Our own children love learning to swim and being in the water, it’s such a vital skill for them to have. We love being part of each child’s swimming journey, watching them grow in confidence in the water week by week. We pride ourselves on our classes being safe, fun and interactive, a truly engaging experience for parent and child. Each of our lessons has a maximum of just 8 children (plus one parent per child) in the pool, meaning we can deliver a personal touch to our lessons. We are open seven days a week and have an exclusive coffee shop offering snacks and drinks to our members.
We have a passion for teaching little ones to swim and our swim centre is tailor-made, designed by parents, for parents! The temperature of the water is so important for babies and, unlike other leisure pools, we aim for a consistent 32 degrees C to keep your little one comfortable throughout their whole session. We have hand-picked our teachers so that they are not only excellent swimming instructors, but they have a real affinity with the children and help bring out the best in them.
Our pool is only for children so we limit the use of harsh chemicals using modern technologies and ensure both the pool and changing rooms are super clean. By limiting our classes to 8, our teachers can focus on the whole group and maximise their teaching to help your child’s water confidence grow. We have both male and female changing rooms equipped with changing mats and playpens to make getting dried and dressed as easy and stress-free as possible. And our coffee shop is the icing on the cake – a relaxing place for you to unwind or catch up, either way, you’ll feel right at home. We also know that things just happen, so we offer 3 catch up classes per term.
ABOUT BABY SWIMMING
There are many good reasons to teach your child to swim from an early age. It is not only a life skill that encourages water safety, it is also great for their physical health, can boost their confidence and, above all, is fun! The latest NHS guidelines also confirms you can introduce your baby to swimming as early as you would like, pre their first vaccinations.
At First Swim, we want to succeed in our goal of ensuring confidence in the water and safety first for the babies and toddlers. We aim to give parents the skills to teach their children to swim in a relaxed environment, giving them the confidence and allowing them to continue that enjoyment outside of the lessons.
CODE OF PRACTICE
First Swim is proud to commit to the Baby and Toddler Swimming Teaching Safety Guidelines (PAS 520) which is published by the British Standards Institute. It sets minimum expected levels of adequate safeguarding for teaching very young children to swim and any associated photography, thus reducing the risks for children, their parents and for service providers.
YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY
We take all the safety precautions you’d expect and we also teach you and your baby/toddler about pool-side and swimming safety. Important to note that you do stay with your child throughout the lesson.
Our pool is filtered using modern technologies that ensure the cleanliness of the water at all times. For health and hygiene reasons, we also operate a double nappy policy at First Swim for all babies and toddlers until they are toilet trained.
The teaching plan we provide is bespoke to First Swim whilst following the STA Swim Programme. This will include your baby going under water which is entirely safe. We ensure our teachers are fully trained as qualified life savers and we take care in how we structure our courses.
First Swim also have a code of conduct that all members must agree to when booking a course with us. This ensures that everyone visiting our centre helps to make it a safe and pleasant environment for everyone.