Bert Lozada Swim School in Ace Water Spa QC
Me and my husband were actually considering martial arts as Z’s activity for summer 2017 but we ended up enrolling him in Bert Lozada Swim School to get swimming lessons.
I sent an inquiry to their Facebook page and they told me I need to choose a venue first and go there for registration. They have a number of venues on their website and I picked the nearest from our place, Ace Water Spa along Banawe Quezon City. I enrolled my son by mid-April before our flight to Singapore.
ACE Water Spa is an indoor facility and it offers Hydrotherapy, since water has been a vital element in cleansing, relaxing and healing because its curative properties. We’ve never tried their services, pero ang sabi okay raw, nakakarelax, at sulit na sulit lalo na when you also avail of their buffet.
Locations / Branches
BLSS swimming lessons are offered in these locations (and in each location there are a lot of branches you can choose to go to): Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, Taguig, Valenzuela, San Juan, Marikina, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Ilocos, Laguna, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Rizal, General Santos, Quezon, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Lucena, and Bacolod.
Programs and Rates
The Kids Program costs PhP 5,000, plus you also need to pay PhP 500 for the annual registration fee. The program is a 10 Lesson Package which is 1 hour/lesson everyday, except Sundays. You will have to choose a schedule (batch and time slot) and once enrolled, you’ll be given a list of requirements and reminders before joining the program.
One on one programs are also available but I think you’ll have to pay more.
- 3 pcs 2×2 ID photos
- 1 pc 1×1 photo
- Swimming Attire: (spandex or lycra, no buttons and zippers) Male; trunks or cycling shorts, rashguards and for Female: 1 pc swimsuit or cycling shorts, rashguards
- Kickboard (standard size)
- Swimming goggles
- Swimming cap (optional; swim caps can be borrowed from the facility)
- BLSS ID. It will be provided upon enrollment and you have to bring it every session. Failure to do so will result to non-participation for that particular session.
For the kids program, there are skill levels and during the first session your child will be assessed whether he/she is a Snapper or a Jammer. Z started as Jammer 1.
The kids were taught in groups. They have a lot of time observing other kids how to swim and make friends while waiting for their turns.
I’m so thankful that Z has improved a lot. He’s now more calm whenever he’s underwater and he can do Survival swimming. He also learned different floating styles (starfish float, turtle float, and angel float) and can torpedo kick swim. However, he’s still struggling with dog paddle and freestyle but it’s okay ’cause I know that with constant practice, he’ll do better in no time. And what amazed me the most is how he rolls from his tummy onto his back and perform sustainable floating. Ang galing talo pa ako! 🙂
During their graduation, Bert Lozada gave out progress reports. Z haven’t mastered all the skills for Jammer 1 yet so when he comes back next summer, he’ll be taking Jammer 1 sessions again.
The Coffee Lounge
The Coffee Lounge is inside Ace Water Spa, and when you’re waiting for almost two hours everyday mapapakain ka talaga sa kanila. But we learned the second day that there’s a waiting area for fetchers on the 2nd floor so ayun, tambay lang and I didn’t feel the need to always buy food from the cafe.
Prices are a bit steep. We ordered Cappuccino (PhP 130), Oreo Milkshake (PhP 180), and Ace Iced Coffee (PhP 130). Hindi sana kami oorder but Neo was throwing tantrums after seeing their milkshake from a nearby table.
Z requested for a hotpot from the cafe after his graduation. And since it’s his last session day pumayag na ako. The Basic Shabu Shabu Hotpot is only PhP 260 (promo day), and it’s good for sharing. Unli-soup na rin! 🙂 We upgraded ours to Pork Set and added PhP 120.
I’m also a fan of their Chicken Pot Pie (PhP 70). It’s buttery and creamy, my kind of comfort food. 🙂
Aside from being a great form of physical activity, we should teach our kids how to swim for their safety. If children were taught how to swim and they come across an accident involving bodies of water, they have a big chance of surviving.
Swimming is considered a life skill so enroll your kids in swimming lessons as early as possible. Thank you Bert Lozada for helping my son unlock his swimming skills. 🙂