top of page

Before you start

Sleeping Baby
Family Picture.JPG


Courses run in term time only and are between 12-16 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 before the end of the course finishing. I aim to ensure that each child is placed in a suitable group to encourage confidence, progression, and most importantly happiness in the water.




You are welcome to visit the pool before starting so that your baby/toddler 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.


I recommend that you feed your baby 1 hour before the lesson starts if needed, a small milk top-up could be given to the baby if hungry before entering the pool. For toddlers I suggest a light snack 30-40 minutes before entering the pool especially if lessons are near lunchtime, this will help with their concentration as sugar levels can lower at this point.


If your child has a cold, runny nose, or is teething - my 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 a diarrhea bug, swimming is 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.
If unsure please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or queries. 


  • A double nappy system must be worn at all times for health and safety purposes.

  • I 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 waistbands; these fit snugly 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.

  • Toddlers can wear goggles during swimming lessons, they can be purchased from TYR.

Please note I may refuse entry into the pool if I 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 my help and encouragement, you will learn to love the water alongside your child.

Building your baby's or toddler's confidence is the most important factor, and you are a big part of that. The lessons are a great way for you to meet new friends and your baby or child to interact with others.  

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.

bottom of page