Our baby swimming lessons are focused on helping young children to become confident in the water and learn the basics in order for them to join swimming lessons in later life.
What is the best age to start baby swimming lessons
We believe that babies should start swimming lessons from 3 months old. At this age they will have developed strong enough neck muscles to support the head and they would have also developed the necessary vision to enjoy being in a swimming lesson environment. Between the age of 3-6 months babies can focus their attention across the room and they just love looking at reflections.
How can we prepare our child for putting their face in the water?
Introducing newborns and young children to water at home during bath time is the best approach because they feel safe and secure in that environment. We use trickle experiences, by using small toy watering cans, to introduce water to a child’s face by running just a few drops of water at a time over it.
What does my baby need to wear to a swimming lesson?
We advise parents that all children under the age of 3 are required to wear the double nappy system. This consists of an aqua nappy and a happy nappy over the top. These are available at most supermarkets and shops such as Madame JoJo Bebe. Some children who feel the cold will feel more comfortable in a neoprene wetsuit and for babies we recommend the vest/Babygro style suits with Velcro fastening over the shoulders and between the legs.
What should I feed my baby prior to swimming lessons?
For breastfed babies, it is usually fine to give a small feed up to half an hour before a session. We do not recommend a full bottle feed or solids in the hour before a session. We also recommend that your baby has an extra feed after a lesson as they will have burnt lots of energy during the swimming session.
What age should a child start having swimming lessons to learn technique?
We usually start to introduce basic strokes like front crawl or backstroke to children aged 3 ½ years to 4 years old. This is usually when the child is in lessons with just the coach, independent from their parents.
Read more about our Babies & Toddlers programme or call us on 0208 940 9431 to discuss your child’s swimming needs.