Baby and Toddler

It is never too early to start your baby swimming, our program is interactive, fun and we take your baby on a journey above and below water. You will learn the benefits of early exposure to swimming and mastering techniques assuring water safety. Swimming activities are presented informally placing emphasis on having fun. It is a wonderful bonding environment for parent and child.

• Babies and toddlers learn through play and repetition

• Songs and swim actions promotes language, listening and cognitive skills

• Group interaction develops emotional and social skills, assists with separation anxiety

• Swimming stimulates sensory and motor systems, enhancing gross motor skills and co-ordination

• Babies and toddlers who do baby swimming are less likely to be frightened by noise and the Babies will be able to propel themselves by paddling movement without buoyancy aids.


Swimming for babies from 6 week – 6 months of age

• It is an easy and convenient way to get your baby accustomed to water and used to the feeling of water on his head. Cup your hand with water and progress to a cup or small bucket. Gently pour the water over the face, letting it cascade over the face.

• Once the baby can sit, play peek-a-boo. Dragging a wet face cloth over the face. This will assist the baby in getting use to moisture on the face and learns to control breathing and separation anxiety.

• Baby floating in the bath tub. Support the baby’s shoulders and gently move the baby through the water. Talk in a soothing voice so that he will learn to relax and trust the natural buoyancy of the water.  Eye contact is essential.

• Show your baby to blow bubbles in the water. Make your face as silly as possible to see this as a game. Place bright color toys in the bath, to encourage the baby to place the face in the water to look at the bright toys. Do not force this as the experience must be fun and as happy as possible.

• Shower with your baby. Make fun faces and show the baby water is a joyous experience. As the water hits the baby’s face, they will learn to close their mouth and adjust breathing.


What do babies and toddlers acquire through swimming:

• Elementary awareness of safety in and near water and water orientation

• Develop self-confidence and encourage independence

• Assists to overcome separation anxiety

• Balance, rotational skills and buoyancy

• They will be comfortable putting their faces into water

• They will submerge voluntary or incidental under the guidance of the instructor

NO FORCE OR PROLONGED SUBMERSION ARE RECOMMENDED


WHEN TO START

We firstly recommend a visit to the facility and watching of a lesson. We take babies from approximately 6 months of age. We have a wonderful indoor swimming facility and swim throughout the year. Our baby pool is heated between 30-32 degrees.


WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO START SWIMMING?

Parents are required to swim with their baby until approximately 30 months old. Babies and toddlers who are not potty trained will need to wear a swimming pants or a disposable swimming nappy. NO NORMAL DISPOSABLE NAPPIES ARE ALLOWED. Swimming costumes should fit properly and easy to get on and off. Babies and toddlers are required to wear a swimming cap and all hair should be covered. Lycra swimming caps are recommended and can be purchased from the swim school.


WILL TEACHING A BABY TO SWIM HELP PREVENT DROWNING ACCIDENTS?

Teaching a baby to swim is a wise choice but swimming lessons should not be seen as a means to make the baby safe from drowning and parents must be water-wise and vigilant around water at all times. An infant who is able to hold their breath underwater is not “drown-proof”. During lessons babies will be taught valuable water safety techniques which are potentially lifesaving.