Babies and toddlers
Ages 5 months–3 years
These lessons encourage babies and toddlers to enjoy the water. Your child will develop awareness and confidence and learn floating and kicking skills. A parent/caregiver must be in the water for the class.
Your baby will enjoy the aquatic environment through water play and songs, while developing basic floating skills on their front and back. This class offers an opportunity for baby and parent to bond, and encourages your baby's love of the water.
Your child will begin to make their way through the water using kicking and paddling skills. Through fun activities, your child will become more confident going underwater and practising assisted swims.
Your child will become more confident and independent in the water, practising floating, kicking and paddling skills with your support. At the same time your child will learn to trust and develop a relationship with an instructor. They will be encouraged to go underwater independently and begin to develop water safety skills.
This level is designed for babies who have completed a term of the Turtles class, and who show they can take instruction, have full breath control and are comfortable going underwater independently.
In this class your child will learn to:
float independently on their front and back for 5 or more seconds, confidently regaining their feet
glide independently on their front
glide independently on their back with arms by their sides
do an assisted dive to pick up an object off the bottom of the pool
practise a water safety skill: roll from their front to their back, and back again.