“What are you going to do for a free swim?”
Another parent said they felt the price was a waste, as their child could potentially earn up to $5,000 a year.
“I think the cost of it is $1k,” said another parent.
“There’s no point in paying $2 for two minutes of it.”
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