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The Best Way to Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to Swimming

Published on 21st September 2020 by Tessa Robinson

Would you like to introduce your baby or toddler to swimming? Here at Club Hub, our kids activities directory is filled with thousands of swimming classes for babies, toddlers and children so we have spoken to a few kids activity providers to tell us a bit more about their swimming based businesses and how you can help your child learn to swim.

“The Quickest Way to Teach Your Child to Swim”

The Best Way to Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to SwimmingThis is a question that many parents ask even when they are introducing their 3 month old to the water, it’s the reason why so many parents put swimming lessons high up in their priority of children’s activities.

Swimming is about balance, core strength and coordination to stay afloat and move seamlessly through the water, and this comes as children grow and build those skills. We have all seen videos of babies swimming but they are mostly being propelled through the water with a little push and their movement is natural and uninstructed. As children grow up they can be further taught how to move their bodies and build their swimming style once they are able to understand more about the “how to” but as babies, how do we prepare them for a lifetime of swimming.

What we do in baby swimming classes is to support a child’s development from the beginning, the activities that we do are linked to physical and sensory development. The aim is to ensure that as the child grows we can help parents to show them how to support this development in the water (and on land!). And the most important part for any parent is to have fun with your child in the water, a child that does not have water confidence won’t even want to get in the water so jump in, smile and laugh, throw them in the air, be patient, they are all different and will find their love for swimming through their love for you.

About Baby Squids – Swimming Classes for Babies and Toddlers

Baby Squids is all about nurturing children’s natural love of the water!

Laura was inspired by her son’s hesitation in swimming lessons and after being made redundant on maternity leave decided she could do better. 8 years later the business is well established across the south of England. We relish the opportunity to teach parents and children how to enjoy swimming in a calm, quiet and enjoyable environment, this gave us the vision to start a franchise model to increase what we were doing whilst continuing to offer the same great lessons.

“The Best Way to Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to Swimming”

Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to SwimmingBabies have a natural ability for swimming, being born with reflex actions. Healthy babies are born with extremely sophisticated natural reflexes that protect them from any harm and are very important to promote their survival. Introducing your baby to water from an early age is a vital opportunity to develop these reflexes to turn them into deliberate actions that become a life skill. The best way to do this is by joining structured baby swim classes such as London Baby Swim.

About London Baby Swim – Swimming Classes for Babies

London Baby Swim teach key life saving skills from an early age, with many of our babies being able to swim by as young as 2 years old. These children have a much greater regard for water and are safer around it and introducing your baby to the water at a young age avoids the trauma experienced by children who are introduced at a much older age and avoids them becoming phobic of water.


The Best Way to Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to Swimming

Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to SwimmingMy top tip would be to SMILE! Enter a nice warm pool, relax and BREATHE! Explore the sounds, sights and smells.. blow bubbles, make little splashes and BIG splashes.. play! Jump in! Float! Look and listen for fishes!

In the early years it is all about the bonding, the skin-to-skin contact and quality time together. You will create special memories that you treasure forever. From the trust gained within the water from your activities the swimming skills will progress before your very eyes and the more confidence you can instil in them the safer they will become in the water as the water safety skills are the MOST important and the swimming will follow!

Join your local baby – preschool swimming lessons and the teachers will guide you through water confidence and safety and before you know it they are off swimming and exploring!

About Rainbow Aquatics – Swimming Classes for Babies and Toddlers

Rainbow Aquatics was born in 2018 however Jenny has been an in the water teacher since 2016. The motto is educational, fun, explorational and safety.

She has always enjoyed the water and can often be found near a beach, pool, lake or hot tub. From taking her first to baby swimming lessons at 10 weeks old she saw something she really wanted to do! From teaching with the company that grew her passion and children’s love of water to starting her own business in Wiltshire & Somerset.

With a varied career so far this is one of the most rewarding jobs ever! Seeing the children’s (and parents) confidence growing and them achieving such an important life skill is the best feeling ever. I love teaching baby – preschool lessons as well as helping any swimmer with water confidence as everyone should feel comfortable in the water!

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Swimming lessons are such an important life skill, creating so much enjoyment throughout your child’s life.

AQUANAUTS SWIM SCHOOL LTDStarting from when your child is a baby, it gives them a great start in life.  It is a time of bonding for both of you, while they learn water confidence, balance, strength and other skills, all through fun activities and playing in the water. Our classes at New Hall School are split by age from 4-11 months, Age 1-2, age 2-3 and 3+.

Come along and see for yourself. You and your baby can meet new friends in a happy relaxed atmosphere, whilst they learn.


In the older classes (age 3+) the  children normally go in the water without parents.  We run these from all 3 pools. New Hall school in  Sutton Coldfield, Wilnecote school in Tamworth, and Chase Terrace school in Burntwood.  Aquanauts Swim School teach all abilities from beginners right through to advanced so if you have an older child that would like to start or to improve on existing skills/ability then bring them along to see us.

We do group lessons and 1-1 or 1-2, so whether your child just needs a quick boost or struggles in a main stream class we will have something available to suit yours and your child’s needs. We keep group numbers low so each child can learn at their own pace and be treated as an individual.

All our instructors are qualified and DBS checked and are passionate about the job that they do, ensuring your child’s enjoyment and progress.

We are taking bookings so give us a ring or drop us an email to book your place today.


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The best way to introduce your baby to swimming

The Best Way to Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to SwimmingIntroducing your baby to a love of water is one of the best things you can do for them, and bath time is a great place to start. Keep it fun, and go at their pace, encouraging them to kick, splash and play.

Before your first trip to a pool, check the water temperature – it should be at least 30°C for a baby older than 12 weeks (or heavier than 12lbs), and above 32°C if they’re younger or smaller.

When you get in the water, smile and talk to your baby – let them see in your face that it’s all really good fun!

Get your shoulders under the water so you’re at the same eye-level as your baby, and hold them facing you with the water covering their chests so they keep warm.

Babies tire easily in the water, so keep your first visit to around 20-30 minutes.

You’ll probably find that your baby is pretty hungry after their swim, so be prepared to give them a good feed.

Then look forward to them having a nice long nap on the way home!

About Baby Swimmers – Swimming Classes for Babies and Toddlers

Baby Swimmers is an award-winning baby & toddler swim school that teaches babies from 6 weeks across North & West Yorkshire.

We also teach older children, teens (&even adults!) through our Swimmers Academy, whatever their ability.

Established in 2004, today we teach over 500 swimmers every week through our team of fully-qualified teachers, each of whom is committed to ensuring children learn to be happy, confident and safe in the water.

At Baby Swimmers, we understand that no two children are the same, which is why all our lessons are child-led to ensure little ones are taught and developed at their own pace.

Our mission is to get children in the water and confident as soon as possible, so whatever your child’s age or ability, we’ve a class that’s just right for them.

And with more than 80 years’ experience between us in teaching little ones to swim, you’re in good hands!

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We hope you enjoyed reading about how you can Introduce Your Baby or Toddler to Swimming.

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