Baby Swimming

Our approach to baby swimming is well known for being gentle, child-led, progressive and fun. Using the Birthlight method of teaching, we encourage free movement in the water at a time when a baby is both physically and emotionally ready. The focus of our sessions is to learn how to swim with your baby, rather than just teaching your baby to swim. This subtle difference is what makes our classes so popular and so very effective.

Our swimming pool was built especially for children. There is no chlorine in the water, sanitation is provided by an ultraviolet system meaning chemicals are kept to an absolute minimum.

We offer a safe, nurturing, water-based environment where babies can explore their innate ability to move freely in water. We do this by:

  • Reading cues and ‘listening’ to the baby: Every baby displays a set of facial expressions and body movements to communicate feelings. Learning about and listening to this unique language ensures babies remain relaxed and happy in the water.
  • Adopting a gentle approach: Remaining focused on the parent child relationship and working to enhance bonding and attachment.
  • Working at the child’s pace: Promoting freedom in the water at the right time enables confidence to flourish.
  • Repetition: Repetition of activities enables learning; every week the sessions repeat previously learned skills and also add new ones.
  • Giving attention to each of the four main milestones of development: Rolling, sitting, standing and walking. Each developmental stage offers a unique window of opportunity in the water-based environment and is characterised by certain reflexes. Working with these reflexes enhances development.
  • Focusing on safety: To ensure every child understands the importance of safe behaviour around water.
  • Having fun!!

Because our teaching method is sensitive to the abilities of each baby and child, we do not follow a program of training the child to meet a certain level of ability.  Instead, our approach centres on bonding, having fun, and swimming with your baby in an environment free from expectations and pressure to meet criteria based on performance. Our flexible lesson plans ensure that progression is made in swimming ability at the child’s pace.

Babies’ reflexes and swimming:

Babies are born with natural reflexes that enable them to be underwater safely for short periods of time. This practice is commonly known as submersion and can, when practised correctly, offer a sense of freedom and enjoyment for the baby and child. Although we do teach this technique our classes do not focus heavily on submersion. We believe that a baby or child should only be submerged when they are fully engaged and accepting of the practice. Submersion should be encouraged and not forced. By offering babies and children expansive movement in the water their reflexes will naturally integrate and become conscious actions in their own time.

Benefits of baby swimming:

  • Enhances bonding and relaxation
  • Improves eating and sleeping patterns
  • Awareness of safety around water and the pool environment
  • Exercise for parent and child whilst having fun!
  • Research shows that babies who attend classes regularly are far better developed socially, mentally and physically

With thanks to Birthlight for expert training, support and information.  For more information on Birthlight please go to www.birthlight.com

Bookings & Class Availability  

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How to Book

Classes are available from 3 months onward and booked in 10-week terms.

Payment options:
Whole term payment £130.00 inc vat.
Payment can be made in two instalments of £67.50 inc vat each.

Due to our gentle, baby led approach it is possible to join at anytime during the term and pay on pro-rata basis.

Groups are limited to 8 babies per class with one parent in the water. There are three spare spaces in each session which can be used by anyone to bring someone else along e.g: mummy, daddy, auntie, sibling, grandparent etc. These spaces are free of charge and can be booked one week in advance.

Swimming term dates for 2017:
Term 1: Wednesday 4th January to Tuesday 14th March
Term 2: Wednesday 15th March to Tuesday 23rd May
Term 3: Wednesday 24th May to Tuesday 1st August
Term 4: Wednesday 2nd August to Tuesday 10th October
Term 5: Wednesday 11th October to Tuesday 19th December

If no courses are showing in the timetable below, please scroll forward through the calendar to find the next start date.

To make a booking or enquire about spaces please contact us here or call us on 01733 707 808

Please ensure you view our Booking Terms & Conditions before making a booking with us.

Special thanks to Keri Duckett, Adam Jay, Mae Burke, Jo Rodgers and Nicola Gwyther for their wonderful talent and spectacular photographs. Keri Duckett: www.keriduckett.com | Nicola Gwyther: www.underwater-art.co.uk | Mae Burke: maeburkephotography.com | Jo Rodgers: Willow Photography
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