Baby Swimming Classes at Calmababy
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 your baby is both physically and emotionally ready.
The focus of our baby swimming sessions is to learn how to swim with your baby, rather than just teaching your baby how to swim. This subtle difference is what makes our classes so popular and so very effective; the mother and child bond is enhanced.
Our baby 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.
The benefits of baby swimming:
- Enhances parent/child bonding and relaxation
- Improves eating and sleeping patterns
- Awareness of safety around water and the pool environment
- Exercise while having fun!
- Research shows that babies who attend classes regularly are far better developed socially, mentally and physically
How do we teach?
Because our teaching method is sensitive to the abilities of each baby and child, we do not follow a rigorous training program where the child is meant 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.
Progression in swimming ability is achieved through our flexible lesson plans at your child’s own pace.
We do this by:
- Reading cues and ‘listening’ to your 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!!
Babies’ reflexes and swimming:
Babies are born with natural reflexes that enable them to be underwater safely for short periods of time. Known as submersion, this practice can, when practised correctly, offer a sense of freedom and enjoyment for your baby. Although we do teach this technique, our classes do not focus heavily on submersion.
We believe that your baby should only be submerged when they are fully engaged and accepting of the practice. Submersion should be encouraged, not forced. By offering babies and children expansive movement in the water, reflexes will naturally integrate and become conscious actions in their own time.
With thanks to Birthlight for expert training, support and information. For more information on Birthlight please go to www.birthlight.com