Swimbabies & Swimtots

Swimbabies & SwimTots

Our lessons are provided in a safe, relaxed and structured environment that is fun and rewarding for your child to learn important water safety skills from birth up to 4 years.

Our lessons are provided in a safe, relaxed and structured environment that is fun and rewarding for your child to learn important water safety skills from birth up to 4 years.

Our classes allow your child to build confidence in the water, learn a fun, healthy and invaluable life skill, and develop water safety awareness.

The focus with all Swim Excellence Swimbabies courses is on empowering the parents and giving you the skills and confidence you need to teach specific moves to your own child. Parents are taught how to hold their babies in the water, experience the right touch and optimum distance which gives both baby and parent confidence and enjoyment.

The Swimbabies Program itself is a series of 25 moves, each named move has a number of stages, and parents will progress with their baby through the stages at their own pace, learning how to recognise the best time to progress to the next stage. There is no pressure to perfect a move and it is quite normal for first time attendees to not achieve every stage of a named move, but they are still benefiting from the experience of holding and bonding with their babies and practicing in the water.

What are the Benefits?

  • All the benefits of movement in the water
  • Assists in developing motor skills and co-ordination in a safe environment
  • Builds confidence and trust
  • Bonding experience
  • Establishes early enjoyment of being in water
  • Socialising with other Babies/Toddlers/children
  • Sessions are relaxed
  • Learn the moves at your own pace

Finding a class

Aquatics 1 – From Birth to 11 months

This courses introduces babies and their parents to the water for the first time. It’s gentle and relaxed course, especially for the first time attendees. The courses are designed in recognition of the fact that it can be a daunting prospect to take your baby to a pool. Everything is done for babies to be kept warm and relaxed and babies are slowly and gently introduced to the water. Everything is done at the time and pace which feels right for each parent and baby.

At your pace, we will help introduce baby to under water practices and will take you & baby through a series of moves under water. This will gradually progress onto breath control & encourages correct breathing and will also progress to safety techniques.

The 25 moves are progressive in nature, starting with basis holds and floats which provide a strong foundation for water confidence, and progress to more advanced swimming movements as the parents and babies gain confidence throughout the course. The moves progress through to playful activities making learning fun through games and little stories or rhymes which parents can use whenever they are in the water with their baby. Parents are also shown how to progress to swimming with their baby “riding along” in safety, making swimming a fun and rewarding experience for both.

Aquatics 2 –  From 7 months if completed Aquatics 1 or from 12 months for new babies joining the programme to 18 months

These courses take into account the age and increasing ability of a baby to communicate, co-ordinate and move more independently off the parent. The 25 moves progress through to playful activities making learning fun through games and little stories, more use is made of props such as woggles and small floating toys as babies become more independent and keen to explore the water environment for themselves. Parents are also shown how to progress to swimming with their infants “riding along” in safety, making swimming a fun and rewarding experience for both, learning to jump in from the side, moving with confidence in the pool.

Infants gradually progress with their aquatic breathing and start to learn breath control – at your pace. The lessons do not focus on repeated submersion and forcing children under the water for longer periods of time as we believe this to be entirely detrimental to the purpose of water confidence as this can potentially have a negative effect.

Awareness of buoyancy is another very important safety skill that we focus on, we encourage parents to let go, very gradually of their infant and build up this skill. This is so they become aware of how the water pushes you naturally back to the surface to float. Once a child discovers their own buoyancy, they become more confident and safer, in and around water.

We also teach babies lifesaving skills in case they ever did find themselves in water alone which could save their lives until help gets to them. From Infant Aquatics 2 they will be taught the skill of rolling onto their backs to float, rest and breath. They learn to maintain this position until help arrives.

Aquatics 3 – 18 months – 24 months

These classes are designed for parents and infants to discover the fun of playing and swimming in the water together, our focus is on teaching water safety but also having fun whilst learning.

As infants become more independent, the 25 moves learnt in Aquatics 1 & 2 progress to more independent movements.

As Infants grow and continue to learn new physical skills, like walking, they are then ready to progress and learn how to kick their legs and paddle and they learn the sequence which consists of swimming a short distance, rolling over to rest and breath, then flipping back over to continue swimming. The sequence is repeated until they reach the safety of the steps or side of the pool.

Infants will progress with learning safety techniques, jumping into the water, turning and swimming back to the side. More use is made of props such as woggles as infants become more independent and keen to explore the water environment for themselves.

Infants progress with their Aquatic breathing, Many infants learn swimming and to control their breathing from the dives. Parents will progress with back ride dives and breath control is taught in a fun environment through games and using toys.

Aquatics 2- 4 years

Adult & Child classes are structured so that children and a parent/guardian are in the water together. These classes are for children who are very young and need help with understanding instruction, or who may need to gain confidence in water and who have not had any structured swimming lessons .

The goal of Infant Aquatics is to boost water confidence through play and natural learning rather than conventional teaching techniques. It is a great bonding experience for parent and child and encourages your child’s natural inquisitiveness and sense of exploration as well as developing muscle tone and motor skills.

Parents are encouraged to tune into their Infants subtle reactions to being in the water. Our common goal is enjoyment and water safety. We encourage “water wisdom” and parents to become water safety teachers to their children. It is about developing trust and confidence with your child in the water. Parents should give out signals that “I help you all the time”, “You can trust me” and “We do it together”. Our aim is to attract infants towards developing their water skills, rather than imposing upon them, this creates an atmosphere of connection and trust.

The moves progress through to playful activities making learning fun through games and songs, we make use of props such as coloured balls, floating shapes, toys to make learning more fun. We start to include Aquatic circuits which encourages the child to kick, dip, swim, submerge or swim under water depending on their ability. We progress with teaching infants their kicking actions, encouraging them to float on their front or back and kick and paddle through the water. Infants progress with the sequence of Swim, rotate to back and breath, flip back to front, until they reach the safety of the side and for those not confident we use swim discs to help children become more independent and to help with learning to stay on top of the water whilst swimming, swim discs are gradually reduced until they are competent to float and swim without.

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Office number: 0191 4661233

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