Why Should I Start Swimming With My Baby?
Swimming with your baby enhances their physical and mental development.
It creates a fantastic bond between parent/guardian and baby.
Babies are very sociable and love to look at and interact with the other babies in the class.
It teaches them a life skill which will ensure they learn the importance of water safety from a very young age.
When Can I Start Swimming With My Baby?
Firstly, when you are ready and have been signed off by your midwife/doctor you can then start swimming with your baby once they are 12lbs or 12 weeks old. Our pool temperature is always 30-31 degrees with an air temperature within 1 degree of this. Babies do not need to have had their immunisations before they start swimming https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/childrens-health/can-my-baby-go-swimming-before-or-after-vaccinations/ .
Despite our lessons lasting 30 minutes, your baby may only last up to 20 minutes on your baby’s first visit. It can be quite overwhelming for your little one and if you notice your baby getting agitated or tired you are more than welcome to exit the lesson. We want to ensure your baby has a fun experience every time they visit!
How Many People Are In A Class?
Our lessons have a maximum capacity of 12 adults (with a baby each) and our swimming teacher.
What Should My Baby Wear?
We operate a double nappy system whereby your baby will need to wear a disposable huggies swim nappy (or a reusable swim nappy if you are not using disposable nappies). On top of this your baby is required to wear a happy nappy. This is to ensure there is no leakage into the pool should your baby decide to poo or wee! Anything in addition to this is parent preference, a warm in one wetsuit, a body wrap, sunsuit or swim costume/shorts.
You know your baby best and if they get cold during the lesson simply add a layer the following week.
I Can’t Swim, Can I Still Bring My Baby?
Our pool is 1.2 meters deep therefore you should be able to stand. If you cannot then we will cater as best as possible to ensure you’re both able to participate in the lesson.
Should We Come If Baby Or Parent/Guardian Are Unwell?
If either of you have a minor cold it’s safe to come swimming however if your or your baby have a temperature and are severely unwell it is advisable to give the lesson a miss. If you or your baby have sickness, diarrhoea, vomiting, ear infections, chicken pox or any contagious illness, please stay at home.
Can Other People Watch Us In The Lesson?
You can bring other parent/guardians to watch the lesson however this will not be on the pool side. Guests can watch on our extremely large T.V in the café where they can also grab a hot or cold drink and snack. Please note, children U16 years old must not be left on their own in the club. We also have an on site farm themed soft play aimed at children 0-5years. Children must be supervised at all times in the soft play therefore you cannot leave a child to play whilst you join your lesson.
Can We Alternate Who Brings My Baby?
Yes! You can allow whoever you like to enter the pool with your baby as long as they have your permission!
Does My Child Achieve Badges Or Certificates?
Yes, your child will work their way through our tiny turtle and super shark awards earning certificates and badges, free of charge as they complete each level.