It’s time to start thinking about joining a pool with spring right around the corner. Just about everyone in Charlotte is a member of the YMCA, so you may be thinking to yourself “why should I join a pool when I can swim at the Y?”
All of the YMCA’s in Charlotte have incredible facilities but I found once I had little ones, I needed a less-crowded pool. The Y pools are full of campers through most of the summer so they are jam-packed any day of the week. Now don’t get me wrong, we love the Y and swim at it often. But we love our neighborhood pool for so many reasons.
At our neighborhood pool, we get to hang out with our neighbors daily and the children really enjoy seeing the same friends, day in and day out. You can drink alcohol at your neighborhood pool – this is key at our pool during the summertime! There’s nothing like an ice-cold cocktail while you’re grilling burgers and the children are completely entertained. Your neighborhood pool is substantially less crowded than the Y at all times of the day. Birthday parties are very inexpensive at your neighborhood pool. This will come in handy for our fam since we have two summer birthdays. The swim teams are incredible – such a cheap way to strengthen your child’s swimming skills and they love it. The kiddie pools are much more doable at a smaller pool. Ours is fenced in and separate from the main pool so with twins, this is very manageable. In addition to swimming, most clubs have swim and racquet facilities. So the tennis aspect is very enticing to many. I have always dreamed of being a “tennis mom”, at least for a brief period of time. Well that hasn’t happened yet and it’s not looking like it will any time soon. But the option is there. Also, the social calendar is full of fun parties. Our pool has so many social events throughout the summer and we have lots of super-cool members.
So how much does it cost to join a pool? Well that depends on what pool you’re looking at and they seem to vary quite a bit. I’m going to take a wild guess that this can cost anywhere from $500-a few thousand dollars for your initiation fees. Your annual dues are usually close to $500 or so. Our pool has an initiation fee of $1,000 and annual dues of $500 and this seems to be pretty average.
I’m thinking that this year will be my year when I can take all four of mine to the pool by myself. All of my kids took infant survival swimming lessons, including the twins. So my older two are pretty good swimmers and they can help with the twins this year. The twins will take a refresher swimming course this spring, so they should be good to go this summer, as long as they don’t dive off the diving board!
What are your experiences with your pool?