Well the last few weeks have been interesting. I won’t tell you the analogy a friend used this week but lets just say the transition from building site to functioning business is a fraught process and one which, at times, feels quite insurmountable!
I know of pools similar to mine. I know of pools on farms which are hired. I know of swim teachers who have built their own pools and run lessons. What I have done, or rather am trying to do, is both and that is a tricky business. In fairness I always knew it would be and was duly warned it would be. I had hoped the build would stay on budget and finish on time (rolls… on… floor….. laughing!!!!) but that wasn’t to be so I have enormous amounts of pressure from every direction to get this pool up and running to prove itself. The original plan that the poor suffering other half would help get the business off the ground has not come to fruition as he’s been outsourced to generate some much needed income but that does leave quite a lot to do!
The problem is, everything takes time and as I have started saying, with great inflection of late, ‘there’s only one me!!’ and the ‘one me’ has to do everything from recruitment to uniforms, forms, procedures, cleaning, booking, emails, invoices…. In light of this, last week I took steps to employ someone to help before a complete breakdown ensued! Phew. It all seems slightly more manageable now, thankfully.
I have spent the last couple of weeks testing the pool and swimming lessons. I have had all sorts of meetings with all sorts of people. It is exhausting and exciting in almost equal measure. Very kindly a number of willing friends allowed me to use their children for lessons after school which meant I could really test the parking and building to see how everything works. With the best will in the world it doesn’t really matter how much you plan on paper, the true test can only happen once you have the building and there will ALWAYS be things you haven’t thought of.
Children’s swimming lessons will start after half-term. I am finishing off paperwork and tweaking the set-up slightly in light of feedback from the last couple of weeks. I really can not stress how crucially important it is to me that The Parlour Pool retains its identity as a small, friendly, quiet place to be. It really is absolutely the core of the entire project and why I so wanted to build a pool in the first place. The idea was born from frustration that there wasn’t a venue which suited my son. He hated the noise, the chaos, the cold… all of it and I can’t say I was terribly keen on any of it either! The Parlour Pool has always aimed to be more like stopping off at a friends house for a cup of tea on the way home with a nice relaxed atmosphere.
Adult lessons have started please contact Liz Robin directly if you are interested.
Right that will do for now, I’m off to work so I’ll leave you to look at a picture of the pool…