The infant aquatic and pre-school programme is designed for children aged 6 months to 4 years. The parent/guardian is required to accompany their little ones in the pool. In addition to being a great introduction to the water for the child, these lessons are an ideal way for you to bond with your child and to meet other parents.
“Building the beginnings of a lifelong love of water”
Adult & Baby (6 months+): Learning water confidence through nursery rhymes and fun play. The ratio for support is one adult to one child.
Adult & Toddler (12 months+): Lessons focus on promoting early water confidence, basic motor skills and introduces independent movement. The ratio for support is one adult to one toddler.
Adult & Child (24 months+): Similar to our adult & toddler sessions, the focus is on promoting early water confidence, basic motor skills and introducing independent movement. The ratio for support is one adult to one child.
Foundation 1 (Aged 3-4 years): This class is aimed at children who are new to swimming lessons or are not yet water confident e.g. unable to submerge their face confidently, float on their front and back unaided. The emphasis is on developing water confidence through games and having fun. The ratio for support is one adult to one child.
Foundation 2 (Aged 3-4 years): This class is aimed at children who have previously attended adult and child swimming lessons or are water confident e.g. able to submerge their face confidently, float on their front and back unaided and paddle/kick a short distance.
Double Nappy System
Babies and toddlers must wear our double nappy system at their swimming lessons, which means a paper swim nappy (disposable or reusable) with an approved neoprene nappy over the top, designed to be used over a nappy to provide second layer protection. Research shows that this combination is best for avoiding accidents in the pool. Babies, toddlers and children may also wear swimming costumes, swimming trunks, wetsuits and similar swimwear, but must still adhere to our double nappy policy if they are not fully toilet trained.
Please do always have a spare paper swim-nappy available, as you may need a quick mid-swim change.
If anything ever does escape from a nappy (whether your own baby’s or anyone else’s) please tell the swimming teacher immediately as it’s for everyone’s safety. Any accidents generally mean that the pool will have to be closed, and could result in ending your class and cancelling the one following.
You will be asked for any existing medical conditions for either yourself or for the carer who may be attending the lesson, and the child booked into the lesson. This will include if you are a non-swimmer or if you are pregnant. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
- For your baby: Disposable swim nappy and neoprene over-nappy
- 2 towels
- £1 for a locker
- Changing mat (in case space is limited in the changing rooms)
- For your baby, you should bring milk and snacks for after the session. We also have a cafe available.
Parents can bring their baby from the age of 6 months.
Never bring your child swimming if they have any illness such as diarrhoea, vomiting, impetigo, conjunctivitis or a bad cold. Please wait until your doctor has given the all-clear.
Please do not bring your child to a swimming class with chickenpox, until all the blisters have dried up. If you child has a chest, ear or eye infection they also shouldn’t swim until it has completely cleared.
Of course, either parents/guardian or even a grandparent can attend the lessons.
Our pools are kept at a temperature ranging from 28 – 29 degrees Celsius for the main pool and 30-31 degrees Celsius for the small pool. Please do look at the Baby Wetsuit and Baby Warm Suits to keep your little swimmer warm in the lessons.
Each child will need to be accompanied in the water by an adult (i.e. one parent cannot bring both children alone)
In a Baby & Foundation classes, if your child were to become upset or misbehaving, we suggest that you move to one side for a moment to speak with your child, however, the swim teacher will happily speak to your child too if you feel it is appropriate/necessary. We can always provide one of our toys to help calm them down and after a minute or two they will hopefully want to join back in with the lesson.
Yes- we have many parents who bring their babies to our classes just for that reason. They want to make sure their child is confident in the water. Please do let your swimming teacher know.