Before you start
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE?
Our courses run in term time only and are between 12-14 weeks long, renewal for the next term is automatic allowing your little one to keep their place and move to the next level. If for any reason you do not want to continue you must notify us at least two weeks prior to the end of the course finishing. Our aim is to ensure that each individual child is placed in a suitable group to encourage confidence, progression and most importantly happiness in the water.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
We welcome you to visit the pool prior to starting so that your baby/child is familiar with the surroundings, and you know where you’re going on the day. When you're at home, make sure you have lots of fun splashing, laughing, playing and singing at bath time - this will make a big difference when coming to the pool to swim for the first time.
We recommend that you can feed your baby 1 hour before the lesson starts if needed, a small milk top up could be given to baby if hungry before entering the pool. For toddlers we suggest a light snack 30-40 minutes before entering the pool especially if lessons are near lunch time, this will help with their concentration as sugar levels can lower at this point.
IS YOUR CHILD FEELING ILL?
If your child has a cold, runny nose or is teething - our advice is that it's perfectly okay to swim. If they have a temperature, chesty cough, or ear problem, then it's best to stay at home in the warm and recover before coming back to the pool. If your child or a family member has picked up a sickness or diarrhea bug, swimming is definitely not permitted for 48 hours after the last outbreak. If your baby has a rash or skin infection it's always best to get it checked with the doctor before swimming.
Covid 19- Please follow and adhere to the up-to-date government guidelines as they are ever-changing.
If unsure please contact us with any questions or queries.
THINGS YOU NEED TO BRING...
A double nappy system must be worn at all times for health and safety purposes.
We highly recommend a reusable nappy; Bambino Mio Swim Nappy - these are not only better for the environment but are more cost effective or alternatively a disposable nappy - Huggies Little Swimmers.
A Neoprene nappy must be worn over the top, with elastic leg and waist bands; these fit snug to prevent any little accidents.
A neoprene suit can be worn in the water for extra warmth if needed and we have spares of all sizes if you want to borrow one.
We recommend pre-schoolers to wear goggles during our swimming lessons, they can be purchased from TYR.
Please note your teacher may refuse entry into the pool if they feel the nappy protection is inadequate.
Some delays in the development of their motor skills and muscle tone may be experienced. Swimming can help them to catch up on these stages while the increased resistance in the water will help to build their strength and muscle tone. Swimming stimulates all of the senses; touch, hearing, sight and smell –which is particularly important if your baby is premature.
The first time your baby starts to swim is a really special moment! You'll create lots of memories together, as well as building a closer bond with skin-to-skin contact. Swimming can be quite daunting for new parents but with our help and encouragement, you will learn to love the water alongside your child.
Building your child’s confidence is the most important factor, and you are a big part of that. Our lessons are a great way for you to meet new friends and your baby or child to interact with others. Our Pre-school swimmers need lots of care and encouragement to get into the water, a gentle fun approach using toys is adopted (resulting in tears when they have to get out) Water confidence, and the progression to independent swimming will follow once they learn to love the water.