Your baby is at the heart of everything we do. When they’re ready, we’re ready.
Our lessons are truly baby centred and because we understand that each child works at their own pace, we tailor each activity and skill to them. We never push, we only progress. It’s only when we understand their needs that we can help them grow.
We have a thirst to learn. And that’s why we’re the leading, biggest swim school in the world. We don’t do things by half measures. We’re constantly evolving our programme, developing our teachers and challenging the status quo.
There’s a lot of science behind that play in the pool. Our programme is carefully structured to reflect key moments in your little one’s development. And not only are we nurturing their physical and emotional growth, but we’re also doing it with boundless enthusiasm, a song (or ten) and a smile.
Your baby can start swimming with us straight from birth. But if your little one is premature, always check with your doctor before starting your lessons. As long as your baby is deemed medically fit, it should be absolutely fine for them to attend lessons once they are past their due date.
Babies love familiarity, so getting them used to the water beforehand will help them prepare for the lesson.
Having a bath or shower together is the perfect place to start. Laugh, play, splash and natter with your baby to reassure them that being in the water is a fun, safe place to be.
If you can, pop down to your local pool. You don’t have to be there long, but getting them used to the atmosphere of the pool will mean they’re more relaxed for their first lesson.
All you need is comfortable swimwear and a towel. Bring goggles if you’d like to go underwater too (make sure they have clear lenses). But don’t worry, if you’re not a confident swimmer you won’t be forced to go underwater.
We’ve had many babies swim with us with eczema, so recommend smoothing prescribed barrier cream over the affected parts before popping them into a sun suit. If you’re ever unsure, do speak to a health professional for advice on your baby’s skin.
Every pool provides changing room facilities which are suitable for you and your baby. Bringing your changing mat also means that no matter where your lesson is, you can easily change your baby comfortably and safely.
Carers and babies need to be ready to jump in as soon as the class before them has finished! We would recommend arriving 15 minutes before your lesson to give you and your baby plenty of time to get ready.