We welcome babies to our lessons from 8 weeks old, providing that mum and baby have both had their 6 week checks and all is well. However, babies tend to be 10-12 weeks old when we meet them in lessons for the first time, when sleeping and eating patterns are established and mum feels ready. It is never too late to start to learn to swim, so even if your toddler has never been swimming before, we will work with them at their level of ability and at their pace to ensure a positive introduction to the water.
No, babies do not need to have had any of their vaccinations before swimming, see NHS link below which has more information:
For the sake of the pools we hire and our other swimmers, we need to make sure that we avoid ‘little nappy accidents’ in the pool. If we have a leaky nappy, it means we have to cancel the lessons and the pool will be closed for a few days until it is safe and clean to swim again. Therefore, we insist that all babies and toddlers (unless fully potty trained) must wear a double swim nappy – this means an inner swim nappy (it can be disposable like Huggies Little Swimmers or similar, or a reusable Aqua Nappy) as well as a Splashabout Happy Nappy as the outer layer (this is a specially designed swim nappy with tummy and leg seals to avoid any ‘leakages’ in the pool) you can buy these from Amazon or www.splashabout.com.
If you need any more information, please contact us.
- Double swim nappy for baby
- Your own swimwear
- Baby changing mat (Huggies Hygiene Mat is great for swimming lessons)
- Warm clothing / blanket and a hat to wrap baby up after their lesson on cold days
- Any medications required by you or baby, in a named plastic bag
All instructors hold the STA Baby and Preschool Certificate and are AquaStar trained. They also hold NaRS lifesaving qualifications, first aid qualifications, DBS check and are fully insured.
No! One of the main motivators for non-swimming parents to enrol their children in swimming lessons is because they can’t swim and want their child to be able to. We teach in shallow pools, so you will be able to keep your feet on the ground at all times if you choose to. Your baby need you to feel relaxed in the water, so if you are nervous about starting lessons, please speak to us first – we are here to help!
Yes, babies and toddlers usually love their family members coming to watch them. Some venues may have a restriction on the number of spectators that can come at one time, so just check the website or with us if you are unsure.
For safeguarding reasons, we ask that spectators do not take photos during lessons, however, with the permission of your instructor, you may be able to take a photo at the end as long as no-one else is in the picture. Videos are not permitted at any time.
Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, there is a limit to how many people we can have in the pool at any one time. Therefore, we only allow one adult in the water per child.