Our Lessons - Baby Swimming


The first year of your baby's life is the perfect time to gently introduce your child to swimming, and begin a lifelong love of the water.

Building Strong Foundations

Water is a natural environment for babies, and the special time that you spend together in the water facilitates bonding and attachment. Attending Turtle Tots lessons from an early age familiarises children with water and teaches them vital life-saving skills. Lessons also build strength and co-ordination. The foundation of our baby-centred lessons is communication and all Turtle Tots teachers are trained to understand every baby’s non-verbal signals and body language. Each lesson uses developmentally appropriate play activities to aid physical, emotional and social development. We understand that every baby has their own unique personality and we tailor each activity to suit them, based on what they tell us about what they like and don’t like. Lessons include natural submersion once your baby is ready (this will be different for each baby), but most what happens in our lessons takes place above the water, with loads of emphasis on fun! We use lots of songs and games to ensure your little one loves the time you spend together in the pool. Of course the benefits aren’t just for the babies. You’ll meet other like-minded mums and dads to have a coffee and a well-earned slice of cake afterwards! Exercise also releases endorphins, which leads to better moods and increased self-esteem. You are welcome to bring your baby to our classes as soon as you are ready. However, our experience, which is backed up from the latest research, tells us that the best environment for new born babies to be introduced to the water is at home in the bath. If you’re eager to get started then you could introduce your baby to the swimming pool environment any time from around two months old.

Six great reasons to teach
your baby to swim:

  • Physical development
  • Vital life-saving skills
  • Develops social skills
  • Language development
  • Bonding and attachment
  • Water safety and confidence

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If you are unsure which lesson is the most suitable for you and your baby, contact your local Turtle Tots office.

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Find swimming lessons as unique as your little ones. Bring on the smiles!