Our waterbabies programme is all about familiarising children with water and at the same time helping improve their overall development. Every activity has a purpose, including improving:
- Balance and stability
- Body orientation
- Fine and gross motor skills
Spratz = 6-12months
Jellyfish = 12-24 months
Tricky Turtles = 2-3 years
As well as improving all of these essential development milestones, the programme provides for one-on-one time with your child. This is especially important if your child has other siblings because it promotes quality time with them as an individual - your attention is solely focused on your child while he/she is in the water with you! These classes are also great for developing your child’s social skills and also gives you the chance to meet other mums and dads!
The classes involve lots of songs, activities, fun and splashing so be prepared to get your hair wet!
Parents are required in the water and there is a max of 8 parents and babies in a class.
Why do lessons start at 6 months and can I bring my baby younger than this?
Absolutely - you can bring you baby swimming any time from birth (http://www.babycentre.co.uk/x542046/how-soon-can-i-take-my-new-baby-swimming) however our lessons start from 6 months old. By starting at this age allows you as a parent time to develop the skills and confidence in handling your baby in an aquatic environment. They have also generally developed good neck control which makes the lessons a lot easier.
What skills is my baby learning from these lessons?
As well as confidence in the water and water safety skills swimming lessons will also help your baby develop balance, hand eye coordination, language, body orientation, fine and gross motor skills and social skills. It is also a great opportunity to help develop your babies Emotional development as it allows time for parent child one on one time. The skin to skin contact required in these lessons is great for this.
When is the best time to bring my baby swimming?
It is best to try and fit around your babies sleep routine. Booking a time that is normally when your child would be sleeping in some cases can be disrupting for them.
Swimming study - Griffith University