This parent and infant program has been developed over many years by leaders in the industry. Your child will learn some of the following swimming and water safety skills:
- safe entries and exits
- water familiarisation
- reaching to safety
- holding and supporting own body weight
- turning to the pool edge
- climbing to safety
- propulsion through the water.
The swimming and safety skills we facilitate are not assessed on age, as infants learn when they are ready. Our groups are structured to allow children to physically and cognitively perform similar skills. Groups are small with a maximum of six in each class.
Please see the Aquababy levels below:
2.5–3 years (entry by assessment only)Our classes are 30 minutes in duration with the exception of Aqua baby 1, which is 20 minutes.
Children must be enrolled in the appropriate class according to their age on the date of the first lesson of the term. Enrolments into this program after the fourth week of term are not accepted to ensure minimal minimal disruption to classes.
The following information is an introduction to our baby and toddler program, providing basic information before you begin. Please feel free to ask your instructor should you need more information.
We recommend a washable aqua nappy
Normal nappies, disposable swimmer’s nappies and underwear are not permitted in our pool for health reasons. The health act states that all children that usually wear a nappy are required to wear some form of aqua nappy if swimming in a public facility. Any swim nappies worn in our pools must have elastised legs and waist. Washable swim nappies are available in our shop area.
We strongly recommend that you change your child into their bathers just prior to their lesson
A nappy bin is provided near the change tables for soiled nappies. For health and safety reasons, we request that you do not remove bather bottoms in the water.
Do not breast feed in the pool
We recommend that you breast feed at least half an hour prior to your lesson to prevent regurgitation during class. Regurgitation will result in evacuation and pool closure.
Do not enter the pool if you or your baby is suffering from any skin infection or contagious condition
A person suffering from any skin infection or other communicable disease will be excluded from lessons for the safety and well being of other participants and teachers. Examples include: Chickenpox; Cold Sores; Conjunctivitis; Diarrhoea and/or Vomiting; German Measles; Molluscrum contagiosum; Hand; Foot and Mouth Disease; Head Lice; Measles; Mumps; Plantar Warts; School Sores; Slapped Cheek Syndrome; Tinea/Ringworm; Whooping Cough.
If you or your child are suffering from cold or flu symptoms including runny noses (green discharge) please refrain from attending classes for the health of others participants.
Toilet, shower and change facilities are available
Parent change rooms are available at either end of the 25m and 50m pools. We recommend that you and your child rinse off after your lesson to avoid skin irritation.
Enter the pool just prior to your class commencing and exit immediately after your class concludes
This pool space is reserved for lessons only. We also ask that only current class participants be in the water during these times, as overcrowding could lead to an accident.
All children under five years must be at arms length at all times. Toddlers must not be left unaccompanied on the pool deck while a parent is participating in a parent/child class.
The swim school toys and equipment are only available for use during lesson times.
Learning through play
Children learn skills through rhythm and play. We believe it is important to incorporate songs, rhymes and lots of fun with swimming skills to facilitate optimum learning. Colourful toys are used to encourage play and skill development. Parents are encouraged to participate in singing. When parents and carers sing along and create a fun class, children relax and learning is pleasurable.
Try not to compare your child’s progress with others
Every child physically develops at their own rate–swimming progress cannot be forced. Readiness for each child and the parent is very important to us. A child may regress if forced to do an activity when they are not ready. Be patient with your child’s progress – your child will progress in time. If your child is not ready for an activity, please step back, let them observe without any pressure and soon your child will be ready to participate.
Be sure to follow instructions carefully on how to prepare your baby for the “trigger” and submersion
This is explained in detail during your first lesson and then reinforced as necessary in subsequent lessons.
If your baby is unhappy in the class
Sometimes a baby will take a while to adapt to a busy environment. Talk to your instructor for advice on how to move forward. It may be that your child is not feeling well so it is better to leave the class rather than push on and create any bad memories of the class. We work towards the whole experience being a positive one.
This teaching aid is used to enhance your child’s swimming independence during lesson time only.