Getting ready for your lesson

Hooray. You and your baby are all ready to start swimming with us. It’s an exciting time. But we can imagine you’re probably quite nervous, and maybe a bit unsure of what it is that you need to do before your first lesson? Don't worry. We’ve got you covered.

A few weeks before...

Getting your baby used to the water 

There are lots of things you can do to get your little one familiar with water before you start, so you’ll feel just as confident as they do on the big day. 


You can build your baby's water confidence, wherever you are

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There's so much that you can do to start building your baby's water confidence from birth. Let our teachers pass on their knowledge and expertise through our handy practical videos, which show you key skills you can do with your little one, wherever you are. Whether you’re learning in the sink, bath or swimming pool, there’s a video for you.
Lesson Content
Learn online
There's so much that you can do to start building your baby's water confidence from birth. Let our teachers pass on their knowledge and expertise through our handy practical videos, which show you key skills you can do with your little one, wherever you are. Whether you’re learning in the sink, bath or swimming pool, there’s a video for you.

As well as exploring the sensation of the water from the comfort of your own home, you can also pop down to your local pool. Try and make sure that it's a minimum temperature of 30 degrees celcius so they don't get chilly.  You don’t have to be there long, but getting them used to the atmosphere; the sights, sounds and smells, will put them even more at ease before their first lesson.  


What to bring to your lesson

  • Happy Nappy - You’ll need an appropriately named ‘Happy Nappy’, so named because they prevent those ‘leakages’ from happening. They fit over the top of either a disposable swim diaper or reusable swim diaper. They’re made from neoprene, meaning they’re super snug but also comfortable for your baby.
  • Changing mat - A small roll-up one so you can safely change your baby, wherever you are.  
  • Towel  - To keep your baby toasty after their lesson.  
  • Wetsuit  - To help keep your baby warm if they are sensitive to the cold.   

 

What about me?  

All you’ll need is comfortable swimwear and a towel. It’s also a good idea to have a pair of goggles handy, that way you can see your baby thrive underwater. But don’t worry. If you’re not a confident swimmer, you won’t be forced to go beneath the surface.

Vaccinations 

Based on NHS guidelines, your baby doesn’t need vaccinations before getting into the pool. As soon as they’re ready, we’re ready. But if your little one is premature, it’s best to check with your health practitioner first.  


The big day  

 

Arriving  

Carers and babies should be ready to start swimming as soon as the lesson before has finished. But, we recommend that you arrive at least thirty minutes before your first class, so you can feel nice and comfortable and relaxed before getting in. We know how frantic it can be sometimes!  

When you arrive for your first lesson, you’ll be met by our friendly team who will tell you everything that you need to know, so don’t worry if you’re a little unsure of what to do or where to go. 

Getting changed 

All of our pools have changing facilities suitable for you and your baby. Remember to bring your changing mat for your little one. 

Feeding  

When little ones get a little fussy in the water, it might be because they’re a bit peckish. Feed them one hour before the lesson - just keep it a light one. With toddlers, we also suggest leaving an hour before their meal and lesson. 

Can I bring my camera? 

It does depend on where you’re swimming. This is down to factors like the size of the pool, the viewing area of the pool and how comfortable all the other parents might be feeling. Our teacher will always check with the rest of the group first before giving consent for photos to be taken.  

 

But if there’s anything else you’re unsure about, do get in touch with your local office. They’re happy to help.