This is a special time to spend with your little one. Teaching your baby to swim is the only activity that is a lifesaving skill, not to mention the huge benefits of building strength and co-ordination.
Each class is led by one of our baby swimming teachers, in the water with mum, dad or a carer supporting their child. Skills are taught through song, play, and lots of repetition. Correct body position is an important part of the first stages of baby swimming.
Progressing to swim under water will first and foremost be due to a babies natural gag reflex which will lead them on to learning breath control so that it becomes a learned action.
As their physical strength grows they will learn to move more independently through the water, travelling short distances and learning to climb in and out of the pool safely. Through class activities provided by the teacher they will be in a wonderful environment that will encourage interaction between other little ones adding to a child’s social development.
Progression over time will take them on to being independent on both their front and their back, little ones will learn to “fall” into the water and roll over onto their backs. They will also be encouraged to lift their head to breath and continue swimming leading onto simple front crawl and backstroke.
As babies rely on repetition to learn to swim it is very important to note that when embarking on a baby swimming programme it is something that requires commitment. Enrolling in a term of swimming lessons and then stopping only to start again 6 months to a year down the line will not be beneficial as they do not remember something that they have done “half a lifetime ago”.
Remember no matter how confident and strong your little one may be always be sure that your child is safe and never take your eyes off a child around water. If you are around open water (rivers, lakes and dams) always make sure that your child is wearing a life vest.
Even though they are taught all the safety skills we do not ever want them to be in a situation that may put their life in danger.
How many babies in a class?
Our baby classes are booked with a maximum of 8 little ones and their parent or carer in the water.
Will there be a teacher in the water with the class?
Yes, there will always be a teacher in the water, guiding the class and demonstrating the whole time
What should my baby wear?
We operate a double nappy policy. The first nappy would be either a disposable Huggies little swimmer swim pants or a reusable happy nappy wrap and then a Happy Nappy worn over that. If you do not have any of these we can sell them to you at our venue on the day you start.
Do I need to be in the water with my baby?
Yes, every baby must have either a mum, dad or carer in the water with them.
Do I need to be able to swim myself?
No, you will be able to stand up in the swimming pool. Always let the swimming teacher know beforehand if you cannot swim. If however you do not know how to swim and would like to know more you might be interested in our adult swimming lessons.
Does my baby need to be fully vaccinated before starting any lessons?
You don’t need to wait until your baby is vaccinated before they start their lessons. Further details can be found on the NHS website.
At what age can my baby start swimming lessons at Swim Tank?
We take babies from the age of 3 months old.
Can we still swim if my baby is sick?
Babies often get colds and you should be ok to continue swimming. However, if your baby has a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhoea they will not be able to swim.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
Every time you are unable to attend a swimming lesson it is important to log the absence either via the SWIMTANK app or parent portal. This then alerts the office and your swimming teacher. In terms of making up a missed lesson, each venue has its own policy which will be emailed to you after you have enrolled.
What if my baby cries?
All of us are different and some babies take to the water from the beginning and others take some time to get used to either the class and the surrounding, the other children or the water. Babies do sometimes cry and lessons may take a bit of getting used to. Give it time and be persistent with your attendance and you will see positive results and a happy baby who enjoys being in the water in no time at all.
How much time should I allow after feeding to attend a swimming lesson?
We suggest that you wait at least 60 minutes minutes after feeding your baby or toddler before you attend your swimming lesson.
Can I practice on my own with my baby?
This is always a good thing. You don’t need to go to a swimming pool to do this. Bath time is a great time for them to be around water. If you do not have a bath then a shower is just as good. Ask your instructor for some tips.