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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 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.

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 the 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. Progression in swimming ability is achieved through our flexible lesson plans at your child’s own pace.

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 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, not forced. By offering babies and children expansive movement in water, 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

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Bookings & Class Availability

Baby classes are available from eight weeks to one year old and are booked in a block of 10-weeks. Due to our gentle, baby led approach it is possible to join at any time during the term and pay on a pro-rata basis. However, for babies under 12-weeks old, we advise you enrol from the start of the next available term. Please contact us to discuss a start date.

Payment options:
The whole term payment is £130.00 (inc. VAT)
Payment can be made in two instalments of £67.50 each (inc. VAT)

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

Our Swimming term dates for 2018 are:
Term 1: Tuesday 8th January to Monday 19th March
Term 2: Tuesday 20th March to Monday 28th May
Term 3: Tuesday 29th May to Monday 6th August
Term 4: Tuesday 7th August to Monday 15th October
Term 5: Tuesday 16th October to Monday 24th December

If no classes are showing in the timetable below, please scroll forward through the calendar. To make a booking or enquire, please contact us or call us on 01733 707808

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