Baby Swimming Roadmap
You want your kids to learn to swim but don’t know where to start? As with many aspects of parenting it can all look a bit daunting at first. Get some tips to that will have you and the kids splashing around in no time!
Be aware of the facts as most of us spend our summers around the water. Whether it’s at the beach or by the pool, it’s smart to make sure babies and toddlers learn basic water skills as early as possible. Remember that adult supervision is always required around water.
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Swim schools provide more specialised swimming instruction for all ages and are a great place to get your child swimming. Many schools provide the reassurance of registration with both AUSTSWIM and Swim Australia. Some even have their own custom-built pools.
How to choose a swim school
It’s important to choose a swim school where you’re going to get good quality instruction for your kids, and also a place where they are going to feel at ease with the instructors. There’s a lot to think about, so here are a few of the top things to check out both online and when you visit them in person:
- Accreditations – AUSTSWIM and Swim Australia are the two main ones to look for
- Quality of instructors – not all teachers are equal and some schools have structured ongoing teacher training programmes to make sure you’re children are getting the best
- Safety – schools should have documented safety procedures and all instructors should be qualified first-aiders
- Location – some schools have their own site, whereas others partner with local councils and aquatic centres to use their facilities
- Range of courses for different age groups – not every school caters to infants and kids. If they do, the starting age is usually between 3 and 6 months
- Water temperature – kids need warmer water than adults otherwise they get cold and tired more quickly. Often kiddie pools will be warmer than the main pool; look for a temperature around 30 degrees C for babies and infant swimming
- Venue – finding a pool that’s close to home, is well maintained and has enough parking are all important factors. Other things to consider are change room facilities, showers and even snacks for afterwards
You can also try:
- Asking other parents who have kids at a swim school for their opinion
- Try out a school for 1 or 2 lessons and see how it goes. Schools will often offer a free orientation class so that your child’s swimming skills can be assessed – this is your chance to get a sneak peak at the teachers and facilities
How to find an Australian swim school
Huggies have designed an Australian pool finder to match you with your closest pool location. Swimming schools can also be found by checking out the accreditation websites for listings of registered schools:
AUSTSWIM Swim School Locator
Swim Australia List of Registered Swim Schools