Turtle Tots is a unique and innovative swimming programme that begins with aqua-natal yoga for mums-to-be and continues with our specialised and progressive baby and toddler classes, taught by our team of highly trained teachers, who have completed comprehensive Turtle Tots aquatic training, in addition to training with the Swimming Teachers’ Association.
Turtle Tots classes have a strong focus on teaching lifesaving skills from a young age, we help babies and toddlers learn the skills they need to help keep them safe in and around water, until they are able to swim independently.
At Turtle Tots, we teach you to teach your baby or toddler to swim, at a pace that is right for them, in a gentle progressive way. Our classes host a non-competitive environment that fosters strong bonding, trust, respect and communication leading to a lifelong love of the water.
Turtle Tots teachers are trained to the highest standard possible with the Swimming Teacher’s Association or Swim Ireland and hold a lifesaving and rescue qualification. In addition, all teachers have completed rigorous Turtle Tots training, and are all passionate about teaching swimming and fitness to expectant mums, babies and toddlers!
Not only are Turtle Tots teachers as qualified as they possibly can be in terms of teaching the Turtle Tots programme, they are trained to understand more about how babies communicate in the pre-verbal period, their early brain development, the importance of early attachment and how best to support babies’ learning in this critical early part of life.
The person they learn best from of course is their parents, which is why there is an important focus on adults going under the water in lessons for their babies to watch. It is then only a matter of time until they begin to imitate you, initially just by putting their faces in the water (or maybe even just a tongue) but before long they are joyfully putting themselves in and under the water by choice!
Of course, underwater swimming is an important part of our programme, but most what happens in our classes takes place above the water, with lots of emphasis on fun! The programme incorporates lots of songs and games to ensure your little one loves the time you spend together in the pool.
Turtle Tots teachers are skilled at seeing when your baby is ready to progress. We understand that every single baby is unique from the minute they are born, with their own personality, likes and dislikes, so naturally they will progress at different rates, but with sensitive and responsive teaching we ensure that the pace is always right for them.
Our classes also have a strong focus on teaching lifesaving skills from a young age, we help babies to learn the skills they need to help keep them safe in and around water, until they are able to swim independently.
The Turtle Tots programme teaches you to teach your baby to swim, at a pace that is right for them, in a gentle progressive way.