Wednesday, March 5, 2014

If You Knew Me...

...you'd know it was weird that I was awake this early. It is.

However today was registration day for swimming lessons for Luca. Round 2.

Round 1 saw me forgetting and waking up 15 minutes after registration was open and being put on the wait list.

Fair enough.

Today I was ready.

I was pre-registered.

I had the classes I wanted in my wish list (to be fair, as a mom who works out of the house, there are only 2 real options for a sub-2 year old, Saturday and Sunday).

I woke up at 6:15 a.m. (alarm was set for 6:20, but I was having nervous dreams about the registration).

I made a coffee...watched the countdown clock on the registration website.

As soon as the "enroll" button was activated, I CLICKED IT.

Wait list.

WTF.

Sorry kid, this is the last time I'm getting up at 6:20 to try to register you.

I promise to throw you in the lake at the cottage this summer. You'll figure it out. I promise.

Dealsies?

** is this a problem in the suburbs? Or is this just a city problem? I mean, I'm not going to move just for swimming, but I'd like to know if I can add it to the list of "things I strongly dislike about city living" or not.

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21 comments:

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

It's a suburban problems too! The Milton moms were close to drawing blood during their scratch and claw for Sat swim lessons. If you're willing to pay a premium you can usually get private Sat lessons for $20 a pop.

From your old neighbour on Larkin!
Danielle

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Oh shoot...I knew registration was today for East Toronto but of course completely forgot! Luckily I decided to take a break from swimming (we just finished) and am looking to take a art/craft class, hopefully those aren't all full! Am on my way to the parks and rec site now, thanks for reminding me! Hopefully you get in!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

We live in Oakville and we also have this problem. My son took classes at swim academy we paid more and still end up going wed evenings.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I had that happen for a workshop on learning website code. Seriously.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

ditto! I tried four centres in the 'hood..all booked up except for one class on Wednesday evenings which we ended up signing up for.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

That's too bad, we live in Alberta, near Edmonton and I didn't even know when registration began when I signed my son up for swimming lessons. I mean, I didn't get my ideal time slot, but had no problem getting the day I wanted. But there are a lot more people in Ontario than Alberta!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I guess it depends what suburb you're in. We used to live in the city but moved up to richmond hill and I usually forget about registration and end up doing it a week or more after it opens and always get the class I want! I miss city life, but I guess this is one point for the suburbs ;)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I know I tweeted you this, but thought i'd put it here for other moms of infants/toddlers. Rhys and I did 2 sessions through http://www.h2ofit.com/ ... the infant class is a 50 minute class, where the first 25 min is aquafit for the parents with the baby in a floating boat near mom/dad. The 2nd half is a structured play-group like swim class. Songs, balls, bubbles, learning to kick etc. The toddler class seems to be all kid focused. Best part? Warm pools, some salt water, and you will get a spot. The latest session started last week, but there may be an opening. Check it out!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I so know where you are coming from, my hubby would not believe me when I told him how frustrating those registration things were till I made him do it. Both of us were on separate computers and it still took forever to find an open spot! I agree with Laura though, three seems to be the perfect age as they go with the instructor and you just watch, until then just take him in yourself. Have you been to Regent Park Aquatic Centre yet? I love, love, love that pool (my daughter takes lessons there) and wish we had more new facilities like that in the city! (okay by late Saturday afternoon the change rooms start to look a little dirty, but the mornings are great!)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Unreal!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Totally a suburban problem as well. I did the exact same thing a while ago. Now I shell out a little more dough for non-town activities.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Yup City of Toronto Swim Registration is the worst. We've spent over 1.5 hours just clicking the button to get in. The good news is that the older kid classes are slightly easier to register for. Toronto also has lots of private swim providers (Beach Swim School, Jack of Sports, and Buckler among others) so there are options if you don't get in with the city and don't mind paying a little more. That being said, we didn't start our kids in lessons until they were 3 and it worked fine.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

OMG! We just had this issue yet again today in Sherwood Park, Alberta ( a suburb of Edmonton). It's completely frustrating that registration starts at 7am & at 7:02am we we're wait listed :(

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Have you tried your local YMCA? I'm an aquatics director at a Y and I am usually able to make room for classes especially parent/child. I would recommend calling the director and seeing if there's any wiggle room.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

The classes (at Regent Park) for the preschool kids are really small (only 4 kids per class) which explains why they fill up so fast! Not sure about
parents and tots classes, but they are probably not too big either. So don't feel like you failed!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I hated that about living in Toronto. It's not like that at all in Maple.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I love this post! So interesting. I have a blog - Chasin' Mason and found at birenbunoutoftheoven.blogspot.com . I love it because I kind of use it as an online scrapbook. I like to scrapbook in real life too but who has the time for it with kids? So I love that I can document and record things in real time now so I can go back when I do have time and remember everything :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

not a problem here in Burlington. I registered thursday for a start on sunday. That totally sucks you can't do swimming in Toronto.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

We live in Seattle - the good thing is that there are always several choices for lessons here (whether swimming, soccer, etc.). So, if one is filled up, there is always another. You do have to register early for the good classes, but not at 6:20am!!
The things that fill up fast are the one-of-a-kind experiences, like the 1 week of Blue Angels camp at the Museum of Flight over the summer. The kids study aviation and get to meet the Blue Angles pilots - this is the only camp that our son begged to go to and he is finally old enough for this summer. That one I signed up for at midnight when registration opened. :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

We moved outside of city limits now (near Carleton Place) and I can happily say I haven't had a problem since. Part of it I think is that you can register whenever you want. So I tend to register WEEKS before classes begin. And you have to register in person, so none of that online waiting and rushing. I always hated when we lived inside city limits how we NEVER got their first choice of times because my kids swam at a younger age than they were so I would always have to wait to register in person and by then most spots were taken.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thank you! I get quite a few visits from your blog! Now if I can figure out how to add a blogroll on mine...hmmm! Need tech guy ASAP!