Questions more relevant to our baby classes.

Does my baby need to have completed the full immunisation course?

Tetanus, Diphtheria, polio and whooping cough cannot be contracted from chlorinated water and research and advice states that there is no reason to wait to go swimming until the full immunisation is completed however as we generally take babies from 4 months if parents do immunise their babies this will have been done. We therefore recommend if anyone wishes to start earlier or has any reservations they must speak to their Health Visitor or G.P. before starting lessons.

Will my baby be able to swim?

Children are physically able to lift their heads in and out of water to breathe at around the age of 3 years old. Before then they do not really have the strength, endurance and motor skills to master this so at Little Fishes, we enhance their natural ability to hold their breath and perform doggy style paddling until they are able to undertake and learn the standard strokes.

When shouldn’t I bring my baby to swimming?

Never swim your baby if they have conjunctivitis, an ear infection, stomach bug or diarrhea. If you little one is unwell with any of the above please do not attend swimming. Any concerns please check with your doctor first.

What is the temperature of the water?

We only use warm pools or hydrotherapy pools for our baby swimming classes. Pools are heated to between 30 and 34 degrees to ensure that babies can fully enjoy their water experience.

What should babies wear for swimming? 

Babies must always swim with a reusable aqua nappy or a disposable one until they are fully potty trained. Any other costume is optional.

General questions

How long is each course and how much?

Each course is either 10 or 11 weeks depending on venue and we break, generally, in conjunction with school holidays. The classes are half an hour long. Fees range from 68 to 75 depending on venues.

Can the children earn badges ?

Yes. The babies earn specially designed badges created by Little Fishes and then from the age of 3 children move on to the ASA award scheme which covers water skills, technical training and distance swims.

What qualifications do the teachers have?

Teachers are ASA level 2 qualified and hold either lifeguard or RLSS qualifications. We also have ASA level 1 teachers who are there to support the teachers.

What are the sizes of the classes?

Class sizes, when parents are not in the pool, vary from as little as 4 in a class for beginners up to 10 in a class where children are competent swimmers, swimming in lanes and developing stamina. Where necessary we use ASA level 1 teachers and Pool Helpers to support teachers in classes where children are very nervous and therefore need extra help.

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