At Baby Paddlers we understand how quickly your baby develops which is why our baby swimming classes are split into three levels, tailored to their developmental stage. We encourage babies to attend from birth, however we welcome all abilities and welcome you to join at any time. We love to work with parents on improving your child’s water confidence so if in doubt give us a call and we can talk through everything we do.
Swimming comes naturally to babies, they are born with special reflexes one of which closes their epiglottis to stop water entering the lungs. This reflex is present even with simple raindrops falling on the face and will show itself by baby taking what looks like a small gasp inwards. At Baby Paddlers we then use cues to create word association and recognition so that they understand when they are going underwater. All this works progressively towards breath control as they move through to the toddler and preschool years.
Underwater swimming is only a small part of what we do, our main aim is to develop water confidence using toys, songs and lots of fun. Word association and recognition is a big part of what we do, encouraging children to kick, paddle, swim, jump, hold on – all so important in the early years.
Our baby and toddler swimming classes have a maximum of 8 and our preschool classes a maximum of 6, this ensures that your child is in a fun group environment but has the opportunity for one on one time with the teacher.