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The last time I went to a public swimming at the weekend, other than Tooting Bec Lido, which is a different story, I probably paid about 20p and needed to go with a responsible adult.

As the responsible adult in our family, I took my eldest to Guildford swimming pool last weekend and paid about £10 for the pleasure to be in a crowded pool full of teenagers, geriatric swimmers, and as is the case with most weekend activities, fathers.

H was oblivious my misgivings and enjoyed the wave machine, various slides and fountains, but spent most of our time climbing out of and jumping back into the pool. Whilst H seems to have forgotten his previous aquatic life in Dubai of private pools, turquoise seas and golden sands, the memory for me is not so distant. There are few things that I miss about our previous life in the sun, but lounging around swimming pools is on of them. However in reality the days of lazing around a pool all day relaxing.

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I also took R for his first swimming lesson in six months this week (again at Guildford). It funny how it doesn’t matter where you go or what type of activity you are doing there is always that level of presumed knowledge of the songs and actions. I seem to be missing the handbook so please forward if you have a spare copy.

I also took R for his first swimming lesson in six months this week (again at Guildford). Considering he has been out of the water for quite a while and even a bucket of water over the head at bath time is traumatic, he managed pretty well. All in all not a bad class, which would have been more bearable had R not screeched all the way through, as the teachers were engaging and despite it being the second week of the class (we missed the first), knew all of the children’s names.

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It’s funny how it doesn’t matter where you go or what type of activity you are doing there is always that level of presumed knowledge of the songs and actions. As always, I seemed to be missing the handbook so did my best Vic and Bob Shooting Stars impression and made lots of sounds and random noises.

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