Monday, February 27, 2012

Rayuela vs. Acuavita

Living in equal distance between the 2 mayor baby swimming pool makes a happy baby and a happy mom as I am able to take her to both swimming pools each week. (actually, WILL take her as the swimming class for babies did not start yet).

I've been swimming in Acuavita even before my pregnancy (and during), so I already knew the place. As for Rayuela, is kindda very expensive but we've decided to give it a try last Saturday.

1. Water temperature is warmer than Acuavita
2. Has baby change cushion in dressing room
3. Baby friendly environment, with large mattresses to put on baby for changing or feeding in the ... lounge room?
4. Professionally baby focused, by that I mean the age group are well segregated so that smaller babies won't be intimidated or splashed by toddlers.
5. Adequate amount of chlorine
6. After exiting the pool one can rinse off with warm water right next to the pool.
7. Although there's 1 teacher/class, there's always the assistant or another teacher there to help out if you're going alone with the baby. 

1. TOO expensive (15,000clp for trial class and then 50,000clp/4 classes/month or 80,000clp/8 classes/2 months)
2. Only 2 rinse off shower space

1. Large swimming pool, able to provide professional-competitive swimming lessens all the way as the child grows.
2. ALOT cheaper (around 20,000clp/4 classes/month)

1. Too much chlorine, you can smell it off your body after you get out of the pool.
2. The shower room is a bit of walk from swimming pool, a bit of problem for babies during winter time as you'll have to go outside the building and then in.
3. Change/shower room only has benches so might be a problem for changing babies.

Verdict: As long as we can afford, we will be going to both swimming classes as I've wanted to let the baby swim at least twice/week.


  1. Thanks for an informative post! I've only tried Acuavita and though we had a class booked, they almost didn't let us in because of my very bad Spanish! It was pretty frustrating when I was clearly there with my toddler for a class!

    I also found parking there a pain - you have to arrive early.

    Will check out Rayuela though I didn't know it was so expensive - wow. Cheers

    1. Lani, actually, the parking at Rayuela is even worse LOL, but since the class is small (usually around 10~12 babies), you can park either right on the side walk outside the front door or make a turn to the left and park on the street.
      Have fun, hope to see you there sometime :)