Parent & Baby Lessons

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 (3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 and 24-36 months), though we certainly do take into consideration previous swimming experience.  If after the first lesson our instructors think a different class will better suit you and your baby, 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

Phase 1

Conditioning & adjusting to the water environment

Skills to Develop:

  • Breath control (1, 2, 3 water poured over head, eyes closed)
  • Front floating buoyancy (forward dip)
  • Back floating (shoulder/2 handed support)
  • Introducing holding techniques
  • Submersions (aim for 3 happy submersions)
  • Safe pool entry and exit for adult with baby
  • Manually assisted kicking

Pass Criteria:

  • Water over head (eyes closed, breath control)
  • Reaching for the side/steps
  • Front floating independently
  • Back floating 2 handed support
Phase 2
Phase 3
Phase 4
Phase 5