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    Thanks so much for the help. Harry Wright looks great. Does anyone know if WIS is accessible by public transport? We are coming from Kowloon Station and I have a feeling it may be tough to get to:(

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    Hi MarisaB, we live in Kowloon Station too :) The closest to us will be WIS.

    WIS is in Pokfulam, and quick to get to by car. I am not sure about public transport, but given it's a school, there should be public transport available.

    We started at WIS but found the place a little hot, dark and stuffy, and have since moved to CDNIS which is further away. We love CDNIS, despite it being further away at Aberdeen (25 minutes drive by car).

    Separately, if you are living in Kowloon West, you should be able to find swimming classes conducted in your residential complex as well ....

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    Harry Wright is great but it has 2 drawbacks.
    (1) its one of the most expensive in town (you can find lower end private lessons for same price)
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    (2) its damn inconvenient for a lot of people.
    I could not imagine travelling out to PFL or Aberdeen or CDNIS from Kowloon/Shatin just for swimming lessons when there are so many local choices.
    If you are living far away, by the time you add all the expenses of travel, you may as well get a private teacher.

    Swimming is very popular in Hong Kong starting from babies all the way to Adulthood. There are also many swimming clubs around town. I would suggest save yourself some money (most are less than 1/2 price of HW) and a lot of travelling time&expense; find something local.

    Easiest ways to do that would be to go down to your closest public swimming pool :
    http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/beach/en/swim-location-hk.php
    If you go there on a Saturday morning or afternoon, you will see many kids and adults being coached. Usually they will also be wearing different colored caps showing emblems of the different clubs. Just approach the coaches and ask them for a brochure.

    We live on HK Island and we have used both of these:
    http://www.hoitin.net
    http://www.stanfordswim.com.au
    Dont be intimated by language if you dont speak Cantonese. Most if not all the teachers can speak passable English; good enough for swimming instruction.

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    If you are at Kowloon station, I think the YMCA in TST is quite convenient. Instruction should be English and Cantonese.
    http://www.ymcahk.org.hk/member/html/prg001e.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdill View Post
    If you are at Kowloon station, I think the YMCA in TST is quite convenient. Instruction should be English and Cantonese.
    http://www.ymcahk.org.hk/member/html/prg001e.htm
    I took lessons at YMCA as a child.
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    Thank you for suggesting the alternative :D


    Quote Originally Posted by howardcoombs View Post
    Harry Wright is great but it has 2 drawbacks.
    (1) its one of the most expensive in town (you can find lower end private lessons for same price)
    and
    (2) its damn inconvenient for a lot of people.
    I could not imagine travelling out to PFL or Aberdeen or CDNIS from Kowloon/Shatin just for swimming lessons when there are so many local choices.
    If you are living far away, by the time you add all the expenses of travel, you may as well get a private teacher.

    Swimming is very popular in Hong Kong starting from babies all the way to Adulthood. There are also many swimming clubs around town. I would suggest save yourself some money (most are less than 1/2 price of HW) and a lot of travelling time&expense; find something local.

    Easiest ways to do that would be to go down to your closest public swimming pool :
    http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/beach/en/swim-location-hk.php
    If you go there on a Saturday morning or afternoon, you will see many kids and adults being coached. Usually they will also be wearing different colored caps showing emblems of the different clubs. Just approach the coaches and ask them for a brochure.

    We live on HK Island and we have used both of these:
    http://www.hoitin.net
    http://www.stanfordswim.com.au
    Dont be intimated by language if you dont speak Cantonese. Most if not all the teachers can speak passable English; good enough for swimming instruction.

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    Wow! Such great feedback, l really appreciate it.
    I have checked out the Y and am waiting for a response. I will look into the public pools.
    I stay g away from private lessons because I wanted to meet other moms and kids but I may have to go that route if nothing else works out.
    Thanks again. Huge help!

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    Yup that's correct. For young children, its better to be in a group class than individual private lesson :)

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