The SwimWay Parent & Baby programme has been developed through many years of consistent experience and learning from all over the world.
We initially book according to age groups (6-12, 12-18, 18-24 and 24-36 months) although we do take into consideration previous swimming experience. If after the first lesson our instructors think a different class will suit you and your baby better, then a member of the SwimWay office team will call you to discuss this.
SwimWay Parent and Baby classes are a great way to introduce your baby or toddler to swimming as well as being a fun social activity for you both. Through a series of different techniques the children will learn water confidence and safety, develop an understanding of water movement, breath control through submersion, floatation front/back, how to kick correctly and basic arm movement. There is a controlled focussed approach in the small classes with lots of opportunity for bonding between adult and baby. The classes are progressive with a strong emphasis for the children to have fun, while developing several important factors including:
Water safety and awareness
Physical development (muscular, neurological, cardio vascular, coordination, motor skills)
Speech and language skills
Bonding for both baby and adult
Confidence and self-esteem
Adult self-assurance, supporting the baby in and around water
Learning skills (sharing, taking turns, following instructions)
Gentle exercise and social activity for new mums