Baby Swim Series comprises of seven progressive levels starting from as young as 6 weeks (minimum 10lbs) to approximately 2 years of age at our swimming centres in Wandsworth SW London and Isleworth in west London. Babies need to complete the lower levels before progressing to the higher levels. All our terms are 10 weeks of swimming lessons and each lesson is of 30 minutes duration. In each class we will have a maximum of eight children and eight parents/guardians. The other Mum or Dad will be able to watch the baby swim lesson from the dedicated viewing areas in Wandsworth or Isleworth. Safety is our number one priority. Our instructors will make sure mum and dad learn all the safety rules, so that they can relax and have fun with their baby swimming lessons.
It is a common misconception that swimming lessons for babies under 6 months is not possible due to vaccinations. Swimming lessons are safe and possible and Babies can begin our Baby Swim Level 1 classes from 6 weeks to 14 months.
The natural progression of the courses is to move up to the next level unless the instructor has recommended otherwise.
NEW! Pre Toddler courses from 16 months to 2 years of age with NO swimming exeprience or have been going to the pool a few times but without any structured lessons, please call if unsure.
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Baby Swim FAQ's
London Baby Swim operates a double nappy system for all babies and toddlers until they are toilet-trained. The double nappy system is a disposable or re-usable swim nappy underneath a Happy Nappy (neoprene nappy), which should fit closely enough to form a tight seal around the waist and thighs. You will be able to purchase the Happy Nappy on our online booking page. Disposable/reusable Swim nappies are available from supermarkets and drugstores. Children do not need to wear anything else apart of the double nappy system. Children wearing swim trunks, swimsuit, Eczema Suit or similar are welcome, however they will still have to wear the double nappy system underneath if they are not toilet-trained.
The maximum number of babies in one lesson is 8
Babies have a natural affinity with the water. They become totally liberated, as water is a free environment for them. We all have an inborn "gag reflex" and the "mammalian dive reflex" but it is generally strongest in babies up to 6 months old, these enable them to hold their breath underwater naturally and keep supplying oxygen to the main organs, which help us to provide a gentle introduction to submersions. They also have primitive swimming stroke actions up to 6 months of age and can propel themselves through the water. London Baby Swim builds upon babies natural reflexes to enable your baby to be completely happy moving in and through the water.
No, although one of the parents or responsible adult needs to be in the pool with the babies, the pool is shallow enough for parents to stand up. Our teachers are fully trained and experienced in helping parents to feel confident in the water. We will assist you with the submersion exercises for your child if you do not want to go underwater, although it is a wonderful experience to share with your child
YES, London Baby Swim offers 3 FREE Catch-up lessons per term/per child for any missed lesson. Our New Online Catch up Lesson system allows you to log in, cancel a lesson and then check the calendar for available spaces during the same term you can rebook onto. The system will show you your current level availability as well as the level above and below yours to offer more option
If your child has just a runny nose but feels happy and active, you will be able to come to your swimming lesson unless your GP has advised you otherwise. We recommend you not to come swimming if you and/or your child have an illness, such as, but not limited to: chest infection, conjunctivitis, measles, impetigo, ear infections, asthma or a heavy cold (first days of the cold). Please DO NOT come to your swimming lesson until the symptoms have cleared at least 48 hours prior to your swimming lesson or when your doctor has given the all-clear.
Under no circumstances must anyone suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting attend swimming during illness and up to 2 weeks after full recovery and stools have returned to normal.
If you are concerned about any medical condition, we ask that you always check with your GP before coming to any lessons