Why should I take my baby/toddler swimming?
The earlier your child learns to swim, the better. This is in order to more efficiently develop their natural connection with the water to help achieve the skills necessary for independent swimming.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths in under-5s in the UK, so swimming is an essential survival skill (and necessary for other water-based sports such as sailing, supping and surf lifesaving).
Swimming is part of the National Curriculum, so by getting them in early, you’re helping them to be better and more confident swimmers at school.
What age can they start/do you teach?
Classes are for newborns (the latest NHS guidelines state they do not have to wait until their immunisations) until pre-school (4 years).
What are the benefits of child swimming?
It helps to advance their physical and mental development (as well as social, language and emotional skills) – especially their co-ordination and balance.
Swimming helps to promote a healthy lifestyle, is essential for water safety (at home or on holiday), and is a low-impact sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Plus, they’ll sleep and eat better after their aquatic adventures!
What kind of programme/activities do you use during classes?
I am fully trained and qualified by the national governing body for swimming (Swim England) and design classes based on their Pre-School Framework/Learn to Swim Programme. From teaching and coaching to regional training squads and competing at national level, I draw upon a lifetime of swimming experience to impart my love of the water and ensure continued progression.
Combining play, discovery, aquatic activities and action songs, you and your child will learn together (through stimulation, imitation and repetition) in a relaxed and safe environment (whether you as a parent can swim or not).
My toddler doesn’t like the water, what should I do?
Make bath time fun to help build their confidence (I can show you how) and take them to regular classes where you’ll both build positive associations. I also teach parents how to hold and support their child in the water, as well as techniques that you can use whenever you take them swimming as a family.
Do you submerge babies in the water?
I do not forcibly submerge children under the water, which can result in aquaphobia (fear of the water) and illness. Instead, I encourage child-led submersion through a series of guided activities in order to safely introduce aquatic breathing.