Learn more about our classes
Our whole ethos at Baby Paddlers is about offering fun and progressive swimming classes, whilst being as flexible as we can. We know that from newborn through to school age, your child develops very fast, hence our Dorset baby swimming classes are built around four Milestones, adapted to their current age and ability. We love it when babies attend from birth, but we welcome all abilities and urge you to join our Dorset children’s swimming classes at any point during a term. We like to work together with Mum and Dad developing your child’s swimming skills, and are more than happy to talk through any specific concerns you may have before joining us.
Underwater swimming is a part of what we teach, but it is not our main focus. Our primary goal is to improve water skills in a fun way using songs, games, toys and working with parents. The use of word cues and memory is an important factor, encouraging babies and toddlers to kick, paddle, swim, jump and turn to the side and hold on, all very important water safety basics. Our Dorset baby and toddler swimming classes have a capacity of eight children and the preschool classes a maximum of 4-6. The group environment encourages social interaction and lots of fun but classes are kept small enough to ensure plenty of attention from the instructor. Our baby swimming lessons in Bournemouth, Poole, and Christchurch are particularly good because they’re lovely warm water pools, perfect for children to learn to swim.
Our Dorset newborn swimming lessons (for the 0 – 18 month age range) focus on both parent and baby learning to be confident in the water. We will show you a number of holds and different activities using fun games, toys, and songs. Through our use of word cues, your child will rapidly develop an understanding of how to be safe in the water. At eighteen months a lot of the newborn babies we teach are happy to swim underwater, as well as listen and act on cues such as hold on to pool-side, or exit via the steps and jumping in with support whilst laughing hysterically! All of our swimming pools are specially chosen for children’s swimming lessons in Dorset, they have perfect pool depth for parent and baby swimming, and are lovely and warm.
As babies become toddlers, their brains and development is moving at a million miles an hour! Our focus turns towards instructing the different movements required for swimming and staying afloat. This includes covers how to kick, how to get in and out of the pool safely and how to use their arms to make a paddling movement (or “Raah” like a lion!) At this development stage, it’s absolutely key to keep swimming on a regular basis. Our classes, continue to be lots of fun, we encourage chasing their favourite toys around the pool, use of balls, and jumping off floats. We know how important it is that swimming is considered fun and you will both learn lots about safety exercises along the way.
At three years and up, we talk to parents about lessons becoming more independent, as Mum or Dad will tend to be poolside rather than in the pool. This is an unhurried process and we talk openly and honestly with parents on the best time to do this. Our focus at this point is swimming independently and building on the water safety skills developed so far. Water confidence is of course still important and for many, they do not start to attend swimming lessons until this age. So we of course continue to build confidence by playing games and ensuring that the words swimming and fun go hand in hand.
So if you’re looking for fun swimming classes for babies in Dorset then get in touch!