Umesh Marnad, a businessman, signed up his two children, aged six and nine, for swimming lessons at a swimming pool in Koramangala. “I want them to compensate for the lack of physical activity of the past two years. I think swimming is great exercise for the whole body and is good for height growth,” he said.
Ashok, principal of Chitrakoota Kaushalya School and Swimming Center, said the students were excited to be back on the field and especially for swimming lessons. With full batches through the end of June, Ashok said demand has forced them to add more batches and even introduce some for adults.
“The sweltering summer added to the demand for swimming. Children are reluctant to play outside in the sun, but swimming is an appealing option as they can play in the water,” he said.
Joyita Chatterjee, director of the Chitrakoota Group of Schools, said: “Parents also sit and watch their children have fun in the pools.”
The nine-year-old son of housewife Sangeetha BN was adamant about taking swimming lessons. “His request started a year ago when Covid was still at its peak. We could finally enroll him now,” the Basavanagudi resident said.
Other courses also gained popularity this year.
Ayesha Sirajuddin, Head of South Campuses, Ekya Schools, Bengaluru, said that apart from swimming and basketball, chess is popular among those looking for summer courses. “Basketball, throwing, robotics, public speaking, skating and karate are also in demand,” she said.
Farah Nasir, founder of the English Hour Academy in Benson Town, said online and offline lessons were popular among parents. “Sought-after courses include personality development, creative writing, effective adult communication and language skills,” Nasir said, adding that some parents are still waiting for schools to reopen to send children off to classes. line.
Aloysius D’mello, Principal of Greenwood High International School, said: “The response for summer camps has been overwhelming because children have been deprived of non-academic activities due to online classes. Parents, too, are relieved by the return of summer camps as it was a struggle for them to make sure kids aren’t spending too much time on gadgets.
Social development hit
He said they have noticed that many children are still lagging behind in their social development. “Summer camps help children interact with their peers and participate in activities that will improve their mental and physical health. Our summer sports camp in football, badminton, swimming and hockey has already started as well as an online summer chess camp by renowned professionals. Children from grade 1 can spend their holidays productively here,” he said.