Beginners Toddler Swim Series comprises of one progressive level starting from 2 years of age. Please note Beginners Toddler Series is for children with no previous structured swimming classes or little swimming experience. It is never too late to start to learn swimming! All our terms are 10 weeks with each lesson of 30 minutes duration. In each class we have a maximum of eight children and eight parents/guardians. The other parent or a family member will be able to watch the lesson from the dedicated viewing area. As your child is new to the water, your instructor will make sure they introduce both you and your child to the water in a gentle and safe way whilst still having fun and taking into consideration your Little One’s age and confidence. Different skills will be introduced in each level in accordance with a child’s natural development and water confidence. As safety is our first priority, your instructor will make sure you learn new safety skills and rules to take care of a toddler in the water and surroundings. As Toddlers have more understanding of their surroundings, we will teach lifesaving skills and pool safety in a fun and exciting way! Kids get ready for lots of Run and Jump on our big float!
The natural progression of this course is to move up to Advanced Toddler level 1 unless the instructor has recommended otherwise.
Autumn Term courses are now open!
Beginners Toddler courses for toddlers from 2 years of age with NO swimming experience or have been going to the pool a few times but without any structured lessons, please call if unsure.
10 Lessons per Term.
30 Minutes Lessons.
Maximum of eight children and eight parents/guardians
What is the maximum group size?
The maximum number of children in one lesson is 8.
Is my baby safe in the water?
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.
Do parents need to be confident swimmers?
No, although one of the parents or responsible adult need 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.
Do You Offer Make-up Lessons (Catch up lessons)?
YES, London Baby Swim offers 3 FREE makeup lessons (catch up lessons) per term/per child for any missed lesson. However, there are some steps to follow in order to take advantage of this service. For more information, please refer to London Baby Swim Terms and Conditions Section 6)
How do Make-up Lessons Work?
When you cancel your lesson, for whatever the reason, we use that space as a makeup lesson for another parent who missed a lesson; so without parents letting us know in advance they are not attending, there is no opportunity to replace lessons for anyone. That is why it is so important that parents let us know in advance about their absence by emailing us with a minimum of 24 hours notice (preferably more) prior to their course. London Baby Swim offers this service as a goodwill gesture and it is not a statutory right, not having any legal obligation to offer a makeup lesson(s) or refund/credit for non-attended lesson(s). For more information, please refer to London Baby Swim Term and Conditions Section 6)
What if my child is ill?
Never come to your swimming lesson if you and/or your child have any 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.
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.
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.